News and Events - Scribe Publications /news-and-events 2015-02-20T00:00:00Z scribepublications.com.au Scribe signs Briohny Doyle /news-and-events/post/scribe-signs-briohny-doyle/ 2015-02-20T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are thrilled to announce that we’ve signed Briohny Doyle’s first work, to be published in early 2017. Her book, which has the working title <em>Adult Fantasy: my search for true maturity in an age of mortgages, marriages, and other adult milestones</em>, is a lively and timely exploration of whether the current generation is redefining what it means to be an adult today.</p> <p>When Briohny turns 30, she has a PhD but is working as a greengrocer, and has little idea where her life is headed. This begins a spirited enquiry to examine aspects of adulthood and discover how we develop and cultivate our ideas about education, work, relationships, procreation, and ageing. Briohny’s investigation leads us through executive boardrooms, teenage bedrooms, and wedding ballrooms, into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture. What, she asks, does a culture that simultaneously trivialises and reveres youth do to our conception of maturity, and what possibilities exist today for meaningful adulthood? Part personal essay, part cultural criticism, <em>Adult Fantasy</em> is a wry and pointed inquiry into how we respond when our cultural clocks start ticking.</p> <p>Briohny Doyle was one of the inaugural winners of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers for her lively essay on marriage in the twenty-first century. She is also a researcher of the apocalypse, a regular columnist for <em>The Lifted Brow</em>, and a contributor to publications such as <em>Going Down Swinging</em>, <em>Meanjin</em>, and <em>Overland</em>.</p> <p>We think Briohny is a very exciting talent, and we look forward to bringing you her work in 2017.</p> <p>Welcome to Scribe, Briohny!</p> We're hiring! /news-and-events/post/we-re-hiring/ 2015-02-19T00:00:00Z marika <p>Scribe is looking for a designer to join our small and dynamic team. The successful applicant will report to the Art Director, and work with the editorial, production, and marketing teams while being responsible for design and design administration across the whole list.</p> <p><strong>Applicants will need to have:</strong></p> <ul> <li>A minimum of 2 years' design experience in publications, preferably in book design</li> <li>Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines</li> <li>Strong typography skills</li> <li>Strong written and verbal communication skills</li> <li>Production, prepress, and HTML experience</li> <li>A love of books and reading</li> <li>Interest in and knowledge of the book-publishing industry</li> </ul> <p><strong>Key Responsibilities:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Work from briefs to design new book covers from concept to production for the Australian and UK markets, based on the editorial and commercial needs of titles</li> <li>Art-work existing designs where necessary</li> <li>Design marketing materials, including print and online ads, launch invitations, and posters</li> <li>Brief and manage freelance designers, illustrators, and photographers</li> <li>Assist with text design and typesetting</li> <li>Provide general design support to Scribe staff</li> <li>Manage files</li> <li>Liaise across departments to ensure titles remain on schedule and all relevant parties are updated</li> </ul> <p>Applications close COB Monday, 2 March. Please email your resume and cover letter to <a href="mailto:anna@scribepub.com.au">Anna Thwaites</a>.</p> Just Mercy wins Carla Cohen Literary Prize /news-and-events/post/just-mercy-wins-carla-cohen-literary-prize/ 2015-02-18T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Bryan Stevenson, whose book <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/just-mercy/">Just Mercy</a></em> has won the Carla Cohen Literary Prize for nonfiction. The award was established last year by family and close friends of Carla Cohen, the beloved co-founder of Politics &amp; Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C., who died in 2010.</p> <p><em>Just Mercy</em> is a powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America’s broken system of justice. It&rsquo;s available now, and Bryan is currently touring Australia — see our <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/news-and-events">events page</a> for more details.</p> Just Mercy wins NAACP Image Award /news-and-events/post/just-mercy-wins-naacp-image-award/ 2015-02-11T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Bryan Stevenson, whose book <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/just-mercy/">Just Mercy</a></em> has won the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction Literary Work.</p> <p>Bryan Stevenson has been called ‘America’s Nelson Mandela’ by Desmond Tutu.<em>Just Mercy</em> is a powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America’s broken system of justice. It&rsquo;s available now and Bryan will be touring Australia next week, including appearances on ABCs <em>Q&amp;A</em> and at the Perth Writers' Festival.</p> Scribe scribe signs writer Writer /news-and-events/post/scribe-scribe-signs-writer-writer/ 2015-01-12T00:00:00Z marika <p>Our publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, has acquired world rights in <em>Pitched Battle,</em> Larry Writer&rsquo;s forthcoming book on the Springbok rugby tour of Australia in 1971. Mr Rosenbloom said, ‘The Springbok tour became a pivotal event in our political history, and Larry is the perfect author to write about it.’ Mr Writer is an award-winning author and journalist whose previous books include the bestsellers <em>Razor</em> (2001), <em>Pleasure and Pain </em>(2006), and <em>Bumper</em> (2010).</p> <p>Scribe acquired the rights from agent Fran Moore, and will publish <em>Pitched Battle</em> in late 2016.</p> Wolf, Wolf wins kykNET Report Book Prize /news-and-events/post/wolf-wolf-wins-kyknet-report-book-prize/ 2014-11-25T00:00:00Z Kate Blackwood <p>Congratulations to Scribe author Eben Venter, whose book <em>Wolf, Wolf</em> has won the fiction category of the 2014 <a href="http://www.nb.co.za/News/445">kykNET Report Book Prize</a>, which aims to give greater recognition to books published in Afrikaans.</p> <p><em>Wolf, Wolf</em> is a passionate, disturbing novel set in contemporary South Africa about the unravelling ties between a dying father and his son, and about the changing identity of Afrikaners in post-apartheid South Africa. J.M. Coetzee has described the book as &lsquo;an outstanding novel&rsquo;.</p> <p>Scribe will be publishing <em>Wolf, Wolf</em> in February 2015.</p> Beloved Land shortlisted for 2014 ACT Book of the Year Award /news-and-events/post/beloved-land-shortlisted-for-2014-act-book-of-the-year-award/ 2014-11-19T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Gordon Peake, whose book about East Timor, <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/beloved-land/"><em>Beloved Land</em></a>, is on the shortlist for the 2014 ACT Book of the Year award.</p> <p>The award, which is worth $10,000, recognises quality contemporary Australian literary works including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, by ACT authors published in the previous calendar year. You can see the full shortlist <a href="http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/burch/2014/2014-act-book-of-the-year-shortlist-announced">here</a>.</p> <p>The winner will be announced in early 2015.</p> My Promised Land longlisted for JQ-Wingate Prize /news-and-events/post/my-promised-land-longlisted-for-jq-wingate-prize/ 2014-11-13T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Scribe author Ari Shavit whose history of Israel, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/my-promised-land/">My Promised Land</a></em>, has been longlisted for the JQ-Wingate Prize.</p> <p>A <em>New York Times</em> bestseller whose rights have sold around the world, <em>My Promised Land</em> previously won a National Jewish Book Award and was a <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book of the Year and an Economist Book of the Year in 2013.</p> <p><em>My Promised Land</em> is available in hardback, paperback and eBook from all major book retailers.</p> Shortlist for the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers announced /news-and-events/post/shortlist-for-the-2014-scribe-nonfiction-prize-for-young-writers-announced/ 2014-11-10T00:00:00Z Kate Blackwood <p>Scribe and Express Media are delighted to announce the shortlist for the <strong>2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers</strong>.</p> <p>The shortlisted entries are:</p> <ul> <li>&lsquo;Birds and Knives and Not Talking About It&rsquo; by Robbie Arnott</li> <li>&lsquo;The Queerness of Marriage&rsquo; by Roz Bellamy</li> <li>&lsquo;Bleach&rsquo; by Sian Campbell</li> <li>&lsquo;Adult Industry&rsquo; by Sam George-Allen</li> <li>&lsquo;The Shadow of the Rock&rsquo; by Rebecca Harkins-Cross</li> <li>&lsquo;Will You Look At All These Things?&rsquo; by Patrick Lenton</li> <li>&lsquo;High or Low&rsquo; by Sam Twyford-Moore.</li> </ul> <p>The shortlist was chosen by the editorial team at Scribe, from a longlist of entries compiled by Express Media. The judges were impressed with the quality and range of the entries, which covered genres such as personal essay, criticism, memoir, biography, and reportage.</p> <p>&lsquo;We were thrilled with the entries we received this year,&rsquo; said Scribe&rsquo;s senior editor Julia Carlomagno. &lsquo;There was such a range of pieces, with a diversity of topics and approaches. It&rsquo;s an exciting time for nonfiction writing in Australia.&rsquo;</p> <p>&lsquo;This is strong shortlist, and I&rsquo;m sure readers will be seeing more lively, intelligent, and gutsy works from each of these writers in the future.&rsquo;</p> <p>The winner will be announced at the Express Media Awards at the Wheeler Centre on 4 December.</p> <p>The winner will receive $1500; a meeting with an editor or publisher at Scribe; up to 10 hours of editorial time to work on developing a piece to publication standard or to work on developing it into a book-length project; and a 12-month subscription to Scribe, consisting of one new-release nonfiction title each month.</p> Scribe acquires local Chandler in two-book debut deal /news-and-events/post/scribe-acquires-local-chandler-in-two-book-debut-deal/ 2014-10-23T00:00:00Z marika <p>Scribe has acquired world rights in <em>Grunge</em> and <em>Dead in the Water</em> by the auspiciously named Melbourne-based crime author Tania Chandler. Ms Chandler has studied professional writing and editing at RMIT, and her work was awarded a special commendation in the 2013 Writers Victoria Crime Writing competition. In <em>Grunge</em>, which will be published late in 2015, a wife and mother who claims to have lost her memory may be covering up a murder. The sequel will be published in 2016.</p> Scribe acquires Germany’s ‘Booker’ winner /news-and-events/post/scribe-acquires-germanys-booker-winner/ 2014-10-20T00:00:00Z marika <p>We have acquired World English rights in <em>Kruso</em>, by Lutz Seiler, which was awarded the recently announced 2014 German Book Prize — that country’s equivalent to the Man Booker Prize. Seiler is a multi-award-winning poet and short-story writer. <em>Kruso</em>, his first novel, has sold over 120,000 copies in Germany since its publication in September. We acquired the rights at auction from Nora Mercurio at Suhrkamp Verlag.</p> <p>Kruso is set on a legendary island off the north coast of Germany at the very end of the division of Germany into East and West in 1989. Scribe publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, described it as ‘a beautiful, poetic, multi-layered novel about friendship, freedom, and adventure, with echoes of Daniel Defoe’s <em>Robinson Crusoe</em>. We are thrilled to have been granted the right to bring this outstanding book to an international English readership.’</p> <p>We will publish <em>Kruso</em> in 2016.</p> Congratulations to Richard Flanagan /news-and-events/post/congratulations-to-richard-flanagan/ 2014-10-16T00:00:00Z marika <p>All of us at Scribe would like to congratulate Richard Flanagan on winning the 2014 Man Booker Prize for <em>The Narrow Road to the Deep North</em>. It&rsquo;s a marvellous, and well-deserved, achievement for an author who represents the best of Australian writing and values.</p> Scribe authors shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award /news-and-events/post/scribe-authors-shortlisted-for-the-barbara-jefferis-award/ 2014-10-10T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Amy Espeseth and Jacinta Halloran, both of whom have been shortlisted for the 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award for their novels <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/sufficient-grace/">Sufficient Grace</a></em> and <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/pilgrimage/">Pilgrimage</a></em>, respectively.</p> <p>The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for &lsquo;the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society&rsquo;.</p> <p>The winner will be announced in Sydney on 6 November.</p> Just Mercy shortlisted for Kirkus Prize /news-and-events/post/just-mercy-shortlisted-for-kirkus-prize/ 2014-10-02T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Scribe author Bryan Stevenson, whose book <em>Just Mercy</em> has been shortlisted for <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/prize/2014/finalists/nonfiction/">The Kirkus Nonfiction Prize</a>.</p> <p>Described by Kirkus as ‘Emotionally profound, necessary reading’, <em>Just Mercy</em> is the inspirational true account of a young black lawyer who grew up in a racially segregated community in the South and went on to found the Equal Justice Initiative. Bryan Stevenson and the EJI defend prisoners on death row, including the poor, the mentally ill, and children being tried as adults.</p> <p>This is a powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America’s broken system of justice — from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.</p> <p>We will be publishing <em>Just Mercy</em> in February 2014. To watch Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk, click <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en">here</a>.</p> Wolf in White Van longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award /news-and-events/post/wolf-in-white-van-longlisted-for-the-2014-national-book-award/ 2014-09-22T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to John Darnielle, whose novel <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/wolf-in-white-van/"><em>Wolf in White Van</em></a> has been longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award.</p> <p>The US National Book Awards were established in 1950, and celebrate the best of American literature. <em>Wolf in White Van</em>, which we publish in Australia next month, is the debut novel of John Darnielle, who is the singer/songwrietr of indie darlings The Mountain Goats.</p> <p>You can read an extract <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/an-excerpt-from-wolf-in-white-van-916">here</a>.</p> Scribe acquires debut Australian crime fiction in two-book deal /news-and-events/post/scribe-acquires-debut-australian-crime-fiction-in-two-book-deal/ 2014-08-26T00:00:00Z marika <p>We have just acquired world rights in two crime thrillers by Melbourne author J.M. Green: <em>Good Money</em>, which was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript; and <em>Too Easy</em>, its sequel. Both books are narrated by Stella Hardy, a wise-cracking social worker with a bad diet and a thirst for social justice, good coffee, and alcohol. <em>Good Money</em> is mainly set in Melbourne’s western suburbs, and its intricate plot features drug-dealing, murder, Russian gangsters, and mining scams.</p> <p>Scribe acquired the rights at auction from Clare Forster at Curtis Brown. <em>Good Money</em> is scheduled for publication in the first half of 2016.</p> <p>J. M. Green studied professional writing at RMIT. Her work has appeared in Overland and received an honourable mention in the Sisters in Crime Scarlett Stiletto Short Story competition. She divides her time between writing in her backyard studio and working as a librarian in Melbourne’s western suburbs.</p> Miriam Rosenbloom wins Best Designed Series at the ABDA awards /news-and-events/post/miriam-rosenbloom-wins-best-designed-series-at-the-abda-awards/ 2014-08-25T00:00:00Z marika <p>We&rsquo;re delighted to congratulate the very talented Miriam Rosenbloom on her win for the Best Designed Series at the inaugural ABDA awards. Miriam won for her work on the David Vogel novels, which can all be seen <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/author/david-vogel/">here</a>.</p> <p>We work with many amazing designers here at Scribe, including Jenny Grigg and Allison Colpoys, who both won awards as well (though not for Scribe books). We&rsquo;d like to congratulate them, and all the other shortlisted and winning designers, on an incredible year.</p> <p>You can see the full list of winners (and all the gorgeous covers!) at the <a href="http://abda.com.au/">ABDA website</a>.</p> Scribe acquires book on drug scourge /news-and-events/post/scribe-acquires-book-on-drug-scourge/ 2014-08-19T00:00:00Z marika <p>Scribe has acquired world rights in <em>The Ice Age: a journey into crystal meth addiction</em>, by freelance journalist Luke Williams. The book will be an expanded version of a piece that Williams <a href="http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/society/2014/08/02/life-crystal-meth-addict/1406901600#.U_KTg7ySxC4">recently had published</a> in <em>The Saturday Paper</em>.</p> <p>Scribe’s publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, described the forthcoming book as ‘a vital, compelling first-person account that will combine memoir with reportage about a drug that has taken a ferocious grip on Australia’.</p> <p>Luke Williams is a journalist and lawyer. He spent four years working on triple j&rsquo;s Hack show before working in business law. He now works full-time as a writer; his work has been published in the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>, the <em>Guardian</em>, the <em>Weekend Australian</em>, the <em>Brisbane Times</em>, <em>Crikey</em>, Eureka Street, the <em>Courier-Mail</em> and the <em>Saturday Paper</em>. Last year he was nominated for a National Human Rights Award for his story in the <em>Global Mail</em>.</p> <p>Scribe acquired the rights from Sheila Drummond at The Drummond Agency. The book will be published in 2015.</p> Peter Cotton shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards /news-and-events/post/peter-cotton-shortlisted-for-the-2014-ned-kelly-awards/ 2014-08-11T00:00:00Z marika <p>Peter Cotton&rsquo;s <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/dead-cat-bounce/">Dead Cat Bounce</a></em>, which we published in 2013, has been shortlisted for the Best First Fiction Award in the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards.</p> <p>Peter Cotton has been the media advisor to three federal cabinet ministers, as well as working extensively as a journalist, and he makes good use of his experience in <em>Dead Cat Bounce</em>. Set in Canberra, it follows Detective Darren Glass as he races to solve a murder (or three) in the lead-up to a federal election.</p> <p>The judges said: “A detailed procedural with a stoic, resourceful and, of course, slightly renegade AFP detective supported by a plucky girl-Friday journo &hellip; explores some interesting what-ifs involving death and kidnapping at the highest levels of Aussie politics.”</p> <p>The winners will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 6 September.</p> Scribe acquires The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore /news-and-events/post/scribe-acquires-the-secret-history-of-wonder-woman-by-jill-lepore/ 2014-08-04T00:00:00Z marika <p>We&rsquo;re excited to announce that we&rsquo;ve recently acquired <em>The Secret History of Wonder Woman</em> by <em>New Yorker </em>staff writer Jill Lepore.</p> <p>Lepore’s book tells the story of one of our greatest pop culture icons, as well as revealing the secret life of her highly influential creator and the real heroines who inspired him. Ultimately, she tells the story of women’s experience in the twentieth century as it has never been told before — from the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s to the troubled place of feminism a century later.</p> <p>Commanding a vast and passionate following, Wonder Woman has never been out of print in seven decades. She appeared in 1941, a liberated and powerful female superhero at a time when women’s role models were stiflingly conservative. Her creator was American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who was inspired by legends of the warrior princesses of the Amazon and by early feminists, beginning with the British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst.</p> <p>Through extensive research, Lepore paints a compelling portrait of Marston, revealing him to have been talented and charismatic, but also deeply conflicted. He wrote a column celebrating conventional family life, but practised extraordinary sexual nonconformity, with his wife and mistress living under the same roof. The inventor of the lie detector, he lived a life of secrets — which he then spilled onto the pages of the Wonder Woman comics he wrote.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be publishing <em>The Secret History of Wonder Woman</em> in November — just in time for Christmas.</p>