Welcome to May. How is our bookish tribe faring this month? Have you broken the Goodreads algorithm by smashing out your 2020 Reading Challenge in the first quarter? Here at Fremantle Press, right at the moment when the physical world seemed to contract to what was experienced from the lounge room or the home office, our local WA stories expanded into new territories and formats.
This week we signed a contract with Suhrkamp Verlag in Berlin to publish the German-language edition of Doom Creek, Alan Carter’s sequel to Marlborough Man. Local audiences will have to wait till December 2020 for the book, but we guarantee that Alan’s spookily prescient take on doomsday preppers going feral in New Zealand will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Meanwhile, on the day Kelly Canby’s Littlelight hit the UBD warehouse in readiness for Aussie booksellers to get it into your kids’ sticky little mitts, we signed a contract with Aras Publishing for the Turkish-language rights. The world is going neon and Kelly is leading the way.
We know restrictions are opening up somewhat, but if you’re one of those families with kids still at home, you may wish to check out Kinderling Kids Radio and Story Box Library. Kinderling will be sharing audio readings from the books Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories by Helen Milroy and What Colour is the Sea? by Katie Stewart, while Story Box Library will have an audiovisual reading of Antarctica by Moira Court available soon.
Wishing you all the very best of times, during the worst of times.
Till next time,