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.

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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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