Upcoming events

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.

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Book Launch:Bruny Island Bounty (Margaret Wallace)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Thursday September 21st

The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch, by Pete Hay, of Margaret Wallace's's new book, Bruny Island Bounty.

Peek behind the scenery to hidden places and creative lives. Word images and visual images, here, the Island’s own story comes alive through the stories of its people.

Through a rich and beautiful browse, the reader will experience Bruny Island; its unique diversity, distinctive qualities, and the magic it works on people’s lives. The book takes you on a journey around the Island to experience dynamic land, sea and skyscapes, and abundant wildlife with every species of bird endemic to Tasmania. Discover Bruny’s people, products and sense of place—a special blend of natural and human values—and its gourmet food trail.

“So, this is my love letter to the Island...

I am blessed to be able to spend most of my days in one of the most wonderful places on this planet. Packed with beauty, diversity and interest.

In creating this work, my aim is to share the experience with others. If it brings joy to your day—that will be my reward!”

- Margaret Lea Wallace

Book Launch: Asylum by Boat (Claire Higgins)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Thursday October 5th

You are invited to the launch of Claire Higgin’s new book, Asylum by Boat.

In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia's immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected.
Claire Higgins' important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention, including on remote islands and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia's obligations under international law. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policymakers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse.

Free event, all welcome.

Book Launch: Accidental Heroes (Lian Tanner)

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The State Library (91 Murray Street), 11:00am, Saturday October 7th

You are invited to the launch, by Les Winspear, of Lian Tanner’s new children’s novel, Accidental Heroes.

The first book in the Rogues trilogy, Accidental Heroes tells the story of two children, Duckling and Pummel, who are caught up in a plot to kill the Heir to the Faithful Throne. It’s a vividly exciting fantasy-adventure set in the same world as the best-selling Keepers trilogy, with characters you will love and characters you will loathe.

Come and help us celebrate; bring your friends - and expect the unexpected! (You might also like to bring a stuffed bear if you have one - the bigger and fiercer the better.)

Free event, all welcome.

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