It was all about Tasmanian authors at Stories Bookshop on Saturday for national Love Your Bookshop Day, with a panel discussions and Q&As with local writers.
The Examiner asked book-lovers at the event: what was the last book you loved?
Children's author Sharon Laxley nominated Biocentrism, by Robert Lanza."It's all about how our connection to the world is in how we perceive it," she said. "So, if there is a rainbow, is it there if people aren't looking at it? Or is it our conscious vision that makes the rainbow appear? It's the philosophy of physics. Which is really interesting, it takes you out of where you're at, and to look at things differently."
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For bookshop employee Claire Donald, the book she's reading, A Dog's Purpose, has turned out to be a page-turner. "It's really good," she said. "It wasn't really something I thought I'd be interested in, but it's written really well."
Poet Tim Thorne put forward the poetry of Chris Mansell, that he is translating into French. "The richness of her language, the clever way she has with words ... the more intense your engagement with any kind of writing, I think, the better your experience."
"The last book I read that I totally loved was Woman in Black [by Madeleine St John]," said Stephanie Thorne. "A friend loaned it to me I just loved it."
"It was light, it reminded me of McKinlay's and Ludbrooks in the olden days - when they had, you know, a haberdashery department, and Dame Marjorie Parker used to say over 7EX [radio station] about all the good buys."
Darcy Williams put forward a collection of "beautiful" short stories by Tasmanian writer Carol Patterson, called State of the Heart. "They're riveting short stories, about fate, and the very involved personal lives [of the characters]."
Victor Cochrane, meanwhile, couldn't go past Clive Cussler's ripping adventure, Sahara.