Black Inc. and La Trobe University launch joint imprint
Black Inc. has partnered with La Trobe University to form a joint publishing imprint, La Trobe University Press (LTUP).
The new imprint, which aims to bring ‘scholarly works to a general readership’ on subjects ranging across the humanities and sciences, will launch in 2017 and publish six to eight titles in its first year in both print and electronic formats.
The imprint will launch with Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942 by Allan Gyngell in March 2017, with books on Simon Leys, China’s relationship with Australia and artificial intelligence to follow.
LTUP’s publishing model will see Black Inc. supply editing, production and marketing expertise to the university press, with all books to be distributed through United Book Distributors. Black Inc. publisher Chris Feik will act as publishing director and serve on the editorial board responsible for considering submissions. Joining Feik on the editorial board will be La Trobe emeritus professor Robert Manne, vice-chancellor’s fellow Elizabeth Finkel and Black Inc. publisher Morry Schwartz.
In a statement, Schwartz said Black Inc. is ‘thrilled to collaborate with La Trobe University in bringing many distinguished and innovative scholars from tertiary institutions across the country onto the bookshelves of a general readership’.
La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar said the university is excited to begin a ‘unique publishing partnership’ with Black Inc. ‘The imprint will provide a platform for La Trobe to continue its longstanding tradition of public scholarship,’ said Dewar, who added that the press will also give scholars ‘the opportunity to address some of the most fundamental questions of our time’.
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