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: Fortune (Lenny Bartulin)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Wednesday July 3rd

AmongWillows_coverWe are delighted to be hosting the launch, by Geordie Williamson, of Lenny Bartulin's new novel, Fortune.


In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Prussia. Beginning on the very day he leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate, Fortune traces the fates of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the globe. Spanning more than a century, the novel moves from the Napoleonic Wars to South America, and from the early penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land to the cannons of the First World War, mapping the reverberations of history on ordinary people. Some lives are willed into action and others are merely endured, but all are subject to the unpredictable whims of chance. Fortune is a historical novel like no other, a perfect jewel of epic and intense brilliance.
'A thrilling tale of adventure told across centuries and continents...It made me laugh and cry and swear with astonishment. It is savage and nihilistic, wise and kind, never less than gripping, and it is over far sooner than you want it to be. And every line is marked with the author's unmistakable stylistic signature: somewhere between Roger Federer at the net and Mick Jagger's rooster strut.'
Geordie Williamson, Chief Literary Critic, The Australian.
Lenny Bartulin's previous novel, Infamy, was longlisted in the 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Awards, for the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize. In 2010, the second novel in his Sydney Noir Trilogy, The Black Russian, was shortlisted in the Ned Kelly Awards for Best Novel. He has published poetry and short stories in various journals, including Heat, Meanjin and Island Magazine.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Launch: Journey (Jan Colville)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday July 25th

AmongWillows_coverWe are pleased to be hosting the launch, by Pete Hay, of Jan Colville's new collection of poems, Journey.


'Journey leads the reader into richly experienced and sometimes imagined worlds, entered into with curiosity, empathy and delight. In language that is evocative, deft and clear, the poet responds to loved ones and lovers, to writers, artists, philosophers, inventors and strangers, and to wild and beautiful places, sharing moments of discovery and insight. These are intelligent, sensual and rewarding poems, celebrations of life and the multiplicity of influences that contribute to the story of one woman’s journey to her ‘self ’.
Lyn Reeves.

'Jan Colville has a unique poetic voice that comes from nowhere and everywhere, and resonates through spirit, skin, right down into the marrow of mind. She wields words with a scalpel of precision, and
with a poet’s eye as clear as Odin’s Ravens.'
Liz Winfield.
Jan Colville was born in Melbourne, and moved to Tasmania in 1946. She has lived in Canada, and France. Her inspirations are Robert Adamson, Mark Tredinnick, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins and most Tasmanian poets. Her poems cover autobiography, science, social commentary, philosophy and occasionally magic realism.  She was poet in residence for Poetry Australia at  Jam Jar Café, Hobart for six months in 2013. She has been featured reader at The Republic Readings in North Hobart on numerous occasions; and thanks The Fellowship of Australian Writers Tasmania Inc., The Republic Bar and Café and the Tasmanian Writers' Centre for these opportunities.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Launch: Ella and the Ocean (Lian Tanner)

The Hobart Bookshop, 10.30am, Sunday August 4th

AmongWillows_coverWe are excited to welcome Lian Tanner back to celebrate the release of her new picture book, Ella and the Ocean, which is to be launched by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, the Governor of Tasmania, AC.


Ella lived in the red-dirt country where the earth was as dry as old bones and it hadn't rained for years and years and years. One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean...
Lian Tanner is the author of the internationally bestselling The Keepers series, The Rogues and The Hidden. This is her first picture book. Jonathan Bentley is the illustrator of many wonderful picture books, including The Second Sky by Patrick Guest (CBCA Shortlist 2018), Tales from a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef, First Day by Andrew Daddo, Blue Sky Yellow Kite by Janet A Holmes, and Where is Bear?

This is a free event and all are welcome.

Book Launch: Baffling Gravity (Andrew Sant)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday September 19th

AmongWillows_coverWe are pleased to be hosting the launch of Andrew Sant's new collection of poems, Baffling Gravity.


Gravity is a physical influence, the weight of gravity, and gravity of thought and action are central to Andrew Satn's new collection of poems - and so too is the means of baffling gravity, not the least by the deployment of wit. Gravity here is also baffling in the alternative sense, as a force or as a theory, which summons perplexity. These poems, wide-ranging in time and place, are richly textured investigations of the world, its terrain and its people, by an alert, often restless, informed observer.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

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