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: Fergus Gives a Hoot (Kathleen McLaren)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Thursday June 1st

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We welcome you to the launch, by Donald Knowler, of Kathleen McLaren's new children's book Fergus Gives a Hoot (published by Forty South Publishing).

Wildlife activists, Owl and Echidna, feel sad that so many friends and family members are hurt and killed on the roads. They want humans to make their roads safer for wildlife so they form a group with like-minded friends to tackle the problem. They hatch a plan that involves planting a special seed in a special place. This proves to be a tricky task so they ask human wildlife activist, Fergus Fleegelbaum, to help. Fergus is fearless and determined, but will he succeed in carrying out his part of their clever plan to make roads safer for wildlife?

Free event, all welcome.


Book Launch: The End of Patriarchy (Robert Jensen)

The Hobart Bookshop, 2pm, Sunday June 4th

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In conjunction with Spinifex Press, we will be launching Professor Robert Jensen's new book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men

The pathology of patriarchy, the idea that one group of people should control another—even own them, own even life itself—is at the core of today’s crises.

The End of Patriarchy asks one key question: What do we need to create and maintain stable, decent human communities that can remain in a sustainable relationship with the larger living world?

Robert Jensen’s answer is feminism and a critique of patriarchy.

He calls for a radical feminist challenge to institutionalized male dominance; an uncompromising rejection of men’s assertion of a right to control women’s sexuality and reproduction; and a demand for an end to the violence and coercion that are at the heart of all systems of domination and subordination.

The End of Patriarchy makes a powerful argument that a socially just society requires no less than a radical feminist overhaul of the dominant patriarchal structures.

Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics and is a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award winner. Jensen is a board member of Culture Reframed and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

Free event, all welcome.


Book Launch: Swallows Fly North (Al McKay)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Thursday June 29th

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We welcome you to the launch of Al McKay's new novel Swallows Fly North (published by Forty South Publishing). 

"He thought of himself as a tiny minnow in an extremely large ocean. But maybe, just maybe, that swish of the minnow’s tail or the ripple of the swallow’s flight feathers on the waters of the Port had wafted a little essence of the Peninsula to the rest of the world."

Life-long friends, Jack, Harry and Peter, were born in 1933 and spent their early childhood on the Tasman Peninsula. They sought careers far from their homeland but, despite living far apart as adults and following their own guiding stars, they, like the swallows, returned time and again to their birthplace.

Swallows Fly North is their story - a tale of boys growing from romantic children to the realities of manhood during the years from 1940 to 1963; a tale of migration, regeneration and the protection of cultural heritage.

Al McKay will be donating the entire proceeds of the first publishing run to the charity Soldier On.

Free event, all welcome.


Book Event: The Trip of a Lifetime (Monica McInerney)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5:00pm, Friday July 14th

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The Hobart Bookshop welcomes Monica McInerney in an event celebrating the release of her newest novel, The Trip of a Lifetime.

‘I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven’t let yourself remember…’

The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she’s keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland.

But as she embarks on her journey, the flamboyant Lola is still hiding the hurtful reasons she left Ireland in the first place. What – and who – will be waiting for her on the other side of the world?

The Trip of a Lifetime is a big, bold, beautiful book about the light and dark times of life, and all the wonders in between. Moving from the Clare Valley of South Australia to the lush Irish countryside, this is a delightful, emotional story about a colourful and huge-hearted family that you’ll want to call your own.

Free event, all welcome.


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