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Book Launch: Silliness: A Serious History (Peter Timms)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Monday April 1st
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Book Launch: It Can Take Till Now (Libby Goodsir)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 4th
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Book Launch: An Inherited Epidemic of Gilgamesh (Graeme Hetherington)
The John Elliott Classics Museum (UTAS, Sandy Bay campus), 5.30pm, Wednesday April 10th
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Book Launch: Continental Shift (Megan Schaffner)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 11th
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Book Launch: The Sparkle Pages (Meg Bignell)
Hadley's Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, 5.00pm, Saturday April 13th
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2019 Indie Book Awards
Book of the Year: Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton)
Fiction: Bridge of Clay (Markus Zusak)
Non-Fiction: The Arsonist (Chloe Hooper)
Illustrated Non-Fiction: Welcome to Country (Marcia Langton)
Debut Fiction: Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton)
Children's: Lenny's Book of Everything (Karen Foxlee)
Young Adult: A Song Only I Can Hear (Barry Jonsberg)
For further information visit the Indie Book Awards website.
2019 Stella Prize Shortlist
Little Gods (Jenny Ackland)
The Bridge (Enza Gandolfo)
Pink Mountain on Locust Island (Jamie Marina Lau)
The Erratics (Vicki Laveau-Harvie)
Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko)
Axiomatic (Maria Tumarkin)
For more information, visit the Stella Prize website.
2019 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist
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2019 Children's Book Council of Australia Notables
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Pick of the month
The Huts of kunanyi / Mount Wellington
The Huts of kunanyi/Mount Wellington draws on newspaper accounts, postcards, and photographs that still exist today. A testament to their short time of fame, Maria Grist has written this book in the hope that this romantic episode of our mountain’s history should not be forgotten.
Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories - equal parts wholesome and uncanny; from the tantalizing witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can - beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.
What happens when a 32-year-old first-generation Australian woman decides to chuck in a dream job, pack a sleeping bag and tent, and hit the long, dusty road for six months? Thirty-thousand kilometres later, Monica Tan has the answer, and it completely surprises her. Stranger Country is the riveting account of the six months Monica drove and camped her way through some of Australia’s most beautiful and remote landscapes. She shared meals, beers and conversations with miners, greynomads, artists, farmers, community workers and small business owners from across the nation: some Aboriginal, some white, some Asian, and even a few who managed to be all three.
After She's Gone
For psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schoen, life is good. She and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren, have just returned from a dream holiday in Greenland and the symptoms of her early onset dementia seem to be under control. They travel go to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town. Then Hanne is found wandering around the outskirts of Ormberg lost, hurt and confused - and Peter is missing. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one - and where is Peter?
Boy Swallows Universe
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is an instant Australian classic.
Indie Book of the Year 2019.
A dangerous man moves in with a mother and her two adolescent children. The man runs an unlicensed mechanic’s workshop at the back of their property. The girl resists the man with silence, and finally with sabotage. She fights him at the place where she believes his heart lives-in the engine of the car.
Helen and John are too preoccupied with making a mess of their marriage to notice the quiet ways in which their daughters are suffering. Junie grows up brittle and defensive, Anna difficult and rebellious. When fifteen-year-old Anna fails to come home one night, her mother's not too worried; Anna's taken off before but always returned. Helen waits three days to report her disappearance. But this time Anna doesn't come back ...
The Hollow Bones
Berlin, 1936. Ernst Schäfer, a young, ambitious zoologist and keen hunter and collector, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the frozen mountains of Tibet. Their secret mission: to search for the origins of the Aryan race. Ernst has doubts initially, but soon seizes the opportunity to rise through the ranks of the Third Reich. While Ernst prepares for the trip, he marries Herta, his childhood sweetheart. But Herta, a flautist who refuses to play from the songbook of womanhood and marriage under the Reich, grows increasingly suspicious of Ernst and his expedition.
He was an Austrian immigrant; she came from Tasmania. He grew up beside the Carinthian Alps; she climbed mountains when few women dared. Their honeymoon glimpse of Cradle Mountain lit an urge that filled their waking hours. Others might have kept this splendour to themselves, but Gustav Weindorfer and Kate Cowle sensed the significance of a place they sought to share with the world. When they stood on the peak in the heat of January 1910, they imagined a national park for all. Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story traces the achievements of these unconventional adventurers and their fight to preserve the wilderness where they pioneered eco-tourism.
The Uninhabitable Earth
The signs of climate change are unmistakable even today, but the real transformations have hardly begun. We’ve been taught that warming would be slow-but, barring very dramatic action, each of these impacts is likely to arrive within the length of a new mortgage signed this year. What will it be like to live on a pummeled planet? What will it do to our politics, our economy, our culture and sense of history? And what explains the fact we have done so little to stop it? These are not abstract questions but immediate and pressing human dramas, dilemmas and nightmares.
Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle. I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up. Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.
‘It’s funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it’s like walking out into the sea, and you think everything’s fine and the water’s warm, but when you turn back you’re suddenly miles from shore. I’ve never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.’ A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.
The Freedom Artist
An impassioned plea for freedom and justice, set in a world uncomfortably like our own. In Ben Okri’s most significant novel since the Man Booker-winning The Famished Road, a young woman is arrested for speaking four simple words - Who is the Prisoner? This question resonates throughout the novel, and by the end it has become the question every reader has to ask themselves. The answer is implicit in the revelation at the heart of the story.
Death on the Derwent
When Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht, moored in the Derwent Estuary near the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's marina, on the night of 26 January 2009, he left behind his pipe and tobacco — something that his partner of 18 years, Sue Neill-Fraser, knew he would never willingly do. What she didn't know was that despite no body, no weapon, no cause of death, and no witnesses, she would soon become the only suspect in Chappell’s disappearance.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
Rise of the Right
To those who think of Australia as a highly successful democracy that has built a diverse society with respect for liberal values, a proposition that this is all at risk might seem alarmist. But the history of the past two decades in this country's political and social narrative, and now the global trend towards isolation, protectionism and authoritarianism, as well as the 'them and us' fear-mongering happening around the world, ought to raise the question as to whether the foundations of Australian liberal democracy are so secure that we are immune to the threats without and within. Rise of the Right is a fascinating account from one of Australia's leading political journalists and is essential reading for anyone interested in Australian politics.
Women over fifty-five are of the generation that changed everything. We didn’t expect to. Or intend to. We weren’t brought up much differently from the women who came before us, and we rarely identified as feminists, although almost all of us do now. Accidental Feminists is our story. It explores how the world we lived in - with the pill and a regular pay cheque - transformed us and how, almost in spite of ourselves, we revolutionised the world.
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. Winner of the 2018 National Book Award.
Winners Take All
Why should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy. Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James - previous winner of the Man Booker prize - weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue.
The Orchardist's Daughter
Sixteen-year-old Mikaela has grown up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in southeastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later, she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber town. Miki longs to make connections and spend more time in her beloved forest, but she is kept a virtual prisoner by Kurt, who leads a secret life of his own.
Among the Lost
In the desolate wastelands between the sierra and the jungle, under an all-seeing, unforgiving sun, a single day unfolds as relentlessly as those that have gone before. People are trafficked and brutalised, illegal migrants are cheated of their money, their dreams, their very names, even as countless others scrabble to cross the border, trying to reach a land they call El Paraíso.
Green Shadows and other poems
Gerald Murnane, now in his eightieth year, began his writing career as a poet. After many years as a writer of fiction, he returned to poetry a few years ago when he moved to Goroke, in Victoria, after the death of his wife. The forty-five poems collected here speak openly to the reader of the author’s memories, beliefs and experiences, and are an important addition to his internationally recognised body of fiction.
We Are Displaced
We Are Displaced is an important reminder that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person with hopes and dreams, and that everyone deserves universal human rights and a safe home. Malala shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met -girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they’ve ever known.
Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica's Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller.
Queen of Air and Darkness: #3 The Dark Artifices
Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare's Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.
A Table in the Valley
Right on Hobart’s doorstep is the stunning Huon Valley. With an abundance of producers it is possibly one of Australia’s most diverse food regions and historically Tasmania’s most recognised and significant in establishing Tasmania’s international reputation as The Apple Isle. lncluding delicious seasonal recipes using Huon produce by award-winning chef Steve Cumper.
On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.
Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history.
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