Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2019 and 2020)

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4 Events Found in Illinois

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The Cavalcade of Authors The Cavalcade of Authors
Cambria Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Hosted by: Marcro Marketing and Promotions Group
Dates: Friday, September 27, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019

Website: The Cavalcade of Authors
Phone: 888.854.8823


The Cavalcade of Authors is the ultimate event where readers and book clubs tour Chicago with their favorite authors. Join us for a weekend of private dinners, intimate chats, dancing, shopping, games, and so much more.

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Printers Row Lit Fest Printers Row Lit Fest
Historic Printers Row, Chicago, Illinois

Date: June 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Printers Row Lit Fest
Phone: 312-836-7000


The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.

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ALA Conference ALA Conference
Chicago, Illinois, 

Hosted by: American Library Association
Dates: Thursday, June 25, 2020 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Website: ALA Conference


ALA Annual Conference is the premier global library event each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. This event trends nationally on Twitter and are extensively covered in the media.

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The Soulful Chicago Book Fair The Soulful Chicago Book Fair
61st Street from Cottage Grove to King Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Hosted by: Asadah Kirkland
Date: August 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Soulful Chicago Book Fair


The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is a FREE, outdoor, celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora. It is Chicago’s only living “author-centric” festival, filled with OUR stories told through books, spoken word, storytelling, songwriting, play writing and art!

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