Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2022 and 2023)

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Note: As a result of the global pandemic, please check the event’s official website for the latest information.


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Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
Curtis Hixon Park

600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, Florida, Tampa, Florida 


Hosted by: Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Inc.
Dates: Friday, January 6, 2023 to Sunday, January 15, 2023

Website: Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
Phone: 888-224-1733 ext. 3143
Email: programs@tampablackheritage.org

Description:

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is an annual, cultural arts & music festival that takes place over the course of 10 days in Tampa Bay, Florida. They host an Author Village for two days during an outdorr festival. Check out AALBC.com’s coverage of the Author Village in 2017

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Black Ink:  A Charleston African-American Book Festival Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival
Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street

56 Beaufain Street, Charleston, South Carolina 


Hosted by: Charleston Friends of the Library
Dates: Thursday, January 12, 2023 to Saturday, January 14, 2023

Website: Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival
Email: info@charlestonlibraryfriends.org

Description:

Celebrating its 4th year in 2019, the Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area.

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Digital Book World Digital Book World
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Hosted by: Score Publishing
Dates: Monday, January 16, 2023 to Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Website: Digital Book World

Description:
As part of the 2018 Digital Book World (DBW) — two industry veterans will be the first to be inducted into the new Publishing Hall of Fame. The first inductee is Marie Dutton Brown, the iconic editor and literary agent who successfully championed diversity in publishing over the course of her 50-year career.

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival
Diggi Palace Jaipur

Hosted by: Sanjoy K. Roy, Festival Producer
Dates: Thursday, January 19, 2023 to Monday, January 23, 2023

Website: ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival
Email: info@teamworkarts.com

Description:

Described as the “greatest literary show on Earth,” the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.

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Sunshine State Book Festival Sunshine State Book Festival
SFC Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St Gainesville, FL 32606

3000 NW 83rd St Gainesville, FL 32606, Gainesville, Florida 


Hosted by: Writers Alliance of Gainesville
Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
Time:

Website: Sunshine State Book Festival
Email: SunshineStateBookFestival@writersalliance.org

Description:

“Bringing Readers and Writers Together” for three days of literary enrichment with over 75 authors, 6 nationally recognized speakers, and a literary heritage tour of sites where Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams, William Bartram, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and wrote in the area.

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F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival
Midtown Cultural and Educational Center

925 George W. Engram Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida, Daytona Beach, Florida 


Hosted by: Donna M. Gray-Banks, Founder & Director
Dates: Thursday, February 23, 2023 to Saturday, February 25, 2023

Website: F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival
Email: freshbookfestivals@gmail.com
Price: $5

Description:

Teachers and students with ID are free. Seniors are free.

This book festival actually cover three days and features a film festival and author meet and greet in addition to the fair. The F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival was developed to assist young inspiring authors with their marketing and to introduce them to veterans of the book business at the festival.

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San Antonio African American Book Festival San Antonio African American Book Festival
Next Door to Carver Library

3310 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, Texas 78220


Hosted by: The Friends of Carver Library
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: San Antonio African American Book Festival
Phone: 210-685-8400
Email: saaabookfest@gmail.com

Description:

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North Texas Teen Book Festival North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving Convention Center

500 W. LAS COLINAS BLVD. Irving Texas, 75039, Irving, Texas 


Dates: Friday, March 3, 2023 to Saturday, March 4, 2023

Website: North Texas Teen Book Festival
Email: info@nttbf.org

Description:

The North Texas Teen Book Festival strives to connect our reading community, adding dimension to the reading experience through diverse author panels and dynamic discussions in a safe and fun environment.

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Hosted by: BolognaFiere Viale della Fiera
Dates: Monday, March 6, 2023 to Thursday, March 9, 2023

Website: Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Email: bookfair@bolognafiere.it

Description:

Founded in 1964 The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the hildren’s publishing and multimedia industry.

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AWP Conference AWP Conference
Kansas City Convention Center

Dates: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 to Saturday, March 11, 2023

Website: AWP Conference
Phone: 301-226-9716
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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Palm Beach Book Festival Palm Beach Book Festival
Florida Atlantic University

Glades Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33427


Hosted by: Lois Cahall, Founder/Creative Director
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Time: All Day

Website: Palm Beach Book Festival
Email: info@palmbeachbookfestival.com

Description:

We are a 501c-3 non-profit founded in 2015 bringing in NYT best-selling authors. We have more celebrity authors under one roof in one day than any other event in Palm Beach County. Book signings, photo ops, and intense on-stage in-conversation-style

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Virginia Festival of the Book Virginia Festival of the Book

145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903, Charlottesville, Virginia 


Hosted by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Dates: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to Sunday, March 26, 2023

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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SOKY Book Fest SOKY Book Fest

Dates: Friday, March 24, 2023 to Saturday, March 25, 2023

Website: SOKY Book Fest
Email: sokybookfest@wku.edu

Description:

Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events! Our mission is to encourage literacy and the love of books in our community and beyond. Book Fest is presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. SOKY Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages from across the U.S. who come to meet their favorite authors, purchase signed copies of their books, and learn from them in exciting panels, presentations, and workshops.

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Annapolis Book Festival Annapolis Book Festival
The Key School

534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403, Annapolis, Maryland 


Hosted by: The Key School
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Website: Annapolis Book Festival
Phone: 410-263-9231

Description:

The Annapolis Book Festival is one of the premier community events in the region. Every year more than 3,000 people attend this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. The Annapolis Book Festival brings nationally renowned authors to The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss their books and the craft of writing. The Festival also features children's activities, live music, refreshments, and new and used book sales.

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Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival
In Downtown Berkeley

Dates: Saturday, May 6, 2023 to Sunday, May 7, 2023

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

Description:

The Bay Area Book Festival is the primary project of the Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in California. FFLL’s Tax ID number is 47-3955286. Its business address is 1569 Solano Ave. #635, Berkeley, CA 94707.

FFLL is governed by a Board of Directors. Members include Cherilyn Parsons (Berkeley, CA), Peter Richardson (San Francisco, CA), Mal Warwick (Berkeley, CA), Brooke Warner (Berkeley, CA), and Igor Zagatsky (Berkeley, CA).

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Montclair Literary Festival Montclair Literary Festival
Various

Hosted by: Succeed2gether
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
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Website: Montclair Literary Festival
Phone: 973-746-0553

Description:

Festival Day will be a full day of in-person events, from literary fiction and non-fiction discussion panels to talks and activities for children and teens.

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Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
The L.A. Grand Hotel - Downtown

333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, Los Angeles, California 


Hosted by: Go On Girl! Book Club
Dates: Saturday, May 20, 2023 to Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Website: Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
Email: events@goongirl.org

Description:

The first Author Awards were presented in 1992 as a small event held in Brooklyn, New York to recognize those authors and publishers that made significant contributions in the writing and publication of quality books for and about people of African descent. That year we honored Gloria Naylor for Bailey’s Café and New Authors of the Year Barbara Neely for Blanche on the Lam and Barbara Summers for Nouvelle Soul. We gave a publishing award to Beacon Press for their work in publishing authors of color. We were delighted when they all showed up to accept their awards. That was the beginning of a GOG tradition. The annual Author Awards event has traveled the United States from east to west as well as outside the U.S. to Jamaica, West Indies and Toronto, Canada.

Beginning in 1993, the one-night event became a three-day weekend where chapters meet and take care of business issues and celebrate the winning authors. It's also an opportunity for members to meet and reconnect with their literary sisters from all over the country.

Each year winning authors are selected from our reading list based upon votes from each Go On Girl! Book Club chapter for Author of the Year and New Author of the Year. They are then invited to receive their awards in person at the annual Awards Ceremony. GOG members and guests have had the honor of awarding in person to Pearl Cleage, Bebe Moore Campbell, Walter Mosely, Jill Nelson, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Diane McKinney Whetstone, Lawrence Hill, Daniel Black, Isabel Wilkerson to name a few.

This flagship event is one of the ways of expressing our deep authentic respect for Black literature and authors, reinvigorating our literary sisterhood, and providing a platform for new literary talent to emerge.

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Sydney Writers’ Festival Sydney Writers’ Festival
Carriageworks

Dates: Monday, May 22, 2023 to Sunday, May 28, 2023

Website: Sydney Writers’ Festival
Email: contact@zeitgeistmediagroup.com

Description:

Each year, Sydney Writers&rsquol Festival presents more than 400 events, attracting audiences of 100,000 plus for a week-long conversation of books and ideas.

Learn more about Sydney Writers’ Festival on AALBC.com.
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Schomburg Center Literary Festival Schomburg Center Literary Festival
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, New York 


Hosted by: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Website: Schomburg Center Literary Festival
Phone: 2123481532
Email: Schomburglitfest@nypl.org

Description:

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of global black experiences. Our new Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The day-long book festival will feature exhibitors, readings, panel discussions, workshops and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction.

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National Book Club Conference National Book Club Conference
Marriott Buckhead Atlanta

3405 Lenox Road N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 303326


Hosted by: National Book Club Conference Foundation
Dates: Thursday, July 27, 2023 to Sunday, July 30, 2023

Website: National Book Club Conference

Description:

National Book Club Conference Foundation, Inc., is a literary organization founded by author Curtis Bunn that, since 2003, executes one of the premier annual literary events —referred to as “Literary Bliss” featuring African American authors and readers from around the country. Hundreds of book lovers receive unprecedented, intimate access to the talent that creates the work they enjoy and appreciate … and discover new authors with compelling books.

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Black Books Matter Day Black Books Matter Day
MahoganyBooks - National Harbor

121 American Way, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745


Hosted by: https://www.mahoganybooks.com/
Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Website: Black Books Matter Day
Email: customerservice@mahoganybooks.com

Description:

Though black books have always mattered, some have yet to discover the lost wisdom, rich history, and incredible creativity found them. Wee’re using #blackbooksmatterday22 & #blackbooksmatter to share the profound impact of black books.

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Harlem Book Fair Harlem Book Fair
163 West 125th Street (New Location) Corner of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard

163 West 125th Street (New Location) Corner of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, Harlem, New York 


Hosted by: Max Rodriguez
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Description:

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.

The Phillis Wheatley Book Awards are presented in conjunction with this event.

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The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University
Tulane University

6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118


Hosted by: Roger Dunaway, Assistant Director of Public Relations
Date: Sunday, September 3, 2023
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Website: The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University
Phone: 504-862-8240
Email: Bookfest@tulane.edu

Description:

The highly anticipated New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University returns to Tulane’s uptown campus, annually, with a three-day, in-person literary celebration featuring more than 100 national, regional and local authors, including some of the nation’s favorite bestsellers. The book festival also hosts its Family Day [Saturday, March 11] on the Berger Family Lawn. The festival is free and open to the public.

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Black Authors & Readers Rock Black Authors & Readers Rock
Harborside Hotel

6400 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, Oxon Hill, Maryland 


Hosted by: Sharon Lucas and The Reading Divas Book Club
Dates: Friday, October 6, 2023 to Saturday, October 7, 2023

Website: Black Authors & Readers Rock
Email: sharon@sharonrlucas.com

Description:

BARR is a two day literary conference that offers readers the opportunity to meet and mingle with new, emerging and nationally recognized African American authors from all writing genres, and offers authors the opportunity to greet old friends, meet new readers and sell their works.

Though BARR’s focus is on authors of color, because they are traditionally underserved by the publishing industry, the conference is open to everyone.

BARR brings value to the community by providing attendees the opportunity to learn about the craft of writing, and other related topics, through workshops and panel discussions focused on triggering an exchange of knowledge and ideas. BARR was founded by Sharon Lucas

AALBC’s Founder and Webmaster, Troy Johnson, will be giving a workshop this year!

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