Bluebird to publish Melinda Gates in 2019

04 April 2018

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Carole Tonkinson publisher of Bluebird has acquired UK/CW rights (less Australia) to Melinda Gates'sWalking Each Other Home: How to Empower Women and Change the World. The book will be published in April 2019.

The book will be published simultaneously with Flatiron Books (USA), who inked the world deal for the project, which was acquired and will be edited by Macmillan Executive Vice President Will Schwalbe.

In this candid and inspiring book, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women’s empowerment and the well-being of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to accelerate change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference. 

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. In 2015, Melinda 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. Melinda received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family. 

Of the acquisition, Carole Tonkinson says: "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."