Text sells book on Indigenous thinking to US for six-figure sum
Text Publishing has sold North American rights to Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World (Tyson Yunkaporta) to HarperCollins imprint HarperOne in a six-figure pre-empt.
Agent David Forrer at InkWell handled the deal, accepting the pre-empt from Judith Curr at HarperOne.
Sand Talk is about how Indigenous thinking can ‘reimagine and reframe our understanding of concepts such as money, power, education, and especially sustainability’. The book includes original carvings, drawings and ‘sand talk’, the Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground to convey knowledge. It is described as ‘a book of cultural and philosophic intrigue’ by Bunurong and Yuin author Bruce Pascoe.
A senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University, Tyson Yunkaporta is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland, and also carves traditional tools and weapons. Yunkaporta will be a guest speaker at the 2019 ABA Conference in Melbourne.
Sand Talk will be released in Australia in September.