The 49th London Book Fair, to have been held from March 10th to 12th at Kensington Olympia has been canceled.

Whether or not the Fair would go ahead had been the subject of speculation over the last week or so. But a wave of cancelations by agencies and publishers prompted the final cancelation.

London Book Fair has been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, hours after major publishers said they would not attend.

The event, which was scheduled to take place from 10th-12th March at Kensington Olympia, has been the subject of intense speculation in recent days and gripped by a wave of cancellations by publishers and agencies. Speculation ended, though, when event organizers, Reed Exhibitions made their announcement:

Reed Exhibitions has today announced that The London Book Fair 2020, scheduled to take place at Olympia, London, from 10 to 12 March will be cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe.

The effects, actual and projected, of Coronavirus are becoming evident across all aspects of our lives here in the UK and across the world, with many of our participants facing travel restrictions. We have been following UK government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organisations, and so it is with reluctance that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with this year’s event.

We recognise 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 UK 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.

In fact, 2021 will be the event’s 50th year. We’ll look forward to a banner year. ◊

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