Past events 2019

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 Event: Nobody's Child (Natasha Fay)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 18th

AmongWillows_coverWe were excited to host a Q&A event with Natasha Fay, author of Nobody's Child.

 

This was Natasha Fay's account of how she grew from an abuse victim to a survivor despite the many adversities in her life. The neglect of her own mother which enabled her abusers, an unfulfilling relationship with a distant husband, a gambling addiction typical to the destructive behavioural patterns of the abused, the tragedy of being unable to pursue her abusers for justice in the court, and discovering the failures of the agencies that could have saved her and her siblings from a childhood of abuse.
 
Happily, Natasha was able to end the cycle and build a successful career, and most importantly, provide a loving, secure and nurturing relationship for her own daughter.

Book Launch: The Sparkle Pages (Meg Bignell)

Hadley's Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, 5.00pm, Saturday April 13th

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We were thrilled to support the launch of Meg Bignell's debut novel, The Sparkle Pages.

 

'Is marriage just a series of texts about where the children are and whether we need milk until one of you dies?' Susannah Parks is a viola virtuoso. Except she hasn't picked up a viola for over a decade. She has, however, picked up a lot of Lego, socks, wet towels and other exhibits of mundanity. She has also picked up on the possibility that her husband has lost interest in her. (And frankly, she's not very interested in Susannah Parks either.) But this year, she has resolved to be very interesting. Also thoughtful, useful, cheerful, relevant, self-sufficient, stylish, alluring and intelligent. In her highly confidential diary, Susannah documents the search for the elusive spark in her marriage, along with all the high and low notes of life with her four beloved children, with her free-spirited (and world famous) best friend Ria, and with Hugh, the man who fills her heart with burning passion and her washing pile with shirts. And perhaps amid the chaos she might be brave enough to find the missing pieces of herself.

Meg Bignell was a nurse and a weather presenter before she surrendered to a persistent desire to write. Since then she has been writing almost every day - bits and pieces here and there, either to earn a crust, to get something off her chest or to entertain herself. She sings a bit too, occasionally writes and performs cabaret, but is mostly very busy being a mother to three and a wife (to one). She lives with her family on a dairy farm on Tasmania's East Coast.


Book Launch: Continental Shift (Megan Schaffner)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 11th

AmongWillows_coverWe were delighted to host the launch, by Liz McQuilkin, of Megan Schaffner's new book Continental Shift.


For over five decades, Megan has been observing and recording her adopted Tasmanian environment in prose and poetry. In 1961 Megan crossed the Indian Ocean that now divides two continents that once were part of the great Gondwana landmass. In her arms she carried two restless children. In her head she carried remembered voices from her childhood, and in her mind's eye she carried wild South African landscapes.
 
Megan's writing voice can be cautious or probing, lyrical or quirky - and carries with it a keep sense of place, awe, inspiration and her own inimitable heartfelt celebration of this life.

Book Launch: An Inherited Epidemic of Gilgamesh (Graeme Hetherington)

The John Elliott Classics Museum (University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus), 5.30pm, Wednesday April 10th

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We were delighted to support the launch of Graeme Hetherington's new book, An Inherited Epic of Gilgamesh, launched by Ralph Spaulding.


Ralph Spaulding says of the collection:
'Graeme Hetherington's depiction of his relationship with his friend and mentor James McAuley is enhanced by framing it within the context of the Gilgamesh epic.. This provides an opportunity not only to describe the nature of a personal relationship in some depth but to consider broader aspects of the human condition - love, loss, loneliness, mutability and mortality. By exploring both the personal and universal so honestly and powerfully, Hetherington adds to our understanding of both his subject and himself.'

Book Launch: It Can Take Till Now (Libby Goodsir)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday April 4th

AmongWillows_coverWe were delighted to host the launch by Aurora Hammond and Anita Oakley, of Libby Goodsir's new collection of poetry, with drawings by Bruce Goodsir, It Can Take Till Now.

 
'The chronicle of a life and a family told through moments of insight offers wisdom to us all. The skill of the poet to condense complex experience into such rare and potent words opens a window into the inner world of everyone. Elizabeth (Libby) Goodsir achieves this with such heart and humour that we can feel kinder and wiser to have known her and through her, know ourselves. I recommend the rich and welcoming experience of It Can Take Till Now, to all lovers of life and family.'

Aurora Hammond, B.SocWk.M.A.Psych

'Elizabeth (Libby) and Bruce have been in my life for 30 years.  In that time I have observed a family whose love for art and beauty and experimenting and exploring - has been inspiring and relentless. In It Can Take Till Now, Libby’s written wisdom is not misspent moralising.  Instead it is offered with open hands, and sits beautifully beside Bruce’s drawings that capture life in all its quivering glory.  We simply glide into the hearts of these two artists.  What can be more meaningful than reading odes about family and the close friends that define our short time on earth. Poems such as Birthing day, Reunion and Farewell Sweet Neighbour remind us where poetry needs to sit, in our breast pocket close to our hearts.'
Neeta Oakley, BA, BSW, GradCert. H.H.S


Book Launch: Silliness: A Serious History (Peter Timms)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Monday April 1st

AmongWillows_coverWe were delighted to host the launch of Peter Timms' new book, Silliness: A Serious History.


Silliness is to be savoured. It exposes the cracks in our reasoning, raising a gleeful two-finger salute to convention and common sense. In a world awash with stupidity and cruel politics, silliness is childish, anarchic, mischievous, rude and sometimes shocking.But it's not new. This delightful yet informative book reveals the surprisingly rich history of silliness, going all the way back to the madcap plays of Aristophanes in the fourth century BC. Medieval fools and jesters, strange 'epidemics of silliness' in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and the charming nonsense of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, lead us to the often dark and nihilistic silliness of modern times, including Buster Keaton, Monty Python and 'Cats that Look Like Hitler'.

Between 1971 and 1988 Peter Timms held curatorial positions in a number of public art galleries and museums, including the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1984 for study in Europe, and an Australia Council Senior Writers' Fellowship in 1994. Since 1988 he has worked as a freelance journalist and author. He was editor of Art Monthly Australia for five years, and has served as art critic for The Age and Tasmanian critic for The Australian. He has published a dozen books and currently resides in Hobart.
 

Book Launch: The Huts of kunanyi / Mount Wellington (Maria Grist)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday March 20th

AmongWillows_coverWe were pleased to host the launch, by The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Anna Reynolds, of Maria Grist's new book, The Huts of kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

 

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a series of ornate rustic recreational huts were built by enthusiastic young Hobart men and women on the lower slopes of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. They were artistically crafted and were further beautified by the addition rustic arbours, summer houses, bridges, gardens, and bush furniture, all built by the hospitable and generous hut owners.

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.
 

Book Signing: Jacqueline Harvey

The Hobart Bookshop, 4.00pm, Wednesday March 20th

AmongWillows_coverWe were excited to welcome Jacqueline Harvey back to our shop for a signing.

 

Jacqueline Harvey worked in schools for many years but has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of the popular Kensy and Max, Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia alone.
 
Kensy and Max #3: Kensy and Max are back in London for no time at all before things begin to heat up - quite literally. As a result, Granny Cordelia ships them off to Australia on an undercover mission. The twins find themselves planted in a posh Sydney school where first appearances prove to be deceiving. What seems like a straightforward assignment turns into something so much bigger. Kensy and Max must employ all their spy skills - the fate of their parents, and who they've been searching for, depends on it.
 

Book Launch: Rise of the Right (Greg Barns)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday March 6th

AmongWillows_coverWe were pleased to host the launch of Greg Barns' new book, 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.
 
Greg Barns is a barrister, academic, writer, political commentator and former political adviser. He appears around Australia in criminal and human rights cases and is a long time adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Greg teaches in RMIT University's Law program and writes a weekly column for the Hobart Mercury. He also regularly contributes to Crikey and The Age. Greg was a senior political adviser to Liberal state and federal leaders and ministers and ran the Republic Referendum campaign for the Yes case in 1999. He was Chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 2000-2002. Greg was also National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance from 2011-2012. He is the author of What's Wrong with the Liberal Party; Selling with Australian Government and co-author of An Australian Republic. Greg is based in Hobart.
 

Book Launch: Jilda's Ark (Verity Croker)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday February 27th

AmongWillows_coverWe were excited to host the launch, by Susan Ditter (Executive Officer, Working It Out) and Layne Kullrich, of Verity Croker's new young adult book, Jilda's Ark.

 

While her mother and sister are enjoying an excursion on a Fijian island, Jilda, who is unwell and remains onboard, finds their ship has sailed off, leaving most of its passengers stranded on shore. An unknown group has overtaken the ship. After a few days, they collect thousands of new passengers from a distant archipelago, making conditions onboard overcrowded and uncomfortable. Though Jilda is desperate to reunite with her family, she meets someone who comforts her and will completely change her world. But how will her new friend Jade feel when she learns Jilda has a boyfriend back home?
 
Verity Croker writes across a variety of genres. Her novels for young adult readers, May Day Mine and Jilda’s Ark are published by Harmony Ink Press. She is also a published author of short stories, newspaper articles, poetry, and travel articles. She teaches International students at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.
 

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