Toby Mundy has been made the chair of Wimbledon BookFest for 2016, after the current chair and co-founder Tony Kane has stepped down.
Mundy has been a trustee of the Wimbledon BookFest since 2014. He is the founder and former c.e.o of Atlantic Books, director of the creative management agency Toby Mundy Associates and prize director of the Baillie Gifford Prize (formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize).
Wimbledon BookFest received record ticket sales in 2015, with headliners including Sebastian Faulks, Louis de Bernieres, Vince Cable, Akala and Alison Weir. Tickets sales increased by 25% this year with 10,000 tickets sold for the 10-day event in October, with an additional 3,500 students from 40 schools participating in events.
The festival celebrates its 10th year in 2016 and will take place from 30th September to 9th October. In addition to a line-up of "leading" literary names and local talent, BookFest plans to bring back some of its most popular speakers from previous years, including comedy scriptwriter Andy Hamilton, whose novel The Star Witness (Unbound) is set to be published in 2016, and founding patron, novelist and children's writer Michelle Paver.
Festival director and co-founder, Fiona Razvi said: “Wimbledon BookFest is extremely privileged to welcome Toby Mundy as our new festival chair. Our founding chair Tony Kane was instrumental in establishing and building the festival’s firm foundations and we’re now looking forward to this exciting next stage of development with Toby at the helm. As we approach our 10th birthday in 2016 it’s wonderful to be in a position where the appetite for events at Wimbledon is still growing at great pace.”
Mundy said: “I have been a trustee of Wimbledon Bookfest for a number of year and am delighted and honoured to become chair in 2016. My predecessor Tony Kane leaves big shoes to fill. Fiona Razvi and her team have done a wonderful job building the festival, working tirelessly to improve the programme each year. And each year their efforts have been rewarded with bigger and bigger ticket sales. On the eve of its 10th anniversary, Wimbledon BookFest has earned the trust and admiration of a legion of famous writers and their publishers - as well as its passionate and enthusiastic festival audience.”