London Book Fair Canceled
The show will not go on after all. A day after London Book Fair organizers said they were still planning to hold the event next week, Reed Exhibitions announced its cancelation following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe and the exit of so many publishers, agents and others since last Friday. Just yesterday, most major U.K. publishers said that they weren't attending, which followed cancelations by many from East Asia, Italy, North America and finally many parts of Europe.
At the same time, other book fairs had either canceled this year's edition, such as Livre Paris and the Leipzig Book Fair, or postponed, like the Bologna Book Fair.
In a statement, Reed said: "The effects, actual and projected, of Coronavirus are becoming evident across all aspects of our lives here in the U.K. and across the world, with many of our participants facing travel restrictions. We have been following U.K. government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organizations, and so it is with reluctance that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with this year’s event.
"We recognize that business has to continue. With this in mind, we will of course support and collaborate with exhibitors and visitors to keep our world moving during this difficult period. We thank all those from the U.K. and a multitude of other countries who have prepared over the last year to deliver what promised to be a wonderful book fair showcasing, as ever, the exciting best of the global book industry. The London Book Fair will return, better than ever, in 2021."