News and Events - Scribe Publications /news-and-events 2015-04-24T00:00:00Z scribepublications.com.au Liam Neeson to produce A Mad and Wonderful Thing film /news-and-events/post/liam-neeson-to-produce-a-mad-and-wonderful-thing-film/ 2015-04-24T00:00:00Z marika <p>Liam Neeson will co-produce the film version of <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/a-mad-and-wonderful-thing/">A Mad and Wonderful Thing</a></em> by Mark Mulholland.</p> <p>A passionate and heart-wrenching debut, <em>A Mad and Wonderful Thing</em> tells the story of Johnny Donnelly — an intense young man who is in love with books, with his country, and with the beautiful Cora Flannery. But in his dark and secret other life, he is an IRA sniper who shoots British soldiers.</p> <p>Neeson called the book &lsquo;excellent: deeply satisfying and moving&rsquo; — for further information on the forthcoming film see <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/17/liam-neeson-produce-ira-sniper-film-mad-and-wonderful-thing">here</a>.</p> RIP Eduardo Galeano /news-and-events/post/rip-eduardo-galeano/ 2015-04-17T00:00:00Z marika <p>We are sad to hear of the recent passing of Eduardo Galeano.</p> <p>Galeano, who died at the age of 74 in Montevideo on Monday, was the author of <em>Open Veins of Latin America</em> (1971) which Scribe published in Australia in 2009, as well as many other books. He was a committted socialist whose historical works condemning European and U.S. exploitation of Latin America over five centuries made him <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-eduardo-galeano-20150413-story.html">a revered figure among leftists</a>.</p> <p>He has been described as one of the &lsquo;great writers of Latin America; his unusual and idiosyncratic works served to illuminate the history and politics of the entire continent.&rsquo;</p> <p>You can read a full obituary at <em>The Guardian</em>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/15/eduardo-galeano">website</a>.</p> Just Mercy shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence /news-and-events/post/just-mercy-shortlisted-for-the-carnegie-medal-for-excellence/ 2015-04-09T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Bryan Stevenson, whose inspiring and passionate memoir <em>Just Mercy</em> has been shortlisted in the Nonfiction category of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.</p> <p>The awards were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.</p> <p>The winner will be announced in June. You can find out more about the prize, and see the full shortlist, <a href="http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult">here</a>.</p> Dead Wake debuts at #1 /news-and-events/post/dead-wake-debuts-at-1/ 2015-03-25T00:00:00Z marika <p><em>Dead Wake</em>, by Erik Larson, has debuted as #1 on the <em>New York Times</em> non-fiction bestseller lists (in print, e-book, and combined print and e-book form), is an Amazon top-10 bestseller, and has garnered rave reviews in the US. As a result, we’ve released it immediately, instead of publishing it as we’d originally planned in late April.</p> Scribe acquires The Winterlings (Las Inviernas) /news-and-events/post/scribe-acquires-the-winterlings-las-inviernas/ 2015-03-24T00:00:00Z marika <p>We have acquired World English rights (excluding the US and Canada) in Cristina Sanchez-Andrade&rsquo;s acclaimed novel <em>The Winterlings</em> (<em>Las Inviernas</em>). The book has also been acquired in the US, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Brazil, and is reminiscent of the Spanish classics' oral tradition, in which the author combines fiction and historical events — such as the arrival of Ava Gardner to Spain in the 1950s for the shooting of <em>Pandora and the Flying Dutchman</em> — with masterly doses of intrigue, and a subtle and witty humour.</p> <p><em>The Winterlings</em> will be published in 2016.</p> Beloved Land wins ACT Book of the Year /news-and-events/post/beloved-land-wins-act-book-of-the-year/ 2015-03-11T00:00:00Z marika <p>Congratulations to Gordon Peake, whose book <em><a href="http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/beloved-land/">Beloved Land: stories, secrets, and struggles from Timor Leste</a></em> has won the 2014 ACT Book of the Year. Chosen from a shortlist of five books, it also won the inaugural People&rsquo;s Choice Award.</p> <p>The judges described it as a &lsquo;compelling work merging the personal with the historical. Deftly written, it explores human complexity without judgement. Through a powerful narrative the imagery created is surprising, sometimes confronting and very poignant.&rsquo;</p> <p>You can read an interview with Gordon Peake <a href="http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/act-book-of-the-year-won-by-gordon-peakes-beloved-land-20150306-13wotb.html">here</a>.</p> 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>