David Nicholls, Deborah Moggach, Valeria Luiselli and Anthony Browne will be the Authors of the Day at the London Book Fair 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.
Jacks Thomas, director of 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 and Screen Week.”
On Monday 13th April, Nicholls will be Digital Author of the Day. He 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.”
Moggach will be General Trade Author of the Day on Tuesday 14th April. She said she was “so thrilled” to be attending the fair, adding: "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."
Luiselli, who was born in Mexico and lives in New York, is the author of the 2012 novel Faces in the Crowd and the 2013 book of essays Sidewalks, both published by Granta in the UK. She will be Market Focus Author of the Day on Wednesday 15th April. On the subject of Mexico being the market focus at this year’s fair, she said: “Mexico presently bears the wounds of almost a decade of a drug war, but it is also true that difficult times often coincide with moments of artistic flourishing. I would say 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.”
Author-illustrator Browne, who was Children’s Laureate from 2009-11, is to be Children’s Author of the Day on Thursday 16th April. He 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.