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

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Check out the events that have already taken place on our list of events from the beginning of the year. 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 the latest information.


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Utah Humanities Council Book Festival Utah Humanities Council Book Festival

Dates: Thursday, September 8, 2022 to Monday, October 24, 2022

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

Description:

Previously the The Great Salt Lake Book Festival

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

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

Learn more about Utah Humanities Council Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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International Festival of Authors International Festival of Authors
Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada, Toronto, Canada 


Hosted by: IFOA
Dates: Thursday, September 22, 2022 to Sunday, October 2, 2022

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

Description:

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

IFOA presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, and provides Canadian writers with an internationally recognized forum in which to present their work.

Incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit organization with a mandate to cultivate and advance the cause of literature, IFOA is home to a weekly event series (September to June), the annual International Festival of Authors (October) and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May), presented with the Ontario Library Association. IFOA also runs Toronto Lit Up, a three-year programme supported by the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) that helps launch and promote the work of local authors.

In 2006, IFOA introduced its touring programme, IFOA Ontario, which now visits communities in numerous cities and towns across the province.

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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
Dates: Sunday, September 25, 2022 to Monday, October 3, 2022

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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Kingston WritersFest Kingston WritersFest
Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

Dates: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 to Sunday, October 2, 2022

Website: Kingston WritersFest
Email: info@kingstonwritersfest.ca

Description:
“A festival for writers and readers.”

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AJC Decatur Book Festival AJC Decatur Book Festival
Downtown Decatur

101 E Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 


Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
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Website: AJC Decatur Book Festival
Phone: 404.666.2112

Description:

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.

Learn more about AJC Decatur Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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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
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
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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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Collingswood Book Festival Collingswood Book Festival
Along Haddon Avenue, Downtown Collingswood, NJ

Hosted by: Collingswood Public Library
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Description:
Book lovers of all ages: join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017. 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! Black Power Line

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The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Dates: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022

Website: The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Description:

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is a conference for everyone! The conference is sponsored by five associations of ethnic librarians, including:

  • American Indian Library Association (AILA)
  • Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
  • Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
  • National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)

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New York Comic Con New York Comic Con
Javitz Center

Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Dates: Thursday, October 6, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022

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

Description:

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

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

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Morristown Festival of Books Morristown Festival of Books

Dates: Friday, October 7, 2022 to Saturday, October 8, 2022

Website: Morristown Festival of Books
Email: info@morristownbooks.org

Description:

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

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

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The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

3rd & Mercer Streets, Seattle, Washington 


Hosted by: Louis Collins & Bill Wolfe
Dates: Saturday, October 8, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022

Website: The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Phone: 206-323-3999
Email: visitor@seattlebookfair.com

Description:
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Printers Row Lit Fest Printers Row Lit Fest
Historic Printers Row

Dates: Monday, October 10, 2022 to Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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

Description:

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

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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: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 to Saturday, October 15, 2022

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

201 High St, Farmville, VA 23909, Farmville, Virginia 


Hosted by: Longwood University
Dates: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 to Friday, October 14, 2022

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

Description:

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

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

Learn more about Virginia Children’s Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Wisconsin Book Festival Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison Public Library

4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711, Madison, Wisconsin 


Dates: Thursday, October 13, 2022 to Sunday, October 16, 2022

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

Description:

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

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Brattleboro Literary Festival Brattleboro Literary Festival

Dates: Thursday, October 13, 2022 to Sunday, October 16, 2022

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

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

Learn more about Brattleboro Literary Festival on AALBC.com.
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Southern Festival of Books Southern Festival of Books

Hosted by: Humanities Tennessee
Dates: Friday, October 14, 2022 to Sunday, October 16, 2022

Website: Southern Festival of Books

Description:

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

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

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Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony
Washington Plaza Hotel

10 Thomas Circle, NW Washington, DC 20005, Washington, District of Columbia 


Hosted by: Hurston/Wright Foundation
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
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Website: Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony

Description:

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

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

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

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Twin Cities Book Festival Twin Cities Book Festival
MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS

Hosted by: Rain Taxi
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: Twin Cities Book Festival

Description:

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

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

Dates: Monday, October 17, 2022 to Sunday, October 23, 2022

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

Description:

The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations.

For the past 30 years, the Writers Fest has enriched our imaginations and the culture of our city and has touched and inspired thousands of lives by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation.

The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists.

Learn more about Vancouver Writers Fest on AALBC.com.
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Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair)
Frankfurt Trade Fair Grounds

Hosted by: Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH
Dates: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 to Sunday, October 23, 2022

Website: Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair)
Email: contact@book-fair.com

Description:

Authors read this if you plan to attend.


The Frankfurt Book Fair is perhaps the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of participating publishing companies and attendees.

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National Black Book Festival National Black Book Festival
Fallbrook Church / Gymnasium

12512 Walters Rd, Houston, Texas 


Hosted by: Cushcity.com
Dates: Thursday, October 20, 2022 to Saturday, October 22, 2022

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

Description:

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.

The festival was cofounded by author and entrepreneur Gwen Richardson and her husband Willie Richardson.

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

Hosted by: Central Arkansas Library System
Dates: Thursday, October 20, 2022 to Sunday, October 30, 2022

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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West Virginia Book Festival West Virginia Book Festival
Charleston Civic Center

Dates: Friday, October 21, 2022 to Saturday, October 22, 2022

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

Description:

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Vegas Valley Book Festival Vegas Valley Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
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Website: Vegas Valley Book Festival
Phone: 702.229.5902
Email: plharris@lasvegasnevada.gov

Description:

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

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The Christian Book Lover’s Retreat The Christian Book Lover’s Retreat
Doubletree Resorts

3200 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC, Charlotte, North Carolina 


Hosted by: Vanessa Miller
Dates: Thursday, October 27, 2022 to Sunday, October 30, 2022

Website: The Christian Book Lover’s Retreat
Email: info@christianbookloversretreat.com

Description:

The Christian Book Lover’s Retreat is all about Faith, Fun, Fellowship… and a whole lot of books. The first day of the retreat is jam packed with socials, game shows, and parties. The next day kicks off with praise and worship and then it's all about author book discussions and more

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Boston Book Festival Boston Book Festival
Copley Square

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
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Website: Boston Book Festival
Phone: 857.259.6999
Email: info@bostonbookfest.org

Description:

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

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Sharjah International Book Fair Sharjah International Book Fair

Hosted by: Sharjah Book Authority
Dates: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 to Sunday, November 13, 2022

Website: Sharjah International Book Fair
Email: info@sibf.com

Description:

The Sharjah International Book Fair is one of the showcase events of the Government of Sharjah and, with a history spanning 34 years, this event is more than a typical book exhibition, it is an institution that can give an insider’s glimpse at authentic Arab culture.

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Charleston Literary Festival Charleston Literary Festival
DOCK STREET THEATRE and CIRCULAR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Hosted by: Suzanne Pollak, Director of Development
Dates: Thursday, November 3, 2022 to Sunday, November 13, 2022

Website: Charleston Literary Festival
Phone: 843-619-3000
Email: enquiries@charlestonliteraryfestival.com

Description:

This fall, a host of world-class creators and thinkers will descend upon the “perennial destination favorite” Charleston, SC for the Charleston Literary Festival, to explore today’s most pressing ideas with guests from near and far. The Charleston Literary Festival offers audiences more than the average experience with a choice of purposefully eclectic speakers carefully curated based on literary and artistic excellence, originality, and critical acclaim.

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Texas Book Festival Texas Book Festival
State Capitol and surrounding grounds

Dates: Saturday, November 5, 2022 to Sunday, November 6, 2022

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

Description:

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

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

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

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Miami Book Fair International Miami Book Fair International

Hosted by: Miami Dade College
Dates: Sunday, November 13, 2022 to Sunday, November 20, 2022

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

Description:

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

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National Book Awards National Book Awards
Cipriani Wall Street

Hosted by: National Book Foundation
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
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Website: National Book Awards

Description:

Attendance by invitation only.

All of the authors of African descent who have won a National Book Award.

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

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Books by the Banks Books by the Banks
Duke Energy Convention Center

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Description:

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

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Hit the Mic: Black Book Fair & Open Mic Hit the Mic: Black Book Fair & Open Mic
Oasis at Grace

5524 Belmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224


Hosted by: Regal Rhythms Poetry
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Website: Hit the Mic: Black Book Fair & Open Mic
Email: 1mopoetry@gmail.com

Description:
Admission is FREE and open to the public courtesy of Season Funder, ArtsWave. However, you must register (visit site) If you are interested in book vending contact Mo @ 513-344-0870 A.S.A.P. This is perfect for aspiring and published authors. Free parking on-site, on-street, and approved at College Hill Recreation Center. Refreshments will be served.

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Ake Arts and Book Festival Ake Arts and Book Festival
Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja

38/40 Isaac John St, Ikeja GRA , Ikeja, Nigeria 


Hosted by: The Book Buzz Foundation
Dates: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 to Saturday, November 26, 2022

Website: Ake Arts and Book Festival
Email: info@akefestival.org

Description:

Aké Arts & Book Festival is four days of cultural immersion and aims to showcase the very best of contemporary African literature

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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
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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
Time:

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.

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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
Time:

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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