Dear bookish reader,
Exciting news from London this week — The Snow Child has been shortlisted for the UK National Book Award’s International Author of the Year. The awards dinner, where they will announce the winners, is Dec. 4. So I’m returning to London!
You can read more about the UK National Book Awards here.
There are several prizes given out, including UK Author of the Year, Popular Fiction and Nonfiction Books of the Year, and New Writer of the Year. All this means I might have the chance to spot someone like JK Rowling, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, or Hilary Mantel. I’m not usually one to go ga-ga over celebrities, but famous authors of fantastic books? Well, that’s a different story. And I might also have the opportunity to meet the authors of two wonderful books I’ve read recently — The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and Care Of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles.
Equally exciting, my travels to London mean I’ll have time to visit some bookstores. In case you are in the area and would like to stop by and say hello, here’s my signing schedule:
Monday Dec. 3:
9.30am The Wallingford Bookshop (10c St Martins Street, Wallingford)
10.45am The Book House (93 High Street, Thame)
12.30pm Chapter One Bookshop (136 Crockhamwell Road, Woodley)
3.00pm The Chorleywood Bookshop (4 New Parade, Rickmansworth)
4.00pm The Gerrards Cross Bookshop (12a Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross)
Tuesday Dec. 4:
11.00am Waterstones Guildford (71-73 High Street Guildford, Surrey)
I hope to see some of you during my travels.