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The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film, and digital channels.

In 2018, LBF will return to Olympia, West London from 10-12 April for a fair covering all aspects of the industry.

Market Focus- The Baltic Countries

The Baltic countries will be the Market Focus for 2018, consisting of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, marking a century since their independence.

“Located at the crossroads between Europe and Russia, the Baltic Countries – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – enjoy a rich and cosmopolitan literary history, complementing a fascinating contemporary cultural landscape. 2018 will be a year of celebration for these three countries as they celebrate a centenary of independence, and our Market Focus programme will be part of a wider cultural showcase. We are delighted to be working once again with our partners at the British Council and the Publishers Association, to deliver cultural and professional programmes showcasing the opportunities that the Baltic countries offer,” tells Jacks Thomas, director, London Book Fair.


LBF holds various conferences both during the Fair and throughout the year, exploring many different topics such as consumer insight, rights, education and inclusivity in publishing. There's something for everyone!

Insights Programme

The range of topics covered in their Insights Seminar Programme is staggering with 200+ seminars. The programme gives attendees access to educational seminars, interviews, workshops, and demos.


LBF holds two award ceremonies each year. The International Excellence Awards, celebrating publishing and related activities outside of the UK and The Trailblazers, celebrating those under 30 in the publishing industry.

Submissions are open for the Trailblazer Awards, recognising publishing professionals aged under 30 who are demonstrating innovation and ambition in the book industry. Now in their third year, the awards are run by The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, supported by the Society of Young Publishers and BookBrunch, and sponsored by Publishing Training Centre. The awards are open to anyone under the age of 30 (as of 12 February 2018).

Five winners will be selected by a judging panel and announced at a ceremony at the Groucho Club in London on 12 February 2018, hosted by The London Book Fair and SYP.

Entrants can enter themselves, or nominate a friend or colleague who they believe deserves to be recognised, by submitting a short description of why they should win in no more than 50 words via the LBF website.

Applications will close on 15 January.


Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith are the six shortlisted authors for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The judges remarked that the novels, each in its own way, challenge and subtly shift our preconceptions — about the nature of love, about the experience of time, about questions of identity and even death.

The shortlist, which features three women and three men, covers a wide range of subjects, from the struggle of a family trying to retain its self-sufficiency in rural England to a love story between two refugees seeking to flee an unnamed city in the throes of civil war.

In the fourth year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is made up of two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers.

The 2017 shortlist of six novels include 4321 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber); History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson); Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan) (Hamish Hamilton); Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals); Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing) and Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton).

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has backed down on its decision to censor hundreds of articles from one of its flagship journals in China. It follows the intense reaction from the global academic community for the removal of over 300 articles from the journal on subjects such as 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the Cultural Revolution at the request of the Chinese authorities..

Navtej Sarna, Indian ambassador to the United States, participated in two sessions at the third-annual ZEE JLF at Boulder at the Main Boulder Public Library from September 15-16. Sarna is the author of the novels The Exile and We Weren’t Lovers Like That, the short story collection Winter Evenings, and non-fiction works including Indians at Herod’s Gate, Second Thoughts, and The Book of Nanak. His translation works include Zafarnama and Savage Harvest. Sarna has served as high commissioner to the United Kingdom, ambassador to Israel, Secretary at India’s Foreign Office, and also as its longest serving spokesperson.

Sarna participated in the inaugural session Freedom to Dream, which was also the theme of the 2017 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

The London Book Fair and Writer's Digest have joined forces to launch The Writer’s Summit, a new day-long event for writers, which will explore opportunities in publishing and help you to develop a successful writing career/ The event will be held on November 11, 2017 at Coin Street Conference Centre, London.

The Summit will bring acclaimed authors and industry experts together to provide insight into opportunities for writers. Learn important aspects in the industry including social media, marketing, rights & contracts, and much more. Speakers will include Fanny Blake, author; Dean Crawford, author; Sam Missingham, CEO & founder, Lounge Books; and Scott Pack, associate editor, Unbound.