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Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2017 and 2018)

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5 Events Found in District of Columbia

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Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony
Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia

Hosted by: Hurston/Wright Foundation
Date: October 2017 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony


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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East of the River Book Festival East of the River Book Festival
Rocketship Rise Academy, Washington, District of Columbia

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: East of the River Book Festival
Phone: 202-997-4441
Email: info@eotrbookfest.com


The 2017 East of the River Book Festival is a magnet for city dwellers from all wards to recognize and enjoy a literary event that highlights the efforts of indie writers, small publishers and tiny book shops. For the fourth year, it is a place that is fertile ground to plant ideas to meet the need of culturally diverse books that reflect places and characters that are typically on the fringe of society or omitted. This book festival is a celebration of those places and characters, both real and imaginary, to be central to stories that reflect different perspectives. This literary festival is the headquarters for diverse books for children, teens and adults in the DC area.

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Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art , Washington, District of Columbia

Hosted by: Africa Access
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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


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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Magical Mirrors Book Fair Magical Mirrors Book Fair
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, Washington, District of Columbia

Date: December 2017 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Magical Mirrors Book Fair
Phone: 202-234-4755

Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair features books full of images and imaginations of children of the African Diaspora. Black Power Line
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Library of Congress National Book Festival Library of Congress National Book Festival
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, District of Columbia

Date: September 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Library of Congress National Book Festival
Email: bookfest@loc.gov


Mark your calendars for the 16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center. Follow the excitement via our hashtag, #NatBookFest.

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