William Boyd and Liz Pichon have been confirmed as the London Book Fair’s authors of the day 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 at tracey.jennings@midaspr.co.uk or
Felicity Denham at felicity.denham@midaspr.co.uk
at Midas Public Relations, Tel: 020 7361 7860

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