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.

4 Events Found in Maryland

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Baltimore Book Festival Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Date: November 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Baltimore Book Festival
Phone: 410-752-8632


The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program.

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Annapolis Book Festival Annapolis Book Festival
The Key School, Annapolis, Maryland

Hosted by: The Key School
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Annapolis Book Festival
Phone: 410-263-9231


The Annapolis Book Festival is one of the premier community events in the region. Every year more than 3,000 people attend this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. The Annapolis Book Festival brings nationally renowned authors to The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss their books and the craft of writing. The Festival also features children's activities, live music, refreshments, and new and used book sales.

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Gaithersburg Book Festival Gaithersburg Book Festival
Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Date: May 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Gaithersburg Book Festival
Phone: 301.258.6350


The festival will feature more than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in talks, panel discussions and book signings throughout the day.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets, and songwriters from across the country. Other festival highlights include exhibiting authors, a Children’s Village, literary exhibitors, the Brew & Vine Cafe featuring live performances by singer/songwriters and poets, Friends of the Library used book sale, and onsite new book sales by Politics & Prose. Visitors of all ages also have the opportunity to participate in free interactive, hands-on writing workshops for children and adults/teens on a variety of topics.

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Black Authors & Readers Rock Black Authors & Readers Rock
Harborside Hotel, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Hosted by: Sharon Lucas and The Reading Divas Book Club
Dates: Friday, October 1, 2021 to Saturday, October 2, 2021

Website: Black Authors & Readers Rock


BARR is a two day literary conference that offers readers the opportunity to meet and mingle with new, emerging and nationally recognized African American authors from all writing genres, and offers authors the opportunity to greet old friends, meet new readers and sell their works.

Though BARR’s focus is on authors of color, because they are traditionally underserved by the publishing industry, the conference is open to everyone.

BARR brings value to the community by providing attendees the opportunity to learn about the craft of writing, and other related topics, through workshops and panel discussions focused on triggering an exchange of knowledge and ideas. BARR was founded by Sharon Lucas

AALBC’s Founder and Webmaster, Troy Johnson, will be giving a workshop this year!

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