Past events 2013

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, or have a look at photos and highlights from past events below.

If you would like to be added to our events mailing list, see our Bookshop Community page. If you are interested in holding an event with us, please email us.


Book Launch: Gorgonzola Moon (Molly Guy)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Monday December 9th

We launched Molly Guy's new collection of poetry.

Author Event: David Day

Cover image, Flaws in the ice

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday December 3rd

We were excited to be hosting an event with David Day, to celebrate the release of his new book Flaws in the Ice: In Search of Douglas Mawson.

Travelling south on his own six-week odyssey to the Antarctic, prize-winning historian David Day searches for the real Douglas Mawson.  Here he answers the difficult questions about Mawson that have hitherto lain buried - from questions about his intimate relationship with Lady Scott, and his leadership of the ill-fated Australiasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, to his conduct during the legendary trek that led to the death of his two companions.  He also explores how Mawson subsequently concealed his failures and deficiencies as an expedition leader, and created for himself a heroic image that has persisted for a century.

In this revealing new book, David Day draws upon this new evidence, and on the vast research he undertook for his international history of Antarctica. Flaws in the Ice will change perceptions of Douglas Mawson forever.

Book Launch: Hey Four Eyes (Jim Paterson)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday November 28th

Jim Paterson's autobiography was launched by Gordon Goward.

From the Ginninderra website: "The story of Jim Paterson's first thirty-five years is disarmingly frank; it describes so well the tough times of a young bloke trying to make his way in the 1930s, 40s and 50s as a wool classer and farmer. There are many light touches about amorous adventures, falling in love and hiccups along the way. There are moments of sadness, and graphic accounts that make the reader trumpet with laughter. Jim's book throws considerable and entertaining light on how family, fellowship, fluctuating fortunes - and some friction - spawned this successful farmer, poet, raconteur and good friend to many." - Gordon Goward

Book Launch: A Compendium of Collective Nouns (Jennifer Skelly)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday November 14th

We were delighted to host the launch of Jennifer Skelly's first book for children.

Author Event: Mem Fox

Salamanca Inn, 4.30pm, Thursday November 14th

Mem Fox is one of Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book authors and her first publication, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book in Australia. We are very excited she's coming to Hobart, and that we have the honour of hosting this event for all her adult fans. Mem will be reading some of her most beloved stories, including her new book Baby Bedtime, illustrated by Emma Quay.

Event: Meet the Magazines at the Emerging Writers' Festival

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Friday November 1st

We were delighted to host 'Meet the Magazines' for  the Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow: a networking event giving young writers a chance to meet the editors behind some of Australia’s leading literary magazines.

Check out a short film from day two of the festival, staring The Hobart Bookshop, on the Emerging Writers' Festival website.

Book Launch: The Journey (Coral Tulloch)Cover image, Journey

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday October 31st

This is the story of a journey. A tale winding through several dark corners and caverns before reaching the light at the end of the tunnel, and you are a very important part of The Journey. Bernard will be your guide, but this is your journey too, for without you it would not exist. A unique concept of games, codes and interesting people, all combining to make a recipe to engage the imagination.

Book Launch: Ice Breaker #1 The Hidden series (Lian Tanner)Cover image, Ice Breaker

The Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, 11.00am, Sunday October 27th

The first book in Lian Tanner's new series, The Hidden, was launched by Melissa King.

Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, the lowest of the low on an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same course for three hundred years. In that time, the ship's crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring tribes, the Cooks, the Officers and the Engineers. Everyone has a tribe except Petrel, whose parents committed such a terrible crime that they were thrown overboard, and their daughter ostracised. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the dark corners of the ship, trusting no one, speaking to no one except two large grey rats, Mister Smoke and Missus Slink. That is, until a boy is discovered, frozen on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. No one knows where he has come from, and when he recovers consciousness he claims to have forgotten even his name. The tribes don't trust strangers; they haven't seen one for three hundred years. But Petrel saves him and hides him away in the forgotten corners of the ship, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn't know is that for the last three hundred years, the ship has been guarding a secret. A secret that could change the world. A secret that the boy has been sent to destroy, along with the ship and everyone on it...

Book Launch: Tempo (Sarah Day)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday 25th

Bob Brown launched Sarah Day's new collection of poetry.

Time and motion are undercurrents in these new poems by Sarah Day. Her subjects encompass the commonplace in the Australian landscape as well as the exotic or peculiar. These poems, individually and collectively, invite questions about the enigmatic nature of past, present and future.

Book Launch: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan)Cover image, Narrow Road

Polish Club, 2.00pm, Sunday September 22nd

We were delighted to host the launch, by Martin Flanagan, of Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Flanagan is one of Australia's most celebrated writers, and his new novel is a story of the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life, and the impossibility of love.


Book Launch: Days Like These (Jane Williams)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday September 19th

This new collection by award-winning poet Jane Williams was launched by Sarah Day.

From early poems re-imagining bible stories to new work influenced by her travels through Asia - Jane Williams' keen interest in the connections between people pervades. Days Like These: New and Selected Poems 1998-2013 offers readers familiar with her work a treasured collation and to those coming to it for the first time a tantalizing introduction. Here you will find sorrow and joy inextricably linked in captivating verse that is ultimately a celebration of the journey we share. Jane is the author of four previous books of poetry and a collection of stories.

Book Launch: Crazy Little Heaven (Mark Heyward)
Cover image, Crazy Little Heaven

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday September 18th

Tim Bowden launched Mark Heyward's book Crazy Little Heaven: An Indonesian Journey.

When Mark first went to Indonesia, to teach at a small school in East Kalimantan, little did he realise how life changing his decision would prove to be. Within three years his Australian life would be behind him, and he would be travelling with fellow adventurers across remote Indonesian Borneo. The story of that remarkable expedition − a true travel adventure – coalesces with the author’s longer journey into the complex heart of Indonesia. It is a journey that spans two decades, and takes the reader from a treasured childhood in Tasmania to a new life in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. When he meets and falls in love with Sopan, he must make another life changing decision.

Book Launch: In the Vineyard of Art (Michael Denholm)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday September 10th

In the Vineyard of Art: The Story of Art and Tasmania, a History is volume one of a six volume series Michael Denholm is writing on the history of art in Tasmania.

Book Launch: Two Trees: Australian Artists' Books to Afghanistan and BackCover image, Two trees

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday September 5th

Mary Payenda from the Afghan community launched Two Trees.

From the Vivid Publishing website 'Two Trees is a book of women’s artists’ books, made up of Australian images and Afghan stories. It is a book of women’s strength and creativity, of women’s capacity to reach out to one another across time and space, across culture and difference, across distance and separation, and to find a space in which to touch one another in unanticipated ways.

In Conversation: Belinda Hawkins with Greg BarnsCover image, Every Parent's Nightmare

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm ,Thursday August 29th

Award-winning ABC journalist Belinda Hawkins and Greg Barns discussed Belinda's book Every Parent's Nightmare, covering the high profile Bulgarian case of Australian Jock Palfreeman. Hawkins is a senior journalist with ABC TV's Australian Story, and Barns is a barrister, author, political commentator, and writer for The Mercury.

In 2009 young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Andrei Monov, the only son of two people well connected in the Sofia legal fraternity. He claims he went to the defence of two Roma men being attacked by Monov and a bunch of soccer hooligans. The Bulgarians claim it was an act of cold-blooded murder. In a case of many twist and turns, where vital evidence was kept out of court and crucial witnesses never called, Hawkins focuses on the attempts by Jock's father, Simon Palfreeman, to obtain justice for his son.

Book Launch: From Ashes to Ashes (John Biggs)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday August 22nd

Terry Polglase, President of the Australian Education Union, Tasmanian Branch, launched the historical novel From Ashes to Ashes by John Biggs.

Author Event: Morris GleitzmanCover image, Extra Time

Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, 4.00pm, Thursday August 8th

We were delighted to present an author event with Morris Gleitzman, who spoke about his new book.

Extra Time is about 13-year-old Matt. Matt is discovered impressing the livestock in an Aussie country town with his remarkable soccer skills, and is offered the chance of a lifetime - a try-out at one of Europe's biggest and most glamorous soccer clubs. His younger sister Bridie goes with him as his manager and tells us their story - warts, goals and all. The funny and moving story of a sister's love for her brother, and how it survives everything fate throws at it, including the millions of pounds and mountains of pressure at the top of the world's most popular sport.

Book Launch: Pinto and the Nella Dan (Wendy McLennan & Catriona Maclaine)Cover Image, Pinto2

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday June 20th 

Professor Patrick Quilty (Honorary Research Professor in Earth Sciences, and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania) launched Pinto and the Nella Dan by Wendy McLennan and Catriona Maclaine.

Pinto is a robot penguin who has been created by Dave to help the Antarctic scientists with their field work. He is like a notebook computer and his camera eyes let him video and photograph images. He can communicate with humans and animals. He operates on battery power which needs to be recharged and has a super power switch which often gets him out of scary and tricky situations. 


Book Launch: Moriarty's Super Gene (Melvin Freestone)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 25th

Melvin Freestone's book Moriarty's Super Gene was launched by Warren Boyles.

The hero, Moriarty, is at once a participant in the game of life, a critic of humanity's foibles, a philosopher and a proud leftover from the '60s. He wrestles with everything from the decay of democracy, excessive political correctness, the horrors of Nazism and the extreme danger of climate change denial. 

Book Launch: The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land (Anne Morgan & Gay McKinnon (illustrator))

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 11th

Anne Morgan's book The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land was launched by Patsy Jones.

In this delightful collection of organically-grown eco-tales, a prince wants to marry the young woman with the smallest carbon footprint in the land; Space Cadet Lox finds out why a planet is like a bowl of porridge; a girl in a little green hoodie tries to save an endangered wolf; and Chicken Licken warns the sea is rising. Times have changed in Fairytale Land!

Cover image, Rich Land WastelandAuthor Talk: Rich Land, Wasteland: How Coal is Killing Australia (Sharyn Munro)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 4th

Sharyn Munro discussed her book Rich Land, Wasteland on the Australian coal rush.

As her website explains "Munro discovered a warzone in regional Australia after spending nearly a year visiting the country’s coal mining communities. She observed what’s really happening at the ‘coal-face’: towns and districts are dying, and people are hurting, rebelling, and ultimately paying the price for the nation’s mining boom".

Book Launch: A Trifle Dead - A Culinary Crime Novel (Livia Day)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday March 28th

We were delighted to host the launch, by Stephanie Smith, of Livia Day's novel A Trifle Dead.  This is actually a pseudonymous novel penned by Tasmanian author Tansy Rayner Roberts, and represents her first foray into crime fiction...

Book Launch: The Ambitions of Lady Franklin (Alison Alexander)

"Acanthe", Lenah Valley Road, 11am, Wednesday March 27th

The Governor's wife, Mrs Frances Underwood, launched Alison Alexander's biography The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer.

Book Launch: Madigan's Account: The Mawson Expedition (C.T. Madigan)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday March 7th

Professor Patrick Quilty (Honorary Research Professor in Earth Sciences, and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania) launched Madigan's Account: The Mawson Expedition (The Antarctic Diaries of C. T. Madigan 1911-1914). 

The transcriber, Julia W. Madigan, was also in attendance.

Book Launch: Anecdotal Notes From a Nurse in the 1950s (Carmel Cooper)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Friday February 15th

Maurice Cooper launched Carmel Cooper's autobiography Anecdotal Notes from a Nurse in the 1950s (as told to Merlene Abbott).

Book Launch: A Distant Prospect (Annette Young

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday February 12th

Sue-Ellen Paulsen, Principal Cello, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, launched Annette Young's A Distant Prospect.

Book Launch: Moving On (Paddy Burges Watson)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday February 7th

Julie Gardam launched Paddy Burges Watson's Moving On: A Tasmanian Tale.  Paddy's new book is the fictional tale of a young Irish girl who arrives in Van Diemen's Land in the 1800s.

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