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

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8 Events Found in Maryland

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


Hosted by: The Key School
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

Description:

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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Local Writer's Showcase
Throughout Downtown Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland


Hosted by: Bethesda Urban Partnership
Dates: Thursday, April 25, 2019 to Friday, April 26, 2019

Website: Local Writer's Showcase
Email: info@bethesda.org

Description:

The annual Essay and Short Story contest, in partnership with Bethesda Magazine, will honor local writers! Adult top prize winners will receive $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine's July/August issue. Young adult (ages 14-17) winners will receive $250 and also be published in Bethesda Magazine. Additional prize money will also be given to second, third and honorable mention places. More info.

The annual Poetry Contest will award $350 to the top poem that will also be published in The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog. Up to three young poets will also be selected and receive $75. Additional prize money will also be given to second, third and honorable mention places. More info.

All selected essay, short story and poetry winners will be honored April 19 - 20, 2018 during the Local Writer's Showcase.

Learn more about Local Writer's Showcase on AALBC.com.
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African American Children’s Book Fair African American Children’s Book Fair
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Maryland


Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: African American Children’s Book Fair
Phone: 443-263-1800
Email: emailus@lewismuseum.org

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


Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Website: Gaithersburg Book Festival
Phone: 301.258.6350
Email: ccrosby@gaithersburgmd.gov

Description:

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 Childrenís 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.

Learn more about Gaithersburg Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, Sliver Spring, Maryland


Hosted by:

Sistahs On Lit


Dates: Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019

Website: The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
Email: papaya@sistahsonlit.com

Description:

Sistahs On Lit was founded in 2012 as a promoting business for Author’s books. After meeting several authors, and making sure the readers knew about their work, Papaya began to enjoy her new craft. In 2013 Papaya met Cherita King, who is an avid reader along with her husband Charles, who has worked with various vendors and entrepreneurs, and together they hosted a Bottles & Books event with several national best selling authors, which was a success!! Now they have taken on new heights and now hosting their 3rd annual event into a festival in the newly developed Downtown Silver Spring area.

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


Dates: Friday, September 28, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018

Website: Baltimore Book Festival
Phone: 410-752-8632
Email: baltimorebookfestival@promotionandarts.org

Description:

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.

Learn more about Baltimore Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair
Morgan State University - University Student Center Building, Timonium, Maryland


Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair
Email: africanamerican expo@gmail.com

Description:

2016 marks seven years of event excellence in Maryland for the African American Author’s Expo (AAAE). AAAE has a reputable reputation for showcasing hundreds of independent authors/artists from across the nation at its annual literary events. AAAE’s mission is to create a platform that exposes independent authors to the general public while helping authors make connections with national book clubs, provide entrepreneurial workshops and author seminars.

The Authors & Empowerment expo and all of its workshops and panels are free and open to public. You will find workshops on writing, marketing, branding and how to make sales. Panel discussion on Reality TV shows, Hip-Hop and social media, publishing panel and relationship panel. Pitch competitions for college students and authors.

Learn more about The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair on AALBC.com.
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Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend
Harborside Hotel, Oxon Hill, Maryland


Hosted by: Sharon Lucas and The Reading Divas Book Club
Dates: Friday, October 4, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019

Website: Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend
Email: sharon@sharonrlucas.com

Description:

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 speaking this year!

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