The launch of our Picador Classic series is almost here! The first books in the series are published on 1 January 2015, and we'll be celebrating with a day-long event at Foyles bookshop on 7 February 2015. If you'd like to join us, Alan Hollinghurst, Carol Ann Duffy, John Lanchester, William Fiennes, Philip Hensher, John Banville and more authors besides, then here's all you need to know:

Saturday 7 February 2015

Where: Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road

Alex Clark, journalist at the Guardian, will be hosting the day as we explore classic literature from all angles with some of the world's greatest contemporary authors.

Tickets are just £15, or £12 concessions.

From 9.30 a.m. complimentary breakfast in the Foyles café for ticket holders

10.40 a.m. Welcome and introduction

10.45 a.m. Canon Fodder: What is a Classic?

Alex Clark chairs a discussion with novelist and critic Philip Hensher, novelist Ross Raisin and Catherine Taylor, Deputy Director of English PEN and commissioning editor of the introductions for the Picador Classic series.

Cloudstreet The Butcher Boy

11.45 a.m. Philip Hensher and Ross Raisin book signing

12 noon Under the Influence: John Banville and John Lanchester discuss literary predecessors      

The Book of Evidence The Debt to Pleasure

1 p.m. John Banville and John Lanchester book signing


2 p.m. Listening to the Laureate: Carol Ann Duffy reads from her seminal collection The World’s Wife

The World's Wife

3 p.m. Carol Ann Duffy book signing

3.15 p.m. How to See the World: William Fiennes on The Snow Geese

The Snow Geese

4.15 p.m. William Fiennes book signing

4.30 p.m. Lines of Beauty: The Work of Alan Hollinghurst

The Booker-prize-winning novelist in conversation with Alex Clark.

The Line of Beauty

5.30 p.m. Alan Hollinghurst book signing

Did we mention there will be a complimentary breakfast (tea/coffee and croissant) for all ticket-holders between 9.30 a.m. and 10.45 a.m?

If you like the sound of that, then head over to Foyles now to book your tickets before they all go!