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.

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Book Event: River Business (Sarah Jane Moore & Errin Polegaj)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 10.30am-12.30pm, Saturday February 27th

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is a free event that includes session times. Booking is essential.

We are delighted to be hosting a book event with Sarah Jane Moore and Errin Polegaj, to celebrate their children's picture book River Business.

River Business brings focus to an unlikely but beautiful friendship between two night-time creatures. Through lyrical prose and soft illustrations, the book shows them sharing and overcoming their differences through joy, fun and river based play. 

Sarah Jane holds a PhD in Reconciliation through Music and her research formulates ways for children to engage in Reconciliation through music and art. She is an experienced drama, music and art teacher in primary and secondary schools and has worked as an educator in child care and early learning contexts. She is a mother to three children, an artist, an auntie and lover of watery worlds.

River Business is Errin Polegaj’s first illustration project, completed while working in a local communications business and raising two wonderful and very cheeky children. From her kitchen window, Errin observes giant gums, the winding coastline and the majestic river. Her backyard is filled with the scats of the local wildlife – including the Tasmanian Bettong featured in River Business.

For further details on the story behind the creation of River Business, see their website.

Book your free tickets here.

Book Launch: A Week to Remember (Esther Campion)

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The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday March 11th

This is a ticketed event. Any profits will be donated to charity.

We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Esther Campion's new novel, A Week to Remember.

Esther Campion’s novels are complete with warm Irish storytelling about modern life, underlined by a strong sense of community and ode to the landscapes she loves. Esther grew up in Cork, Ireland, but has since lived in Scotland, Norway and South Australia. She currently resides in Tasmania’s picturesque Port Sorrell.
A Week to Remember is set in a converted stone farmhouse on the Irish Coast as it’s about to receive its first guests. Each of this group of strangers is at a crossroads. And one week in the middle of winter may change all their lives.

Book your ticket here.
$5.00 includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Book Launch: Earth Dwellers (Kristen Lang)

Cover Image, Weedy Dragon

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday March 25th

This is a ticketed event. Any profits will be donated to charity.

We are excited to be hosting the launch of Kristen Lang's new collection of poetry, Earth Dwellers.

The Anthropocene – what can poetry do in this epoch in the Earth’s history defined by human impact? With its immersion in powerful wilderness landscapes, Earth Dwellers challenges our human-centredness by embracing perspectives which set the intimate delicacy of life forms against time scales that go back millions of years. These are deep-breath poems, full of touch and awareness, consolidated by their commitment to the ecologies that envelop us. Asked where we come from, the poems speak not of nations or tribes but of mosses, mountains, oceans, birds. And asked where we are going, the poems refer not to rockets or recessions, but to the biome, a place where consumption is a relationship and not a right. This is ecopoetry – where the natural world is primary, and humans have to find their place in it, rather than the other way around.

The crags do not notice
if I have come from stone or am becoming stone
or am merely part of the weather.

Kristen Lang moved from Melbourne to regional Tasmania as a child. She now lives in mountainous country in north-west Tasmania. In her writing, closeness and connection combine with a beyond-human view that celebrates ecological continuity. Her collection of poems and photographs Let me show you a ripple was self-published in 2008. In 2017, her poetry books SkinNotes and The Weight of Light were published by Walleah Press and Five Islands Press. The latter was longlisted for the 2019 Margaret Scott Award.

Book your ticket here.
$5.00 includes a complimentary glass of wine.

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