2016 Book Events – Fairs, Festivals, Conferences and More
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Hosted by: Go On Girl! Book ClubLearn more about the Go On Girl! Book Club 25th Annual Awards Weekend on AALBC.com
Dates: Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
Please join Go On Girl! Book Club as we host our 24th Annual Awards Weekend and celebrate 25 years of literary sisterhood at Loews Hotel New Orleans. Don't miss this 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.
Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016Learn more about the Calabash International Literary Festival on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016Learn more about the Sacramento Black Book Fair on AALBC.com
This historic 3-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among four featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program (80+), children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.
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)Learn more about the AAMBC Literary Awards on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, June 10, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016
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.
Dates: Saturday, June 11, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016Learn more about the Printers Row Lit Fest on AALBC.com
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.
Dates: Thursday, June 16, 2016 to Saturday, June 18, 2016Learn more about the Ann Arbor Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016Learn more about the Austin African American Book Festival on AALBC.com
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Austin African American Book Festival (AABF) is an event for the community to gain greater exposure to literature by and about African Americans.
AABF seeks to construct space for collaboration, dialogue, and creativity. Through dynamic keynote speakers, meaningful literary and popular culture conversations, our hope is to serve as a catalyst for expanded thinking, social activism, and positive purpose.
Hosted by: Max RodriguezLearn more about the Harlem Book Fair on AALBC.com
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Hosted by: Asadah KirklandLearn more about the The Soulful Chicago Book Fair on AALBC.com
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
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!
Hosted by: QRB The Black Book ReviewLearn more about the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Awards on AALBC.com
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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.
Hosted by: National Book Club Conference FoundationLearn more about the National Book Club Conference on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, July 29, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016
Over the course of 13 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.
Dates: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Saturday, August 13, 2016Learn more about the National Conference of African American Librarians on AALBC.com
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.
Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016 to Sunday, August 21, 2016Learn more about the Blogger Week 2016 UnConference on AALBC.com
Multicultural nationwide festival of bloggers, journalists & social media mavens.
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016Learn more about the Leimert Park Village Book Fair on AALBC.com
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.
Dates: Thursday, September 1, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016Learn more about the Northern Arizona Book Festival on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, September 2, 2016 to Sunday, September 4, 2016Learn more about the AJC Decatur Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Dates: Thursday, September 8, 2016 to Saturday, September 10, 2016Learn more about the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary CouncilLearn more about the Brooklyn Book Festival on AALBC.com
Dates: Monday, September 12, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016
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.
Hosted by: The BWABC Literacy AssociationLearn more about the BWABC Literacy Festival on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, September 16, 2016 to Saturday, September 17, 2016
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!
Hosted by: United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB)Learn more about the Fall into Fiction on AALBC.com
Dates: Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016
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.
Hosted by: South Dakota Humanities CouncilLearn more about the South Dakota Festival of Books on AALBC.com
Dates: Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016
The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.
Dates: Friday, September 23, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016Learn more about the Baltimore Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Dates: Friday, September 23, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016Learn more about the Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder on AALBC.com
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016Learn more about the Library of Congress National Book Festival on AALBC.com
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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.
Hosted by: William MillerLearn more about the Fall for the Book on AALBC.com
Dates: Sunday, September 25, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016
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.
Hosted by: Marcro Marketing and Promotions GroupLearn more about the The Cavalcade of Authors on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, September 30, 2016 to Sunday, October 2, 2016
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.
Dates: Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Monday, October 31, 2016Learn more about the Alaska Book Week on AALBC.com
Statewide, monthlong celebration
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016Learn more about the Charlotte Literary Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Hosted by: Collingswood Public LibraryLearn more about the Collingswood Book Festival on AALBC.com
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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!
San Diego City College Book Fair
University of Southern California Los Angeles, San Diego, California
Dates: Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Monday, October 10, 2016Learn more about the San Diego City College Book Fair on AALBC.com
Dates: Thursday, October 13, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016Learn more about the Vegas Valley Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Hosted by: Sharon LucasLearn more about the Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, October 14, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hosted by: Humanities TennesseeLearn more about the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word on AALBC.com
Dates: Friday, October 14, 2016 to Sunday, October 16, 2016
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016Learn more about the Books by the Banks on AALBC.com
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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!
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016Learn more about the Boston Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016Learn more about the Independent Authors Book Expo on AALBC.com
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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!
Hosted by: Rain TaxiLearn more about the Twin Cities Book Festival on AALBC.com
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.
Dates: Thursday, October 20, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016Learn more about the Wisconsin Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Hosted by: Cushcity.comLearn more about the National Black Book Festival on AALBC.com
Dates: Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Saturday, October 29, 2016
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.
Dates: Friday, October 28, 2016 to Saturday, October 29, 2016Learn more about the West Virginia Book Festival on AALBC.com
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016Learn more about the Louisiana Book Festival on AALBC.com
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Hosted by: The Kentucky Humanities Council and The Kentucky Book FairLearn more about the Kentucky Book Fair on AALBC.com
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
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.
Dates: Saturday, November 5, 2016 to Sunday, November 6, 2016Learn more about the Texas Book Festival on AALBC.com
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.
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016Learn more about the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on AALBC.com
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Book. Music. Authors. Food.
Hosted by: Miami Dade CollegeLearn more about the Miami Book Fair International on AALBC.com
Dates: Sunday, November 13, 2016 to Sunday, November 20, 2016
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.