Scribner acquires new Falconer nonfiction work

Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Delia Falconer’s new nonfiction work Signs and Wonders from Jane Novak at the Jane Novak Literary Agency.

Building on Falconer’s essays ‘Signs and Wonders’ and the Walkley Award-winning ‘The Opposite of Glamour’, her new book is ‘an examination of how we are changing our culture, language and imaginations along with our climate’.

In Signs and Wonders, Falconer explores how it feels to live as a lover of nature and mother of small children in an era of ecological collapse. Ranging from meditations on how writers, including Falconer herself, are coping with a loss of natural abundance to the effect of a large fur seal turning up in the park below her apartment and the ways we are writing and thinking about bees, the publisher describes Signs and Wonders as ‘a searching and poetic examination of the ways we are thinking about how, and why, to live now’.

Falconer’s Miles Franklin-shortlisted debut The Service of Clouds and follow-up novella The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers were both published by Picador, and her nonfiction work Sydney was released by NewSouth Books in 2010.

‘We know Delia as one of our finest prose stylists from her three books, and one of our most insightful critics from her ongoing journalism,’ said Scribner publishing director Ben Ball.

‘The reason Scribner will put this book at the front of all our publishing endeavours for 2021 is that it will unite those qualities in service of a fresh, urgent line of inquiry. A powerhouse intellect and artist, Delia helps us see what is around us and what is ahead of us. Signs and Wonders will be a major contribution to Australian writing as well as to our thinking about our future.’

Signs and Wonders will be published in late 2021.