Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead, crime novelist Ann Cleeves and Nibbies winner Dapo Adeola are among the headlining authors at next year’s London Book Fair.
The 2023 show will take place from April 18 to 20 at the Olympia in London. Whitehead will be the international author of the day, while Cleeves will be the adult author of the day and Adeola will be the fairground illustrator. Murder Most Unladylike series creator Robin Stevens was also named Children’s Author of the Day.
Gareth Rapley, Director of the London Book Fair, said: “The fair’s authors of the day and illustrator have long been a beloved mainstay of the London Book Fair, and we are delighted to announce the phenomenal line-up of next year’s event. . The London Book Fair has a well-deserved reputation for bringing together the best and brightest of publishing talent from around the world, and Colson, Ann, Robin and Dapo perfectly encapsulate the passion, creativity and intelligence to be found in industry. We look forward to welcoming them to Olympia next April and to hearing fascinating insights into their own careers, book trends and the future of publishing.
Cleeves said: “The London Book Fair is always a thrill. Now, it’s a huge honor to be invited to join this year’s list of guest authors and I look forward to being there with the people, from all over the world, who bring books to readers.
Adeola added: ‘I’m more than honored to be the London Book Fair’s Illustrator-in-Residence for 2023. I look forward to all the fun and shenanigans – hopefully there will actually be some shenanigans . Joking aside, the London Book Fair is a fixture on the global book calendar and it’s an absolute honor to be an active part of it.
The authors of the day and the fair’s illustrator will join in ‘in conversation’ events on different days throughout the London Book Fair. Whitehead will participate in the fair on April 18, Cleeves and Adeola will participate in events on April 19, and Stevens will speak on April 20. Full details of these sessions will be announced shortly.