Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2021 and 2022)

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A printable list of these events. To add an event to our this list, share the event’s information on the Press Release area of our discussion forum, or complete our form to add a Book Festival or Fair to our Calendar.

Note: As a result of the global pandemic, please check the event’s official website for postponements, cancellations, conversion to virtual events.


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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.
Date: January 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival
Diggi Palace Jaipur

Hosted by: Sanjoy K. Roy, Festival Producer
Date: January 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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: January 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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ALA Midwinter Meeting ALA Midwinter Meeting

Hosted by: American Library Association
Dates: Friday, January 22, 2021 to Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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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Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

71-100 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, California 


Dates: Friday, January 29, 2021 to Sunday, January 31, 2021

Website: Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
Email: info@rmwritersfest.org

Description:

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a world class gathering of writers, thinkers, and people contributing to the intellectual vitality of our time — “Coachella for the brain.”

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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, January 13, 2022 to Saturday, January 15, 2022

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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The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival
Family Life Center 1 Redheart Drive, Hampton, VA 23661

1 Redheart Drive, Hampton, VA 23661, Hampton, Virginia 


Hosted by: Words to Ponder Publishing Company
Date: February 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival
Phone: 757-751-0953
Email: HRIndieauthor2019@gmail.com

Description:

Upon returning from an out of state book festival, Florenza Denise Lee wondered what would be required to have her very own book festival in her neck of the woods. This internal dialogue lead to the creation of, The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival and Fundraiser. Wanting to pay life forward, she selected REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children) a 501(c)3 organization that provides literacy programs for homeless and at-risk children in Hampton Roads.

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Detroit Book City Detroit Book City
Northwest Activities Center

18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, Michigan 


Hosted by: Janeice R. Haynes
Date: February 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Detroit Book City
Phone: 248-993-3844

Description:
Detroit Book City: African-American Family Book Expo is an exciting one-day event is designed to preserve literacy in our community — at the family level. Enjoy a winter afternoon with over 60 talented, Black Indie Authors of adult & children books.

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Black Book Expo: A Conscious Literary Festival Black Book Expo: A Conscious Literary Festival
Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center

101 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 


Hosted by: Elegba Folklore Society
Dates: Saturday, February 27, 2021 to Sunday, February 28, 2021

Website: Black Book Expo: A Conscious Literary Festival
Phone: 804-644-3900
Email: story1@efsinc.org

Description:
The Black Book Expo, A Conscious Literary Festival is a vast display of literature is featured including topics like black history, politics, science, health, African Diasporic culture, African spirituality, personal development, novels and children’s books. The public is invited to meet authors, hear their talks and browse and buy books to complement personal collections.

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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
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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Black Writers On Tour Black Writers On Tour
Carson Community Center

801 E. Carson Street, Carson, California 90746 , Los Angeles, California 


Hosted by: Dr. Rosie
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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Paris Book Fair Paris Book Fair
Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 1

Hosted by: Syndicat National de l’Édition
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Paris Book Fair
Email: jai1question@livreparis.com

Description:

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Southwest Florida Reading Festival Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Fort Myers Regional Library Campus

1651 Lee St, Fort Myers, Florida 


Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Southwest 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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Tucson Festival of Books Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona Campus

Hosted by: John Humenik
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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New York Antiquarian Book Fair New York Antiquarian Book Fair
Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue (bet 66th and 67th streets), New York, 10065, New York, New York 


Hosted by: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America & International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (sanctioned by)
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: New York Antiquarian Book Fair
Phone: 212.777.5218
Email: info@sanfordsmith.com

Description:

2020 is the 60th Year

This book fair is officially sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. The consumer can rely upon the experience and professionalism of participating dealers and the authenticity of the items available for purchase. All books, manuscripts and related material have been carefully examined for completeness and bibliographic accuracy.

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Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
Blalock Park

Hosted by: Pam Johnson
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
Email: info@venicebookfair.com

Description:

The Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival is a small, unique program hosting writers teaching writers on Friday night, and authors selling and signing their books to the public on Saturday. All proceeds from the Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival go to Venice Heritage Inc., the 501(c) 3 fundraising arm of two historic sites in Venice, the Lord-Higel House, currently under restoration, and the Venice Museum and Archives expansion project.

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Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 


Hosted by: Africa Access
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival
Email: africaaccess@aol.com

Description:

children can learn to spin a yarn and weave a story, based on tales from Ghana, Morocco and Ivory Coast. A panel of Current and past CABA winners CABA authors/illustrators is featured from 11:30 – 12:30. Current and past CABA winners will be signing their books after the panel discussion. The museum is also opening its newest exhibit, Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

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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 


Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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London Book Fair London Book Fair
Olympia London

Hammersmith Rd, London, United Kingdom 


Hosted by: Reed Exhibitions Limited
Dates: Monday, March 9, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Website: London Book Fair
Email: lbf.helpline@reedexpo.co.uk

Description:

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Next year, the Fair will take place in April at Olympia, West London, covering all aspects of the publishing industry.

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AWP Conference AWP Conference
Kansas City Convention Center

Dates: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 to Saturday, March 6, 2021

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

Hosted by: Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition
Dates: Friday, March 5, 2021 to Saturday, March 6, 2021

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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Southern Kentucky Bookfest Southern Kentucky Bookfest

Dates: Friday, March 26, 2021 to Saturday, March 27, 2021

Website: Southern Kentucky Bookfest
Email: sokybookfest@wku.edu

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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National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium
Medgar Evers College

1650 Bedford Ave., Founders Auditorium, Brooklyn, NY 11225, Brooklyn, New York 


Hosted by: Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

Description:

The 2021 Biennial Symposium will be Held via Zoom

Purchase the Books by the Authors Featured in this Symposium

The 2021 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, “They Cried I Am: The Life and Work of Paule Marshall and John A. Williams, Unsung Black Literary Voices,” will celebrate the life and works of the late Paule Marshall and John A. Williams.

Featured program highlights will include a keynote address, roundtable discussions, and dramatic readings. Confirmed speakers include Carole Boyce-Davies, Edwidge Danticat, Keith Gilyard, Maryemma Graham, Michael Anthony Green, Lawrence Jackson, Evan Marshall, Liza Jessie Peterson, Ishmael Reed, Linda Villarosa, Mary Helen Washington, and Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch.

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

301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, AL 36104 , Montgomery, Alabama 


Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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Newburyport Literary Festival Newburyport Literary Festival

Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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Oxford Conference for the Book Oxford Conference for the Book

Hosted by: Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

The Oxford Conference for the Book brings 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.

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Ohioana Book Festival Ohioana Book Festival
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215, Columbus, Ohio 


Hosted by: The Ohioana Library Association
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts

Hosted by: Alscess Lewis-Brown
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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 Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Various Locations

Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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San Antonio Book Festival San Antonio Book Festival
Central Library and the Majestic Theatre

600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, Texas 


Hosted by: The San Antonio Library Foundation
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: San Antonio Book Festival
Phone: 210.225.4728
Email: information@saplf.org

Description:

The Festival is a day-long event that unites readers and writers alike. Author presentations are held indoors while outdoors the Festival grounds are active with book sales, signings, children’s story time and learning projects, family activities, and a technology area. Food trucks offer a variety of eats; special tents feature live music and recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. The large Festival Marketplace offers a lively setting for booksellers, publishers, literary-minded nonprofits, and local artists and craftmakers.

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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: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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OE Book Fair OE Book Fair
Oxford Exchange

420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 


Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: OE Book Fair
Phone: 813-253-0222
Email: info@oxfordexchange.com

Description:

“It is our mission at Oxford Exchange to continually foster human engagement, spark meaningful dialogue and establish Tampa’s place as a cultural destination. We launched the OE Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with their community face to face. A broad array of genres and interests are represented, complimented by discussions and workshops throughout the day of the fair. We hope you’ll join us the discovery of local literary talent!”

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Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum

535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, Florida 


Hosted by: Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Email: FloridaBookFair@gmail.com

Description:
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized booksellers from all over the United States.

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Sydney Writers’ Festival Sydney Writers’ Festival
Carriageworks

Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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.

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Six Bridges Book Festival Six Bridges Book Festival
Main Library, Little Rock, Arkansas

Hosted by: Central Arkansas Library System
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Six Bridges Book Festival
Email: SixBridgesBookFest@cals.org

Description:

Previously known for 16 years as the Arkansas Literary Festival, the four-day event in April celebrates reading, literacy, stories and wordsmithing including musical lyrics.

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National Hispanic Cultural Center Children's Bilingual Book Festival National Hispanic Cultural Center Children's Bilingual Book Festival

1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, Albuquerque, New Mexico 


Hosted by: Valerie Martinez, Director, History and Literary Arts
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: National Hispanic Cultural Center Children's Bilingual Book Festival
Phone: 505-383-4708
Email: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us

Description:

National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is the only one of its kind in the U.S. that features children’s books in Spanish and English and Native languages and English. The festival features author readings, student storytelling, a book fair, workshops for parents and teachers, and creative and book-related activities for young readers (K-6) and their families.

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Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo

5508 N. 50th St., Tampa, FL 33610, Tampa, Florida 


Hosted by: WoW Book and Toy Store
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo
Phone: 228-229-6873
Email: info@wowbookandtoy.com

Description:
The TBBAE grew from a desire to showcase the diverse literary talent that is alive and well in the greater Tampa Bay area. By creating the only expo dedicated to authors of color here in the Bay area, we’ve created a platform for some of this area’s most creative minds to gather, network and share their stories with their community.

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

Hosted by: BolognaFiere Viale della Fiera
Dates: Monday, April 12, 2021 to Thursday, April 15, 2021

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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Black Pack Party Black Pack Party
The Frying Pan, Pier 66 at Hudson River Park, 207 12th Ave

Hosted by: AALBC.com, Linda Duggins, and One Book One Bronx
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Email: troy@aalbc.com

Description:

Rain or Shine! The venue is outdoors, on the water, but can be completely enclosed if necessary.

The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals and writers and is held just before the evening before Book Expo America begins.

Check out photos from the previous gatherings and a retrospective.

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Book Expo America Book Expo America
Javitz Center

Hosted by: Association of American Publishers, Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and the American Booksellers Association
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Various Venues

Hosted by: PEN America
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

PEN World Voices is America’s only international literary festival, attracting the best-known writers from across the globe. Since its founding, they have presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.

Learn more about PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature on AALBC.com.
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Greensboro Bound Literary Festival Greensboro Bound Literary Festival
Various locations in downtown Greensboro, NC

304 S. Elm Street , Greensboro, North Carolina 


Hosted by: Greensboro Bound
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Greensboro Bound Literary Festival
Phone: 336-392-5213
Email: jessica@greensborobound.com

Description:

Greensboro Bound celebrates writers and readers of all ages as essential to vibrant cities. The non-profit organization, in its third year, offers programming throughout the year with an annual literary festival held in May at various locations in downtown Greensboro.

Learn more about Greensboro Bound Literary Festival on AALBC.com.
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Books in Bloom Literary Festival Books in Bloom Literary Festival

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

Hosted by:

Presented by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation


Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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.

Learn more about Books in Bloom Literary Festival on AALBC.com.
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Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
Santa Monica High School

601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, Santa Monica, California 


Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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
Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds

31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877, Gaithersburg, Maryland 


Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

The festival will feature more than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in talks, panel discussions and book signings throughout the day.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets, and songwriters from across the country. Other festival highlights include exhibiting authors, a Children’s Village, literary exhibitors, the Brew & Vine Cafe featuring live performances by singer/songwriters and poets, Friends of the Library used book sale, and onsite new book sales by Politics & Prose. Visitors of all ages also have the opportunity to participate in free interactive, hands-on writing workshops for children and adults/teens on a variety of topics.

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BookCon BookCon
Javitz Center

Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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.

Learn more about BookCon on AALBC.com.
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Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival
In Downtown Berkeley

Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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).

Learn more about Bay Area Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Great American Book Festival Great American Book Festival
Main Street Square

526 Main Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, Rapid City, South Dakota 


Hosted by: Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Great American Book Festival
Email: LITERARYCLASSICS@LIVE.COM

Description:

The Great American Book Festival was created by the founders of Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews

In an effort to support the literary arts, Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews has created the Great American Book Festival. To be held annually, this event has become home to the Literary Classics Book Awards and related events, and will be held in conjunction with a book festival. The Great American Book Festival is slated to be held each year on Labor Day weekend. The festival is open to the public and authors from all regions and genres are invited to participate along with related vendors and food purveyors.

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LitUp Festival LitUp Festival
North Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library

Hosted by: North Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library
Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: LitUp Festival
Email: litupfest@mymcpl.org

Description:
LitUp is a book festival for teenagers and young adults. There will be free books and food, illustrating and writing clinics, author interviews, amazing keynote speakers, and a poetry slam.

Learn more about LitUp Festival on AALBC.com.
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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: Thursday, May 20, 2021 to Sunday, May 23, 2021

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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Greater St. Louis Book Fair Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park

Date: June 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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.

Learn more about Greater St. Louis Book Fair on AALBC.com.
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The Bronx Book Festival The Bronx Book Festival
Fordham Plaza in the Bronx

Hosted by: Saraciea Fennell, Founder
Date: June 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Bronx Book Festival
Email: BronxBookFest@gmail.com

Description:

The first traditional book festival geared toward all ages to hit the Bronx! #TheBronxisReading

Learn more about The Bronx Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Nantucket Book Festival Nantucket Book Festival
Cultural District

Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, Nantucket, Massachusetts 


Hosted by: Maddie Hjulstrom, Executive Director, Nantucket Book Foundation
Date: June 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Nantucket Book Festival
Phone: 508-563-2144
Email: director@nantucketbookfestival.org

Description:

Nantucket Book Festival celebrates its 9th year in 2020. They feature a line-up of award-winning authors and local and regional talent. They take center stage, representing genres fiction, poetry, history, journalism, politics, and memoir. Attendees enjoy author presentations Thursday-Sunday, also featured in the garden are storytimes for children. Most events are free to the public.

Learn more about Nantucket Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Austin African American Book Festival Austin African American Book Festival
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702, Austin, Texas 


Hosted by: Roz Oliphant
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 2.p.m.

Website: Austin African American Book Festival
Email: info@aaabookfest.org

Description:

Now [2021] in its fifteenth year, the Austin African American Book Festival is a community-focused event that invites some of the greatest literary talent of our generation to engage directly with readers to foster creativity, activism, and positive change.

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South Florida Book Festival South Florida Book Festival
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 


Hosted by: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Date: July 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: South Florida Book Festival
Phone: 954-357-6282
Email: lib-customersvc@broward.org

Description:

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International Royal Music & Art Festival International Royal Music & Art Festival
The Beltway Regulators Barn

636 Trammel Fresno Road, Fresno, Texas 77545


Hosted by: Queen Cora
Dates: Saturday, July 3, 2021 to Sunday, July 4, 2021

Website: International Royal Music & Art Festival
Phone: 713-478-4873
Email: info@theRoyalFestival.com
Price: $15

Description:

The 2021 International Royal Music & Art Festival is set to be an acclaimed cross-genre experience inspired by the historic Woodstock Festival, SXSW and Glastonbury.

Our Literary Pavilion’s featured guest is Troy Johnson, the founder of the AALBC (African American Literary Book Club), the oldest, largest, and most popular online bookstore dedicated to African-American and Black literature from around the world.

Learn more about International Royal Music & Art Festival on AALBC.com.
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Black Paperback Book Fair Black Paperback Book Fair
Iroquois Park

2120 Rundill Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40214


Hosted by: Louisville Black Writer Association, Shajuanda Barrow, Event Coordinator
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Website: Black Paperback Book Fair
Phone: 502-262-6382
Email: scbarr03@gmail.com

Description:
Black Paperback Book Fair highlights and supports black writers in Louisville Ky. The event is hosted in Iroquois Park and provides a nurturing space for black writers that is virtually barrier free, inviting all writers to sell their books. The event consist of author booths, food trucks, and a variety of giant games and lounging space.

Learn more about Black Paperback Book Fair on AALBC.com.
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Elm City LIT Fest Elm City LIT Fest

Hosted by: IfeMichelle Gardin
Dates: Friday, September 10, 2021 to Saturday, September 11, 2021

Website: Elm City LIT Fest
Email: elmcitylitfest@gmail.com

Description:

Check out the Elm City LIT Fest Podcast, held every other Sunday.

The Elm City LIT Fest is an annual celebration of books, LITerature and LITerary artists with the purpose of enhancing LITeracy while promoting awareness of local, regional and global artists of the African Diaspora. Created in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance for the Greater New Haven region and beyond.

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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 1, 2021 to Saturday, October 2, 2021

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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Brooklyn Book Festival Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201


Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is really more than a week of events which culminates on “Festival Day.”

Learn more about Brooklyn Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Fall for the Book Fall for the Book
George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Fairfax, Virginia 22030


Hosted by: Kate Lewis, Marketing Director
Dates: Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021

Website: Fall for the Book
Phone: 571-344-2156
Email: kate@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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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 


Hosted by: Roger Dunaway
Dates: Thursday, October 21, 2021 to Saturday, October 23, 2021

Website: The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University
Phone: 504-452-2906
Email: roger@tulane.edu

Description:

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

17th Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


Hosted by: The Literary Media & Publishing Consultants
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

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

Description:

Check out our photos from the 2020 Festival

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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