The London Book Fair has revealed its full author line-up for 2019 with Karin Slaughter appearing as well as Elif Shafak, Kit de Waal, Lara Prescott and Sharlene Teo.
Fellow authors headlining at the fair include Ian McEwan, Daisy Buchanan, Jessie Greengrass, Frank Tallis and Orna Ross. Caroline O’Donoghue will also share insights along with Shahroo Izadi, Christopher Paolini, Raymond Antrobus, David McKee and many more.
While LBF authors of the day were revealed last month, featuring Caryl Phillips and Holly Bourne among others, many more have now been confirmed as attending. Crime author Slaughte is one of the draws as is McEwan, whose novel Machines Like Me is out in April from Jonathan Cape. Moggach will talk about her new novel, The Carer (Headline) while de Waal will discuss her first YA novel for Orion Children’s Books. Shafak will reveal her selection of some of the best women writers working today as part of a major new showcase of UK writing.
Meanwhile, one of the most hotly anticipated debut authors of 2019 Prescott, whose first novel will be released in 25 languages, will be at the Fair ahead of release of The Secrets We Kept in September 2019 (Hutchinson), which tells the backstory of banned literary masterpiece Dr Zhivago, snapped up in a seven-figure deal in the US.
One of Russia’s bestselling authors, Yakhina, will be at the Fair as part of a line-up of Russian authors hosted by Read Russia. Having already sold 500,000 copies of her book in Russia, according to LBF organisers, and won numerous prestigious awards, Zuleikha is released in the UK on 7 March (OneWorld).
Henry Firth and Ian Theasby – authors of BOSH! (HarperCollins), the highest selling vegan cookbook of all time – will be at thefair in London’s Olympia while Emma Barnett will discuss her forthcoming title Period. (HQ), billed as “agenda-setting manifesto to remove the stigma and myths continuing to surround the female body”, HarperCollins said, with the publisher providing free tampons and sanitary towels in the toilets at LBF.
Meanhile Buchanan, will appear days after the publication of her second book, The Sisterhood (Headline), as part of the fair’s first live podcast stage line-up revealed on Wednesday (20th February), which features also McEwan and various others.
Jacks Thomas, director of LBF, said: “We are so pleased to be able to host such an incredible range of authors at The London Book Fair 2019. From bestselling writers who already have a vast international reach, to exciting debuts from the UK and around the world, The London Book Fair is the place to find the biggest books that readers are yet to discover and the trends shaping the international industry today. LBF is the place to talent spot.”
For more information, visit londonbookfair.co.uk/Whats-On/.