Bluebird will publish Melinda Gates’ debut on women’s empowerment.
Carole Tonkinson, publisher of the Pan Macmillan imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Australia to Walking Each Other Home: How to Empower Women and Change the World by the wife of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. It will be published in April 2019, simultaneously with Flatiron books in the US, which signed the world deal for the project. The title was acquired by Macmillan executive v.p. Will Schwalbe who will also edit it.
In the “candid and inspiring book”, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the wellbeing of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to accelerate change, according to a Pan Mac spokesperson, and provides simple and effective ways everyone can make a difference.
“Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies,” the spokesperson said. “Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realise their full potential.”
Tonkinson added: "Melinda Gates's outstanding work has helped improve the lives of women around the world with a huge knock-on impact on their families and communities. We're honored to be publishing this important book, which couldn't be more needed or more timely."
In 2015, Gates created Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company that enables her to bring together other new and emerging strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work focused in the US.
After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, she left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.