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Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2017 and 2018)

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20 Events Found in New York

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The Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers The Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers
Hobart, New York, 


Dates: Friday, September 8, 2017 to Sunday, September 10, 2017

Website: The Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers
Phone: 607-538-9222
Email: hobartfestivalofwomenwriters@gmail.com

Description:

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
Various Venues, Brooklyn, New York


Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time:

Website: Brooklyn Book Festival
Phone: 570-362-6657
Email: lkoch@brooklynbookfestival.org

Description:

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.

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New York Black Book Conference & Expo New York Black Book Conference & Expo
National Black Theater, New York, New York


Hosted by: Black Expo America Inc.
Dates: Friday, September 22, 2017 to Saturday, September 23, 2017

Website: New York Black Book Conference & Expo
Phone: 917-501-0614
Email: info@blackexpoamerica.com

Description:

A 2-day literary event is expected by all who attend the 1st Annual Black Book Expo and Conference hosted by Black Expo America. The all-day book expo and conference will celebrate the diversity of the written and spoken word along with promoting emerging authors, poetry and spoken word performances, a children’s book corner, engaging panel discussions, and workshops.

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New York Comic Con New York Comic Con
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Dates: Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

Website: New York Comic Con
Email: Inquiry@NYComicCon.com

Description:

“…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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African American Literary Awards Show African American Literary Awards Show
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, New York


Hosted by: Yvette Hayward
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time:

Website: African American Literary Awards Show
Email: yvette@literaryawardshow.com
Price: $55

Description:

The African American Literary Award show is the brainchild of Yvette Hayward. She came up with the idea in 1996 and was finally able to bring it to fruition in September 2004.

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Third Annual Festival Albertine Third Annual Festival Albertine
Albertine store on Fifth Avenue at 79th Street, New York, New York


Hosted by: Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books
Date: November 2017 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Third Annual Festival Albertine

Description:

American participants will include the poet Claudia Rankine, the curator Thelma Golden, the novelist Darryl Pinckney, the artist Kehinde Wiley, the dance historian Jennifer Homans and the director Ryan Coogler (who is directing the film “Black Panther,” based on the Marvel comic whose recent reboot was written by Mr. Coates).

They will be paired with French counterparts including the sociologist and anthropologist Nacira Gu´nif-Souilamas, the author Amin Maalouf and the dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

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National Book Awards National Book Awards
New York, New York, 


Hosted by: National Book Foundation
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time:

Website: National Book Awards

Description:

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

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Mosaic Literary Conference Mosaic Literary Conference
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York


Hosted by: The Literary Freedom Project
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: Mosaic Literary Conference
Phone: 347-454-2161
Email: ron@literaryfreedom.org

Description:

The Mosaic Literary Conference provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing. Each year we invite educators, community and arts organizations, as well as the public to participate in a variety of workshops.

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Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete
Chaiwali, New York, New York


Hosted by: Nicole Dennis-Benn and Jason Reynolds
Date: December 2017 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete
Email: amistad30rsvp@harpercollins.com

Description:
RSVP Email: amistad30rsvp@harpercollins.com
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National Black Writers Conference National Black Writers Conference
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York


Hosted by: Center for Black Literature
Date: March 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: National Black Writers Conference
Phone: 718-804-8883
Email: writers@mec.cuny.edu

Description:

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.

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New York Antiquarian Book Fair New York Antiquarian Book Fair
Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York


Hosted by: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America & International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (sanctioned by)
Date: March 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: New York Antiquarian Book Fair
Phone: 212.777.5218
Email: info@sanfordsmith.com

Description:

2017 was the 57th year this event was held.

This book fair is officially sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. The consumer can rely upon the experience and professionalism of participating dealers and the authenticity of the items available for purchase. All books, manuscripts and related material have been carefully examined for completeness and bibliographic accuracy.

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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Various Venues, New York, New York


Hosted by: PEN America
Date: May 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Email: festival@pen.org

Description:

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature animates New York City for a week each spring with a kaleidoscopic window into international literature and culture, inviting you to share ideas, find inspiration, and create dialogue and debate across cultural and national borders.

Founded by Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 110 countries, speaking 56 languages.

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The Bronx Book Fair The Bronx Book Fair
Bronx Library Center/New York Public Library, Bronx, New York


Hosted by: The fair is supported with a grant from the Bronx Council through the NY State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program
Date: May 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Bronx Book Fair
Email: bronxbookfair@gmail.com

Description:

The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those literary artists to readers and booklovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.

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Queens Book Festival Queens Book Festival
LIC Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd., Queens, New York


Hosted by: Johanne Civil, Executive Director
Date: May 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Queens Book Festival
Phone: 917-745-3507
Email: info@queensbookfestival.nyc

Description:

“The Queens Book Festival, debuted on August 7, 2016, is the largest and most inclusive literary gathering in Queens. It fills the borough with literary talks from over 100 authors as well as hundreds of exhibits within a walkable venue. Over 10,000 diverse people of all ages attend, thanks to the Festival’s robust media plan. The Festival will be entirely free to the public and actively will serve as a diverse platform for the “World’s Borough.”

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Black Pack Party Black Pack Party
Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine, New York, New York


Hosted by: AALBC.com, Linda Duggins, Mosaic, WideVision Photography, and Written Magazine
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Website: Black Pack Party
Email: troy@aalbc.com

Description:

The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals. It is held during Book Expo America.

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Book Expo America Book Expo America
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: Association of American Publishers, Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and the American Booksellers Association
Dates: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to Friday, June 1, 2018

Website: Book Expo America
Phone: 1-800-840-5614
Email: inquiry@bookexpoamerica.com

Description:

BookExpo America (BEA) is the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. It’s the best place to discover new titles and authors, conduct business and network, and learn the latest trends.

BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America.

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Word! A Caribbean Lit Fest Word! A Caribbean Lit Fest
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York


Date: June 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Word! A Caribbean Lit Fest

Description:

WORD! - A Caribbean Lit Fest is a celebration of Caribbean culture, thought, letters and a good story! The program for readers of all ages highlights the range and diversity of work emanating from the Caribbean and its Diaspora in all the official languages of the region (Dutch, English, French; Spanish) and related native languages or creoles.

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BookCon BookCon
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Dates: Saturday, June 2, 2018 to Sunday, June 3, 2018

Website: BookCon
Phone: 800.777.8774
Email: inquiry@TheBookCon.com

Description:

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Consumers and brands will experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

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Harlem Book Fair Harlem Book Fair
West 135th Street, Harlem, New York


Hosted by: Max Rodriguez
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: Harlem Book Fair
Email: hbf@qbr.com

Description:

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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National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York


Hosted by: The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Date: March 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium
Phone: 718-804-8883
Email: writers@mec.cuny.edu

Description:

“Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration”

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will pay tribute to the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks. The “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration” program will include reflections on Brooks&rtsquo; life, a discussion of the impact and significance of her literary works, and dramatic presentations from and inspired by her passionate and vigorous works. Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, Cheryl Clarke, Angela Jackson, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, and Nicole Sealey are among the participants featured on the program.

General Donation: $10 in advance; ($5 for students with ID, faculty, and seniors); and price goes up on-site.

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