News and Events - Scribe Publications /news-and-events 2014-04-11T00:00:00Z scribepublications.com.au Gerbrand Bakker shortlisted for the 2014 IMPAC prize /news-and-events/post/gerbrand-bakker-shortlisted-for-the-2014-impac-prize/ 2014-04-11T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Gerbrand Bakker, whose novel <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-detour/">The Detour</a></em> has been shortlisted for the 2014 IMPAC prize. The Dutch novelist is a former winner of the prize: in 2010, for <em>The Twin</em>.</p> <p>The IMPAC prize is one of the richest literary prizes, with prize money of €100,000. Books are nominated by public libraries in cities throughout the world – making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. You can see the full shortlist <a href="http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/news/ten-books-shortlisted-for-the-2014-award/">here</a>. The winner will be announced on 12 June.</p> Congratulations to Georgia Blain and Jill Stark /news-and-events/post/congratulations-to-georgia-blain-and-jill-stark/ 2014-04-10T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Scribe authors Georgia Blain and Jill Stark! Georgia&rsquo;s story collection, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-secret-lives-of-men/">The Secret Lives of Men</a></em>, has been longlisted for the prestigious Kibble Literary Award, while Jill&rsquo;s memoir, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/high-sobriety/">High Sobriety</a></em>, has been longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. You can see the full longlist <a href="http://www.perpetual.com.au/kibble/awards.htm">here</a>.</p> <p><em>The Secret Lives of Men</em> has also been shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the <a href="http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/awards/premiers_awards/nsw_premiers_literary_awards/2014/2014_nsw_premier%27s_literary_awards_shortlist.html">NSW Premier&rsquo;s Literary Awards</a>, with the judges praising it as &lsquo;a mature work from an author with a special sensibility and a comprehending, humane outlook&rsquo;.</p> Scribe is hiring - two positions available /news-and-events/post/scribe-is-hiring-two-positions-available/ 2014-04-08T00:00:00Z cora <p><strong>Publicist (full time, 12-month maternity cover)</strong></p> <p>Scribe, an award-winning independent book publisher, is seeking a publicist to join our publicity department. Working across a list that encompasses 50–55 titles per year of serious non-fiction and quality fiction, this job will provide an opportunity to construct high-profile media campaigns from scratch.</p> <p>Responsible for the conception and creation of effective consumer-media campaigns for specific titles, the successful applicant will be working closely with authors, editors, and everyone involved in the publishing process. The job includes attending literary festivals and author events, both locally and interstate, when necessary.</p> <p>The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a love of books, excellent written and verbal communication skills, high-level organisational skills, a high degree of initiative, and the ability to work in a small office with good humour. Trade-publishing publicity experience is preferable, but applicants with a communications degree who are working in other industries are also encouraged to apply.</p> <p>To apply, please send a covering letter and your CV to Cora Kipling, Publicity Manager, Scribe Publications Pty Ltd, 18–20 Edward Street, Brunswick 3056, or email applications to cora@scribepub.com.au Position description available on request. <strong>Applications close Thursday 17 April.</strong></p> <p><strong>Production and Publishing Assistant (full time)</strong></p> <p>Scribe is an award-winning independent book publisher with offices in Melbourne and London. We publish over 50 non-fiction and fiction titles annually in Australia and about 40 in the United Kingdom. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Production and Publishing Assistant to join our Brunswick office.</p> <p>Reporting to the Managing Editor and working across both the local and UK lists, the role will involve all aspects of the book production process, including the accurate and timely preparation of print files, proofing and approval of printer proofs, monitoring of costings and schedules, organising reprints, database maintenance, and basic layout and typesetting functions. Publishing assistance will include the researching and entering of literary awards, and maintaining the log of unsolicited submissions, in addition to a range of general administrative duties.</p> <p>This role requires proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign and Photoshop skills) and Microsoft Office. The successful applicant will also demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills, a fastidious eye for detail, flexibility in working to tight deadlines and shifting priorities, and the ability to work in a small team. Experience in publishing is desirable, but not essential.</p> <p>To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to Tamsin Wagner, General Manager, Scribe Publications Pty Ltd, 18–20 Edward Street, Brunswick 3056, or email applications to tamsin@scribepub.com.au Position description available on request. <strong>Applications close Thursday 17 April.</strong></p> RIP Peter Matthiessen /news-and-events/post/rip-peter-matthiessen/ 2014-04-07T00:00:00Z marika <p>We were deeply saddened by the news that the acclaimed author Peter Matthiessen has passed away at the age of eighty-six. Scribe will publish his final book, <em>In Paradise</em>, in Australia and New Zealand on 30 May 2014.</p> <p>Inspired by Matthiessen&rsquo;s own experience at a Zen meditation retreat at Auschwitz in the 1990s, <em>In Paradise</em> is a profoundly moving novel that is the culmination of an extraordinary career. It raises provocative questions, such as how beauty and joy can emerge out of horror; what responsibility comes with bearing witness to tragedy; and what insights will be lost as the last survivors of, and witnesses to, the death camps pass away.</p> <p>Matthiessen is the only writer to have won the American National Book Award more than once – he won it in two nonfiction categories for <em>The Snow Leopard</em>, published in 1978, and in fiction three decades later for <em>Shadow Country</em>. A full obituary can be read <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/books/peter-matthiessen-author-and-naturalist-is-dead-at-86.html?ref=books">here</a>.</p> IMPAC shortlist announced next week /news-and-events/post/impac-shortlist-announced-next-week/ 2014-04-02T00:00:00Z marika <p>The IMPAC shortlist will be announced next week and we&rsquo;ll be keeping our fingers crossed for the three Scribe authors who made it to the longlist: Amy Espeseth for her acclaimed debut novel, <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/sufficient-grace/"><em>Sufficient Grace</em></a>, Riikka Pulkkinen for the &lsquo;haunting, mesmerisingly written&rsquo; <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/true/"><em>True</em></a>, and Gerbrand Bakker (who won the IMPAC in 2010 for <em>The Twin</em>) for <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-detour/"><em>The Detour</em></a>.</p> <p>The IMPAC prize is one of the richest literary prizes, with prize money of €100,000. Books are nominated for the Award by public libraries in cities throughout the world &ndash; making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. You can find out more about the prize <a href="http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/">here</a>.</p> Thank You for Your Service recognised by the LA Times Book Prize and the Carla Cohen Literary Prize /news-and-events/post/thank-you-for-your-service-recognised-by-the-la-times-book-prize-and-the-carla-cohen-literary-prize/ 2014-02-21T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are delighted to announce that David Finkel, the author of <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/thank-you-for-your-service/">Thank You for Your Service</a>,</em> is one of the winners of the inaugural <a href="http://blog.sfgate.com/bookmarks/2014/02/18/anthony-marra-david-finkel-win-first-ever-carla-cohen-literary-prize/">Carla Cohen Literary Prize</a>, and has also been selected as a finalist for the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-announcing-the-la-times-book-prize-finalists-for-2013-20140219,0,6943176.story"><em>LA Times</em> Book Prize</a>. <em>Thank You for Your Service</em> has received much international critical acclaim since its publication last year.</p> Scribe signs Oliver Mol /news-and-events/post/scribe-signs-oliver-mol/ 2014-02-12T00:00:00Z julia <p>We are thrilled to announce that we’ve signed Oliver Mol’s first book, to be published in early 2015. <em>Lion Attack!</em> is a high-voltage, energetic work of creative nonfiction that explores what it means to be an Australian today. Part love story, part tragi-comedy, and part social critique, it is a coming-of-age story with a contemporary beat.</p> <p>Oliver Mol, a Sydney-based writer, was one of the inaugural winners of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, for his piece entitled ‘34 Memories of Growing Up in Texas’. His work has appeared in journals and magazines, including in <em>Going Down Swinging</em>, <em>The Lifted Brow</em>, and <em>Voiceworks</em>. In 2013, Oliver was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, during which he completed the first draft of his book.</p> <p>We think that Oliver is a talented new voice, and we look forward to bringing you his work in 2015.</p> <p>Welcome to Scribe, Oliver!</p> Scribe appoints Philip Gwyn Jones as UK editor-at-large /news-and-events/post/scribe-appoints-philip-gwyn-jones-as-uk-editor-at-large/ 2014-01-16T00:00:00Z marika <p>We’re delighted to announce we’ve made our first editorial appointment for our UK office, appointing former Granta Books publisher Philip Gwyn Jones to the part-time role of editor-at-large.</p> <p>Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom says: ‘I’ve been a huge admirer of his for several years, and we seem to have uncannily similar tastes and values. I had the idea for this job some time ago, without knowing whether Philip would be willing or able to take it on. As it happens, it seems like the right idea at the right time for both of us.’</p> <p>Gwyn Jones will focus on acquiring rights to fiction and nonfiction titles by British and Irish writers, and will be involved in the structural editing of the acquired manuscripts and oversee their publication, as well as taking on a ‘general ambassadorial role’ for Scribe UK. Gwyn Jones says he will ‘concentrate on just a handful of acquisitions each year … focusing exclusively on the bold and original in literary fiction, and the urgent and persuasive in idea-led nonfiction — on books from these islands that might contend for prizes, in short’.</p> Thank You for Your Service a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards /news-and-events/post/thank-you-for-your-service-a-finalist-in-the-national-book-critics-circle-awards/ 2014-01-14T00:00:00Z marika <p>David Finkel&rsquo;s <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/thank-you-for-your-service/">Thank You for Your Service</a></em>, much lauded in &lsquo;<a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/promotions/best-of-2013">Best Of</a>&rsquo; lists at the end of last year, is a finalist in the nonfiction category of the <a href="http://bookcritics.org/blog/archive/announcing-the-national-book-critics-awards-finalists">National Book Critics Circle Awards</a>. These annual awards were established in 1974 and honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories — autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.</p> <p>You can read an interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning David Finkel in the <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/soldiers-on-the-home-front-david-finkel-talks-about-thank-you-for-your-service/?_r=0">here</a>.</p> Winners of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers announced /news-and-events/post/winners-of-the-scribe-nonfiction-prize-for-young-writers-announced/ 2013-12-06T00:00:00Z julia <p>We are incredibly pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.</p> <p><strong>Co-winners: </strong>‘I Don’t Know’, Briohny Doyle and ‘34 Memories From Growing Up in Texas’, Oliver Mol</p> <p><strong>Highly commended: </strong>‘White Ears and Whistling Duck’, Rosanna Stevens</p> <p>The winners were announced by Scribe’s publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, last night at the Express Media Awards at the Wheeler Centre.</p> <p>Each winner receives $1000, a meeting with a Scribe editor or publisher, up to 10 hours of editorial time with a Scribe editor, and a 12-month subscription to Scribe nonfiction books: one new-release nonfiction title of their choice each month for a year.</p> <p>Congratulations to Briohny, Oliver, and Rosanna. We look forward to working further with them and to seeing their careers develop.</p> Shortlist for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers announced /news-and-events/post/shortlist-for-the-scribe-nonfiction-prize-for-young-writers-announced/ 2013-11-28T00:00:00Z julia <p>Scribe and Express Media are delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.</p> <p>The shortlisted entries are:</p> <ul> <li>‘A Year in Peru’ (Elizabeth Bryer)</li> <li>&lsquo;Editing Raymond Carver’ (Anna Heyward)</li> <li>‘Get Rich Slow’ (Rafael S. W.)</li> <li>‘I Don’t Know’ (Briohny Doyle)</li> <li>‘White Ears and Whistling Duck’ (Rosanna Stevens)</li> <li>‘34 Memories From Growing Up in Texas’ (Oliver Mol)</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, history, and reportage.</p> <p>The winner will be announced at the Express Media Awards at the Wheeler Centre on Thursday 5 December 2013. Tickets are available <a href="http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=62681">here</a>.</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 Scribe’s 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> Amazing Babes is #1 bestseller on Scribe site /news-and-events/post/amazing-babes-is-1-bestseller-on-scribe-site/ 2013-11-28T00:00:00Z marika <p>Our unique, recently published illustrated book for kids and adults, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/amazing-babes/">Amazing Babes</a></em>, by Eliza Sarlos and Grace Lee, has immediately become the bestselling title in Scribe&rsquo;s online store by a wide margin. Although it&rsquo;s available in bookshops throughout Australia, we&rsquo;re seeing unprecedented interest online, including from overseas.</p> Thank You for Your Service is Amazon's Best Nonfiction Book for 2013 /news-and-events/post/thank-you-for-your-service-is-amazon-s-best-nonfiction-book-for-2013/ 2013-11-12T00:00:00Z marika <p>Some well-deserved recognition for David Finkel&rsquo;s <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/thank-you-for-your-service/">Thank You for Your Service</a></em> — it&rsquo;s just been named as one of Amazon&rsquo;s Best Books of 2013, topping the nonfiction category.</p> <p>Amazon editor Chris Schluep had this to say: &lsquo;Some books just sneak up on you and you&rsquo;re never the same after &hellip; This book is so personal, moving that I devoured it. Although the subject matter is difficult, you grow with the book as you read.&rsquo;</p> <p>Publishers Weekly, who called the book &lsquo;incredibly moving&rsquo;, also named it as one of their <a href="http://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2013/nonfiction#book/book-13">Best Books of 2013</a>.</p> <p>You can read an extract <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/dispatches/2013/11/veterans_day_and_ptsd_one_soldier_faces_his_mental_health_issues_after_returning.html">here</a>.</p> The Aleppo Codex wins the Sami Rohr Prize /news-and-events/post/the-aleppo-codex-wins-the-sami-rohr-prize/ 2013-11-11T00:00:00Z tamsin <p>Great news! Matti Friedman has been announced as the WINNER of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature 2014 for <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-aleppo-codex/">The Aleppo Codex</a></em>, a true-life detective story of a thousand-year-old Hebrew bible.</p> <p>One of the largest literary prizes, worth US$100 000, the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature honours emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a specific work of non-fiction as well as the author’s overall potential to make significant ongoing contributions to Jewish literature. The winner and <a href="http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2014-sami-rohr-prize-for-jewish-literature-finalists">finalists</a> will be celebrated at a ceremony in Jerusalem early next year.</p> Derek B Miller wins the CWA John Creasey Dagger /news-and-events/post/derek-b-miller-wins-the-cwa-john-creasey-dagger/ 2013-10-28T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are delighted to announce that Derek B Miller&rsquo;s wonderful debut novel, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/norwegian-by-night/">Norwegian by Night</a></em>, has won the CWA John Creasey Dagger award for the best new crime writer of the year. The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years — you can find out more about these prestigious awards <a href="http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/index.html">here</a>.</p> <p>The judges praised <em>Norwegian by Night</em>, saying “Tension, humour and tragedy are combined in this beautifully-written contribution to Nordic noir with a twist from an English-speaking author. With a central character who is original, wonderfully humane and convincing, this debut novel cleverly avoids many the genre’s clichés and pitfalls and emerges triumphant as a fully-dimensional gem.”</p> The Aleppo Codex shortlisted for The Sami Rohr Prize /news-and-events/post/the-aleppo-codex-shortlisted-for-the-sami-rohr-prize/ 2013-10-21T00:00:00Z marika <p>We&rsquo;re very pleased to announce that Matti Friedman&rsquo;s <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-aleppo-codex/">The Aleppo Codex</a></em>, a true-life detective story of a thousand-year-old Hebrew bible, is a finalist in the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize For Jewish Literature. The award of $100,000 — one of the largest literary prizes in the world — honors &lsquo;emerging writers who articulate the Jewish experience, as determined by a specific work as well as the author’s overall potential to make significant ongoing contributions to Jewish literature&rsquo;. You can see the full list of finalists <a href="http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2014-sami-rohr-prize-for-jewish-literature-finalists">here</a>.</p> Fiona McGregor's backlist available for the first time as e-books /news-and-events/post/fiona-mcgregor-s-backlist-available-for-the-first-time-as-e-books/ 2013-10-16T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are delighted to announce that Fiona McGregor’s acclaimed books <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/au-pair/">Au Pair</a></em> and <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/dirt/">Dirt</a></em> (previously published as <em>Suck My Toes</em>) are now available as e-books. <em>Au Pair</em>, Fiona’s debut novel, centres on a 21-year-old woman who has moved to Paris, where she works for a wealthy household while trying to re-create herself away from her own family. <em>Dirt</em>, which consists of ten linked stories, is a witty and explosive collection that won the 1995 Steele Rudd Award. Both e-books are priced at $7.99, and can be found at all major e-book retailers.</p> The Wolf and the Watchman longlisted for 2013 National Book Award /news-and-events/post/the-wolf-and-the-watchman-longlisted-for-2013-national-book-award/ 2013-09-19T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are delighted to announce that Scott Johnson’s riveting memoir about growing up as the son of a CIA spy, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/the-wolf-and-the-watchman/">The Wolf and the Watchman</a></em>, has been longlisted in the non-fiction category of the US’s <a href="http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html">National Book Awards</a>. We are especially delighted because its route there has been a rather unusual one.</p> <p>Acquired by Scribe’s publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, and edited by nonfiction editor Julia Carlomagno with input from freelance editor Nicola Redhouse, <em>The Wolf and the Watchman</em> was first published in Australia in July 2012. Scribe acquired UK rights, and subsequently US rights, when the book failed to find a publisher in these territories, and we published it via Scribe UK just this month. We’d previously sold US rights to W W Norton, who published their edition in May 2013. So a notable book by an American author about an American subject made its way to the US via Australia!</p> Like A House On Fire wins the Steele Rudd Award /news-and-events/post/like-a-house-on-fire-wins-the-steele-rudd-award/ 2013-09-05T00:00:00Z marika <p>Cate Kennedy&rsquo;s marvellous short story collection, <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/like-a-house-on-fire/">Like A House On Fire</a></em>, has won the Steele Rudd Award at the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards. The judges said:</p> <p><em>Kennedy enters into the domestic moment through a small door and finds a vista to the inner self. The stories are built on tenderness, treachery and loss and are pulled along by a compulsive longing. However dark the territory, Kennedy&rsquo;s take on life is marked by humour. Her style is strong and expansive and lifts beyond its realist roots to reveal a master&rsquo;s love of language.</em></p> <p>You can see the full list of winners <a href="http://www.queenslandliteraryawards.com/2013-winners.html">here</a>.</p> Sufficient Grace shortlisted for the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing /news-and-events/post/sufficient-grace-shortlisted-for-the-2013-warwick-prize-for-writing/ 2013-09-02T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are delighted to announce that Amy Espeseth&rsquo;s <a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/sufficient-grace/"><em>Sufficient Grace</em></a> has been shortlisted for the 2013 Warwick Prize. The winner will be announced on 24 September 2013, and you can see the full shortlist <a href="http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/prizeforwriting/2013/shortlist/">here</a>.</p> <p>The prize is unique: an international, cross-disciplinary award that is open to substantial pieces of writing in the English language, in any genre or form. Judge Ian Sansom commented that &lsquo;the shortlist exemplifies the inclusive approach to the appreciation of literature that the Warwick Prize for Writing was established to promote.”</p>