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Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2018 and 2019)

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11 Events Found in California

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Black Writers On Tour Black Writers On Tour
Carson Community Center, Los Angeles, California

Hosted by: Dr. Rosie
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Website: Black Writers On Tour
Email: drrosie@aol.com


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

Dates: Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

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


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: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Website: Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
Email: shane@yallwest.com


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, April 28, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018

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


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
Dates: Friday, June 1, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018

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


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 2018 – Dates to be Announced

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


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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
Four Points by Sheraton, Emeryville, California

Hosted by: United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB)
Date: September 2018 – Dates to be Announced

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


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.

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High Desert Book Festival High Desert Book Festival
Victorville, California, 14343 Civic Drive

Hosted by: Victor Valley Arts and Education Center
Date: October 2018 – Dates to be Announced

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

The High Desert Book Festival will include lectures and book signings by guest authors, booths for our many local published writers, lectures on the writing craft, a small indie publishing house, speakers who are professionals in their field, book-related merchandise for sale, and a children’s book corner with storytelling.
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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: October 2018 – Dates to be Announced

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


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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Los Gatos—Listowel Writers’s Festival Los Gatos—Listowel Writers’s Festival
Los Gatos Library, Friends of The Library, Village House of Books, NUMU, Los Gatos Lodge, Hotel Los Gatos, Gallery 24 and C.B. Hannegan’s., Los Gatos, California

Hosted by: Irish Culture Bay Area
Date: October 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Los Gatos—Listowel Writers’s Festival
Phone: 415 640-3840
Email: writersweeklosgatos@gmail.com


In the tradition of Ireland's famous Writers' Week in Listowel. Enjoy readings, speaker events, panel discussions and in-conversation events with some of today's top writers in the charming town of Los Gatos.

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SDSU Writers’ Conference SDSU Writers’ Conference
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel, San Diego, California

Hosted by: San Diego State University College of Extended Studies
Dates: Thursday, January 31, 2019 to Saturday, February 2, 2019

Website: SDSU Writers’ Conference
Email: sdsuwritersconference@mail.sdsu.edu


Whether you’re a beginning writer or a published professional, the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference is for you. Over 30 years old, this conference is designed to help every writer at every level. Learn how to improve your writing skills, develop your marketing awareness, and meet one-on-one with top editors and agents to facilitate the next step in your publishing career.

After 33 years, the SDSU Writers’ Conference did not hold a 2018 conference the next one will be held in 2019.

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