Past events 2017
We regularly host events, including launches, signings, readings, and announcements of prizes. These are usually held in the shop in the early evenings, where you can enjoy a glass of wine with your launch speech, and take the opportunity for some after-hours browsing. We also sell books for events held at other venues.
Check our calendar of upcoming events, or have a look at photos and highlights from past events below.
Book Event: States of Poetry: Tasmania (Australian Book Review)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 6th
With the Australian Book Review, we were pleased to take part in the celebration of Tasmanian poetry and the Tasmanian States of Poetry anthology, selected by distinguished poet Sarah Day. This event featured readings from the six poets included in this year’s anthology: Adrienne Eberhard, Graeme Hetherington, Jane Williams, Karen Knight, Louise Oxley, and Tim Thorne. Sarah Day and ABR Editor and poet Peter Rose also read favourite works by Tasmanian poets.
The ABR States of Poetry project highlights the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry. Funded by Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, this is one of the first federally arranged poetry anthologies published in this country.
This work was developed in a studio managed by the City of Melbourne's Creative Spaces Program.
Book Launch: Blue Pollen Beautiful (Elizabeth Goodsir, with etchings by Madeleine Goodwolf)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday March 21st
Terry Whitebeach launched Elizabeth Goodsir's collection Blue Pollen Beautiful, with etchings by her daughter Madeleine Goodwolf.
'A collection of "images and words playing with what it is to be human / they asked to be put together", Blue Pollen Beautiful is the result of a serendipitous collaboration between mother and daughter. Overruling a daughter’s "decisive and unsentimental" intention to discard earlier artwork, her mother rescues the images and strategically places them among her own gentle, meditative poems. The result is a lovely distillation of women’s lived experience, of "the shuffle of women / making more space". The poems celebrate the various selves the poet encounters within and without as she explores the "beauties of change" and traces the flow of life from generation to generation, like "seagrasses / borne up by each wave". Blue Pollen Beautiful honours both the flow and the "anchored / lucid" -- mothers and daughters as givers and keepers of story.' ~ Terry Whitebeach
Book Launch: Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry (James Boyce)
Republic Bar and Cafe (upstairs), 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
5.30pm, Tuesday March 14th
We are delighted to have welcomed Black Inc. publisher Chris Feik to celebrate the launch of James Boyce's latest book, Losing Streak. The book was formally launched by Andrew Wilkie MP.
Losing Streak is a jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in the state of Tasmania - and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families. It shows how giving one company the licence to all the poker machines in Tasmania has led to several hundred million dollars of profits (mainly from problem gamblers) being diverted from public use, through a series of questionable and poorly understood deals. Losing Streak is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.
Losing Streak is the newest in Black Inc.'s 'Redbacks' series, described as 'Books with Bite'. These short books on big issues are written by leading Australian writers and thinkers. They range in style from essay to dispatch, from analysis to provocation. You can find a list of the others in the series here at the Black Inc. website.
James Boyce is the author of the critically acclaimed Born Bad (2014), 1835 (2011) and Van Diemen's Land (2008). He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he is a University Associate in Geography and Spatial Sciences.
Book Launch: The Swagman and the Parson (Jen Gibson and Russell Gibson; published by Ginninderra Press)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday February 23rd
In our first book launch for 2017, Stephen Matthews (of Ginninderra Press) and poet Robyn Mathison launched the latest book by Jen Gibson and her father Russell Gibson, The Swagman and the Parson.
'This book contains two complementary stories written by two generations of the one family. It spans three centuries - from the 1860s to the present day, 2016. The swagman, Sully, and Russ Gibson, parson, were both born in the nineteenth century, though several decades apart. New South Wales was then a colonial state of Great Britain. The tale of the swagman was penned in the 1970s by my father. A child of my parents’ older age, I was not born when the events of the swagman’s tale unfolded. Nor was I familiar with south and western New South Wales, where many of the incidents took place. The second half of this book is partly a narrative of my journey to those places. It also incorporates my parents’ oral memories recorded on tape in the early 1980s.' ~ Jen Gibson
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