Tilted Axis partners with Australian press Brow Books

Tilted Axis partners with Australian press Brow Books

Not-for-profit press Tilted Axis is entering into an international co-publishing agreement with Australian publisher Brow Books.

The long-term partnership will be the first international co-publishing agreement for both companies. Under the agreement, Tilted Axis holds world English rights for each title it publishes and offers right of first refusal in Australia and New Zealand to Brow Books.

The partnership will officially launch with the August publication of Han Yujoo’s The Impossible Fairytale (translated from Korean by Janet Hong) in Australia and New Zealand.

Founded in 2015, Tilted Axis Press is a nonprofit dedicated to publishing contemporary Asian literature, mainly by women. To date the press has published seven novels translated from the Bengali, Uzbek, Thai, and Korean. Its most recent book is The Devils’ Dance by Hamid Ismailov, translated from the Uzbek by Donald Rayfield.

Brow Books is an imprint of not-for-profit literary organisation The Lifted Brow which is committed to finding and championing work from the literary and/or demographic margins from writers and artists in Australia and the rest of the world. Its early successes include Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink and Shaun Prescott’s The Town; its latest book is Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha.

Deborah Smith, publisher at Tilted Axis Press, said: "We're longtime fans of The Lifted Brow, so were excited to learn of them branching out into print with Brow Books. Their tastes and production values are very much comparable with our own, and their diverse, exciting list seemed an obvious home for our titles. Plus, their willingness to try something new in terms of a co-publishing agreement fits perfectly with our own desire to explore innovative new models."

Sam Cooney, publisher at Brow Books, said: “We’ve been keenly admiring Tilted Axis Press from its inception, delighting from afar at all it has achieved in a few short years – not only at the books it has published, but at the way it goes about its work: with a heady mixture of resoluteness and optimism. As a press ourselves where process is always a huge part of the outcome—where any success is only as excellent as the way it was reached—we are so thrilled to now be officially in partnership with a small press that clearly prioritises similar concerns.

"We’re extremely excited to begin introducing Tilted Axis Press titles to keen readers in Australia and New Zealand – it’s about time we over here had the opportunity to read such exquisite stories from near and far corners of the world that have been too long ignored.”