Judith Kerr, Marian Keyes and Professor Nick Bostrom are to be spotlighted at this year's London Book Fair's Authors of the Day.
This event this year will also feature a special celebration of Shakespeare led by 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.
In a departure from tradition, Wednesday 13th April will be dedicated to “one of the greatest writers of all time”, William Shakespeare. The day will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death with the trio of authors behind Hogarth’s recent Tales from Shakespeare: Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson.
On Monday 11th April, Bostrom will lead the Quantum Conference Author of the Day, on Tuesday 12th April, Keyes (above right) will be the General Trade Author of the Day, then Wednesday 13th April will see Shakespeare's commemoration. Finally, Judith Kerr (below left) will be featured as Children’s Author of the Day on Thursday 14th April.
Jacks Thomas, LBF director, said that the Authors of the Day programme is "an integral part of the fair" which "spotlights some of the biggest contemporary writers whose work inspires readers all over the world."
She said: “From page to screen, this year’s Authors of the Day – Brostrom, Kerr and 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.”
LBF will run from Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th April 2016.