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.

Check our calendar of upcoming events below, or have a look at photos and highlights from past events.

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Special Event: In Conversation

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Holly Throsby with Melanie Tait

The Hobart Bookshop, 3.00pm, Sunday October 23rd

Join us for this very special event.

We are pleased to welcome Holly Throsby for a conversation with ABC Radio's Melanie Tait.

Holly Throsby is touring to celebrate the release of her first novel, Goodwood.

It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped... Goodwood is a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It's a place where it's impossible to keep a secret... In 1992, when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart McDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes home... People die in Goodwood, of course, but never like this. They don't just disappear... As the intensity of speculation about the fates of Rosie and Bart heightens, Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood are left reeling... Rich in character and complexity, its humour both droll and tender, Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community, torn apart by dark rumours and mystery.


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Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper. 





Melanie TaitMelanie Tait is a broadcaster and author. She's been writing since she could pick up a pencil and is the author of Fat Chance: My Big Fat Gastric Band Adventure (New Holland, 2010) and the playwright behind The Vegemite Tales. After beginning her radio career as a producer on the John Laws Morning Show, Melanie moved to the ABC as a rural reporter in Darwin. For the first few years of her ABC career she travelled all over Australia for ABC Rural, ABC News and ABC Local Radio. She's enjoyed stints as a presenter on 105.7 ABC Darwin, 702 ABC Sydney and on national programs right around Australia. Melanie is currently the presenter for ABC 936 Evenings.


Free event, all welcome.

Book Launch: Deutschland über Allah! Germany, Gallipoli and The Great War (John F Williams)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday October 26th

We welcome you to the launch, by historian Henry Reynolds, of John Williams' new book Deutschland über Allah!

John Williams has carefully examined the German sources in relation to the Gallipoli campaign and the First World War as a whole. Among other revelations, his book also details the story of the evacuation and eventual fate of Gallipoli's 2000-year-old Greek community during that extraordinary conflict.

Williams was a historian and a photographer whose other books include Quarantined Culture: Australian Reactions to Modernism, 1913-1939 (1995), Anzacs, the Media and the Great War, 1914-1918 (1999), German Anzacs and the First World War (2003) and Corporal Hitler and the Great War, 1914-1918 (2005). His photographic exhibitions include Australian Correspondences, Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne, France (1998) and 'From the Flatlands', a part of Flanders Then and Now, Australian War Memorial (1986).

You can find more information about the book at the Australian Scholarly Publishing website.

Free event, all welcome.


Book Launch: How to Proceed (Andrew Sant)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday October 27th

We welcome you to the launch, by Pete Hay, of Andrew Sant's new book How to Proceed.

The essays in this mischievously titled collection, How to Proceed, are, in the authors own words, 'apparently offhand, informal, digressive and unashamedly personal'. Perhaps, he suggests in the introduction, they are not really essays at all. They explore subjects ranging from the nature of time to the pleasures (and pitfalls) of walking, the mysteries of marriage to the matter of taking risks. Trust is scrutinized and the gaining of self-knowledge tested. Always lively, often amusing, sometimes poignant, these verbal excursions make clear that, in most circumstances, discovering how to proceed is rarely less than tricky. Written with a poet's eye for detail - the author is a distinguised poet - this collection, whether focusing on the perils of modern transport or the potential satisfactions of curiosity, contains many surprising departures.

Free event, all welcome.

Book Launch: A Beauty that Catches (Tony Brennan)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday November 3rd

We welcome you to the launch, by Liz Winfield, of Tony Brennan's new book A Beauty that Catches.

This is Tony's first collection of poetry, though he has been published and is also a professional musician (hint: if you're lucky you'll get some bonus live music at the launch!). Poet Karen Knight says that 'Brennan’s poems offer a refreshing perspective on the deep value of life and the beauty that surrounds us. His honest approach and simple observations alert us to the importance of being. Thumbs up to this first collection from an interesting, emerging poet.'

Free event, all welcome.




Book Launch: Meanderings (Betty McKenzie-Tubb)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday November 9th

We welcome you to the launch, by Jen Gibson, of Betty McKenzie-Tubb's new book Meanderings, published by Ginninderra Press.

Betty McKenzie-Tubb has been scribbling since youth, beginning with contributions to the Sydney Morning Herald and to the ABC radio programme The Argonauts. She was Ancona 49 and wrote regularly to ‘Anthony Inkwell’. Degrees in Education and Arts have helped nourish her writing. She spent most of her working life as a teacher of the deaf, for whom the door to literacy is sometimes difficult to open. She is grateful to Montaigne, the father of the personal essay. Reading his works and those of contemporary essayists has been a source of great pleasure and inspiration.

‘Betty’s musings are hugely entertaining. They range from the sublime to the ridiculous. These bright rays of self-deprecating wit embrace perceptive observations of our mixed-up world.’ - Jen Gibson

Free event, all welcome.

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