Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2022 and 2023)

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Note: As a result of the global pandemic, please check the event’s official website for the latest information.

9 Events Found in New York

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National Black Writers Conference National Black Writers Conference
Medgar Evers College

1650 Bedford Ave., Founders Auditorium, Brooklyn, NY 11225, Brooklyn, New York 

Hosted by: Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College
Dates: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 to Saturday, April 2, 2022

Website: National Black Writers Conference
Phone: 718-804-8883


The National Black Writers Conference is be held, every two years at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. The conference features panels, author readings, roundtable discussions, and educational seminars.

Panel Discussions, Town Hall Meeting, and Dramatic Readings.
Speakers include Ifa Bayeza, Keith Josef Adkins, Amina Henry, Ladee Hubbard, and Aurin Squire among others.

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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Various Venues

Hosted by: PEN America
Dates: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 to Saturday, May 14, 2022

Website: PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature


PEN World Voices is America’s only international literary festival, attracting the best-known writers from across the globe. Since its founding, they have presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.

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The Bronx Book Festival The Bronx Book Festival
Fordham Plaza in the Bronx

Hosted by: Saraciea Fennell, Founder
Dates: Thursday, June 9, 2022 to Sunday, June 12, 2022

Website: The Bronx Book Festival


The first traditional book festival geared toward all ages to hit the Bronx! #TheBronxisReading

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Festival of Women Writers Festival of Women Writers

Dates: Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022

Website: Festival of Women Writers
Phone: 607-538-9222


The Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event, unique among cultural happenings in the Catskill Region, especially in Delaware County. The Festival will celebrate its fourth year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.” Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings with audiences throughout Delaware County, the state of New York, and beyond.

Poet Cheryl Clarke, novelist Breena Clarke, and Barbara Balliet are festival’s cofounders.

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Brooklyn Book Festival Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Dates: Sunday, September 25, 2022 to Monday, October 3, 2022

Website: Brooklyn Book Festival
Phone: 570-362-6657


The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is really more than a week of events which culminates on “Festival Day.”

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New York Comic Con New York Comic Con
Javitz Center

Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Dates: Thursday, October 6, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022

Website: New York Comic Con


“…if you’re a speculative fiction author (horror, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, sci-fi, etc.) you should definitely go”—Cerece Rennie Murphy

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our Show Floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.

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National Book Awards National Book Awards
Cipriani Wall Street

Hosted by: National Book Foundation
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Website: National Book Awards


Attendance by invitation only.

All of the authors of African descent who have won a National Book Award.

Watch vidoes the 67th annual National Book Awards (2016), hosted by Larry Wilmore

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Schomburg Center Literary Festival Schomburg Center Literary Festival
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, New York 

Hosted by: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Website: Schomburg Center Literary Festival
Phone: 2123481532


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of global black experiences. Our new Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The day-long book festival will feature exhibitors, readings, panel discussions, workshops and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction.

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Harlem Book Fair Harlem Book Fair
163 West 125th Street (New Location) Corner of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard

163 West 125th Street (New Location) Corner of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, Harlem, New York 

Hosted by: Max Rodriguez
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: Harlem Book Fair


The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

The Phillis Wheatley Book Awards are presented in conjunction with this event.

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