Lauren Franceschini

Celebrate Literature with The London Book Fair!

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2016 marks the 45th anniversary of The London Book Fair (LBF), a three-day event serving as the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film, and digital channels. Each year LBF welcomes exhibitors from 60 countries and 25,000 attendees from 124 countries. Exhibitors are welcome to presenting displays on every aspect of the book-making process and this year the lineup is better than ever.  From Children’s Literature to English novels in India and celebrating the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it is certain that LBF 2016 will leave audiences with a new-found view into the world and art of book creation.

Of this year’s events, some highlights include that of the Poetry Pavilion, Creative Industries involving the Children’s Media Conference and Illustrators Pavilion, the Indian Writing in English seminar, and the PEN Literary Salon. LBF’s Poetry Pavilion provides exhibitors and audiences with “a space for poetry to shine in performance and discussion through an exciting program of events”. Likewise, the Illustrator’s Pavilion, in association with LBF’s Creative Industries, provides a platform for presenters to display the latest in Arts/ Crafts, Postcards, Posters & Fine Art Prints, Greeting Cards, and Art Catalogues. In addition to illustration, the Creative Industries also features the Children’s Media Conference which focuses on children’s literature and the publishing of children’s novels.

Aside from the creation and publication of literature and media, the PEN Literary Salon and Indian Writing in English seminar offer insight into the physical content within literature. The Indian Writing in English seminar is exclusive to LBF 2016 and offers a preview of some of the Indian publications already existing in English. Indian publishing in the English language has created a niche of its own with India ranking 3rd in the world in English language after the UK and the US. Likewise, the PEN Literary Salon provides a platform for more sensitive issues such as censorship to be discussed. PEN International is the body that campaigns for freedom of expression for writers everywhere and is the founding centre of a global literary network working to defend and promote freedom of expression and to remove barriers to literature.

This year’s LBF will also integrate a special commemorative Shakespearean celebration with their annual Authors of the Day programme. Authors of the Day showcases one author each day of the fair through events, book signings, photo calls, and meetings with international publishing contacts. This year’s authors focus around Shakespeare and include the likes of Nick Bostrom, Judith Kerr, and Marian Keyes. The Shakespeare celebration will be led by authors Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson, and Jeanette Winterson. On the subject of the celebration, Director of LBF, Jacks Thomas says

“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”

For more information and how to book passes to attend, visit the London Book Fair’s website. Also, follow and interact with LBF on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Linkedin, and Flickr.

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