Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2020 and 2021)

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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.


11 Events Found in Florida

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Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida


Date: November 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
Email: LSHELTON@TAMPABAY.COM

Description:

Book. Music. Authors. Food.

Learn more about Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on AALBC.com.
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Miami Book Fair International Miami Book Fair International
Miami, Florida, 


Hosted by: Miami Dade College
Dates: Sunday, November 15, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020

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.

Learn more about Miami Book Fair International on AALBC.com.
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Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa, Florida


Hosted by: Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Inc.
Date: January 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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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Learn more about Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival on AALBC.com.
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Sunshine State Book Festival Sunshine State Book Festival
SFC Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St Gainesville, FL 32606, Gainesville, Florida


Hosted by: Writers Alliance of Gainesville
Date: January 2021 – Dates to be Announced

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.

Learn more about Sunshine State Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival
Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, Daytona Beach, Florida


Hosted by: Donna M. Gray-Banks, Founder & Director
Dates: Thursday, January 7, 2021 to Saturday, January 9, 2021

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.

Learn more about F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Southwest Florida Reading Festival Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Fort Myers Regional Library Campus, Fort Myers, Florida


Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Email: mbyers@leegov.org

Description:

There really is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them too! You’ll find our numerous book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers.

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Learn more about Southwest Florida Reading Festival on AALBC.com.
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Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
Blalock Park, Venice, Florida


Hosted by: Pam Johnson
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
Email: info@venicebookfair.com

Description:

The Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival is a small, unique program hosting writers teaching writers on Friday night, and authors selling and signing their books to the public on Saturday. All proceeds from the Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival go to Venice Heritage Inc., the 501(c) 3 fundraising arm of two historic sites in Venice, the Lord-Higel House, currently under restoration, and the Venice Museum and Archives expansion project.

Learn more about Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival on AALBC.com.
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OE Book Fair OE Book Fair
Oxford Exchange, Tampa, Florida


Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: OE Book Fair
Phone: 813-253-0222
Email: info@oxfordexchange.com

Description:

“It is our mission at Oxford Exchange to continually foster human engagement, spark meaningful dialogue and establish Tampa’s place as a cultural destination. We launched the OE Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with their community face to face. A broad array of genres and interests are represented, complimented by discussions and workshops throughout the day of the fair. We hope you’ll join us the discovery of local literary talent!”

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Learn more about OE Book Fair on AALBC.com.
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Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, St. Petersburg, Florida


Hosted by: Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Email: FloridaBookFair@gmail.com

Description:
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized booksellers from all over the United States.

Learn more about Florida Antiquarian Book Fair on AALBC.com.
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Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo
Tampa, Florida, 5508 N. 50th St., Tampa, FL 33610


Hosted by: WoW Book and Toy Store
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo
Phone: 228-229-6873
Email: info@wowbookandtoy.com

Description:
The TBBAE grew from a desire to showcase the diverse literary talent that is alive and well in the greater Tampa Bay area. By creating the only expo dedicated to authors of color here in the Bay area, we’ve created a platform for some of this area’s most creative minds to gather, network and share their stories with their community.

Learn more about Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo on AALBC.com.
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South Florida Book Festival South Florida Book Festival
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Hosted by: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Date: July 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: South Florida Book Festival
Phone: 954-357-6282
Email: lib-customersvc@broward.org

Description:

Learn more about South Florida Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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