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.


6 Events Found in Texas

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Austin African American Book Festival Austin African American Book Festival
George Washington Carver Library, and
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Austin, Texas


Hosted by: Rosalind Oliphant
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Website: Austin African American Book Festival
Email: info@aaabookfest.org

Description:

Austin’s African American Book Festival celebrates it’ 13th anniversary, in 2019, promoting literature by and about African Americans at the Carver Museum and Library.

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Texas Book Festival Texas Book Festival
State Capitol and surrounding grounds, Austin, Texas


Date: October 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Texas Book Festival
Email: bookfest@texasbookfestival.org

Description:

The Texas Book Festival (#TXBOOKFEST) celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination.

The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Along with Mary Margaret Farabee, founding co-chair, Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan a book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996.

The signature event has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and takes place in and around the State Capitol in Austin, hosting about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state. While remaining an important showcase for the work of Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival hosts important writers from all over the world and has earned a national reputation for the quality of its programming and its appeal to readers, authors, and publishers alike.

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Fort Worth BookFest Fort Worth BookFest
Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus, Fort Worth, Texas


Date: October 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Fort Worth BookFest
Email: fwbookfest2017@gmail.com

Description:

Organized in April 2016, a cross-cultural, community-driven Action Group is spearheading the Fort Worth BookFest effort. Our Group has attracted broad support throughout the community among individuals, organizations, elected officials, and institutions.

Our goal is to raise awareness of the transformative power of literacy through the BookFest platform to showcase the wealth of talent among all cultures that call Fort Worth and the southwest region (our marketing area – TX, NM, OK, AR, and LA) home. We have collaborated with Max Rodriguez, founder and producer of the famed Harlem Book Fair for his 18-years of Book Fair production experience.

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National Black Book Festival National Black Book Festival
Fallbrook Church / Gymnasium, Houston, Texas


Hosted by: Cushcity.com
Dates: Thursday, October 22, 2020 to Saturday, October 24, 2020

Website: National Black Book Festival
Phone: 1-800-340-5454
Email: info@nationalblackbookfestival.com

Description:

The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event, sponsored by Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American retailer online. The event attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide.

The festival was cofounded by author and entrepreneur Gwen Richardson and her husband Willie Richardson.

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National Black Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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North Texas Teen Book Festival North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving Convention Center, Irving, Texas


Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: North Texas Teen Book Festival
Email: info@nttbf.org

Description:

The North Texas Teen Book Festival strives to connect our reading community, adding dimension to the reading experience through diverse author panels and dynamic discussions in a safe and fun environment.

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San Antonio Book Festival San Antonio Book Festival
Central Library (600 Soledad Street), the neighboring Southwest School of Art, and the Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, Texas


Hosted by: The San Antonio Library Foundation
Date: April 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: San Antonio Book Festival
Phone: 210.225.4728
Email: information@saplf.org

Description:

The Festival is a day-long event that unites readers and writers alike. Author presentations are held indoors while outdoors the Festival grounds are active with book sales, signings, children’s story time and learning projects, family activities, and a technology area. Food trucks offer a variety of eats; special tents feature live music and recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. The large Festival Marketplace offers a lively setting for booksellers, publishers, literary-minded nonprofits, and local artists and craftmakers.

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