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: How to Belong (Anne Collins)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday November 20th


We are pleased to be hosting the launch, by Helen Swain, of Anne Collins' new collection of poetry, How to Belong.

‘Aristotle argued that as we mature, we act less aimlessly and more purposefully. How to Belong explores a myriad of ways we might approach this “good life”. Suggestive rather than instructive, Anne Collins does not ask anything of us that she does not ask of herself; diligent and compassionate in her self-reflection on being and belonging in her/our cultural, political and familial landscapes. With immediacy of language and vivid imagery these poems cast an ever-widening circle of light on matters that are at once particular and universal, of the times and timeless.'
Jane Williams

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Launch: The Pakana Voice (Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta and Dr Ian Broinowski)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday November 28th


We are excited to be hosting the launch of Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta and Dr Ian Broinowski's The Pakana Voice.

This is a book about newspapers and the power of the press to sway opinion. The main narrative voice is that of W.C., a somewhat hapless war correspondent, posted to Tasmania to cover the conflict between the Pakana people of Lutruwita and the British, in the years 1814 to 1856.

In the hope of learning more about the aboriginal people of Lutruwita he befriended Rialim, a man of the Moomairremener clan of the Paredarerme (Oyster Bay) Nation. He then met Lowana, a strong, intelligent and captivating woman with whom he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with. He resumed his profession, but his contact with the Moomairremener led him to break the cardinal rule of war journalism: he took sides.

W.C.’s perspective on these events is not without its biases. He tries to temper his feelings as he shares with us letters, articles and opinion pieces from his collection. He includes of his own postings under the byline The Pakana Voice, in which he encourages his readers to see what is not being reported in the conventional press.

Despite technology with its fancy gadgets, little has changed in two centuries of media and its influence over the minds of people, W.C.’s words still ring true: ‘I fear the old adage that we learn from history is indeed a misnomer’.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

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