Nicholls, Moggach, Luiselli and Browne announced as LBF 2015 Authors of the Day
The London Book Fair is delighted to announce its Authors of the Day for 2015. The programme showcases one author across each day of the Fair, in a schedule that includes events, book signings, photo calls and meetings with international publishing contacts for each attending author. This year’s internationally acclaimed writers are:
• DAVID NICHOLLS, Digital Author of the Day, Monday 13 April 2015
• DEBORAH MOGGACH, General Trade Author of the Day, Tuesday 14 April 2015
• VALERIA LUISELLI, Market Focus Author of the Day, Wednesday 15 April 2015
• ANTHONY BROWNE, Children’s Author of the Day, Thursday 16 April 2015
On Monday 13 April, DAVID NICHOLLS, one of Britain’s most talented, versatile and bestselling writers, will deliver the Author Keynote at LBF’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, which is in association with The Publishers Association, and sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center. David’s novel One Day was an international publishing phenomenon which sold over 5 million copies around the world. It was published in over forty languages and spent years on bestseller lists worldwide. His latest novel Us went straight to Number One when it was published in the UK last September and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. David Nicholls is also one of this country’s most talented screenwriters. He wrote a highly acclaimed original drama last year for BBC1 called The 7:39 and the forthcoming feature-film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd. He has also adapted both his first novel Starter for Ten and One Day for film.
David Nicholls said: “Authors are traditionally advised to avoid book fairs; they’re too business-orientated, too industrial. But The London Book Fair is such a key part of the publishing calendar and I’m looking forward to leaving my desk and offering up some thoughts on the relationship between author and reader, the future of the printed page and the growing lure of digital distraction.”
International bestselling writer DEBORAH MOGGACH’S work has been translated in 25 languages across 26 territories, with worldwide sales of over half a million copies. She has written seventeen novels and two books of short stories and has adapted several of these novels for TV – Close Relations, Final Demand, Seesaw, Stolen, To Have and To Hold – whilst also adapting other books for the screen. Her novel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has recently been made in to a highly successful film, and her adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, was nominated for a BAFTA. Most recently, her novel Tulip Fever, set in 17th century Amsterdam during the tulip craze, has just been filmed by the Weinstein Company and is due to be released in 2015. Deborah Moggach’s latest novel, Something To Hide, which is set in Beijing, Texas and a fictitious African country, is due to be published in 2015.
Deborah Moggach said: “I’m so thrilled to be coming to The London Book Fair. I come from a family of publishers and writers but this will be the first time I’ve actually taken part in it, and I’m hugely looking forward to meeting members of our book community from all over the world. I’ve been writing novels for forty years and believe passionately in the transformative effect of words, and the power of the imagination to change our lives. See you in April!”
VALERIA LUISELLI was born in Mexico and lives in New York. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd (2012) and the book of essays Sidewalks (2013), both translated to multiple languages and published by Granta in the UK. Her most recent novel is The Story of My Teeth (Granta 2015). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, and McSweeney’s, among other places. In 2014, she was the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” award. As well as in English and Spanish territories, her books are forthcoming, or published, in ten countries worldwide.
Valeria Luiselli said: “Mexico presently bears the wounds of almost a decade of a drug war: a war that seems as unfathomable and ridiculous to Mexicans as it does to those who view it from outside. But it is also true that difficult times often coincide with moments of artistic flourishing. I would say, without fear of indulging in any form of exaggeration, that during these challenging years Mexico has
experienced a new splendor in its literary sphere. I am honoured to be Author of the Day in such a vibrant Fair, where the breeze of Mexican literature will blow freely and bring new life to publishing.”
ANTHONY BROWNE is one of the most celebrated author-illustrators working today. He was Children’s Laureate from 2009 to 2011 and has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice, the Kurt Maschler Award three times and the much coveted Hans Christian Andersen Award. His outstanding work is loved and admired all around the world. In 2015 Walker Books UK will publish an anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Anthony and release Browne’s new picture book Frida and Bear, illustrated by Danish illustrator Hanne Bartholin. For Walker Books, Anthony Browne’s titles have sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 19 languages across 22 countries. 2013 marked the 30th Anniversary of Gorilla and in 2014 Willy the Wimp also celebrated 30 years with the publication of Willy’s Stories.
Anthony Browne said: “For many years I’ve had the privilege of working with children and witnessing their imaginations. Entire continents can exist in one room, lands have no borders and every tribe worships The Book. The London Book Fair is that world realised. I’m honoured to be one of the Authors of the Day and look forward to exploring new territories both physical and imagined.”
The authors will also be participating in events outside the Fair that will be announced in early 2015, as part of LBF’s London Book and Screen Week initiative.
Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “Each year I think The London Book Fair Author of the Day programme cannot equal its predecessor. Each year I am proved wrong as is evident from the 2015 line-up whose achievements are rich, varied and undeniably impressive and whose work inspires, has inspired and continues to inspire readers across the globe. From page to screen, our authors this year are versatile and hugely talented, we cannot wait to give a global stage to them and their work at this year’s book fair and to share them with consumers through London Book & Screen Week.”