William Boyd and Liz Pichon confirmed as The London Book Fair’s Authors of the Day 2013

News for release: 5 March 2013:  The London Book Fair is delighted to announce international bestselling authors William Boyd and Liz Pichon as Authors of the Day 2013.  This follows the recent announcement confirming Elif Shafak as Market Focus Author of the Day on the Tuesday of the Fair.  All three authors will take part in a programme that will include seminars, book signings and photo opportunities.

MONDAY 15 APRIL 2013 – WILLIAM BOYD

The opening day of the Fair features international bestselling author, William Boyd, whose novels and short stories have been translated in over thirty languages and have sold over three million copies worldwide.  His novels have garnered many awards, including the Whitbread, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Jean Monnet and the Costa Novel of the Year.

William Boyd’s eagerly anticipated new James Bond continuation novel, as yet untitled, will be published in the UK on Thursday 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Cape – Ian Fleming’s original publisher and an imprint of Vintage Publishing.

William Boyd said: “I’m both delighted and honoured to be one of the Authors of the Day at The London Book Fair.  It’s a rare and rather wonderful pleasure to find oneself for a few hours at the very centre of the international publishing industry and LBF always provides the warmest of welcomes to writers.”

EVENT: William Boyd will be talking about his work on Monday 15 April, 11.30am at The English PEN Literary Café, Earls Court Two.  The event will be followed by a book signing.

WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL – LIZ PICHON

On the Wednesday of the Fair, LBF will welcome award-winning children’s writer Liz Pichon, whose Tom Gates series has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK to date and has been translated into 20 languages across the world.

Liz Pichon wrote and illustrated Smarties Book Prize Silver Award-winner My Big Brother Boris.  Other titles include The Very Ugly Bug, Bored Bill, and The Three Horrid Little Pigs and The Friendly Wolf, which was shortlisted for the Red House Book Award 2009. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates was first published in 2011, and has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011, Red House Children’s Book Award (Younger Readers Category) 2012 and the Waterstones Prize 2012 (best fiction for 5-12s category). 

Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic, the fifth book in the series, will be published in April 2013.

Liz Pichon said:  “Being asked to be Author of the Day for The London Book Fair is AMAZING and a great privilege. When you’re busy writing and illustrating, it’s easy to forget about all the different processes that go towards getting a book into the hands of the readers. The Absolutely Fantastic London Book Fair is the place that showcases this and celebrates all the people who are involved. I’m really looking forward to being a part of this Brilliant World.”

EVENT:  Liz Pichon will be in conversation with the Telegraph’s Digital Culture Editor Martin Chilton on Wednesday 17 April, 11.30am at The English PEN Literary Café, Earls Court Two.  The event will be followed by a book signing.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “Our Author of the Day programme is one of my favourite parts of The London Book Fair.   Through the wonderfully varied line-up of authors we shine a light on what book fairs are all about.  We are tremendously lucky to have William, Elif and Liz this year as they represent so elegantly their respective schools of writing.  I hope everyone gets a chance to see them and hear them at Earls Court this year, and will be inspired to seek out their books afterwards.”

For further information on The London Book Fair Author of the Day programme, or to arrange an interview with William Boyd or Liz Pichon at The London Book Fair, please contact:
Tracey Jennings/Felicity Denham, Midas Public Relations, Tel: 020 7361 7860
Email:
tracey.jennings@midaspr.co.uk / felicity.denham@midaspr.co.uk

 

PHOTO CREDITS:
 
• William Boyd, credit Trevor Leighton
• Elif Shafak, Muammer Yanmaz
• Liz Pichon, credit Zak Pichon

Please see overleaf additional background information on William Boyd and Liz Pichon.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE AUTHORS OF THE DAY

WILLIAM BOYD

Born in Ghana, William Boyd was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice (Diploma of French Studies), Glasgow (M.A.Hons in English and Philosophy) and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied for a D.Phil in English Literature.

William Boyd’s novels and short stories have been translated in over thirty languages, have sold over three million copies worldwide, and garnered many awards, including the Whitbread, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Jean Monnet and the Costa Novel of the Year.

On 1st April 1998, Boyd published Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960, in a blitz of news coverage worldwide. The biography offers an account of the New York-based 1950s artist and painter Nat Tate, who burnt and destroyed his entire output of Abstract Expressionist paintings before tragically taking his own life.

Nat Tate and his art were more recently brought to life in William Boyd’s adaptation of his novel Any Human Heart, which was screened by Channel 4 in autumn of 2010. Boyd’s other screenwriting credits include Chaplin and Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy. He has also adapted his novels A Good Man in Africa, Stars and Bars, Armadillo and Restless.

William Boyd’s first play, Longing, received its World Premiere at the Hampstead Theatre on February 28th 2013.

In April 2012, it was announced that William Boyd had been asked by Ian Fleming Publications to write the new James Bond novel.

William Boyd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from the Universities of St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Dundee and was awarded the CBE in 2005.

He is married and divides his time between London and the south west of France.

LIZ PICHON

Liz Pichon studied graphic design at Middlesex Polytechnic and Camberwell School of Art in London. She then worked in the music industry for Jive Records as a designer and art director, organising photo sessions and designing record and CD covers. Liz later went freelance and her work has been used on different products all over the world.

After that she turned her talented hand to children’s books, including writing and illustrating Smarties Book Prize Silver Award-winner My Big Brother Boris, published by Scholastic Children’s Books in 2004.  Other titles include The Very Ugly Bug, Bored Bill, and The Three Horrid Little Pigs and The Friendly Wolf, which was shortlisted for the Red House Book Award 2009.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates first published in 2011 and has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011, Red House Children’s Book Award (Younger Readers Category) 2012 and the Waterstones Prize 2012 (best fiction for 5-12s category).

It was followed by Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff) in September 2011, Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (sort of) in March 2012 and Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) in September 2012.   Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic, the fifth book in the series, is publishing in April 2013.  Liz has written a special Tom Gates short story as one of the World Book Day 2013 £1 books.

Liz lives with her husband and three children in Brighton. 

Note to Editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF)
The London Book Fair 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. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2013, the 42nd Fair, will take place from 15-17 April 2013, Earls Court, London. Turkey is Market Focus country in 2013, following China in 2012. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk.

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