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

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7 Events Found in Georgia

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AJC Decatur Book Festival AJC Decatur Book Festival
Venue TBD, Decatur, Georgia

Dates: Friday, August 31, 2018 to Sunday, September 2, 2018

Website: AJC Decatur Book Festival
Phone: 404.666.2112


In 2005, while driving back from the South Carolina Book Festival with a friend, Daren Wang wondered aloud: How does Columbia, S.C., sustain a successful book festival while metropolitan Atlanta does not?

Atlanta is well known for its many festivals these events shape the summer landscape of Atlanta. But despite several earlier attempts, there still was no free festival celebrating the written word.

Over the course of that drive from Columbia, Wang hatched a plan to establish a book festival modeled after the overwhelmingly successful Decatur Arts Festival. Decatur, a small town six miles east of Atlanta, is one of the most pedestrian-friendly towns in Georgia

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square.

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Onyxcon Onyxcon
WOLF CREEK LIBRARY located at 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta, Georgia

Date: February 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Onyxcon


2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of ONYXCON ! A DECADE.

ONXCON is a convention, festival, and celebration.

We promote, showcase, educate, and entertain all fans of the Sequential Arts and related media. We EDUTAIN! We feature independent and legendary creators of comics, books, film, and other media with a focus on African Diaspora culture, concepts, interests, and general markets. Ultimately we represent diversity in these Arts and so we are open to representing all POPULAR ARTS that are CONSCIOUSLY DIVERSE! Our event is for everyone, and is a progressive and diverse networking event for professionals as well as enthusiasts who appreciate our showcase. Because comic books/comic strips have long stood as the foundation Art form of this type of convention, comics are a major feature. But ONYXCON IS NOT LIMITED TO COMIC BOOKS. Our events highlight other literary genres like speculative fiction, as well as video games, collectable toys and models, films/documentaries, and all other media related to the Popular Arts.

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Dahlonega Literary Festival Dahlonega Literary Festival
Historic Square of Dahlonega, GA, Dahlonega, Georgia

Hosted by: Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition
Date: March 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Dahlonega Literary Festival


The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more delightful as the years go on. Ours is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment. Visitors have an opportunity to meet and interact with the authors. In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees can have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant.

Past featured authors include: Frances Mayes, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Kay, Deanna Raybourn, Joshilyn Jackson, and many more. Where else can you see, have conversations with, and even dine with bestselling authors while surrounded by the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

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AAMBC Literary Awards AAMBC Literary Awards
Various Locations, Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by: African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC)
Date: June 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: AAMBC Literary Awards


AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008 by a then twenty-year-old, Tamika Newhouse. What started as an online book club grew into a national Phenomenon. The sole purpose was to expose the unknown writer and to give them the opportunity to win accolades. A tradition still highly expressed to this very date, AAMBC still caters to the unknown writer. They have single handedly worked with thousands of writers’ new, seasoned, and celebrities. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers. In 2008 Tamika Newhouse hosted the AAMBC Radio show on weekly bases for over four years. During this time, it had guest hosts and it interviewed new writers as well as popular writers such as Zane, Mary B Morrison, Francis Ray, and Carl Weber. In the year of 2011 it hosted many controversial and highly sought out panel discussions that helped garner many writer’s careers. It went off the air in 2013. The annual AAMBC Literary Awards was launched in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas by the founder. Smaller ceremonies were then hosted in the years following in Chicago as well as in Baltimore in adjacent to various literary events. In 2015 the first inaugural red carpet ceremony took place in Atlanta, GA marking the beginning of the black writer’s weekend. To understand the importance of AAMBC’s presence in the book industry is to understand the value of supporting our black writers. The awards serve as the premiere event the industry talks about and artist strive to be.’s Founder, Troy Johnson, was named Literary Activist of the Year for 2017.

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The Atlanta Kick Back The Atlanta Kick Back
Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Georgia

Hosted by: 556 Book Chicks Book Club
Date: July 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Atlanta Kick Back


556 Book Chicks is an award-winning book club, founded in 2012 by 3 friends and co-workers (Benita, Monika, and Tiffany). It started as just a book club - discussing and meeting authors. Over the years the book club has grown into an Atlanta Book Signing Festival.

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Atlanta African American Book Festival Atlanta African American Book Festival
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by: Atlanta African American Book Festival
Date: July 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Atlanta African American Book Festival


The Atlanta African American Book Festival is a yearly festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is a great opportunity for community members to meet and engage with their favorite African American authors.

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National Book Club Conference National Book Club Conference
Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by: National Book Club Conference Foundation
Dates: Friday, August 2, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Website: National Book Club Conference


Over the course of 15 years, some of the most famous and talented authors have been a part of what the NBCC calls “literary bliss”. Important to the NBCC, however, is to introduce new or lesser-known authors that have created stories that are entertaining, informative and important.

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