Book Babble

Winners of the 2016 Affirm Press Mentorship Award Announced

The recipients will undertake a one-week residency at Varuna, situated in the inspiring Blue Mountains, and receive one-on-one editorial workshop with editors Ruby Ashby-Orr and Kate Goldsworthy.

Letter to My Teenage Self raises $20,000 for charity in two weeks

Affirm Press is delighted to announce that Letter to My Teenage Self, published earlier this month, has already raised an impressive $20,000 for the Reach Foundation. Letter to My Teenage Self is the passion project of teenager Grace Halphen who, after having a tough time transitioning between schools, set out to create a book that would help other teenagers feel reassured and less isolated when they went through tough times. The book features letters from 55 prominent Australians offering the advice they wish they’d heard when they were growing up. All profits from the book are being donated to the [...]

Alecia Simmonds’ WILD MAN wins the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Non-fiction

Congratulations to Alecia Simmonds on winning the Davitt Award for Non-fiction at the Sisters in Crime gala dinner on Saturday 27 August for her debut book, Wild Man.

Greg French on THE LAST WILD TROUT and fishing for conservation

Greg French believes that fly fishers have discovered how to develop physical and spiritual connections with nature that are completely sustainable. ‘Trout are found in some of the most wild, romantic and scenically diverse habitats on Earth, and fly fishers the world over share a unique camaraderie, something universally profound and sincere.

Q&A with Brewed with Balls creator Steph

I first pitched the idea having seen an article about Dock Street Brewery’s ‘Ain’t Nothing to Funk With’ – a golden saison barrel-aged with the music of Wu Tang Clan. Being a beer and a hip-hop lover I had to investigate, and I realised there are heaps of weird and wacky beers out there but no books dedicated to them. So the idea was born, and Martin and Keiran were foolish cool enough to give me a go at it!

Q & A with Kate James

What I care about most is living a purposeful life. For me this means being true to myself, even if the choices I make don’t necessarily look impressive to the outside world.

Q&A with Sunny Leunig

Sometimes it's actually liberating to know that you aren't the best. It might help us concentrate on achieving things that we are more capable of. I'm not saying people should give up, however sometimes I think some people just shouldn't begin in the first place.

If a Book Was a Beer, What Would It Taste Like?

Affirm Press is crafting its very own ‘book beer’ and we'd love suggestions from publishing folk on what ingredients we should include.

Interview with Happy Mama, Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

In your new book Happy Mama you talk about something called Oxygen Mask Parenting, can you explain what this term means? We’ve all heard the safety warning on planes before takeoff to always apply your own oxygen mask before attending to your loved ones - the idea being that without your own air, you can’t help anyone else. Well, it’s the same for parenting. So often, mums (and dads) put their family, their work and everyone else’s needs above their own, always putting their own needs and health last. While we might think this is the best thing to do [...]

Affirm Press signs one of the inaugural winners of our Varuna Mentorship Award: 2016 applications open

Affirm Press is pleased to announce that we have acquired the rights to publish Paula Keogh’s memoir The Green Bell. In October 2015 Paula received manuscript development from our editors, Ruby Ashby-Orr and Kate Goldsworthy, as part of the Affirm Press Mentorship Award at Varuna House.

Internships: the value of practical experience

When it comes to the publishing industry, internships are a fact of life...

Affirm Press in April

Nearly three years ago, we restructured and committed ourselves wholeheartedly to publishing and we’ve been expanding ever since. We’re officially the fastest growing publisher in Australia, but we pride ourselves more on being the most positive publisher in Australia (through a combination of dynamism, idealism and, frankly, naivety).

Tim Rogers’ reaction to The Book of Uninspiring Quotes

‘I used to wake in the morning and put my pants on one leg at a time with hope and belief. Now I lay around pantless with belief only in home deliveries and twist top bottles. Damn you Leunig. My hope has drained away.’ – Tim Rogers (You Am I)

Where have the big guys and the multi-nationals gone?

Yes, yes it’s that guy from Affirm Press again banging his drum again about small and Aussie publishers...