Author of the Day

  • Author of the Day

    The Author of the Day programme at The London Book Fair brings some of the most acclaimed, successful and exciting writers working today to the world’s creative capital, showcasing their work and celebrating their achievements.

    For example, in 2019, we welcomed Caryl Phillips, Simone Buchholz, Stefan Hertmans, Antoine Laurain, Seno Gumira Ajidarma and the queen of Young Adult Fiction, Holly Bourne.

    Stay tuned to find out who our 2020 Authors of the Day will be!

  • Caryl Phillips

    Caryl Phillips has written for television, radio, theatre and cinema and is the author of sixteen works of fiction and non-fiction. He has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial prize and his book, Crossing the River, was shortlisted for the 1993 Man Booker prize and. A Distant Shore won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2004 and Dancing in the Dark won the PEN Open Book Award in 2006. Phillips’s latest novel, A View of the Empire at Sunset, is about the late writer and feminist figure Jean Rhys, and was published by Vintage in June 2018.

    Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is an author and a champion for mental health charity SANE. Holly's first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the Spinster Club series, Am I Normal Yet?, was chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. The Spinster Club series has also inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs across the UK and Ireland. Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor of TheSite.org - a charity-run advice and information website for young people.

  • Seno Gumira Ajidarma

    Seno Gumira Ajidarma is a prolific author of non-fiction, short stories, and essays. He is also known as a journalist, photographer and lecturer. Seno has been a consistent advocate of free speech and freedom of publication. He has won several literary awards, among others South East Asia (SEA) Write Award (1997), Dinny O’Hearn Prize for Literary Translation for Eyewitness (1997), Literary Award from Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture for Dilarang Menyanyi di Kamar Mandi (1997), Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Negeri Senja (2004) and for Kitab Omong Kosong (2005).

  • Antoine Laurain

    Born and bred Parisian Antoine Laurain is one of France’s bestselling writers. His award-winning novels have been translated into 14 languages and have sold more than 150,000 copies in English. His debut in translation, The President’s Hat, was a Waterstones Book Club and Indies Introduce choice and was adapted for French TV.

    Simone Buchholz

    Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz’s Blue Night was awarded the Crime Cologne Award, and runner-up for the German Crime Fiction Prize. The next in the Chastity Riley series, Beton Rouge, won the Radio Bremen Crime Fiction Award and Best Economic Crime Novel 2017, and Mexiko Street (published in 2020 by Orenda Books) won the most prestigious crime fiction award in Germany in 2019. Simone lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

    Stefan Hertmans

    Stefan Hertmans is the prize-winning author of many literary works, including poetry, novels, essays, plays, short stories and a handbook on the history of art. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, at the Sorbonne, the Universities of Vienna, Berlin and Mexico City, at The Library of Congress in Washington, and University College London.

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