THE INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS FORUM LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL SIR TERRY PRATCHETT DAY AT LBF

Authors and readers across the world invited to vote and tweet their favourite Sir Terry Pratchett characters

NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, Monday 7 April 2014: To celebrate Sir Terry Pratchett as The London Book Fair’s (LBF) Author of the Day on Tuesday 8 April, the International Authors Forum, in association with LBF, has designated Tuesday 8 April International Sir Terry Pratchett Day, to mark his phenomenal international publishing success. To launch the day, authors from around the world will be asked to vote for their favourite character from one of his books – choosing from a list of Sir Terry’s Official Top 10 Favourites, which are:

1. Commander Vimes
2. Death
3. Granny Weatherwax
4. Tiffany Aching
5. Lord Vetinari
6. The Librarian
7. Nanny Ogg
8. Rincewind
9. The Nac Mac Feegle
10. Willikins

The London Book Fair is also encouraging Sir Terry’s fans around the world to vote and tweet.

Katie Webb, International Authors Forum, said: “Sir Terry Pratchett is a huge source of pride amongst the global author community. His innumerable achievements and dedication to his craft – unlocking imaginations, giving entertainment, education and wonder to so many – are testament to the value of the author in society. We are honoured to be celebrating Sir Terry Pratchett, and to be spreading the celebration worldwide.”

Sir Terry Pratchett said: “‘An International Terry Pratchett Day? I have a day? A vote? I will celebrate with a tincture poured by Willikins…I urge you to do the same – by voting for your favourite character. Log on to www.londonbookfair.co.uk/sirtpday to find out mine.”

Sir Terry Pratchett, one of the pre-eminent voices in contemporary British fiction has sold more than 85 million books in 37 languages. Across more than 40 Discworld novels, numerous books for children and his latest Parallel Earth series written in collaboration with Stephen Baxter, Sir Terry has won millions of fans worldwide with a voice that balances humour with an intelligent and deeply human vision of the world. Knighted for services to literature in 2009, Sir Terry’s work has won many prestigious awards including The Carnegie Medal, Nebulas Awards and Locus Awards.

TO REGISTER YOUR VOTE

To vote for your favourite Sir Terry Pratchett character, please go to: www.londonbookfair.co.uk/sirtpday
Twitter: #intSirTPday

WIN EXCLUSIVE SIGNED COPIES!

All those who register their vote and tweet for their favourite character will be entered in to a prize draw to win a signed copy of one of Sir Terry’s books. (*)

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For further information, please contact Tracey Jennings, Midas PR
Tel: 020 7361 7860, email: tracey.jennings@midaspr.co.uk

2014 SHOW DATES
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, EARLS COURT, LONDON
Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF)
The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every Spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. For 2014, LBF launches London Book and Screen Week, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. London Book and Screen Week will open with LBF’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on Monday 7 April, the day before LBF opens. The Week will close with a direct-to-consumer creative writing event, The London Writer’s Fair, on Friday 11 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013.

THE INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS FORUM
The International Authors Forum (IAF) is a forum for authors’ organisations to discuss issues, share information and take action about issues affecting them worldwide. There is currently no other independent, global organisation representing authors’ interests in copyright and contracts, and in many countries authors are not formally represented at all. By creating a worldwide network of authors’ organisations, IAF strengthens the presence of authors, and the effective representation of their rights on a global scale. For further information, please visit: www.internationalauthors.org.

(*) LBF decision is final and LBF regrets it will not be able to enter in to any correspondence.

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