The annual London Book Fair has, sadly already been and gone for another year. I thought it would be an opportunity to share my favourite bits and some photos!
A highlight was seeing the Falcon Publishing book mountain! It was nearly 6 foot tall and seemed to have about 1,000 books!
The event space was immense, walking for ages with thousands of people.
Another highlight was the UK Book Blog Awards. It was a fantastic event with Emma Gannon, podcaster and author announcing the awards. There were three awards for book blogger, book instagrammer and book youtuber. It was the first award of its' kind! I am so happy that I got the chance to go and witness the awards. It felt like being part of something new and vibrant, celebrating all things book lovers enjoy and why being a book reviewer is so enjoyable. The awards recognised the important part book reviewers play in getting the word out about new books, new authors and why reading is so great.
Seeing Laura Bates and Sarah Shaffi talk about Laura's new book 'Misogynation' was a definite highlight. I got to meet Laura after the talk, where she signed my book and we spoke about feminism. I asked Laura what feminist authors she likes...she said anything by Bell Hooks or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I was so nervous to meet someone who I admire, but she was absolutely lovely and the talk was inspiring and very empowering. I would really recommend her new novel, and a review of it will be coming soon.
Overall, it was a great event and I am so glad I had the opportunity to go! Being asked to enter the awards and then attend them as well as write about it was a new experience and definately a positive one. It was a book lovers dream and I recommend it if you are interested in the publishing world or if there is a particular author you like.