Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2019 and 2020)

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10 Events Found in California

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The High Desert Book Festival The High Desert Book Festival
Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, Hesperia, California


Hosted by: Wordsmith Productions
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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

Description:

Wordsmith Productions, a 501c3 nonprofit, launched The High Desert Book Festival in 2016 as a way to add to the cultural and literary awareness of the Mojave High Desert Community.

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Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
Rancho Mirage, California, 71-100 Hwy 111


Dates: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 to Friday, January 31, 2020

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.”

Learn more about Rancho Mirage Writers Festival on AALBC.com.
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Black Writers On Tour Black Writers On Tour
Carson Community Center, Los Angeles, California


Hosted by: Dr. Rosie
Date: March 2020 – 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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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


Date: April 2020 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

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

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


Date: May 2020 – 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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Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival
In Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley, California


Dates: Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020

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


Hosted by: Blue Nile Press
Date: June 2020 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

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

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


Date: August 2020 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

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

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

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Fall Into Fiction Fall Into Fiction
Waterfront Hotel, Emeryville, California


Hosted by: United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB)
Date: September 2020 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

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

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

Learn more about Fall Into Fiction on AALBC.com.
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SCIBA Trade Show SCIBA Trade Show
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, Pomona, California


Hosted by: The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
Date: September 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: SCIBA Trade Show
Phone: 909-938-5809
Email: andrea@scibabooks.org

Description:

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

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