Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2018 and 2019)

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17 Events Found in New York

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National Book Awards National Book Awards
Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York


Hosted by: National Book Foundation
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time:

Website: National Book Awards

Description:

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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Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete
Settepani, New York, New York


Date: December 2018 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Harlem Renaissance Holiday Fete
Phone: 917-492-4806
Email: annualharlemfete@gmail.com

Description:

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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 2019 – 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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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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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: April 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

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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Black Pack Party Black Pack Party
TBA , New York, New York


Hosted by: Cosponsored with People of Color in Publishing
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

RSVP for the 2018 Celebration!


The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals. It is held during Book Expo America and is organized by AALBC.com, Linda Duggins, Mosaic Magazine, WideVision Photography, Written Magazine. Check out photos from the previous gatherings and a retrospective.

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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
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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


Hosted by: Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director
Date: May 2019 – 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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The Bronx Book Festival The Bronx Book Festival
Fordham Plaza in the Bronx, Bronx, New York


Hosted by: Saraciea Fennell, Founder
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Bronx Book Festival
Email: BronxBookFest@gmail.com

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

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BookCon BookCon
Javitz Center, New York, New York


Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Date: June 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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 20, 2019
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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Brooklyn Book Festival Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity, Brooklyn, New York


Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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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Festival of Women Writers Festival of Women Writers
Hobart, New York, 


Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: 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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African American Literary Awards Show African American Literary Awards Show
TBD., New York, New York


Hosted by: Yvette Hayward
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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

Description:

6:30pm VIP Reception
7:30pm Awards show begins

$55 – General admission
$75 – VIP reception

Tickets available for purchase via PayPal - yvette@literaryawardshow.com

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


Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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


Hosted by: The Literary Freedom Project
Date: November 2019 – Dates to be Announced

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. This conference was founded by Ron Kavanaugh

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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 2020 – 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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