Springtime brings in the arrival of the much anticipated London Book Fair 2012. The literary buzz is that the readers and writers will be joined together under one roof at Earls Court Exhibition Centre,
The London Book Fair has been attracting world-wide spectators and lovers of the written word for 41 years. The 2012 Exhibitor directory professes over 1900 participants thus far.
The London Book Fair 2012 is a well-respected event for promising new comers, established authors, publishers and their audiences. The book fair opens its doors promptly at 9AM on April 16th up through April 18th.
Besides browsing the booths, there are over 250 seminars and events taking place.
The “Author of the Day” series is a popular pastime. On opening day, the first speaker on-hand and “Author of the Day” will be Peter James, offering creative insight into his novels, including “Dead like You.” Since the 1990’s, Mr. James happens to be an advocate of the e-book concept
An international array of guest speakers has been included in several programs. The London Book Fair celebrates the literature and culture of China with scheduled seminars.
The acclaimed Chinese writer, Bi Feiyu, winner of the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize for “Three Sisters,” has been designated as the “Author of the Day” on day two of the fair. He is the recipient of other literary awards, including receiving the Xu Lun Prize twice. Bi Feiyu is a screenwriter also and co-wrote the script for the Golden Globe nominee film, “Shanghai Triad.”
On the last day of the fair, children's author Patrick Ness is selected as the “Author of the Day.” Her highly credited accomplishment of “Chaos Walking Trilogy” is acknowledged by Amazon.com and Publisher's Weekly's listing of the “Best Books of the Year.” The work has won the Costa Children's Book of the Year Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize.
All ticket holders are free to attend any seminar available for that day. However, they are limited in seating capacity, making attendees a first-come first-serve scenario.
Planning a visit:
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Location of venue: Earls Court Exhibition Centre Warwick Road London SW5 9TA
To visit the London Book Fair 2012 public transportation is the way to go.
Tube: Take District Line (green) in Zone 2 to Earls Court station
Train: Eurostar arrives at St Pancras International Station in London. From there, take the Piccadilly Line (dark blue) to Earls Court.
Bus: The following buses stop outside Earls Court on Warwick Road; 31, 74, C1 and C3.