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.

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Archie Roach in conversation with Lucky Oceans

6:30pm    05th Dec 2019    The Navy Club, 1st floor, 64 High Street, Fremantle 

To celebrate the release of legendary musician Archie Roach’s forthcoming biography, Tell Me Why, New Edition Bookshop and Simon & Schuster Publishers are pleased to announce a special event at The Navy Club, Fremantle. Archie will be in conversation with Freo local Lucky Oceans on Thursday December 5th, discussing his new book and his life in music.

Tickets are $5, redeemable against purchase of Tell Me Why on the night.

Tell Me Why by Archie Roach 

Customer Service Wolf BOOK LAUNCH

6:00pm    26th Nov 2019    The National Hotel, 98 High Street, Fremantle 


New Edition Bookshop and Affirm Press are pleased to announce a special launch. From one of our own booksellers, Customer Service Wolf is the collected retail comics of Anne Barnetson.

Join Customer Service Wolf and colleagues as they navigate the most awkward customer interactions imaginable, plus a few that are beyond imagination. From your local bookseller and illustrator Anne Barnetson comes this charming, hilarious and perfectly observed snapshot of life behind the counter. A long running web comic, the Customer Service Wolf strips are gathered together for the first time, with some extra fragments too.

This is a free event, but please RSVP by email at New Edition  so we can accommodate you.


Poster boy by Peter Drew BOOK LAUNCH

6:30 pm    17th Nov 2019    New Edition Bookshop, 41 High Street, Fremantle 


The man behind the iconic posters and stickers you will have spotted around the country, Peter Drew, is visiting Fremantle to launch his recent book, Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics.  Peter will be at New Edition Bookshop for a Q and A with local author, Brooke Davis. Copies of the book are available in-store now.

This event is free to attend, but please RSVP via email or phone so we can accommodate you.

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas BOOK LAUNCH

6:30 pm    13th Nov 2019    The National Hotel, 98 High Street, Fremantle 

New Edition Bookshop and Allen & Unwin are pleased to announce the launch of the new novel by Christos Tsiolkas, Damascus. 

“In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.”

Christos will be in conversation with local author Susan Midalia.

Tickets are $5 and available from: Damascus Book Launch 



Bruny by Heather Rose BOOK LAUNCH

4:30 pm    06th Oct 2019    The National Hotel, 98 High Street 

New Edition Bookshop and Allen & Unwin are pleased to announce the launch of Heather Rose’s new novel, Bruny. The brilliant and explosive new novel is the latest from the author of The Museum of Modern Love, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize.

Part political thriller, part love story, this genre-bending and prescient novel considers how far a government might go to achieve its aims. It is a searing, subversive story of family, love, loyalty and the new world order.

Heather will be in conversation with Gillian O’Shaughnessy at the National Hotel, High Street, Fremantle.

The ticket price of $5  is redeemable against a copy of Bruny. To secure your place, please book at: Bruny Book Launch



Visual Spatial Enquiry BOOK LAUNCH

5:30 pm    13th Jun 2019    The University of Notre Dame, Australia, Courtyard of ND42, The Old Fremantle Hotel, Access from Cliff Street 

We are pleased to announce the launch of Visual Spatial Enquiry: Diagrams and Metaphors for Architects and Spatial Thinkers, by Perth architects Robyn Creagh and Sarah McGann.

There will be a talk by Emeritus Professor Roy Jones on the multi-disciplinary research gathered together in the book, and copies will be available to purchase on the night.

This is a free event, but please register your interest by email to http://architecture@nd.edu.au



John Mateer Poetry Reading : João

6:30 pm    26th Apr 2018    The Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle W.A. 


Join New Edition Bookshop at the Navy Club, Fremantle, to celebrate the release of Mr. Mateer’s latest poetry collection, João, from Giramondo Publishing.

  • The Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle
  • Thursday 26th April at 6:30 pm

Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night.

This event is free to attend but please RSVP to fremantle@newedition.com.au to  let us know if you would like to come.

Anna Haebich Dancing in Shadows Book Launch

6:00 pm    12th Apr 2018    The Navy Club, 64 High Street Fremantle 6160 


Join UWA Press and New Edition Bookshop to celebrate the release of local author Anna Haebich’s new book, Dancing in Shadows, which explores the evolving history of Nyungar performance within the censures and restrictions of colonization. A short talk will be given by Dr. Haebich, and the opportunity for signing afterward.

The Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle
Thursday, 12th April from 6pm

Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event. This launch is free to attend but please RSVP to let us know if you’d like to attend, to fremantle@newedition.com.au or calling the bookshop on (08) 9335 2383.

Leigh Straw Lillian Armfield Book Launch

6:00 pm    27th Mar 2018    The National Hotel, 98 High Street (cnr South Terrace) 


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 fremantle@newedition.com.au or by calling the bookshop on (08) 9335 2382 to let us know if you would like to come. 

Tim Winton Signing The Shepherd’s Hut

5:00 pm    17th Mar 2018    Strange Company, 5 Nairn Street Fremantle 


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.

Strange Company
5 Nairn Street
Fremantle WA 6160

Westerly 62.2 Launch

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm    13th Dec 2017    Bar Orient, 39 High Street, Fremantle WA 6061 

Westerly 62.2 Cover shopped

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:

Westerly 62.2 Launch Registration

I Love Poetry Book Launch

6:30pm - 9pm    25th Oct 2017    Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160 


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.

Taboo Book Launch – Fully Booked!

6:30 pm    23rd Aug 2017    Strange Company, 5 Nairn Street, Fremantle 



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.

rsvp to: fremantle@newedition.com.au



Colombiano Book Launch

6:30 for a 7 pm start    11th Aug 2017    Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle 



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

Rsvp: fremantle@newedition.com.au

frenzship Book Launch

5:30 pm    24th Jul 2017    Orient Hotel, 39 High Street, Fremantle 


“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 carolmgaby@gmail.com

See you there!


Kyle Hughes-Odgers at New Edition Bookshop!

11 am - 1pm    23rd Jun 2017    New Edition Bookshop 

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.


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Meet Alan Carter – Book Signing

6pm - 8pm    26th May 2017    New Edition Bookshop 


Local author Alan Carter is celebrating the forthcoming release of his latest novel Marlborough Man, with a book signing event this Friday 26th May at New Edition Bookshop. Come and have a chat with the author and the folks at Fremantle Press!

6-8pm Friday 26th May 2017

Making Poems Out of Place: A Celebration of John Kinsella and Western Australian Writing

6pm-9pm    20th Apr 2017    Bar Orient, High Street, Fremantle WA 6160 

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.


LAUNCH: Every Mother’s Son is Guilty

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM    17th Nov 2016    Orient Hotel, 39 High Street Fremantle, WA 6160 

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.

Click to here RSVP for this event.

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