Upcoming events

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 below for upcoming events.

Book Launch: Renovating Madness (Karen Knight and Liz McQuilkin)The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson cover image

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday December 12th

We are excited to host the launch, by Margaret Reynolds, of Karen Knight and Liz McQuilkin's new book, Renovating Madness, published by Walleah Press.  

'The history of the treatment of mental illness is a story of neglect and ignorance, resilience and rebellion, and, in the nineteenth and much of the twentieth century, outright cruelty. There is much to be learnt from that history. This poignant and provocative collection is a maverick biography of an institution established in New Norfolk in Tasmania in 1827, finally closing in 2001. The poems, narratives, reflections, records past and present collude to create powerful reminders of forgotten or forsaken lives and the impetus to treat mental illness with compassion and open-mindedness.' - Sarah Day.

'What is the shape of madness? Is it a signature element within a Tasmanian imaginary? Read this book and you will have your answer. Here are poems that shed an uncompromising light on that other and less known island shame, the institution I grew up calling 'the loony bin'. Here are poems brave and scintillating, poems edged in frost, raw poems that take not one backward step, poems that showcase the literary verve of two of the island's most original and accomplished talents. Knight and McQuilkin have given us a book about 'the bruising shout of power'. It demands to be read.' - Pete Hay.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Launch: The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson (Emma McEwin)The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson cover image

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday December 13th

We are delighted to welcome Emma McEwin back to Hobart to launch her new book, The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson, published by Australian Scholarly Press. The book will be launched by Associate Professor Elle Leane, author and Antarctic scholar.

A national hero, Douglas Mawson is famous as an Antarctic explorer who narrowly escaped death on the ice. Many books have been written about him. Artefacts from his expeditions are on public display and Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in the Australian Antarctic Territory have been preserved as a heritage site. His exploits are known to us, and yet he is enigmatic and cloaked in controversy.

In this book, Emma McEwin, Mawson’s great-granddaughter, reflects on her forebear’s public and private persona. Inspired by letters and portraits and other material traces of his legacy, she writes intimately about his effect on generations of his family and the making and unmaking of myths about him.

“What do things tell us about a person? This is the question that set me off in search of my great-grandfather. I knew that there was more I wanted to find out about him, not only as an explorer, but as a husband, father, scientist and academic, and about the lives of those who knew him, in particular, his wife Paquita and his daughters, Pat and Jessica. Fortunately, Mawson was a great hoarder of all kinds of things, from letters to books to scientific specimens, all of which reveal something, either about the kind of person he was or about how he is remembered.”

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Event: The Slipping Place (Joanna Baker)The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson cover image

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday December 18th

We invite you to join us in the shop for a 'meet the author' event with Joanna Baker, whose new novel The Slipping Place is set in Tasmania.

A Slipping Place is a stunningly compulsive, darkly suspenseful Australian crime novel that asks how far we would go to protect someone we love. Veronica Cruickshank's youngest child Roland is her idealistic one - a fighter of lost causes, and the one that always needs protecting, particularly from himself. So when she hears he is back in Hobart helping an old school friend, Treen McShane, Veronica tries to track him down - but all she finds are second hand reports, whispers of horrific abuse stories of a small child being hurt. Then Roland sends Veronica a text message, asking her to go to the Slipping Place, high on Mount Wellington, a picnic spot known only to their family. Here she discovers Treen's frozen body. Knowing Roland will be suspected of leaving Treen to die, Veronica resolves to find out what really happened. But as long-buried truths slowly surface, she uncovers a secret that brings the violence closer to home than she could have ever imagined...

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Launch: Going Down Gordon Brown (Alice Nunn with Andrew Mackirdy)Going Down Gordon Brown

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday December 19th

We are pleased to invite you to join us for the launch of Going Down Gordon Brown (Alice Nunn, with poems by Andrew Mackirdy), published by Ginninderra Press.

In 2006 there were 2.7 million people on Incapacity Benefit in the UK and Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, decided that 1 million of these should be taken off and made to work. Andrew had spent 35 years on this benefit, after time in a mental hospital in his early 20s. With this small amount of financial support, he was able to live a quiet contained life, caring for his 90-year-old mother. He was a good cook, hated jazz, voted for the Labour Party and wrote poetry.

But none of that saved him. The government was determined that the figures would come down. And that Andrew would be one of them.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

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