While Frankfurt returns as an in-person fair this year, Australian rights managers and literary agents will be participating virtually once again as international travel remains difficult for those of us Down Under. That said, the Australian Publishers Association will be hosting a small physical stand showcasing new titles from 23 Australian publishers (say g’day at Hall 6.0 Stand A33). This will be supported by a virtual stand and rights catalogue, which will be uploaded to the Books from Australia website ahead of the fair.
There’s a strong environmental theme running through this issue of Think Australian, which features Australian climate change fiction and nonfiction, and children’s books that explore the natural world. It’s also prominent in our feature on Australian illustrated nonfiction, which includes a number of new books on plants and nature—think titles such as The Plant Clinic by Lovell Verinder (Thames & Hudson Australia), The Language of Houseplants by Cheralyn Darcey (Rockpool Publishing) and Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs.
There’s also a lot of joy to be found in Australia’s latest acquisitions—from a swathe of new uplit to the intriguingly titled nonfiction acquisition This Is Not A Book About Benedict Cumberbatch (Tabitha Carvan, HarperCollins Australia, March 2022), which is pitched as an ‘irrepressibly clever and uplifting book about the role of joy in women’s lives’.
We also round-up the latest Australian rights sales, award-winners and bestsellers, and interview Germany-based Australian literary agent Martin Shaw.
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