We hold a wide range of events at New Edition from meet-the-author to new book launches. See our current events below and sign up to our newsletter to hear about upcoming events.
Join New Edition Bookshop at the historic National Hotel in celebrating the release of local author Leigh Straw’s new book, the biography “Lillian Armfield : How Australia’s First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force.” A fascinating glimpse into history!
The National Hotel, 98 High Street (cnr South Terrace)
Tuesday 27th March from 6pm
Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event. A short introduction will be given by Dr. Straw, and an opportunity to have books signed afterward.
This launch is free to attend but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the bookshop on (08) 9335 2382 to let us know if you would like to come.
Join New Edition Bookshop and local author Tim Winton for a special event at Strange Company, at 5pm Saturday 17th of March.
Mr. Winton will be signing copies of his new novel, The Shepherd’s Hut.
Books will be available to purchase at the event, and refreshments from the bar. This event is informal and free to attend but subject to venue capacity.
5 Nairn Street
Fremantle WA 6160
We’re pleased to announce the launch of Westerly 62.2, the largest issue ever published by Westerly, with sixty-five contributors from diverse cultures and locations. More than twenty countries are represented within the pieces included.
Building on Westerly’s historical interest in the nation’s position within the Asian and Indian Ocean region, this themed issue opens a fluid and dynamic space in which to nurture connections between seemingly disparate societies, to foster currents of exchange, to negotiate language and cultural positioning. The result is a vibrant collection—an anthology of creative transnational connection—and a further example of Western Australia’s openness to its neighbours: countries that connect through, across and within the Indian Ocean.
Westerly 62.2 will be launched by Caroline Wood, Director of Margaret River Press and the Centre for Stories, at 6pm on Wednesday 13 December at The Orient Hotel in Fremantle. Light refreshments provided.
We hope you can join us and raise a glass to the end of the year and the biggest issue of Westerly yet!
This event is free, but please register by following the link below:
The China Australia Writing Centre is honoured to be launching Michael Farrell’s latest collection, I Love Poetry (Giramondo 2017) on Wednesday 25 October.
Please join CAWC and New Edition Bookshop on the top floor of the Navy Club, overlooking Fremantle’s port and the historic West End, to hear one of Australia’s most provocative and fascinating poets read from his most recent publication.
Copies of I Love Poetry, as well as previous collections, will be available for purchase and signing.
RSVP essential as numbers are strictly limited. Free event; RSVP via Eventbrite.
One may as well begin, ‘Once Upon a Time…’ Except this is no fairytale.
New Edition Bookshop and Strange Company present Kim Scott’s new novel Taboo, and author Kim Scott in conversation with Sean Gorman.
From the two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award (2000, 2011) comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery, about a young woman cast into a drama which has been playing for over 200 years.
Taboo tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar’s descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will cleanse some moral stain on the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations. But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.
Taboo is a novel of return, and of healing; of renewal, as well as destruction; and ultimately, of hope as much as despair.
This is a free event, but please let us know if you plan to come. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night.
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From the Author of the international sensation Marching Powder!
Welcome to the Perth book launch of Rusty Young’s new book, Colombiano
Blending fact and fiction, Colombiano takes us on a heart-thumping journey into the violent and unpredictable world of post-Pablo Escobar Colombia…
New Edition Bookshop in association with Penguin Random House Australia are pleased to announce the release of Colombiano – come down for a chance to meet the author.
Copies of Colombiano and Marching Powder will be available to purchase at the event.
Date: Friday August 11
Time : 6.30 for 7pm start
Venue: Navy Club
64 High Street
This is a free event but rsvp essential
“Imagine a world where you no longer choose your friends, frenzship does”
A dystopian exploration of the limits of mateship in a micromanaged, media-saturated world.
Local author Ray Glickman in association with New Edition Bookshop invite you to celebrate the launch of his new novel, frenzship. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will launch the book with Richard Utting. Come down to meet the author, and stick around for steak night from 6.30.
This is not a ticketed event, but RSVP’s are preferred. Please notify Carol by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
To mark the launch of his new picture book, One Thousand Trees, acclaimed street artist, painter and author Kyle Hughes-Odgers will be making a special artwork in the window of New Edition bookshop. Come down between 11am and 1pm to see it take shape and say hello to Kyle. Copies of One Thousand Trees will be available for purchase and signing, as well as his other books.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University invite you to
Making Poems Out of Place: A Celebration of John Kinsella and Western Australian Writing
For more than 30 years and in more than 30 books, John Kinsella’s poetry and poetics have been passionately engaged with the problem of making poems out of place, and with the politics of “making” and the politics of “place”.
Join us in this celebration of Kinsella’s work and its influence on poetry and the politics of place in Western Australia.
In the first part of the evening, Dr Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, author of the newly released study of the literature of the WA wheatbelt, Like Nothing on this Earth, will launch Firebreaks: Poems (W. W. Norton), Graphology: Poems 1955-2015 (Five Islands Press), Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems (Picador), The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry (edited with Tracy Ryan), Old Growth (Transit Lounge), and Polysituatedness (Manchester University Press). John will read a selection of poems and passages from these books.
In the second part of the evening, some of WA’s most acclaimed poets will join together with John to read selections of their work from the new Fremantle press anthology. Poets include Tracy Ryan, Lucy Dougan, Kim Scott, Dennis Haskell, Wendy Jenkins, James Quinton, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, and Siobhan Hodge.
This is a free event. Hot food, vegan and non-vegan, will be served, and drinks are available from the bar.
Books will be available for sale from a Crow Books/New Edition stall.
Please RSVP your attendance by Thursday 13 April by clicking here.
UWA Publishing warmly invites you to the launch of Chris Owen’s Every Mother’s Son is Guilty: Policing the Kimberley Frontier of Western Australia, 1882-1905.
Every Mother’s Son is Guilty will be launched by Steve Kinnane, writer and researcher at the Nulungu Research Institute.
In Every Mother’s Son is Guilty, Chris Owen provides a compelling account of policing in the Kimberley district from 1882, when police were established in the district, until 1905 when Dr. Walter Roth’s controversial Royal Commission into the treatment of Aboriginal people was released.
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It’s the early 1980s: the heady days of excess, dirty secrets and personal favours. Former detective Frank Swann is still in disgrace, working as a low-rent PI. But when he’s offered a security job by the premier’s fixer, it soon becomes clear that someone is bugging the premier’s phone – and it may cost Swann more than his job to find out why.Old Scores will be launched by Fremantle MP Josh Wilson.
Date: Wednesday 16 November
Time: 6 for 6.30pm
Where: the Buffalo Club, 54 High Street, Fremantle
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Fremantle Press and New Edition Bookshop invite you and a guest to celebrate the release of Sabrina’s Dirty Deeds, to be launched by
Gillian O’Shaughnessy and MC’d by Glenn Hall.
Gardening goddess Sabrina Hahn has never been afraid of getting dirty, and nor should you! Sabrina’s Dirty Deeds is a hands-on guide for what to do in your garden
and when to do it.
The winner of West Weekend magazine’s
‘Dirty Deeds competition’ will be announced on the night.
Places are strictly limited so please RSVP by 16 September 2016
online or call 08 9430 6331.
Please join Westerly, and us at New Edition Bookshop, for the launch of Westerly 61.1; a celebration of Indigenous writing and culture. The latest issue of Westerly will be launched by Stephen Kinnane on the 17th of August, from 6.30pm, at the Orient Hotel.
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We hope to see you there!
You are invited to the launch of The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh by Leigh Straw, hosted by New Edition Bookshop and Newsouth Books.
‘Matriarch of the criminal underworld … or the Robin Hood of inner Sydney?
The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV’s Underbelly and every other account of Sydney’s criminal history from the 1920s to the 1960s. But she has never had a biography of her own.
Despite having more than 100 criminal convictions to her name, Kate Leigh is also remembered as a local hero, giving money to needy families and supporting her local community through the hard times of Depression and war. Here, novelist and historian Leigh Straw teases out the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the gender stereotyping of the time to become a leading underworld figure.’
WHEN: 6:30pm, Tuesday August 2, 2016
WHERE: Bar Orient, Corner of High St & Henry St, Fremantle
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Wakefield Press joins with New Edition in inviting you to the launch by Senator Scott Ludlam of Breaking the Boundaries: Australian Activists Tell Their Stories, edited by Yvonne Allen and Joy Noble.
What makes an activist? What makes one person speak out against injustice while
another will be content to get angry at the TV news? Breaking the Boundaries
looks for answers in the stories of 46 Australians, young and old, fighting to be heard in a range of areas including human rights, gender issues, and the environment.
Featuring WA contributors: Jo Vallentine, Judy Blyth, Shirley Collins, Brenda Conochie, Jamie Yallup Farrant, Adrian Glamorgan, Heidi Hardisty, Jan Lewis, and Mia Pepper.
At Bar Orient Hotel, 39 High St, Fremantle
RSVP essential by Monday 30 May via phone: (08) 8352 4455 or email:
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Books will be on sale.
Melissa Parke will launch A Lover’s Country, the new novel by Stuart Rees at the Orient on May 18, 6.30pm.
Told with a compelling immediacy, A Lover’s Country sheds light on the intrigue, struggle and behind-the-scenes wrangling associated with the nomination of a Palestinian woman as the recipient of a major peace prize. With a cast of memorable characters, a tightly crafted plot and touches of memorable poetry, A Lover’s Country is an illuminating tale of justice with a hard won message of hope. The title of the novel is taken from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish who wrote about the plight of his people, but imagined that one day, even from stone, a lover’s country could be built.
Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees has been a social worker in Britain, in Canada, in the War on Poverty programs in the USA and with Save the Children in India and Sri Lanka. He has taught at leading universities in the UK (Aberdeen and Southampton), in Canada (Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier) and in the USA (University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas).
Professor Rees’ awards include a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester, a Humanities Fellowship at the City University of Hong Kong and the Award of Highest Honour for ‘Contributions to World Peace’ conferred in 1998 by Soka University, Japan. For four years he was an elected Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney and for six years a member of the NSW Reconciliation Committee.
In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to international relations.
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New Edition Bookshop & MidnightSun Publishing invite you to a book launch for ‘First Person Shooter’, by Cameron Raynes.
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016
Venue: New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street, Fremantle WA
The book will be launched by Ian Bolas, Principal Consultant, WA Department of Education.
RSVPs are essential. Please email Alan at email@example.com to secure your place.
See you there!
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ABOUT THE BOOK
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.
Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘This beautiful verse novel from Sally Morgan can be used as a personal and approachable conversation-starter about the Stolen Generations for mature young readers … its message is powerful.’ Books+Publishing
Please join renowned poet John Mateer next week at New Edition Bookshop for discussion and a reading from his most recent publication, The Quiet Slave, an account of the colonial period of the Cocos-Keeling Islands. The event is on 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th of May at the bookshop. All welcome.