London Book Fair returns to the Olympia venue next week, notes Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.

“All 500 tables at the International Rights Center are booked, according to Gareth Rapley, the new show director,” Albanese says. “The fair expects a 30% increase in attendance over 2022. While still below pre-pandemic levels, that would be a pretty good step in the right direction.”

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On Tuesday, Brian Murray, HarperCollins CEO, will discuss recent trends in publishing as part of special programming that includes appearances from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead, two-time Pulitzer winner.

“Brian Murray will have plenty to talk about – from consolidation in the wake of last fall’s court decision blocking the Penguin Random House/Simon & Schuster merger to book bans and workplace issues,” Albanese tells me.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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