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: Jilda's Ark (Verity Croker)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Wednesday February 27th
We are excited to host the launch, by Susan Ditter (Executive Officer, Working It Out) and Layne Kullrich, of Verity Croker's new young adult book, Jilda's Ark.
While her mother and sister are enjoying an excursion on a Fijian island, Jilda, who is unwell and remains onboard, finds their ship has sailed off, leaving most of its passengers stranded on shore. An unknown group has overtaken the ship. After a few days, they collect thousands of new passengers from a distant archipelago, making conditions onboard overcrowded and uncomfortable. Though Jilda is desperate to reunite with her family, she meets someone who comforts her and will completely change her world. But how will her new friend Jade feel when she learns Jilda has a boyfriend back home?
Book Launch: Rise of the Right (Greg Barns)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Wednesday March 6th
We are pleased to host the launch of Greg Barns' new book, Rise of the Right.
To those who think of Australia as a highly successful democracy that has built a diverse society with respect for liberal values, a proposition that this is all at risk might seem alarmist. But the history of the past two decades in this country's political and social narrative, and now the global trend towards isolation, protectionism and authoritarianism, as well as the 'them and us' fear-mongering happening around the world, ought to raise the question as to whether the foundations of Australian liberal democracy are so secure that we are immune to the threats without and within. Rise of the Right is a fascinating account from one of Australia's leading political journalists and is essential reading for anyone interested in Australian politics.
Book Launch: The Huts of kunanyi / Mount Wellington (Maria Grist)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Wednesday March 20th
We are pleased to host the launch, by The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Anna Reynolds, of Maria Grist's new book, The Huts of kunanyi / Mount Wellington.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a series of ornate rustic recreational huts were built by enthusiastic young Hobart men and women on the lower slopes of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. They were artistically crafted and were further beautified by the addition rustic arbours, summer houses, bridges, gardens, and bush furniture, all built by the hospitable and generous hut owners.
The Huts of kunanyi/Mount Wellington draws on newspaper accounts, postcards, and photographs that still exist today. A testament to their short time of fame, Maria Grist has written this book in the hope that this romantic episode of our mountain’s history should not be forgotten.
Book Launch: Silliness: A Serious History (Peter Timms)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm, Monday April 1st
We are delighted to host the launch of Peter Timms' new book, Silliness: A Serious History.
Silliness is to be savoured. It exposes the cracks in our reasoning, raising a gleeful two-finger salute to convention and common sense. In a world awash with stupidity and cruel politics, silliness is childish, anarchic, mischievous, rude and sometimes shocking.But it's not new. This delightful yet informative book reveals the surprisingly rich history of silliness, going all the way back to the madcap plays of Aristophanes in the fourth century BC. Medieval fools and jesters, strange 'epidemics of silliness' in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and the charming nonsense of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, lead us to the often dark and nihilistic silliness of modern times, including Buster Keaton, Month Python and 'Cats that Look Like Hitler'.
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