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Upcoming events

All events are held at the National Liberal Club unless otherwise stated 

April: 
Tues 11: 
Authors Club lunch. BFNA Shortlist
Wed 26:  Writing and Publishing Nonfiction. 7 pm

May: 
Tues 16:
 Authors' Club lunch with David Owen
Thurs 25: BFNA Shortlist readings. Waterstones Piccadilly (evening)

June: 
Thurs 8: 
Best First Novel Award Dinner
Tues 13: Authors' Club lunch with Richard Gardner
Wed 28: Summer Readings 7 pm

July: 
Wed 12: 
Summer Drinks. 7 pm
Tues 18: Authors' Club lunch with Amanda Craig
Wed 26: 70 Years of South Asian Independence/Partition. 7 pm

September: 
Tues 19: 
Authors' Club lunch with Kieron Pim
Wed 27: Poetry Evening, 7 pm

October: 
Wed 4: 
Autumn drinks. 7 pm
Tues 17: Authors' Club lunch with Henry Hemming

November: 
Wed 1: 
Halloween/Guy Fawkes evening
Tues 21: Authors' Club lunch with Sue Hubbard
Wed 22: Winter Readings, 7 pm

December 
Tues 12:  
Authors' Club lunch with Timothy Ades
 



Best First Novel Award Longlist 2017

The Authors Club is pleased to announce that the longlist for the Best First Novel Award 2017 award is as follows:
 
ALYS CONRAN, Pigeon (Parthian Books)
GUINEVERE GLASFURD, The Words In My Hand (Two Roads) 
ROWAN HISAYO BUCHANAN, Harmless Like You (Spectre)
CHARLOTTE HOBSON, The Vanishing Futurist (Faber)   
JESS KIDD, Himself (Canongate) 
JEM LESTER, Shtum (Orion) 
BARNEY NORRIS, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (Penguin)  
GRAHAM NORTON, Holding (Hodder) 
HARRY PARKER, Anatomy of a Soldier (Faber)  
FRANCIS SPUFFORD, Golden Hill (Faber)
RADHIKA SWARUP, Where the River Parts (Sandstone)  
ELEANOR WASSERBERG, Foxlowe (4th Estate)
 
The prize is for the debut novel of a British, Irish or UK-based author, first published in the UK, and there is no age limit.  This is the 63nd year of the prize. 
 
Many of the members have been busily reading their way through the hefty pile of submissions for the Best First Novel Award 2017 and will speak up on behalf of their favourite books at the annual BFNA lunch on Tuesday, 11 April. Come prepared for some spirited discussion as this has been an exceptional year for literary debuts. Haven't read much? Or any at all? The lunch will be a great opportunity to discover the best of upcoming talent, find a new favourite or even identify a future classic.

Following the lunch, the judging panel, chaired by writer, editor and arts critic Lucy Popescu, will draw up a shortlist on the basis of their recommendations. This year's guest adjudicator will be Roma Tearne. The winner will be announced and the award presented at a dinner on June 8.
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