Past events 2020

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 Signing: Diary of a Red Handfish (Katherine Richardson)

The Hobart Bookshop, 9.00am, Saturday December 12th

AmongWillows_coverWe were delighted to host a book signing event with Katherine Richardson, to celebrate her debut children's picture book Diary of a Red Handfish.

Have you ever seen a fish with hands? Beneath the seaweed, hiding amongst the sand, lives a strange little critter called a handfish...

This is its story, in words and illustrations aimed at the 7 to 10 year old market.



Book Event: My Dad Thinks Snakes are Scary (Veronika Ross)Cover Image, My Dad Thinks Snakes are Scary

The Hobart Bookshop, 11.00am-1.00pm, Saturday December 12th

The Hobart Bookshop were pleased to celebrate the launch of Veronika Ross's new children's book My Dad Thinks Snakes are Scary.

Set everywhere in Tasmania comes an all too common tale of fear and misunderstanding. Come along with us and meet some of Tassie's beautiful animals as Dad goes from being a big fraidy cat to the local snake catcher. Helping teach kids and grownups what to do and what not to do when they meet a snake. Delightfully illustrated with native Tasmanian reptiles by the amazing Sonia Strong.

This book will give kids - and the grown ups reading it - opportunity to bust all the fear, all the lies and all the myths surrounding these stunningly beautiful and amazingly adapted animals.

The event featureED live reptiles in the care of Veronika Ross. 

Book Launch: Doom Creek (Alan Carter)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday December 3rd


We were pleased to host the launch, by Stephen Brown, of Alan Carter's new novel, Doom Creek.


Sergeant Nick Chester has dodged the Geordie gangsters he once feared, is out of hiding and looking forward to a quiet life. But gold fever is creating ill-feeling between prospectors, and a new threat lurks in the form of trigger-happy Americans preparing for doomsday by building a bolthole at the top of the South Island. As tensions simmer in the Wakamarina Valley, Nick finds himself working on a cold-case murder and investigating a scandal-plagued religious sect. When local and international events reach fever pitch, Chester finds himself up against an evil that knows no borders.

Alan Carter was born in Sunderland, UK. He immigrated to Australia in 1991 and now lives in splendid semi-rural semi-isolation south of Hobart, Tasmania. He sometimes works as a television documentary director and in his spare time he follows the black line up and down the local swimming pool or drags on his wetsuit and braves the icy waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
Stephen Brown (SJ Brown) is the author of the Detective Inspector Mahoney series. His TasNoir ‘whydunnits’ seek to explore our native state. When not at his writing desk, he works as a tour guide all around the Apple Isle.

Book Signing: Lioness (Sue Brierley)Cover Image, Lioness

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday November 25th

We were delighted to host a book signing event with Sue Brierley, with an introduction by Saroo Brierley. 


Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came into his life half a world away in Tasmania is every bit as riveting.
In this uplifting and deeply personal book Sue reveals for the first time her own traumatic childhood. The daughter of a violent alcoholic whose business gambles left her family destitute, she grew up in geographic and emotional isolation. When Sue married and broke free of her father she was determined to also sever the cycle of despair, and made the selfless decision not to have a biological child. Instead, inspired by a vision she'd had as a young girl, she chose to adopt two children in need - Saroo and Mantosh. Little did she imagine that twenty-five years later she would be portrayed on screen by another Australian mother who chose to adopt - Nicole Kidman.
Moving and inspiring, Lioness explores the myth of motherhood, how families are formed in many ways, and how love and perseverance can bring us together.

Book Launch: A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner)


The Hobart Bookshop, 11.00am, Sunday September 20th

We were delighted to host the launch, by Les Winspear, of Lian Tanner's new children's book, A Clue for Clara.


'Greetings human. Am looking for a major crime to solve. Please inform me of any recent murders, kidnappings or jewel heists in this area.' Clara wants to be a famous detective with her own TV show. She can read claw marks, find missing feathers and knows morse code and semaphore. There's just one problem. She's a small scruffy chook, and no one takes her seriously. But when she teams up with Olive, the daughter of the local policeman, they might just be able to solve the crimes that have been troubling the town of Little Dismal.
Lian Tanner is the author of the internationally bestselling The Keepers series, The Rogues and The Hidden. Her first picture book, Ella and the Ocean, won the NSW Premier's Award for Children's Literature earlier this year and was also longlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year.

Les Winspear has established a broad based career as a playwright, actor and director. His plays include outdoor theatre, early childhood, primary age, community and historically based pieces. He was an actor and founding member of Riverina Theatre Co, worked with Salamanca Theatre Co, and helped found Zootango Theatre Co in Hobart. While with Zootango, he was instrumental in the development and presentation of family shows in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Subsequently, he helped found Theatre Alfresco, a cooperative which provides quality theatre in the Gardens over summer.

Book Launch: Another Love, Another Life (Graeme Hetherington)


The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday September 16th

We were pleased to host the launch, by Ralph Spaulding, of Graeme Hetherington's new collection of poetry, Another Love, Another Life.


Graeme Hetherington’s poems of loves and lives past are works of darkness describing human connections that lead ultimately to loss and loneliness. The emotional impact of the poet’s mindscape and his relationships with others is enhanced by beautifully drawn images from the natural world and references to classical myths. These features, together with skillful versification, make this collection a poetic tour de force.'
Ralph Spaulding

Book Launch: I Shed My Skin (Jane Giblin)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.00pm, Wednesday July 15th

AmongWillows_coverWe were excited to host the launch of Jane Giblin's book, I Shed My Skin, published by Forty South.


I Shed My Skin - A Furneaux Islands Story evolved out of an exhibition of Jane Giblin’s artwork which toured Tasmania in 2019. It revolves around strangers who come to a remote land and learn how to win a living from it. Traditions and relationships to the Furneaux Islands, built since the 1890s, were consolidated across five generations. During the latter part of the 20th century significant changes had to be met.

Giblin travelled up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia interviewing her father’s cousins in addition to some senior Furneaux community members. She sought memories of her great grandparents, feelings about the islands, and farming and birding as well as how they were acclimatising to changed land access and tradition due to successful land rights claims by local First Nations people. Giblin’s part-collaborator on her exhibition/book is retired lecturer in geography and well-known Tasmanian writer, Pete Hay.

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