The bestselling author Lucy Christopher visits Bath today as the special guest of AudioGO’s Library Open Day.
Christopher, the author of The Killing Woods – described as a “homegrown version” of the Twilight saga – will join more than 20 librarians at AudioGO’s central HQ to discuss the future of digital lending.
The annual event attracts librarians keen to discover the next ‘big hits’ in the publishing world and what they should be stocking on the library shelves.
Christopher, who studied in Bath and now teaches at Bath Spa University, will be speaking to 25 librarians about the rising demand for young adult, or YA, novels. The visitors will also learn about the latest developments in e-lending services, where libraries have the ability to loan out digital versions of audiobooks and ebooks.
A spokesperson for AudioGO, the UK’s leading audiobook publisher, said they were delighted to be welcoming Christopher to the open day.
She said: “Our annual library open day is popular with librarians as it allows them to enrich their understanding of the publishing world and market trends, and enjoy talks from fellow publishers and authors.
“This year our theme has a slightly digital slant to it. Digital lending is now starting to take off in the UK and AudioGO is fully supportive of library e-lending through our online services. It’s a chance for the guests to see how easy it is for a library to join the download era.
“It’s also a chance to discover why YA fiction is exploding in popularity and we’re thrilled to be welcoming author Lucy Christopher to discuss this trend.
“She’s one of our most popular YA audiobook authors, with pre-orders for The Killing Woods through the roof, so she’s the perfect person to explain an increasing public demand for YA fiction, and not only among young adults.”
Christopher, whose third novel, The Killing Woods, is to be released in print and as an audiobook next month, added: “I have a great relationship with AudioGO and am delighted to be involved with their library open day.
“It’s a great opportunity for librarians to learn more about the latest popular trends, such as the boom in YA fiction, straight from those at the coal-face of the publishing world.”
Christopher will be joined at the open day by Barry Cunningham OBE, MD of children’s publisher Chicken House. Cunningham, whose publishing company represents Christopher, has over 35 years’ experience in the literary world.
He is famous for being the the person who first gave J. K. Rowling her ‘literary break’ — signing her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Bloomsbury, in 1994.
By Mick Blight
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