Important Book Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences Coming in 2021 and 2022

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.


5 Events Found in California

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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.”

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


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.

Learn more about Black Writers On Tour 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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Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival
In Downtown Berkeley


, Berkeley, California 

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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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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