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Nunn better for Novel knowledge

Paula Xiberras
19.11.17 3:40 am

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I recently chatted with bestselling author Judy Nunn about her new novel ‘Sanctuary’.

Judy has strong affiliations with Tasmania and might be deemed an ‘adopted’ Tasmanian with her husband author/actor Bruce Venable, a native Tasmanian. The couple frequently make family visits to the state.

Judy latest novel focuses on the very topical subject of asylum seekers and in doing gives us an example of art imitating life because, as Judy tells me, when writing her book about 9 asylum seekers coming ashore on an island in Western Australia. In 2015, a real boat of Sri Lankan asylum seekers did indeed come ashore on a Western Australian island. This event for Judy was validation that what she had written about was plausible.

There were slight variations in the non – fiction account and its similar fictionalised one. In Judy’s story the asylum seekers arrive at a deserted island abandoned at the time by its seasonal cray fishers.  The cray fishers have left an hospitable environment behind them to support the asylum seeker, in this way the little village in Judy’s words ‘is a microcosm of Australia and the world.’

Among the group are Doctor Rassen , his nurse wife, a young child Hamid, a student Massoud and a beautiful mystery woman, Jalila.

There is compassion shown for the plight of the asylum seekers, aided by the fact they are fully developed as people but Judy doesn’t push any political stance or ‘lecture’. The facts are presented to the reader to arrive at their own conclusion. The weighty issues of the groups plight is balanced with a love story developing between Jilila and Paul, one of the port residents, as a healing of the asylum seekers and their acceptance by members of the island population takes place.

Sanctuary is out now published by Penguin/Random House.

Judy is visiting Tasmania and can be seen:

  20 Nov An afternoon with Judy Nunn at Hobart LINC
  20 Nov An evening with Judy Nunn at Kingston LINC
  21 Nov An afternoon with Judy Nunn in Devonport
  21 Nov An evening with Judy Nunn in Launceston

Bookings can be made here: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/sanctuary-9780143783855/events

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Black Inc.:January 2018 new releases

Black Inc. Books
17.11.17 4:46 pm

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Hobart Bookshop: Sill Bravely Singing, launched by Don Knowler ...

Hobart Bookshop
16.11.17 10:14 am

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For poetry lovers ... 

You are invited to the launch, by Don Knowler, of Robyn Mathison’s new chapbook, Still Bravely Singing, published by Ginninderra Press.

We’re delighted to launch another of Robyn Mathison’s collections, and this delicate gathering of images and moments will fulfil readers just as much as her previous collection, To Be Eaten by Mice (2009).

Robyn Mathison was born in Narranderra, NSW, in 1938, and has lived in Hobart since 1975. She has written poetry, stories, and reviews, and has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia, the UK, and Japan. She has been secretary of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Hobart) for more than 20 years and has co-edited three anthologies of Tasmanian writing and a collection of reminiscences of Gwen Harwood. She is a Life Member of the FAW, the Tasmanian Writers Centre, and the Society of Women Writers.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 30th

Free event, all welcome. 

And don’t forget about this launch next week ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Megan Weston, of Irene Cowell’s new book, Rainbow Island: Tapestry of Time, published by Forty South Publishing.

Gabi opens his inheritance and is plunged into a fantastical chaotic world – the world of the Hidden. He travels through time; history collides with mythology. He means to protect his family but the heroic exploits of the Hidden face an irreconcilable threat to Rainbow Island.

In 2009, at the time when the stark reminder of mortality presented itself to Irene Cowell, and complications with friendships and family appeared insurmountable, traumatic memories surfaced and became intertwined with the local history of Bruny Island. Irene’s imagination was seized by a powerful image, the Empress of Time. The landscape of a story emerged, peopled with a cast of characters, their lives caught within the machinations of the Empress and her Daughter. The need to write about this interplay of characters became so necessary that she began to write its story. It is a fantasy, but steeped in the colours of reality. The locality: Rainbow Island – the story: Tapestry of Time.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 23rd

Free event, all welcome. 

Happy reading,
The Hobart Bookshop team. 

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Transportation Press: Are you our new web editor?

Transportation Press
09.11.17 5:22 am

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People’s Choice Awards – 2017 Premier’s Literary Prizes ...

TasmanianArtsGuide.com.au
06.11.17 6:33 am

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The People’s Choice Awards are your chance to win the 20 longlisted books and score an invitation to the gala announcement of the winners at Government House, Hobart.The Premier’s Literary Prizes are the Tasmanian State Government’s biennial literary awards, supported by the University of Tasmania and private philanthropists. They celebrate the richness of the Tasmanian literary sector and acknowledge the particular influence that Tasmania has on written work.

To inform your vote click on the links below to read extracts, download a pdf with all the extracts and author biographies here or get down to your local bookshop to buy the books.

One lucky reader who votes in the People’s Choice Awards will win all twenty longlisted books and score an invitation to the gala announcement of the winners at Government House on Monday, 27 November 2017.

Vote by clicking on your favourite shortlisted work in each of the prize categories and confirm your vote at the bottom of the page.

Voting closes 11:59 pm on Wednesday, 22 November 2017.

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New book unlocks key to relationships using cooking and conversation

Better Energy
06.11.17 6:14 am

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Determined not to allow the stress of life to impact on their relationship, authors and couple of over 13 years, Ross Holland and Melissa Horton, are sharing the recipe to their success in the new book Lust at First Bite.

More than just a delicious and fun cookbook, Lust at First Bite combines food and drinks with fun ideas of romance, conversation and intimacy. Taking couples on a journey of romance and desire it will guide you along a path to open communication, connection, respect and intimacy.

Lust at First Bite contains 12 tantalising chapters, each unique in both its food and approach to love and seduction - some gently intimate, and others quite naughty.

Whether you have been married for 30 years, lovers for one or two, or are just beginning to date, this book will tempt your taste buds and ignite the hunger in your relationship. Lust at First Bite is the perfect gift for both yourself and your loved one.

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Cleeven - ing to Crime

Paula Xiberras
06.11.17 6:06 am

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I recently spoke to Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera Stanhope novels, the latest and eighth in the series being ‘The Seagull’. The novel details crime in a close community of family connections. A central focus of which is the former nightclub ‘the Seagull’.

Ann is no stranger to Australia having attended a writer’s festival in Adelaide but she has not as yet visited Tasmania. Her husband, a natural historian is knowledgeable of Tasmania and is keen to visit.

Speaking on the popularity of the crime/thriller genre Ann tells me she believes one of the reasons is the fact that ‘the world can be a confusing place’ and the crime and thriller novel provides in most cases an ending where things are ‘put right ‘and ‘have a resolution’ where order is restored.

Ann is very happy with the screen adaptations of her work that are examples of good script writing and create a sense of place. She is also glad she has been able to create a heroine in Vera Stanhope that does not fit the Hollywood cliché of ‘a tall, willowy, young woman’ but instead is a woman, not so willowy and ‘ of a certain age’. Ann says Vera’s low maintenance, no nonsense approach fits in well with the type of women who were the ones who rolled up their sleeves, and filled the jobs of men folk when they went to war.

Peppered throughout ‘The Seagull; is the charming dialect of the Shetland with a ‘bairn’ here and there.

Ann’s writing is inspired by the variety of careers she has worked in from the public library to bird observation and sometime something as simple as a train journey can put us on the track to creativity. .

‘The Seagull’ is out now published by Pan Macmillan.

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Poet Invites Readers into Her Beautifully Messy Mixed-Up World

Aurora House Publishing
03.11.17 4:56 pm

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“It takes a very strong woman to remain gentle!” – Rosalie Fayad (Lady R.F) 

The Edge of My World by Rosalie Fayad (Lady R.F) is a collection of poems and proses showcasing an instinctive freestyle art-form of poetry that caters to everyone, covering themes such as Love, Life, Anxiety, Inspiration, Determination, and Self-Worth.
 
As someone who has suffered from anxiety and PTSD for most of her life, Rosalie has based many of her poems on the crippling ailment, allowing readers experiencing similar situations to see they are not alone and that there’ll be plenty of sun-shiny days ahead. Rosalie holds nothing back in her poems, allowing readers to feel every raw emotion – good or bad – inviting them into her beautifully messy mixed-up world.
 
The Edge of My World is a wonderful collection of poems where there is something for everyone – Love Poetry for the romantics, Motivational Poetry for the despondent, and so much more. All readers need to do to take this journey is pack their heart. 

The Edge of My World is published by Aurora House. RRP AUD$59.95. ISBN: 9780995395350
Available in all main online bookstores, including Amazon and Kindle.

 
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About the Author

Rosalie Fayad (aka Lady R.F) has been writing since she learnt the alphabet and phonics — keeping her first journal at the very young and tender age of six, and continuing to do so to this present day. Writing has always been the only way she was able to express herself with any clarity. Poetry to Rosalie is mused instinctively: never forced, thought-out, or planned — never taught or learnt. She is an absolute lover of words. She sees and understands the world in metaphors — she then paints you pictures of her world using words… beautiful, beautiful words!

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Author Richard Flanagan angry after being disinvited to speak at Perth Writers Festival event

ABC
02.11.17 7:26 am

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Flanagan’s acceptance speech at the 2014 Booker ...

Man Booker Prize winning author Richard Flanagan said he was mystified by a decision by the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) to disinvite him to a speaking engagement in the city.

Mr Flanagan, who has recently published his first book since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2014, said he was invited to Perth for a festival umbrella event to be held this week, but the invitation was withdrawn.

He said he was at a loss to explain the reasoning behind the decision.

“Who knows, but in all my time I have never experienced something like that,” he said.

“That you would be invited and then you would be disinvited, and it was suggested that there isn’t an audience for people like me.

“But my experience here in Western Australia is that this per capita is the greatest literary culture in Australia.

“It’s got more writers, more achievements and when I’ve been to your writers’ festival it’s extraordinary [the] audiences, they’re very engaged, informed readers so it seems to me that’s a strange, new type of hostility when you’ve got the top-funded arts body in your state no longer wanting to have writers come and speak to West Australians …

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Hobart Bookshop: New launches announced ...

The Hobart Bookshop
31.10.17 11:30 am

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of tof Ray Glickman’s new book, Frenzship.

Imagine a world where people no longer choose their friends. Two school friends, different in every respect, drift apart in search of themselves. One flits from dodgy deal to get-rich-quick scheme while the other fights for freedom and justice. The psychosocial media app, frenzship, takes the world by storm, revolutionising the very meaning of friendship and propelling the old friends onto a collision course. Is frenzship the reinvention of true friendship and meaningful relationships for the information age or a dangerous cult bending the minds of the young and impressionable?The friends’ schoolboy pact is invoked. Will their friendship transcend the conflict? Does a mate come running no matter what?

Ray Glickman was shortlisted for the 2016 WA Premier’s Award for his debut book, Reality.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Wednesday November 15th

Free event, all welcome. 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Megan Weston, of Irene Cowell’s new book, Rainbow Island: Tapestry of Time, published by Forty South Publishing.

Gabi opens his inheritance and is plunged into a fantastical chaotic world – the world of the Hidden. He travels through time; history collides with mythology. He means to protect his family but the heroic exploits of the Hidden face an irreconcilable threat to Rainbow Island.

In 2009, at the time when the stark reminder of mortality presented itself to Irene Cowell, and complications with friendships and family appeared insurmountable, traumatic memories surfaced and became intertwined with the local history of Bruny Island. Irene’s imagination was seized by a powerful image, the Empress of Time. The landscape of a story emerged, peopled with a cast of characters, their lives caught within the machinations of the Empress and her Daughter. The need to write about this interplay of characters became so necessary that she began to write its story. It is a fantasy, but steeped in the colours of reality. The locality: Rainbow Island – the story: Tapestry of Time.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 23rd

Free event, all welcome. 
 
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And don’t forget ... 

The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of the second book in LF McDermott’s Garth Trilogy, Perseverance.

Garth is an historical trilogy: 3 novels based upon the lives of 5 generations of the Garth and Bellett families. It begins with four convicts, three transported on the First Fleet and one on the Second, from England to Port Jackson, then to Norfolk Island and later to Tasmania and beyond. The tale of the Garths and Belletts provides an insight into the lives of pioneers in early post 1788 Australia and the growth of a nation.  You will experience with them their fears, anticipation, joy and sadness as they discover what makes them who they are.

To read more about LF McDermott and the Garth series, please visit the website.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 9th

Free event, all welcome. 

Happy reading,

The Hobart Bookshop

22 Salamanca Square
Hobart, Tas 7000
Australia

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Richard Flanagan: The corrosion of truth in these strange times is terrifying

Richard Flanagan, Guardian
31.10.17 10:07 am

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Richard Flanagan

Lies have become alternative facts and truth irrelevant in the face of power, while we all give up our privacy

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Murky Waters – the Science of Shark Attacks

Brian Johnson
31.10.17 6:10 am

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Blake Chapman

Sharks. The word alone has the potential to invoke fear and anxiety in a way that few other things can. They are also one of the most polarising and politicised species to roam our planet. Sharks, much like religion and politics, are a topic best avoided around the dinner table.

Yet this is precisely the subject that Marine Biologist, Blake Chapman, wades into in a new publication from CSIRO Publishing entitled Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear. Having completed her PhD degree in shark neuroscience, ecology and reproduction, and worked at a large public aquarium, she is remarkably qualified to analyse the ‘phenomenon’ of shark attacks.

The ultimate goal of the book is to dispel the myths surrounding sharks and educate and inform the public on the realities and rarities of shark attacks. However the fact remains that human lives are lost to sharks every year, while others experience debilitating injuries and mental trauma. To provide a better understanding of people affected by these tragic events, first-hand accounts of shark attack survivors and those who have been affected by shark attacks are woven throughout the book. These true stories describe the deep and polarising psychological impacts of shark attacks and are reflective of the wide-ranging views of the general public.

For many of us of a certain generation, our opinions on sharks were formed by the movie Jaws. A box-office hit upon its release in 1975, this piece of cinematic history is perhaps one of the most devastating to sharks in terms of stigma, fear and public perception. Sharks became “scary monsters” with a “vendetta” against humans. And it is not just Hollywood that perpetuates this myth. Shark attacks are major news events and media on sharks is often skewed towards the risk they pose to humans. It’s rarely reported that Australians are at far greater risk of drowning in our oceans, than being attacked by a shark.

Thankfully the ‘Jaws Generation’ also stimulated interest and research into these fascinating species, creating a better understanding of sharks overall. Indeed we humans owe a great deal to sharks – they have significantly advanced our lives in fields such as medicine, engineering, tourism and ecology.

“I don’t mind what opinions people come away with at the end of this book” explains Dr Chapman, “as long as they are based on fact not fiction, on science not emotion. There are many reasons why we need to conserve the sharks in our oceans. The dilemma of protecting human life at the expense of another animal will always be debated, but it is up to us to learn to coexist with sharks, and not the other way around.”

“Knowledge is and always will be power… This book is a wonderful example of the power that comes through knowledge. My experience is a testament to the fact that when we better understand our emotional responses to sharks and take personal responsibility for our choices, we not only help to lower the odds of shark attack even further but also gain a richer appreciation for the world we live in.” -
Paul de Gelder – Navy diver, shark attack survivor, author and motivational speaker From the Foreword of Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

From Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear by Blake Chapman

• Dolphins in the water do not indicate the absence of sharks – dolphins and sharks sometimes feed together and some sharks feed on dolphins.

• It is acknowledged that shark bites are increasing in frequency globally; a trend that is due to a range of different factors. Arguably, the most relevant factor is the global increase in human recreational water usage. Yet shark attack fatalities have decreased dramatically over the last decade.

• Australia has the greatest amount of shark diversity, including around 180 species of sharks.

• The human fear of sharks is likely a remnant of our early ancestor’s interactions with predators. It is largely a subconscious response.

• Mosquitoes, humans, and dogs are responsible for more deaths than sharks.

• If you are attacked by a shark, do your best to remain calm, fight back and get out of the water. If you are a first responder to a shark bite victim, do whatever you can to stop the bleeding, contact emergency services, and ensure the victim gets medical attention.

About the Author:

Blake Chapman is an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences. She grew up with a love for and fascination with the ocean, but her interest in sharks was piqued when an episode of Shark Week caught her attention. Blake completed postgraduate research on shark neuroscience, development and ecology and has worked in aquatic animal health and husbandry. She now focuses on science communication and her continuing goal is to help educate the public on sharks and shark attacks to better protect both sharks and the humans that choose to share their incredible environment.

Available from all good bookstores or order online at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7680

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Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018_ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
26.10.17 3:06 pm

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The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018 - ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.

The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018.

Entry forms and terms can be downloaded from http://www.fortysouth.com.au

Entries close February 18, 2018

 

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Black Inc. Books: Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Black Inc. Books
25.10.17 9:26 am

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New children’s book celebrating the intriguing world of the sloth.

True to life books
22.10.17 2:26 pm

Professional wildlife photographer Jan Latta is passionate about educating the younger generation about the importance of wildlife conservation. She has just released the latest edition to her true-to-life education series with the book “Sleepy the Sloth”

After 5 years researching the life of sloths Jan flew to Costa Rice to photograph these unique mammals in their natural habitat. Sleepy the Sloth (True to life books RRP$15.00)  is a collection of 48 photographs alongside a simple narrative, informing children about these remarkable creatures and highlighting the threat to their existence.

Containing maps, interesting facts and fun activities, this book will have children of all ages falling in love with the adorable world of sloths.

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Hadley’s Hotel, Oct 23, 6pm: Seasonal Poets

Anne Kellas
20.10.17 4:51 am

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Seasonal Poets

Jane Williams
Orysia Dawydiak (from
Prince Edward Island
Canada)
Anne Kellas

Seasonal Poets: The Spring Reading
Monday 23rd October, 6–8pm
Hadley’s Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart
Waged $15
TWC members and unwaged $10

Light supper included

Supported by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Hadley’s Hotel

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Hobart Bookshop: A special event for your diaries ...

Hobart Bookshop
18.10.17 1:30 pm

A special event for your diaries ...   

The Hobart Bookshop, in conjunction with Astrolabe Booksellers and Kookaburra Books, is excited to invite you to a special second-hand book fair, where you’ll find thousands of treats and treasures. We’ll be reluctantly letting go of all sorts of things we’ve been hanging on to for years, so get excited. Bring your best bargain-hunting spectacles and book-carrying bags, because you won’t be leaving empty-handed, even if you think you’re only coming for a look!
 
Where: Battery Point Community Hall, 52 Hampden Road, Battery Point
When:  9am until 4.30pm, Saturday October 28th

And a reminder about our upcoming launches ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Pete Hay, of Ross Brownscombe’s new book, In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places.

Wild places are everywhere: distinctive, idiosyncratic, unique. And rare. Unfortunately, in Australia, opportunities for reading imaginative, lyrical, non fiction prose – nature writing – that explores the poetry and magic of wild places are also rare. In Search Of Space: Journeys In Wild Places attempts to rectify that. In the great nature writing tradition of Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez and Edward Abbey, these essays are part travelogue, part memoir, sometimes provocative, always lyrical and engaging.

In Search Of Space: Journeys in Wild Places is a collection of essays that were published in various magazines - most notably Wilderness News, the magazine of The Wilderness Society. Ross Brownscombe writes of journeys he has made, often accompanied by his wife and children, to wild places in the Blue Mountains, central Australia, southwest Tasmania. He and his family raft down a remote river in Alaska and get closer to wildness than any of them had bargained for. Brownscombe’s vivid, searching essays are encounters with landscape, ideas, self and family that show why we need wild places as part of our being.

In Search Of Space will be launched by poet and author Pete Hay. Pete and Ross will be joined by Peter Grant, co-founder of the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize, for a short Q&A panel discussion on nature writing in Australia.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Wednesday October 25th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of the second book in LF McDermott’s Garth Trilogy, Perseverance.

Garth is an historical trilogy: 3 novels based upon the lives of 5 generations of the Garth and Bellett families. It begins with four convicts, three transported on the First Fleet and one on the Second, from England to Port Jackson, then to Norfolk Island and later to Tasmania and beyond. The tale of the Garths and Belletts provides an insight into the lives of pioneers in early post 1788 Australia and the growth of a nation.  You will experience with them their fears, anticipation, joy and sadness as they discover what makes them who they are.

To read more about LF McDermott and the Garth series, please visit the website.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 9th

Free event, all welcome. 

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New book shares how to lose weight without losing your mind

Finch Publishing. First published October 6
10.10.17 5:50 am

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The world is full of fitness and diet advice, yet unless you are a professional sportsperson or fitness model, most of this advice is either unachievable or unstainable. Writer and psychologist Michele Connolly however, shares how to lose weight without losing your mind, in the new book ‘How to be Thin in a World of Chocolate’.

Michele Connolly knows what it is like to deprive yourself of the food you love, and feel guilty every time you indulge. She’s been there and done that. She knows how you can be distracted from the pleasure of dinner with loved ones because you’re obsessed with what you should and shouldn’t eat. She knows what it is like to feel constantly unhappy in your clothes, in and out of them. Most of all she knows that feeling miserable about your weight is like a constant shadow over your life.

How to be Thin in a World of Chocolate (Finch Publishing $19.95) shares tips to lose weight while at the same time keep, or even increase, your sense of pleasure in life. Not to mention your sanity. Using simple and practical strategies Connolly helps you work out ways you can enjoy your treats, make exercise happen without thinking, avoid self-sabotage and focus your mind on the job at hand without rigorous discipline and willpower. This is the ultimate

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Another Keeper from Lian

Paula Xiberras
07.10.17 12:43 pm

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When we chatted recently Lian Tanner told me that when she wrote her first trilogy ‘The Keepers’ she realised how her job as young adult author had great obligations. In ‘The Keepers’  the heroes of the museum are thieves. As she handed her manuscript over to the publicist Lian considered it wasn’t okay for characters to thieve just because they wanted something. That is why Lian allowed her older female character in the novel to speak her own wise words in saying it wasn’t noble to steal just because you wanted something.

Just as in the example, Lian says writing young adult fiction makes you confront what you believe as you set down a set of adventures or scenerios for an impressionable audience.
Our conversation concerns Lian’s new book ‘The Rogues’ the first instalment in her new trilogy’ Accidental Heroes’. The novel is set in the same world as ‘The Keepers’ but a ‘different’ part of that world.

Young adult fiction teaches young people to question authority figures and come to the realisation they are not always right. In the case of our heroine Duckling, her grandfather is more than a bit of a rogue himself. Having spent most of her time with her grandfather Duckling has not formed interactions with people her own age that is until she encounters Plummell, the first‘honest and open’ person she meets.

The fantasy genre may seem to permit the impossible but as Lian tells me even in fantasy, magic has limits. Lian says if it didn’t it would be like one of her own reading experiences, of a book which featured a ship at sea during a storm and a wizard on board that manages to stop the storm. To Lian this was a bit of a cop out because if magic ‘had no limits there would be no real danger’ as magic could mend and make everything right.

A serious impediment to having the mindset to write fantasy and any fiction for that matter is growing up or at least losing the childlike curiosity and imagination we are all born with.  Lian says as a child her love of books was obsessive and in grade 5 or 6 she knew she wanted to be a writer and announced this intention to her mother. At the time a book about the overland telegraph was on her radar but this has yet to be realised!

The fact that Lian became so resolute in late primary school about being a writer demonstrates that these are very important years for playful imagining before the rigours of high school take over. If you lose the curiosity of childhood, sometimes you need to unlearn what you have been taught. If however you retain the child like ability to remove yourself from routine,  you will be like the poet that Lian notes put a note on his door, which said ‘poet at work…. taking an afternoon nap!’

Lian is a strong believer in harnessing your creativity because everyone has it even though it has been encouraged to be packed away in most of us. Lian says one of the saddest things ever said to her was from a woman who said she had not a creative bone in her body. Of course she did but perhaps life had divested her of it.
                                                                                         
Lian Tanner’s new book The Rogues, the first part in the new trilogy ‘Accidental Heroes’ will be launched at the Hobart Linc this coming Saturday 7 October 2017 from
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

You can register at the following link

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lian-tanner-book-launch-hobart-linc-tickets-38134578551

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Fullers, Petrarch’s: On the Ossie launch

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
06.10.17 2:28 pm

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Hobart Linc: Accidental Heroes launch

Paula Xiberras
06.10.17 5:24 am

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Lian Tanner’s new book Accidental Heroes will be launched at the Hobart Linc this coming Saturday 7 October 2017 from

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

You can register at the following link

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lian-tanner-book-launch-hobart-linc-tickets-38134578551

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Hobart Bookshop: In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places. Launch by Pete Hay

Hobart Bookshop
05.10.17 1:07 pm

A launch to look out for ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Pete Hay, of Ross Brownscombe’s new book, In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places.

Wild places are everywhere: distinctive, idiosyncratic, unique. And rare. Unfortunately, in Australia, opportunities for reading imaginative, lyrical, non fiction prose – nature writing – that explores the poetry and magic of wild places are also rare. In Search Of Space: Journeys In Wild Places attempts to rectify that. In the great nature writing tradition of Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez and Edward Abbey, these essays are part travelogue, part memoir, sometimes provocative, always lyrical and engaging.

In Search Of Space: Journeys in Wild Places is a collection of essays that were published in various magazines - most notably Wilderness News, the magazine of The Wilderness Society. Ross Brownscombe writes of journeys he has made, often accompanied by his wife and children, to wild places in the Blue Mountains, central Australia, southwest Tasmania. He and his family raft down a remote river in Alaska and get closer to wildness than any of them had bargained for. Brownscombe’s vivid, searching essays are encounters with landscape, ideas, self and family that show why we need wild places as part of our being.

In Search Of Space will be launched by poet and author Pete Hay. Pete and Ross will be joined by Peter Grant, co-founder of the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize, for a short Q&A panel discussion on nature writing in Australia.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Wednesday October 25th

Free event, all welcome. 

And planning ahead, for next month ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch of the second book in LF McDermott’s Garth Trilogy, Perseverance.

Garth is an historical trilogy: 3 novels based upon the lives of 5 generations of the Garth and Bellett families. It begins with four convicts, three transported on the First Fleet and one on the Second, from England to Port Jackson, then to Norfolk Island and later to Tasmania and beyond. The tale of the Garths and Belletts provides an insight into the lives of pioneers in early post 1788 Australia and the growth of a nation.  You will experience with them their fears, anticipation, joy and sadness as they discover what makes them who they are.

To read more about LF McDermott and the Garth series, please visit the website: https://www.lfmcdermottauthor.com/
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Thursday November 9th

Free event, all welcome. 

But don’t forget our launches this week ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Sir Guy Green, of Brian Harrison-Lever’s new book, Transported.

The overcrowding of British prisons in the early 1800s was a problem solved, the ruling classes believed, by the transportation of convicts to the colonies, where labour was in short supply. Men, women and children branded “felons” were shipped south, often for crimes that in today’s world would hardly merit a firm reprimand.

Those transported – some unfortunate, some, it must be admitted, rogues – all had lives before their convictions, but we know very little of them. The narratives in Brian Harrison-Lever’s Transported make no pretence of being factual accounts, but are rather an attempt at shedding some light beyond numbers and statistics and briefly bringing to life a cross-section of a community that suffered and survived transportation.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Thursday October 5th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch of Claire Higgins’s new book, Asylum by Boat.

In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia’s immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected.
 
Claire Higgins’ important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention, including on remote islands and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia’s obligations under international law. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policymakers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Friday October 6th

Free event, all welcome. 

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You are invited to the launch, with MC Les Winspear, of Lian Tanner’s new children’s novel, Accidental Heroes — the first in her brand new series, The Rogues.

If you’ve been to one of our launches in the past with Lian Tanner (perhaps for one of the novels in her previous series, The Keepers), you’ll know they’re no ordinary events! And if you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat. As the author herself has been known to say, ‘Expect the unexpected’...

Free event, all welcome. Especially bears (of the stuffed variety please, as sadly the State Library doesn’t have a zoo permit); the fiercer the better!
 
Where: The State Library of Tasmania (Murray Street)
When: 11am, Saturday October 7th

Happy reading,
The Hobart Bookshop team. 

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Tasmanian Writers Centre: October events and programs

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
05.10.17 7:42 am

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Gunners Arms: Book launch invite

Lesley Synge
04.10.17 5:00 am

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Wal Stubbings (1913-2014) was born on the West Coast. He worked on the wharves of Strahan, Hobart and Brisbane. Militant workers like him were demonised and accused of wrecking the country. So what was it like to be a wharfie? Especially one who visited the USSR, was under surveillance by ASIO, became a world champion Masters Athlete in retirement, and survived to the ripe old age of 101?

‘deserves to sit alongside A Fortunate Life’ Qld Journal of Labour History

Launched by writer and stirrer Joy Elizabeth

Thursday 19th October 5.30-6.30pm
Bar on the Left
Gunners Arms 23 Lawrence St, Launceston

~ Come celebrate the life of a worker who dedicated himself to making a better world ~

Signed copies on sale for $30

Join Joy and co-author Lesley Synge for dinner afterwards.

How to RSVP? Leave Joy a msg. Phone: 6326 2414

Available Hobart Bookshop and as ebook Amazon on Kindle.

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Black Inc Books: December releases ...

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02.10.17 9:19 am

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Black Inc Books: Writers on Writers

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28.09.17 3:20 pm

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Fullers Bookshop: Fullers Fortnightly

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28.09.17 10:05 am

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A CRYING IN THE WIND
by Elizabeth Fleetwood
Friday 29th September, 5.30pm
“A big saga tracing its people through two centuries of Island life … fascinating, and well-informed by in-depth historical research” – Henry Reynolds.
Elizabeth Fleetwood has written a novel that spans 200 years and four families telling a story of genocide, invasion, displacement, transportation and the ghosts of the past. An essential story, from voices not often heard. Join Elizabeth for the launch of A Crying in the Wind at Fullers Bookshop.

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Black Inc.: New releases

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27.09.17 6:13 pm

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Australian Foreign Affairs
The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy
Edited by Jonathan Pearlman
•In this inaugural issue, Australia’s top thinkers address the most significant foreign affairs dynamics affecting the nation.
•Contributors include: Paul Keating; Allan Gyngell, one of the country’s most experienced foreign affairs experts; Linda Jakobson, one of the world’s leading China watchers; journalist and political commentator George Megalogenis.
•The Big Picture is a timely exploration of Australia’s position in the world today.

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Hobart Bookshop: Launch of Transported ...

Hobart Bookshop
26.09.17 1:18 pm

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to the launch, by Sir Guy Green, of Brian Harrison-Lever’s new book, Transported.

The overcrowding of British prisons in the early 1800s was a problem solved, the ruling classes believed, by the transportation of convicts to the colonies, where labour was in short supply. Men, women and children branded “felons” were shipped south, often for crimes that in today’s world would hardly merit a firm reprimand.

Those transported – some unfortunate, some, it must be admitted, rogues – all had lives before their convictions, but we know very little of them. The narratives in Brian Harrison-Lever’s Transported make no pretence of being factual accounts, but are rather an attempt at shedding some light beyond numbers and statistics and briefly bringing to life a cross-section of a community that suffered and survived transportation.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When:  5.30pm, Thursday October 5th

Free event, all welcome. 
 
And other stories of transportation ... 

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The Hobart Bookshop is pleased to invite you to a launch of Claire Higgins’s new book, Asylum by Boat.

In the late 1970s, 2000 Vietnamese arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing persecution. Their arrival presented a challenge to politicians, but the way the Fraser government handled it, and the resettlement of tens of thousands more Indochinese refugees, marked a turning point in Australia’s immigration history. Turn-backs and detention were proposed, and rejected.
 
Claire Higgins’ important book recounts these extraordinary events. It is driven by the question of how we moved from a humanitarian approach to policies of mandatory detention, including on remote islands and boat turn-backs. Like now, the politicians of the time wanted to control entry. Unlike now, they also wanted to respect Australia’s obligations under international law. Strikingly, it also shows the extent to which the attitudes and statements of politicians and policymakers can shape the mood of the country, for better and worse.
 
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: 5.30pm, Friday October 6th

Free event, all welcome. 

And don’t forget ... 

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You are invited to the launch, with MC Les Winspear, of Lian Tanner’s new children’s novel, Accidental Heroes — the first in her brand new series, The Rogues.

If you’ve been to one of our launches in the past with Lian Tanner (perhaps for one of the novels in her previous series, The Keepers), you’ll know they’re no ordinary events! And if you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat. As the author herself has been known to say, ‘Expect the unexpected’...

Free event, all welcome. Especially bears (of the stuffed variety please, as sadly the State Library doesn’t have a zoo permit); the fiercer the better!
 
Where: The State Library of Tasmania (Murray Street)
When: 11am, Saturday October 7th

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Black Inc Books: Dr Elizabeth Finkel explores the bad science of medical marijuana

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25.09.17 10:30 am

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