Important Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences

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Magical Mirrors Book Fair Magical Mirrors Book Fair
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, Washington, District of Columbia


Dates: Saturday, December 10, 2016 to Sunday, December 11, 2016

More Info:
Website: Magical Mirrors Book Fair
Phone: 202-234-4755

Description:
Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair features books full of images and imaginations of children of the African Diaspora. Black Power Line
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Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete
Chaiwali, New York, New York


Hosted by: Nicole Dennis-Benn and Jason Reynolds
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time:

More Info:
Website: Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete
Email: amistad30rsvp@harpercollins.com

Description:
RSVP Email: amistad30rsvp@harpercollins.com
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F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival
Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, Daytona Beach, Florida


Hosted by: Donna M. Gray-Banks
Dates: Thursday, January 12, 2017 to Saturday, January 14, 2017

More Info:
Phone: 386-627-4353
Email: freshbookfestivals@gmail.com

Description:
Fiction, Romance, Eroctica, Spirituality, Health and more!Black Power Line
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ALA Midwinter Meeting ALA Midwinter Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia, 


Hosted by: American Library Association
Dates: Friday, January 20, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017

More Info:
Website: ALA Midwinter Meeting

Description:

ALA Annual Conference is the premier global library event each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. This event trends nationally on Twitter and are extensively covered in the media.

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SDSU Writers’ Conference SDSU Writers’ Conference
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel, San Diego, California


Hosted by: San Diego State University College of Extended Studies
Dates: Friday, January 20, 2017 to Sunday, January 22, 2017

More Info:
Website: SDSU Writers’ Conference
Email: sdsuwritersconference@mail.sdsu.edu

Description:

Whether you’re a beginning writer or a published professional, the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference is for you. Over 30 years old, this conference is designed to help every writer at every level. Learn how to improve your writing skills, develop your marketing awareness, and meet one-on-one with top editors and agents to facilitate the next step in your publishing career.

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The National Writers Union’s New York Conference The National Writers Union’s New York Conference
NWU Headquarters, New York, New York


Hosted by: National Writers Union
Date: February 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The National Writers Union’s New York Conference
Email: nwuny@nwu.org
Price: $20

Description:

From 2016 Event

  • Lure new readers using proven techniques from nationally recognized literary trailblazer Troy Johnson.
  • Defend your work by getting detailed information about protecting your copyright from Susan E. Davis, national contract advisor co-chair for the National Writers Union’s Book Division.
  • Learn insider tactics for increasing your discoverability from Miral Sattar, Founder & CEO of Bibliocrunch, the online platform for authors that caught the attention of the BBC, Consumers Report, and Forbes.
  • Multiple afternoon sessions designed offer 30-minutes consultations with Poets & Writers’ Bonnie Rose Marcus, President of Black Hawk Literary Agency LLC Jan L. Kardys, self-publishing guru Timothy Sheard, social media expert Jo Anne Meekins, Esther Cohen who will explain the advantages of nonprofit sponsorship (there are more than what many think), and professional graphic artist Lallan Schoenstein. You’ll get to talk to all of them.

All this will cost you less than a large box of chocolates. Plus you’ll get more than candy to eat. Conference fees include a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch from award-winning Comfort Foods, and a closing reception.

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Delta Mouth Literary Festival
Venue TBD, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Date: February 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Delta Mouth Literary Festival
Email: deltamouthfestival@gmail.com

Description:

In partnership with Louisiana State University, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, EGSA, and New Delta Review, the annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival promotes literary arts in Baton Rouge by bringing together writers of national acclaim with some of Louisiana’s own writers, artists and performers. The Delta Mouth Festival takes place in one long weekend in the spring of each year.

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African American Children’s Book Fair African American Children’s Book Fair
Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Hosted by: The Literary Media & Publishing Consultants
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

More Info:
Website: African American Children’s Book Fair
Phone: 215-878-2665
Email: vlloydsgam@aol.com

Description:

The African American Children's Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country. It features nationally known bestselling authors and illustrators, many of whom have won some of the most prestigious literary awards including the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award. These authors and illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.

Parents, caregivers and educators are very supportive of the African American Children's Book Fair because they understand that children who read outside of their normal school course work tend to make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.

The fun-filled afternoon is packed with activities that promote the POWER and JOY OF READING. Authors and illustrators will make presentations and sign their books. The Literary Row will distribute book-related promotional materials free of charge. Our Educator's Book Giveaway will also distribute brand new books to teachers and librarians for use in their schools. In addition there will be a wide selection of affordable literature available to purchase.

The African American Children's Book Fair is a part of the African American Children's Book Project's initiative to promote and preserve multicultural children's literature.

The organization is leading a campaign entitled PRESERVE A LEGACY, BUY A BOOK. Its goal is to put books back into children's homes. You can't tell a child to read at home if there are no books. Read an interview the event’s organizer, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

The event is free and opened to the public.

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AWP Conference AWP Conference
Washington Convention Center & Washington Marriott Marquis, Washington, District of Columbia


Dates: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to Saturday, February 11, 2017

More Info:
Website: AWP Conference
Phone: 703-993-4317
Email: events@awpwriter.org

Description:

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The book fair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP is now the largest literary conference in North America.

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AfroSurreal Writers Workshop AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
African American Museum and Library of Oakland, Oakland, California


Hosted by: Shannon Holbrook, Veda Silva, Michele Simms-Burton, Rochelle Spencer, and Wandra Williams
Date: March 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
Phone: 510-637-0200
Email: aamlowriter@gmail.com

Description:

The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop supports writers of color creating weird, surreal, or absurdist art. We welcome participation and contributions from anyone interested in such works.

In the months ahead, we'll be hosting hosting a number of readings, a conference, and workshops about AfroSurrealism. We'll also be donating comic books and works of speculative fiction to the Prisoners Literature Project, based in Berkeley, California.

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Kingston Book Festival Kingston Book Festival
Kingston, Jamaica, W.I., 


Hosted by: Book Industry Association of Jamaica
Date: March 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Kingston Book Festival
Email: kgnbookfest@gmail.com

Description:

The Kingston Book Festival is one of the largest book festivals in the English speaking Caribbean. It comprises 30 events over 8 days with a combined audience of more than 6,000. We also include training and networking sessions for industry professionals as well as special events for vulnerable populations.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Venues to be confirmed.

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Oxford Conference for the Book Oxford Conference for the Book
Oxford, Mississippi, 


Hosted by: Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi
Dates: Thursday, March 2, 2017 to Saturday, March 4, 2017

More Info:
Website: Oxford Conference for the Book
Phone: 662.915.3374
Email: jgthomas@olemiss.edu

Description:

The Twenty-Third Oxford Conference for the Book is set for March 2-4, 2016, to bring together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, and students for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events that celebrate the written word.

Conference panels will explore a wide range of topics, including Mississippi history; childhood in the South; memoir writing; youth, activism, and life in the Mountain South; poetic responses to Langston Hughes; a cultural and culinary history of the pig; Harper Lee’s novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman; the Hurricane Katrina crisis; and America’s continuing debate over science and religion.

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Tucson Festival of Books Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona Campus, Tucson, Arizona


Hosted by: John Humenik
Dates: Saturday, March 11, 2017 to Sunday, March 13, 2016

More Info:
Website: Tucson Festival of Books
Email: chairman@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Description:

The Tucson Festival of Books debuted March 14-15, 2009, on the campus of The University of Arizona. The Festival featured 450 authors and presenters and welcomed 50,000 regional visitors, all made possible with generous support from our sponsors and the energetic goodwill of 800 volunteers.

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South West Florida Reading Festival South West Florida Reading Festival
Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park, Fort Myers, Florida


Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

More Info:
Website: South West Florida Reading Festival
Email: mbyers@leegov.org

Description:

There really is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them too! You’ll find our numerous book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers.

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Virginia Festival of the Book Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, Virginia, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Hosted by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Dates: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to Saturday, March 25, 2017

More Info:
Website: Virginia Festival of the Book
Phone: 434 924-7548
Email: vabook@virginia.edu

Description:

Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list of past participants can be seen here.

Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

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Dahlonega Literary Festival Dahlonega Literary Festival
Historic Square of Dahlonega, GA, Dahlonega, Georgia


Hosted by: Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition
Dates: Saturday, March 25, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017

More Info:
Website: Dahlonega Literary Festival
Email: info@savannahbookfestival.org

Description:

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more delightful as the years go on. Ours is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment. Visitors have an opportunity to meet and interact with the authors. In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees can have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant.

Past featured authors include: Frances Mayes, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Kay, Deanna Raybourn, Joshilyn Jackson, and many more. Where else can you see, have conversations with, and even dine with bestselling authors while surrounded by the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

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The Southern Literary Festival
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas


Dates: Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Info:
Website: The Southern Literary Festival

Description:

The Southern Literary Festival is an organization of southern colleges and schools founded in 1937 to promote southern literature.

Each year a different school hosts the festival, an undergraduate writing conference that offers participants workshops, readings, and master classes in a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, playwriting, and non-fiction.

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Black Writers On Tour Black Writers On Tour
Carson Community Center, Los Angeles, California


Hosted by: Dr. Rosie
Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Black Writers On Tour
Email: drrosie@aol.com

Description:

Purpose: To promote literacy awareness, to give exposure to African-American authors, writers, and to motivate, and develop aspiring new writers and authors. To showcase Black Businesses, provide exposure and to increase their sales.

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The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, Sliver Spring, Maryland


Hosted by:

Sistahs On Lit


Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
Email: papaya@sistahsonlit.com

Description:

Sistahs On Lit was founded in 2012 as a promoting business for Author’s books. After meeting several authors, and making sure the readers knew about their work, Papaya began to enjoy her new craft. In 2013 Papaya met Cherita King, who is an avid reader along with her husband Charles, who has worked with various vendors and entrepreneurs, and together they hosted a Bottles & Books event with several national best selling authors, which was a success!! Now they have taken on new heights and now hosting their 3rd annual event into a festival in the newly developed Downtown Silver Spring area.

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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Various Venues, New York, New York


Hosted by: PEN America
Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Email: festival@pen.org

Description:

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature animates New York City for a week each spring with a kaleidoscopic window into international literature and culture, inviting you to share ideas, find inspiration, and create dialogue and debate across cultural and national borders.

Founded by Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 110 countries, speaking 56 languages.

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Alabama Book Festival Alabama Book Festival
Old Alabama Town, in Downtown Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama


Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Alabama Book Festival
Phone: 888-240-1850
Email: alabamabookfestival@gmail.com

Description:

With over lots of authors, vendors and exhibitors, this free public event is the state’s premier literary event. Thousands of people from around the state and the Southeast gather at the festival each year to meet their favorite authors and scholars. A fun activity area for children makes this a day of fun for the entire family!

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Bethesda Literary Festival
Throughout Downtown Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland


Hosted by: Bethesda Urban Partnership
Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Bethesda Literary Festival
Email: info@bethesda.org

Description:

The Bethesda Literary Festival hosts an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests.

In a weekend that will include more than 20 entertaining events, the Bethesda Literary Festival presents fascinating literary personalities who will read their work, talk about their craft and take part in discussions with other writers and audience members. All of the events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda.

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Newburyport Literary Festival Newburyport Literary Festival
Newburyport, Massachusetts, 


Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Newburyport Literary Festival
Email: events@newburyportliteraryfestival.org

Description:

Newburyport is located at the mouth of the Merrimack River, in the far northeast corner of Massachusetts. It is 35 miles north of Boston and 18 miles south of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Ohioana Book Festival Ohioana Book Festival
Ohioana Library, Columbus, Ohio


Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Ohioana Book Festival
Phone: 614.466.3831
Email: ohioana@ohioana.org

Description:

Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year.

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University Spring Literary Festival
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: University Spring Literary Festival

Description:

Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world's finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University main campus in Athens, OH.

The festival is sponsored by the Creative Writing program in the English Department and is generously funded by the College of Arts & Sciences. All readings and lectures are free and open to the public.

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Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


Hosted by: Alscess Lewis-Brown
Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair
Phone: 340-692-4152
Email: abrown@uvi.edu

Description:

The second annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair was held in April of 2016 with events highlighting and celebrating literature’s role in culture and society. World-renowned author Salman Rushdie will be this year’s keynote speaker. Other highlighted guests include authors Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Nunez and Earl Lovelace. See our Announcements page for updates and a list of featured authors.

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The Bocas Lit Fest The Bocas Lit Fest
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 


Date: April 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Bocas Lit Fest
Email: info@bocaslitfest.com

Description:

Boca is the Spanish word for mouth — the organ of speech and song and storytelling. And the Bocas del Dragón — the Dragon’s Mouths — are the narrow straits off Trinidad’s northwest peninsula, which connect the sheltered Gulf of Paria to the open Caribbean Sea. For centuries, the Bocas were the gateways connecting Trinidad to the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

NGC is the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, our title sponsor. Their generous support makes the festival possible.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest invites readers from around the world to enter through the Dragon’s Mouths and celebrate with us the rich literary heritage of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

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Southern Kentucky Bookfest Southern Kentucky Bookfest
Bowling Green, Kentucky, 


Dates: Friday, April 21, 2017 to Saturday, April 22, 2017

More Info:
Website: Southern Kentucky Bookfest
Email: kybookfair@ky.gov

Description:

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events. Held in Bowling Green, Kentucky each April, Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership consists of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. These entities collaborate throughout the year on a variety of literary events designed to fulfill the mission of the partnership: to encourage reading and the love of books, and to be a positive force in promoting literacy in our region and state.

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


Dates: Saturday, April 22, 2017 to Sunday, April 23, 2017

More Info:
Website: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Phone: 424-652-1948
Email: eventinfo@latimes.com

Description:

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics.

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Arkansas Literary Festival Arkansas Literary Festival
Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library campus and other venues , Little Rock, Arkansas


Hosted by: Central Arkansas Library System
Dates: Thursday, April 27, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017

More Info:
Website: Arkansas Literary Festival
Phone: 918-3095
Email: litfest@cals.org

Description:

The Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of the Central Arkansas Library System. The Festival's mission is to encourage the development of a more literate populace.

A group of dedicated volunteers assists Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy with planning the Festival. Committee chairs include Kevin Brockmeier, Talent Committee; Susan Santa Cruz, Festival Guides; and Amy Bradley-Hole, Moderators.

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Dayton Book Expo Dayton Book Expo
David H. Ponitz Conference Center Sinclair, Community College Great Hall, Dayton, Ohio


Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More Info:
Website: Dayton Book Expo
Phone: 888-802-1802

Description:

Hundreds of book lovers will convene at the Dayton Book Expo. The all-day event includes panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and book signings! The event is free and open to the public.

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Dallas Book Festival Dallas Book Festival
Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas


Hosted by: Dallas Public Library
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More Info:
Website: Dallas Book Festival
Phone: 214-670-7809
Email: ronnie.jessie@dallascityhall.com

Description:
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The Prince George's Book Festival The Prince George's Book Festival
Wayne Curry Sports & Learning Cntr , Landover, Maryland


Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Prince George's Book Festival

Description:

This indoor event - a celebration of the written word - will feature presentations and signings by authors, workshops, literary exhibitors, books sales, children's activities and more.

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Anguilla Literary Festival Anguilla Literary Festival
Venue TBD, , Anguilla


Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Anguilla Literary Festival

Description:

The Anguilla Lit-Fest was conceptualized as a means of celebrating Anguilla’s literary heritage and is seen as a catalyst for visitor arrivals during the summer shoulder period. Visitors from the USA, Canada and The Caribbean are expected to be on island for the four- day event, which will feature a Welcome Cocktail, Breakfast and Lunch presentations, special sessions with the authors and fun-filled evening soirees. Participants will also be given a full day to create their personal Anguilla Experience or to reconnect with their individual creative muse.

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Fourth Annual African American Children’s Book Fair Fourth Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Maryland


Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Fourth Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Phone: 443-263-1800
Email: emailus@lewismuseum.org

Description:
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The Bronx Book Fair The Bronx Book Fair
Bronx Library Center/New York Public Library, Bronx, New York


Hosted by: The fair is supported with a grant from the Bronx Council through the NY State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program
Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Bronx Book Fair

Description:

The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those literary artists to readers and booklovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.

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Books in Bloom Literary Festival Books in Bloom Literary Festival
Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas


Hosted by: The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation
Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Books in Bloom Literary Festival
Email: jean@booksinbloom.org

Description:

Books in Bloom Literary Festival: a Celebration for Writers and Readers was established in 2005 by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation as its signature event to promote the value of books and reading. The Books in Bloom Co-chairs are Jean Elderwind, Jennifer Hudspeth, and Lin Wellford, directors on the Public Library Foundation Board.

The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet accomplished authors, and to hear them read from or speak about their work. Aspiring writers learn about various aspects of writing and publishing, and avid readers are introduced to authors working in a wide variety of genres.

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Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California


Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
Email: shane@yallwest.com

Description:

Over 113 authors including New York Times Bestsellers along with local and acclaimed young adult and middle grade writers, plus notable Hollywood directors and creators.

2 days of panels, book signings, food trucks, bad jokes, rock 'n' roll, killer photo ops & general geeky debauchery

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Gaithersburg Book Festival Gaithersburg Book Festival
City Hall Grounds, Gaithersburg, Maryland


Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Gaithersburg Book Festival
Phone: 301.258.6350
Email: ccrosby@gaithersburgmd.gov

Description:

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing that will feature more than 100 authors—including winners of Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, National Book Award, Pulitzer and Pushcart Prizes, Peabody Award—and national best-sellers in fiction, non-fiction, mystery, poetry, children’s and young adult literature. Other activities include interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, book sales, author signings and more.

Admission and shuttles from Shady Grove Metro and Lakeforest Mall are FREE.

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The Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair The Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair
Independence Square by the Careenage, Bridgetown, Barbados


Hosted by: Esther Phillips
Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair

Description:
Launched in 2012, The aim of any literary festival is to engage people with reading, writing and literature. The Bim LitFest, as it’s already affectionately known, gives writers and readers, editors and agents, that all too rare opportunity to get together, lime, and interact one-on-one. It’s an opportunity for them and the public to talk about books, why they matter and why they love them. That this can happen in a place like Barbados, long a stimulating destination for the intellectually passionate and creatively curious, is merely as it should be.
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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Various Locations, Brampton, Ontario, Canada


Date: May 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Email: info@thefoldcanada.org

Description:

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates diversity in literature by promoting diverse authors and stories in Brampton, Ontario—one of Canada&rsquos most culturally diverse cities.

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Celebration of Black Writing Celebration of Black Writing
Various Venues, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Hosted by: Art Sanctuary
Dates: Monday, May 1, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

More Info:
Website: Celebration of Black Writing
Phone: 215.232.4485
Email: info@artsanctuary.org

Description:

Art Sanctuary uses the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding.

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RT Booklovers Convention RT Booklovers Convention
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Downtown, Atlanta, Georgia


Hosted by: RT Book Reviews
Dates: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

More Info:
Website: RT Booklovers Convention
Phone: 281-471-1077
Email: jocarol@rtconvention.com

Description:

More than 3,500 fans came out for the Giant Book Fair to meet 600 authors.

The RT Booklovers Convention is the book-industry event where you can mix business with pleasure. Attend more than 200 workshops as well as numerous parties and reader events that will keep you informed and in touch while having fun. It’s where friends new and old come together to learn about the industry we love and to have fun with authors and fellow book lovers. Fifty percent of conventioneers are first-time RT Convention attendees, and many travel by themselves. However, almost all leave having made new friendships they’ll cherish for years to come.

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Greater St. Louis Book Fair Greater St. Louis Book Fair
West County Center, St. Louis, Missouri


Dates: Thursday, May 4, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

More Info:
Website: Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Email: info@stlouisbookfair.org

Description:

Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For over 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books. Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs.

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Black Pack Party Black Pack Party
To Be Determined, New York, New York


Hosted by: AALBC.com, Linda Duggins, Mosaic, Written Magazine
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

More Info:
Website: Black Pack Party
Email: troy@aalbc.com

Description:

The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals. It is held during Book Expo America.

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Caribbean American Month Book Festival Caribbean American Month Book Festival
Washington, District of Columbia, 


Date: June 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Caribbean American Month Book Festival

Description:

In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The Proclamation was issued by President George Bush on June 6, 2006.

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Printers Row Lit Fest Printers Row Lit Fest
Historic Printers Row, Chicago, Illinois


Date: June 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Printers Row Lit Fest
Phone: 312-836-7000

Description:

The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.

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Ann Arbor Book Festival Ann Arbor Book Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 


Date: June 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Ann Arbor Book Festival
Email: aabookfestival@umich.edu

Description:

Formed in 2003, the Ann Arbor Book Festival’s mission is to promote reading, heighten awareness of literacy challenges, and showcase the rich culture of the written word in Michigan and beyond. Each year a diverse group of community leaders committed to literature, language, and the arts in Michigan plans the Festival. While the festival is located in Ann Arbor, it is regional in its scope and interest.

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Book Expo America Book Expo America
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: Association of American Publishers, Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and the American Booksellers Association
Dates: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to Friday, June 2, 2017

More Info:
Website: Book Expo America
Phone: 1-800-840-5614
Email: inquiry@bookexpoamerica.com

Description:

BookExpo America (BEA) is the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. It’s the best place to discover new titles and authors, conduct business and network, and learn the latest trends.

BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America.

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Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, Chicago, Illinois


Hosted by: Go On Girl! Book Club
Dates: Friday, June 2, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

More Info:
Website: Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
Phone: 317-506-6257
Email: events@goongirl.org

Description:

Please join Go On Girl! Book Club and enjoy the opportunity to connect with your favorite authors and literary sisters from across the country.

The Go On Girl! Book Club is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization that supports authors of the Black African Diaspora by choosing one book per month for all club members to read. The Club reading list is formed twice a year. Members read a book each month, meet to discuss it, and then write the author of the book to express their opinions about the work.

Since our founding in 1991, more than 30 chapters have been organized across the country.

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Sacramento Black Book Fair Sacramento Black Book Fair
The Historic Center of Oak Park, Sacramento, California


Hosted by: Blue Nile Press
Dates: Friday, June 2, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017

More Info:
Website: Sacramento Black Book Fair
Phone: 916.484.3749
Email: faye@bluenilepress.com

Description:

This historic two-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among our featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more

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BookCon BookCon
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Dates: Saturday, June 3, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

More Info:
Website: BookCon
Phone: 800.777.8774
Email: inquiry@TheBookCon.com

Description:

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Consumers and brands will experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

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Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival
In Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley, California


Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More Info:
Website: Bay Area Book Festival
Email: info@baybookfest.org

Description:

The San Francisco Bay Area celebrates books, reading, and community in downtown Berkeley.

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AAMBC Literary Awards AAMBC Literary Awards
444 Highland Dr. Ave, 349 Ferst Dr NW, and Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech 48 5th Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia


Hosted by: African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC)
Dates: Friday, June 9, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017

More Info:
Website: AAMBC Literary Awards
Email: aambcvoting@gmail.com

Description:

The annual AAMBC Literary Awards was launched in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas by the founder. Smaller ceremonies were then hosted in the years following in Chicago as well as in Baltimore in adjacent to various literary events.

AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in 2008. AAMBC caters to the unknown writer. AAMBC has worked with well over six hundred writers’ new, seasoned, and considered celebrity status. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers.

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ALA Conference ALA Conference
Chicago, Illinois, 


Hosted by: American Library Association
Dates: Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Tuesday, June 27, 2017

More Info:
Website: ALA Conference

Description:

ALA Annual Conference is the premier global library event each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. This event trends nationally on Twitter and are extensively covered in the media.

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Austin African American Book Festival Austin African American Book Festival
Carver Museum and Library, Austin, Texas


Hosted by: Rosalind Oliphant
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More Info:
Website: Austin African American Book Festival
Email: info@aabookfest.com

Description:

Austin’s African American Book Festival celebrate over a decade of promoting literature by and about African Americans at the Carver Museum and Library.

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Phillis Wheatley Book Awards Phillis Wheatley Book Awards
TBD, Harlem, New York


Hosted by: QRB The Black Book Review
Date: July 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Phillis Wheatley Book Awards
Phone: 914-321-6778
Email: media@qbr.com

Description:

This annual award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work and literary advocacy that transcends culture, boundary, and perception.

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Community Book Center Homefest
Community Book Center, New Orleans, Louisiana


Hosted by: Vera Warren
Date: July 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Community Book Center Homefest
Phone: 504-948-7323
Email: readcbcnola@aol.com

Description:
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The Soulful Chicago Book Fair The Soulful Chicago Book Fair
61st Street from Cottage Grove to King Drive, Chicago, Illinois


Hosted by: Asadah Kirkland
Date: July 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Soulful Chicago Book Fair
Email: soulfulchicagobookfair@gmail.com

Description:

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is a FREE, outdoor, celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora. It is Chicago’s only living “author-centric” festival, filled with OUR stories told through books, spoken word, storytelling, songwriting, play writing and art!

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The South Florida Book Festival & Literary Conference The South Florida Book Festival & Literary Conference
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 


Hosted by: Broward County Libraries Division
Date: July 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The South Florida Book Festival & Literary Conference
Email: info@sfbflc.com

Description:

The South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference is one of the nation’s fastest growing and premier book festivals and literary conferences. Hosted by the Broward County Libraries Division, the ninth largest library system in the nation, AARLCC and Literally Speaking Events, The South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference features New York Times bestselling authors, highly acclaimed books as well as nationally renowned speakers throughout the nation.

Authors, Readers and Industry Professionals come together for a fabulous literary experience of book talks, panel discussions, book readings, autograph sessions, writing and publishing workshops, invitation only receptions as well as a weekend vacation getaway.

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Harlem Book Fair Harlem Book Fair
West 135th Street, Harlem, New York


Hosted by: Max Rodriguez
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More Info:
Website: Harlem Book Fair
Email: hbf@qbr.com

Description:

The Harlem Book Fair was to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

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National Book Club Conference National Book Club Conference
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia


Hosted by: National Book Club Conference Foundation
Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017

More Info:
Website: National Book Club Conference

Description:

Over the course of 15 years, some of the most famous and talented authors have been a part of what the NBCC calls “literary bliss”. Important to the NBCC, however, is to introduce new or lesser-known authors that have created stories that are entertaining, informative and important.

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Onyxcon Onyxcon
Various, Atlanta, Georgia


Date: August 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Onyxcon
Email: onyxcon@gmail.com

Description:

ONXCON is a convention, festival, and celebration.
We promote, showcase, educate, and entertain all fans of the Sequential Arts and related media. We EDUTAIN! We feature independent and legendary creators of comics, books, film, and other media with a focus on African Diaspora culture, concepts, interests, and general markets. Ultimately we represent diversity in these Arts and so we are open to representing all POPULAR ARTS that are CONSCIOUSLY DIVERSE! Our event is for everyone, and is a progressive and diverse networking event for professionals as well as enthusiasts who appreciate our showcase. Because comic books/comic strips have long stood as the foundation Art form of this type of convention, comics are a major feature. But ONYXCON IS NOT LIMITED TO COMIC BOOKS. Our events highlight other literary genres like speculative fiction, as well as video games, collectable toys and models, films/documentaries, and all other media related to the Popular Arts.

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Leimert Park Village Book Fair Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Outdoor Promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHCP), Los Angeles, California


Date: August 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Email: info@leimertparkboofair.com

Description:

See Press Release

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair was founded in 2006 by Cynthia E. Exum with the goal of promoting literacy and education in Los Angeles. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair was inspired by a project in February 1999 when Ms. Exum partnered with Our Authors Study Club, Inc. to present a ‘Festival of African American Authors’ at Los Angeles Southwest College. Its success in drawing 10 authors participating for an audience of 40 inspired the idea of creating an annual literary event.

Today, the Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants – and boasts an audience of over 5,000. Since its inception the Leimert Park Village Book Fair has grown in popularity and prestige becoming a cultural tradition and premier summer literary event.

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The 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair The 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair
The Denver Mart - I-25 & 58th Avenue, Denver, Denver, Colorado


Hosted by: Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association (RMABA)
Date: August 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The 32nd Annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair
Email: bookfair2016@rmaba.org
Price: $7

Description:

The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair will have guest speakers who will discuss the Mystery genre. Once again we will have the Book Arts displays and demonstrations including the Preservation Station. Whether you are a serious collector; print enthusiast, or casual shopper, the RMBPF has a lot to offer from rare books and maps to cultural oddities and whimsical finds.

Over 80 exhibitors from across the nation have selected their best inventory to present at the fair. If you’re looking for something specific, ask our exhibitors, you never know what they have in store that you have been hoping to acquire or might never have imagined exists!

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Queens Book Festival Queens Book Festival
Kaufman Astoria Studios 34-12 36th Street Queens, NY 11106, Queens, New York


Hosted by: QBF
Date: August 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Queens Book Festival
Phone: 917-745-3507
Email: info@queensbookfestival.nyc

Description:

The Queens Book Festival, debuted on August 7, 2016, is the largest and most inclusive literary gathering in Queens. It fills the borough with literary talks from over 100 authors as well as hundreds of exhibits within a walkable venue. Over 10,000 diverse people of all ages attend, thanks to the Festival’s robust media plan. The Festival will be entirely free to the public and actively will serve as a diverse platform for the “World’s Borough.”

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National Conference of African American Librarians National Conference of African American Librarians
Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia


Dates: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Info:
Website: National Conference of African American Librarians

Description:

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

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Fall Fiction Fest
Northwest Family Activity & Events Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Hosted by: UrbanReviewsOnline.com
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Fall Fiction Fest

Description:
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AJC Decatur Book Festival AJC Decatur Book Festival
Venue TBD, Decatur, Georgia


Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: AJC Decatur Book Festival
Phone: 404.666.2112
Email: juliew@decaturbookfestival.com

Description:

In 2005, while driving back from the South Carolina Book Festival with a friend, Daren Wang wondered aloud: How does Columbia, S.C., sustain a successful book festival while metropolitan Atlanta does not?

Atlanta is well known for its many festivals these events shape the summer landscape of Atlanta. But despite several earlier attempts, there still was no free festival celebrating the written word.

Over the course of that drive from Columbia, Wang hatched a plan to establish a book festival modeled after the overwhelmingly successful Decatur Arts Festival. Decatur, a small town six miles east of Atlanta, is one of the most pedestrian-friendly towns in Georgia

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square.

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Brooklyn Book Festival Brooklyn Book Festival
Various Venues, Brooklyn, New York


Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Brooklyn Book Festival
Phone: 570-362-6657
Email: lkoch@brooklynbookfestival.org

Description:

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

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Baltimore Book Festival Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland


Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Baltimore Book Festival
Phone: 410-752-8632
Email: baltimorebookfestival@promotionandarts.org

Description:

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program.

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Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, 


Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder
Email: contact@teamworkarts.com

Description:
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Library of Congress National Book Festival Library of Congress National Book Festival
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, District of Columbia


Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Library of Congress National Book Festival
Email: bookfest@loc.gov

Description:

Mark your calendars for the 16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center. Follow the excitement via our hashtag, #NatBookFest.

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Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
Burnsville, North Carolina, 


Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
Email: cmlitfest@gmail.com

Description:

The festival idea was born when a small group of local citizens and businesspersons spontaneously came together ten years ago around the goal of giving greater exposure to the art of writing and the joys of reading in an area already famed for its colony of artists in other media. Originally, that group consisted of literacy advocate Myrna Stephens; Wendy Reid, owner of The Design Gallery; poet Britt Kaufmann; children’s book author Karen Miller; artist Anne Sabri, and health care consultant and aspiring writer Ruth Perschbacher Price and her husband, historical novelist Charles F. Price. Now it also includes Dr. Dan Barron, former director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries, downtown booster Lucy Gregory Doll, poet and community volunteer Kathy Weisfeld, librarian, runner, super-mom and new director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries Amber Westall Briggs, artist and arts advocate Jane Brown Willig, and many others.

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South Dakota Festival of Books South Dakota Festival of Books
Brookings & Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 


Hosted by: South Dakota Humanities Council
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: South Dakota Festival of Books
Phone: 605-688-6113

Description:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

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Utah Humanities Council Book Festival Utah Humanities Council Book Festival
Salt Lake City, Utah, 


Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Utah Humanities Council Book Festival
Phone: 801.359.9670 x104
Email: mclane@utahhumanities.org

Description:

The annual Utah Humanities Book Festival is Utah’s oldest and only statewide book festival and has become Utah’s signature literary event.

Each year, the festival is a chance for book lovers of all types to enjoy some great, free-of-charge literary events at locations throughout Utah.

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Fall for the Book Fall for the Book
George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, Virginia


Hosted by: William Miller
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Fall for the Book
Phone: 703-993-3986
Email: executivedirector[@]fallforthebook.org

Description:

What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.

Events take place at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, the festival’s base, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

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Fall Into Fiction Fall Into Fiction
Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, Carson, California


Hosted by: United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB)
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Fall Into Fiction
Email: ucaabookclubs@yahoo.com

Description:

UCAAB was created as a way for African-American book clubs in California to network, support, and promote our reading groups, black-owned independent bookstores, and the authors we love to read. Many of us live, work, and meet in the same area; but, rarely do we get a chance to come together as ONE! UCAAB is our way of officially creating and sustaining a cohesive environment that celebrates each member’s (book club or individual) uniqueness, encourages community bonding, embraces fellowship, and supports the literary contributions of authors of African descent.

One of the primary goals of UCAAB is to bring book lovers and authors together on the west coast. We accomplish this by hosting our annual Fall into Fiction literary event. This is just one of the ways we get the attention of publishers, so they will begin to include California on all of their authors' book tours.

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The Children’s Book Festival The Children’s Book Festival
Parkside Learning Garden, Camden, New Jersey


Hosted by: ADC Kid and Hampton Publishing House,
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The Children’s Book Festival
Email: iamadckid@gmail.com

Description:

This festival will be held in association with the Haddon Avenue Street Festival at Parkside Learning Garden. It was created for the sole purpose of encouraging children to read, be healthy, and connecting them with authors of the books they read.

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Burlington Book Festival
UVM’s Dudley H. Davis Center and Other Venues, Burlington, Vermont


Hosted by: Rick Kisonak, Festival Director
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Burlington Book Festival
Phone: 802-658-3328

Description:

The Queen City’s annual celebration of the written word offers readings, book signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner. All events are free and open to the public.

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Morristown Festival of Books Morristown Festival of Books
Morristown, New Jersey, 


Hosted by: Katy Conway, Executive Director
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Morristown Festival of Books
Email: info@morristownfestivalofbooks.org

Description:

The Morristown Festival of Books celebrates the power of the written word to challenge, transport and transform us, while bringing together our community in conversation.

Modeled after successful book festivals in other communities throughout the world, the Morristown Festival of Books brings together acclaimed authors with readers and book lovers.

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Mid-South Book Festival Mid-South Book Festival
Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse, Memphis, Tennessee


Hosted by: Literacy Mid-South
Date: September 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Mid-South Book Festival

Description:

The Mid-South Book Festival has dozens of writers scheduled and more than 50 free events planned, including panel discussions, author presentations, author readings, book signings, writing seminars, and sessions for aspiring writers, plus events designed especially for kids.

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BWABC Literacy Festival BWABC Literacy Festival
Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis , Tennessee


Hosted by: The BWABC Literacy Association
Dates: Friday, September 15, 2017 to Saturday, September 16, 2017

More Info:
Website: BWABC Literacy Festival

Description:

BWABC Literacy Festival is an annual festival accepting and open to all regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, or disability. Our mission is to promote literacy by connecting authors primarily with avid readers, book clubs, authors and publishers. It is held in September during National Literacy Month.

At the festival you can meet, engage and network with authors, book clubs and avid readers from across the nation, purchase books to support literacy, walk the book club ‘purple carpet,’participate in games, win door prizes, Children’s corner, attend book club panel discussions, enter essay contests to win a number of prizes and awards! It is a FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL AND FREE TO ALL!

The event is held every year, the 3rd weekend of September. Friday is the author’s networking and Saturday is the day festival is open to public.

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The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair
Morgan State University - University Student Center Building, Timonium, Maryland


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair
Email: africanamerican expo@gmail.com

Description:

2016 marks seven years of event excellence in Maryland for the African American Author’s Expo (AAAE). AAAE has a reputable reputation for showcasing hundreds of independent authors/artists from across the nation at its annual literary events. AAAE’s mission is to create a platform that exposes independent authors to the general public while helping authors make connections with national book clubs, provide entrepreneurial workshops and author seminars.

The Authors & Empowerment expo and all of its workshops and panels are free and open to public. You will find workshops on writing, marketing, branding and how to make sales. Panel discussion on Reality TV shows, Hip-Hop and social media, publishing panel and relationship panel. Pitch competitions for college students and authors.

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African American Literary Awards Show African American Literary Awards Show
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, New York


Hosted by: Yvette Hayward
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: African American Literary Awards Show
Email: yvette@literaryawardshow.com

Description:

The African American Literary Award show is the brainchild of Yvette Hayward. She came up with the idea in 1996 and was finally able to bring it to fruition in September 2004.

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Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend
The Comfort Inn of Bowie, Bowie, Maryland


Hosted by: Sharon Lucas
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend

Description:
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Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony
Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia


Hosted by: Hurston/Wright Foundation
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony

Description:

Named for literary geniuses, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the Hurston/Wright Foundation was founded in 1990. Hurston/Wright was established to be a resource center for training and a gateway to ensure the unique experience and voice of African Americans in literature.

The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers.

The Hurston/Wright Foundation serves aspiring and emerging writers, published authors, readers and supporters of Black literature. Hurston/Wright programs, awards, special events and literary resources aim to impact the literature community and those who contribute to the enrichment of it.

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Independent Authors Book Expo Independent Authors Book Expo
Abraham Clark High School, Roselle, New Jersey


Hosted by: Renaee Smith
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Independent Authors Book Expo
Phone: 973-723-4584
Email: iabex@hotmail.com

Description:

Come out and meet face to face with local and international authors. Friends, family, and the community at large are encouraged to come out and support our budding authors. Authors will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional giveaways will be available. A wide selection of books will be available for purchase at the event. This event will feature the following: Author exhibits Author Readings and Signings Children's Corner (with Arts and Crafts and Author Readings) Free Workshops and Seminars Book Club Meet and Greet, and much more!

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Alaska Book Week Alaska Book Week
Statewide, , Alaska


Hosted by: Alaska Center for the Book
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Alaska Book Week
Email: alaskabookweek@gmail.com

Description:

Statewide, Weeklong celebration

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Northern Arizona Book Festival Northern Arizona Book Festival
Locally owned businesses throughout the historic downtown, Flagstaff, Arizona


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Northern Arizona Book Festival
Email: nazbookfest@gmail.com

Description:
The Northern Arizona Book Festival will bring a weeklong literary extravaganza filled with readings, workshops, and book signings.
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San Diego City College Book Fair San Diego City College Book Fair
University of Southern California Los Angeles, San Diego, California


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: San Diego City College Book Fair
Email: nmandilaw@sdccd.edu

Description:
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Louisiana Book Festival Louisiana Book Festival
State Library of Louisiana and nearby locations, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Louisiana Book Festival
Phone: 225.219.9503
Email: lbf@state.lib.la.us

Description:

In partnership with Louisiana State University, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, EGSA, and New Delta Review, the annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival promotes literary arts in Baton Rouge by bringing together writers of national acclaim with some of Louisiana’s own writers, artists and performers. The Delta Mouth Festival takes place in one long weekend in the spring of each year.

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Boston Book Festival Boston Book Festival
Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Boston Book Festival
Email: info@bostonbookfest.org

Description:

The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.

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Twin Cities Book Festival Twin Cities Book Festival
MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Hosted by: Rain Taxi
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Twin Cities Book Festival

Description:

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.

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Vegas Valley Book Festival Vegas Valley Book Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada, 


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Vegas Valley Book Festival
Phone: 702.229.5902
Email: plharris@lasvegasnevada.gov

Description:

The Vegas Valley Book Festival, now in its fifteenth year, is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. The festival has networked together a community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading. This annual festival is the largest literary event in Nevada, drawing more that 10,000 attendees during the season. Since its founding in 2002, the festival has presented over 800 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 500 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings. The festival is free and open to the public.

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Books by the Banks Books by the Banks
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Books by the Banks
Email: contact@booksbythebanks.org

Description:

More than 5,000 people and more than 150 authors made the 2015 Books by the Banks book festival our biggest year yet. Our planning teams are already getting ready for 2016. But first, take a look back at what people had to say about our most recent festival. We hope you had as much as fun as they did. See you in 2016!

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Ashland Literary Festival Ashland Literary Festival
Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon


Hosted by: Southern Oregon University
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Ashland Literary Festival
Email: libraryevents@sou.edu

Description:

We have a great lineup of authors, publishers, illustrators and more from throughout the Pacific Northwest, so mark your calendars and get ready for the fun!

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Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word
Nashville, Tennessee, 


Hosted by: Humanities Tennessee
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

Description:

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written WordSM is a three-day Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.

The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America's foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children's literature among others.

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West Virginia Book Festival West Virginia Book Festival
Charleston, West Virginia, 


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: West Virginia Book Festival
Email: WVBookFestival@kanawhalibrary.org

Description:
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Wisconsin Book Festival Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison Public Library, Madison, Wisconsin


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Wisconsin Book Festival
Email: bookfest@mplfoundation.org

Description:

The Wisconsin Book Festival is Wisconsin's premier literary event. Every October we draw a local and regional audience of 12,000-15,000 people for four days of author events. Our year-round series of events has drawn more than 15,000 people to an additional 75 events over the past two years. Madison's proximity to Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Iowa City makes it an easy addition to any tour through the Midwest. As the State Capitol and home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison boasts an engaged and active literary community who have shown a dedication to supporting great author programming.

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Literary Festival of Charlotte Literary Festival of Charlotte
Little Rock Cultural Center, Charlotte, North Carolina


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Literary Festival of Charlotte

Description:

One of the best highlights from our 2014 event that embodies the push for literacy was the inspiring reading by Kyla McKenzie, the promising child author of My God is Awesome. She was only 5 yrs old when she convinced her mom to support her vision.

We know there are more Kyla’s in the region and want to find, support, and empower them. While each year’s event is supposed to be fun and memorable, the intent is to make it meaningful and provide a means and outlet to help close the literacy gaps that ultimately affects everyone.

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Collingswood Book Festival Collingswood Book Festival
Along Haddon Avenue, Downtown Collingswood, NJ, Collingswood, New Jersey


Hosted by: Collingswood Public Library
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Collingswood Book Festival
Email: nfo@collingswoodbookfestival.com

Description:

The 14th Annual Collingswood Book Festival

Book lovers of all ages: join us on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Stroll more than six blocks of Haddon Avenue filled with authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. This award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. Remember, all events are free!

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High Desert Book Festival High Desert Book Festival
Victorville, California, 14343 Civic Drive


Hosted by: Victor Valley Arts and Education Center
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: High Desert Book Festival
Email: hdbookfest@gmail.com

Description:
The High Desert Book Festival will include lectures and book signings by guest authors, booths for our many local published writers, lectures on the writing craft, a small indie publishing house, speakers who are professionals in their field, book-related merchandise for sale, and a children’s book corner with storytelling.
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SCIBA Trade Show SCIBA Trade Show
The Garland Hotel, North Hollywood, California


Hosted by: The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: SCIBA Trade Show
Email: office@scibabooks.org

Description:

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) is a non-profit trade association of independent booksellers, book wholesalers, publishers and other industry professionals located primarily in Southern California and Southern Nevada.

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Los Gatos—Listowel Writers’s Festival Los Gatos—Listowel Writers’s Festival
Los Gatos Library, Friends of The Library, Village House of Books, NUMU, Los Gatos Lodge, Hotel Los Gatos, Gallery 24 and C.B. Hannegan’s., Los Gatos, California


Hosted by: Irish Culture Bay Area
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Los Gatos—Listowel Writers’s Festival
Phone: 415 640-3840
Email: cmjbarry@earthlink.net

Description:

In the tradition of Ireland's famous Writers' Week in Listowel. Enjoy readings, speaker events, panel discussions and in-conversation events with some of today's top writers in the charming town of Los Gatos.

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Virginia Children’s Book Festival Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Longwood University, Farmville, Farmville, Virginia


Hosted by: Longwood University
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Email: info@vachildrensbookfestival.com

Description:

The Virginia Children’s Book Festival will bring together prominent children’s authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children’s literature.

The Virginia Children’s Book Festival will be available to the public without an entrance fee. Children, parents, grandparents, book collectors, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Brattleboro Literary Festival Brattleboro Literary Festival
Brattleboro, Vermont, 


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Brattleboro Literary Festival
Phone: 802-579-7414
Email: vtbookfest@gmail.com

Description:
The Festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
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Carolina Book Fest Carolina Book Fest
Marriott City Center, Charlotte, North Carolina


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Carolina Book Fest
Email: carolinabookfest@gmail.com
Price: $15

Description:
Large Author Book Signing
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International Festival of Authors International Festival of Authors
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada


Hosted by: IFOA
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: International Festival of Authors
Phone: 416-973-4760
Email: info@ifoa.org

Description:

Since its inception in 1974, Toronto’s International Festival of Authors has welcomed more than 9,000 authors from over 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners.

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Vancouver Writers Fest Vancouver Writers Fest
Granville Island, and two off Site Venues, Vancouver, Canada


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Vancouver Writers Fest
Phone: 604-681-6330
Email: info@writersfest.bc.ca

Description:
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East of the River Book Festival East of the River Book Festival
Rocketship Rise Academy, Washington, District of Columbia


Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: East of the River Book Festival
Phone: 202-997-4441
Email: info@eastoftheriverbookfestival.com

Description:

The East of the River Book Festival is an event for readers of all ages. To meet the demand of culturally diverse books, this event highlights the creative work of authors who are independently published and/or from small presses in the local area. This year, our vision has expanded to include the talents of poets and bloggers.

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New York Comic Con New York Comic Con
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Dates: Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

More Info:
Website: New York Comic Con
Email: Inquiry@NYComicCon.com

Description:

“…if you’re a speculative fiction author (horror, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, sci-fi, etc.) you should definitely go”—Cerece Rennie Murphy

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our Show Floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.

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The Cavalcade of Authors The Cavalcade of Authors
Hotel Allegro, Chicago, Illinois


Hosted by: Marcro Marketing and Promotions Group
Dates: Friday, October 13, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017

More Info:
Website: The Cavalcade of Authors
Phone: 888.854.8823

Description:

The Cavalcade of Authors is the ultimate event where readers and book clubs tour Chicago with their favorite authors. Join us for a weekend of private dinners, intimate chats, dancing, shopping, games, and so much more.

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York Book Expo York Book Expo
334 Carlisle Ave, York, Pennsylvania


Hosted by: Demi Stevens
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

More Info:
Website: York Book Expo
Email: demi@yotbpress.com

Description:

There’s something for all ages to experience at York Book Expo. You will be able to buy books from more than 100 authors, and have them personalized and autographed, too! Kids can read to the Happy Tails Therapy Dogs, and enjoy awesome crafts and activities all day. Aspiring writers can sign up for free writing workshops.

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National Black Book Festival National Black Book Festival
Fallbrook Church / Gymnasium, Houston, Texas


Hosted by: Cushcity.com
Dates: Thursday, October 26, 2017 to Saturday, October 28, 2017

More Info:
Website: National Black Book Festival
Phone: 1-800-340-5454
Email: info@nationalblackbookfestival.com

Description:

2017 is the Festival’s 10th Anniversary!

The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event, sponsored by Cushcity.com, the world's largest African-American retailer online. The event attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide.

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Miami Book Fair International Miami Book Fair International
Miami, Florida, 


Hosted by: Miami Dade College
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Miami Book Fair International
Phone: 305-237-3258

Description:

The 2016 Fair will take place from November 13-20, with the weekend Street Fair scheduled for the 18th through the 20th.

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. Since then, it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.

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Mosaic Literary Conference Mosaic Literary Conference
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York


Hosted by: The Literary Freedom Project
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Mosaic Literary Conference
Phone: 347-454-2161
Email: ron@literaryfreedom.org

Description:

The Mosaic Literary Conference provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing. Each year we invite educators, community and arts organizations, as well as the public to participate in a variety of workshops.

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Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, St. Petersburg, Florida


Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
Email: LSHELTON@TAMPABAY.COM

Description:

Book. Music. Authors. Food.

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Kentucky Book Fair Kentucky Book Fair
Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Kentucky


Hosted by: The Kentucky Humanities Council and The Kentucky Book Fair
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Kentucky Book Fair
Email: kybookfair@ky.gov

Description:

The Kentucky Book Fair attracts writers of all genres and patrons of all walks of life in a celebration of shared passion and mutual interest—the importance and promotion of writing and reading. Each year nearly 200 authors are present at the Kentucky Book Fair, which seeks to promote and support literacy for the public good.

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Texas Book Festival Texas Book Festival
State Capitol and surrounding grounds, Austin, Texas


Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Texas Book Festival
Email: bookfest@texasbookfestival.org

Description:

The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination.

The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Along with Mary Margaret Farabee, founding co-chair, Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan a book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996.

The signature event has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and takes place in and around the State Capitol in Austin, hosting about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state. While remaining an important showcase for the work of Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival hosts important writers from all over the world and has earned a national reputation for the quality of its programming and its appeal to readers, authors, and publishers alike.

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Third Annual Festival Albertine Third Annual Festival Albertine
Albertine store on Fifth Avenue at 79th Street, New York, New York


Hosted by: Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Third Annual Festival Albertine

Description:

American participants will include the poet Claudia Rankine, the curator Thelma Golden, the novelist Darryl Pinckney, the artist Kehinde Wiley, the dance historian Jennifer Homans and the director Ryan Coogler (who is directing the film “Black Panther,” based on the Marvel comic whose recent reboot was written by Mr. Coates).

They will be paired with French counterparts including the sociologist and anthropologist Nacira Gu´nif-Souilamas, the author Amin Maalouf and the dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

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Book It Book It
Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center, Chicago, Illinois


Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Book It
Email: bookeuphoriabookit@gmail.com

Description:

We created the Book It event series because we saw a need for more literary events in the Chicagoland area and wanted a place where authors and readers could gather at least twice a year to share their love for books and catch up on all things literary!

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Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival
Portland Art Museum , Portland, Oregon


Hosted by: Literary Arts
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival
Phone: 503.227.2583
Email: la@literary-arts.org
Price: $15

Description:

The festival will include author discussions and activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, pop-up readings and concerts, a beverage garden, and local food trucks.

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Bluffton Book Festival Bluffton Book Festival
Calhoun Street in Historic Old Town Bluffton, Bluffton, South Carolina


Hosted by: Rockelle Henderson
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Bluffton Book Festival
Phone: 843-707-6409
Email: blufftonbookfestival@gmail.com

Description:
More Than Thirty Authors to Participate in the Inaugural [2016] Bluffton Book Festival Which Will Support Literacy and Bookselling Non-Profit Organizations
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National Book Awards National Book Awards
New York, New York, 


Hosted by: National Book Foundation
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: National Book Awards

Description:

Attendance by invitation only. Watch vidoes the 67th annual National Book Awards (2016), hosted by Larry Wilmore

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National Black Writers Conference National Black Writers Conference
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York


Hosted by: Center for Black Literature
Date: March 2018 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: National Black Writers Conference
Phone: 718-804-8883
Email: writers@mec.cuny.edu

Description:

The National Black Writers Conference is be held, every two years at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. The conference features panels, author readings, roundtable discussions, and educational seminars.

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Calabash International Literary Festival Calabash International Literary Festival
Venue TBD, Treasure Beach, Jamaica, W.I.


Hosted by: The Calabash International Literary Festival Trust
Date: June 2018 – Dates to be Announced

More Info:
Website: Calabash International Literary Festival
Phone: 876-965-3000
Email: calabashfestival@hotmail.com

Description:

The Calabash International Literary Festival, held on a biennial basis on even years, was founded in 2001 by three Jamaicans the novelist Colin Channer, the poet Kwame Dawes and the producer Justine Henzell. Their aim was simple—to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world. The Calabash International Literary Festival was founded in 2001 by three Jamaicans the novelist Colin Channer, the poet Kwame Dawes and the producer Justine Henzell. Their aim was simple—to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world.

A three-day festival of readings and music with other forms of storytelling folded in the mix, Calabash is earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse. After 10 successive years Calabash is now staged on a biennial basis on even years. All festival events are free and open to the public. Passion is the only price of entry. But voluntary contributions are welcomed.

The festival is produced by the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust (the Trust), which also produces publishing seminars and writing workshops. The Trust is affiliated with the Friends of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a registered 501(c)(3) corporation in the United States.

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