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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: Losing Streak: How Tasmania was Gamed by the Gambling Industry (James Boyce)

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Republic Bar and Cafe (upstairs), 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
5.30pm, Tuesday March 14th

We are delighted to welcome Black Inc. publisher Chris Feik to celebrate the launch of James Boyce's latest book, Losing Streak.  The book will be 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. The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo. It is a story of broken politics and back-room deals. 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.

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James Boyce is the author of Born Bad (2014), 1835 (2011) and Van Diemen's Land (2008). Van Diemen’s Land won the Tasmania Book Prize and the Colin Roderick Award and was shortlisted for the NSW, Victorian and Queensland premiers’ literary awards, as well as the Prime Minister’s award. Tim Flannery described it as 'a brilliant book and a must-read for anyone interested in how land shapes people'. 1835 won the Age Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, the Western Australian Premier's Book Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. The Sunday Age described it as 'A first-class piece of historical writing'. James Boyce also wrote the Tasmania chapter for First Australians, the companion book to the acclaimed SBS TV series. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he is a University Associate in Geography and Spatial Sciences.


Book Launch: Blue Pollen Beautiful (Elizabeth Goodsir, with etchings by Madeleine Goodwolf)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday March 21st

What better way to celebrate World Poetry Day than by joining us in the shop for a poetry book launch!

Terry Whitebeach will launch Elizabeth Goodsir's collection Blue Pollen Beautiful, with etchings by her daughter Madeleine Goodwolf.

'Whimsy and from the heart, Libby Goodsir’s words reflect what is to be human and to be a mother. Madeleine’s images perfectly counterpoint Libby’s words, adding a thousand new dimensions to the meditation. What a gift!' ~ Chris Gallagher

'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


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