Shakespeare sets the stage for blockbuster Authors of the Day line-up at The London Book Fair 2016
• Professor Nick Bostrom, Judith Kerr, and Marian Keyes top programme
• Shakespeare celebration led by Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson
Friday 15 January, 2016: Six of the biggest writers in the world today are set to be spotlighted at The London Book Fair (12-14 April 2016) this year, following the unveiling of an extra special Authors of the Day line-up including global bestsellers Professor Nick Bostrom, Judith Kerr, and Marian Keyes.
Departing from tradition in the fair’s 45th year, one day will be dedicated to one of the greatest writers of all time, William Shakespeare, commemorating the 400 year anniversary with a trio of leading authors behind Hogarth’s recent Tales from Shakespeare: Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson.
The annual Author of the Day programme showcases one author each day of the fair, in a schedule that includes events, book signings, photo calls and meetings with international publishing contacts, plus a headline slot in the London Book & Screen Week event series.
The London Book Fair 2016 Authors of the Day are:
Mon 11 April – Professor Nick Bostrom, Quantum Conference Author of the Day
Tue 12 April – Marian Keyes, General Trade Author of the Day
Wed 13 April – Shakespeare, led by Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson
Thu 14 April – Judith Kerr, Children’s Author of the Day
Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said:
“The London Book Fair’s Author of the Day programme is an integral part of the fair, which every year spotlights some of the biggest contemporary writers whose works inspire readers all over the world. From page to screen, this year’s Authors of the Day – Professor Nick Bostrom, Judith Kerr, and Marian Keyes – boast versatility and immense talent, which we look forward to giving a global stage.
“With this year’s Fair coming on the eve of the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we couldn’t resist merging past and present, with the man himself as one such honouree. We’re thrilled to have Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson joining us in this unique celebration – three fantastic authors for one, if you will.”
Every year, the Author of the Day programme brings a range of the greatest writers today to the world’s creative capital, celebrating their work and spotlighting its impact. One of the fair’s key strands, this year’s programme is set to be bigger than ever before, with authors benefitting from broad marketing support and a headline slot on the London Book & Screen Week programme. Since its inaugural year in 2006, participants have included: Boris Akunin, Malorie Blackman OBE, William Boyd, Anthony Browne, Julia Donaldson, Bi Feiyu, Sun-mi Hwang, Peter James, Elif Shafak, Valeria Luiselli, Deborah Moggach, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, David Nicholls, Liz Pichon, Sir Terry Prachett, Axel Scheffler, and Claire Tomalin.
Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016, The London Book Fair remains the leading global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking over Olympia London from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, the fair is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future.
About The London Book Fair 2016’s Authors of the Day
Professor Nick Bostrom (Monday 11 April)
Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications. He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. In addition to philosophy, Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic. He asks the big questions: What should we do, as individuals and as a species, to optimize our long-term prospects? Will humanity’s technological advancements ultimately destroy us?
Marian Keyes (Tuesday 12 April)
An international publishing phenomenon, Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. A global number one bestseller, she has written 12 novels, been translated into 36 languages, and sold over 33 million copies worldwide. Storming into print in 1995 with Watermelon, Marian created a genre that she has dominated and redefined ever since. Her latest collection of essays, Making It Up As I Go, is published on 11 February 2016 by Michael Joseph.
Tracy Chevalier (Wednesday 13 April – Shakespeare celebration) Tracy Chevalier is the author of eight novels, including the forthcoming At the Edge of the Orchard (March 2016). She is best known for the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has sold over 5 million copies, been translated into 39 languages, and made into a film. She grew up in Washington DC and in 1984 moved to London, where she lives with her husband and son. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Trustee of the British Library, and President of the Royal Literary Fund.
Howard Jacobson (Wednesday 13 April – Shakespeare celebration)
Howard Jacobson has written fourteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J. Howard Jacobson’s first book, Shakespeare’s Magnanimity, written with the scholar Wilbur Sanders, was a study of four Shakespearean heroes. Many books later he has returned to Shakespeare with a contemporary interpretation of The Merchant of Venice – ‘the most troubling of Shakespeare’s plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging.’
Jeanette Winterson (Wednesday 13 April – Shakespeare celebration)
Jeanette Winterson OBE has written 10 novels, children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays, and writes regularly for the Guardian. She was adopted by Pentecostal parents and raised in Manchester to be a missionary, which she wrote about in her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and twenty-seven years later in her bestselling memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? The Winter’s Tale tells the story of Perdita, the abandoned child. ‘All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years,’ Jeanette says of the play. The result is The Gap of Time, her cover version.
Judith Kerr (Thursday 14 April) Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time. Judith worked at the BBC where she met the celebrated screenwriter and creator of Quatermas, Nigel Kneale and they were married in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children Matthew and Tacy, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, first published in1968. The family cat Mog, inspired a series of picture books about the eponymous feline and the Thomas family. Judith received an OBE for services to literature and Holocaust education in 2012, and celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2013 with the publication Judith Kerr’s Creatures published by Harper Collins. In December 2015 Mog’s Christmas Calamity was published in association with Sainsburys and the subject of their Christmas advertising, raising over 1 million pounds for Save the Children’s literacy campaign. On the week of publication, it was the fastest selling book in the industry reaching No. 1 in the overall book charts for four weeks making it the bestselling picture book of 2015*.
*Figs source TCM (Neilson Bookscan)
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ABOUT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (12-14 April, 2016)
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 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a five day programme. www.londonbookfair.co.uk
ABOUT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR’S AUTHOR OF THE DAY PROGRAMME Writers are at the heart of The London Book Fair and every year the fair offers a single author a platform to showcase their work to an international audience on each day. First introduced in 2006, Author of the Day is now established as a key element of the fair, with the authors benefitting from broad marketing support and a headline slot on the London Book & Screen Week programme. Previous Authors of the Day have included: Boris Akunin, Malorie Blackman OBE, William Boyd, Anthony Browne, Julia Donaldson, Bi Feiyu, Sun-mi Hwang, Peter James, Elif Shafak, Valeria Luiselli, Deborah Moggach, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness, David Nicholls, Liz Pichon, Sir Terry Prachett, Axel Scheffler, and Claire Tomalin. http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/Whats-On/Authors-of-the-Day/
ABOUT LONDON BOOK & SCREEN WEEK (11-17 April, 2016) London Book & Screen Week is a seven day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. Produced by The London Book Fair (see above), the landmark event series brings storytelling and the written word to life, uniting the capital’s avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans with a diverse range of events taking place across literary London. Now in its second year, the event continues to grow in scale and impact.http://www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk/