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.


5 Events Found in Virginia

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Fall for the Book Fall for the Book
George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, Virginia


Hosted by: William Miller
Date: October 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Fall for the Book
Phone: 703-993-3986
Email: executivedirector[@]fallforthebook.org

Description:

What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.

Events take place at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, the festival’s base, and at other locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Learn more about Fall for the Book on AALBC.com.
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Virginia Children’s Book Festival Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Longwood University, Farmville, Farmville, Virginia


Hosted by: Longwood University
Date: October 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Email: info@vachildrensbookfestival.com

Description:

The Virginia Children’s Book Festival will bring together prominent children’s authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children’s literature.

The Virginia Children’s Book Festival will be available to the public without an entrance fee. Children, parents, grandparents, book collectors, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

Learn more about Virginia Children’s Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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West Virginia Book Festival West Virginia Book Festival
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia


Dates: Friday, October 2, 2020 to Saturday, October 3, 2020

Website: West Virginia Book Festival
Email: WVBookFestival@kanawhalibrary.org

Description:

Learn more about West Virginia Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival
Family Life Center 1 Redheart Drive, Hampton, VA 23661, Hampton, Virginia


Hosted by: Words to Ponder Publishing Company
Date: February 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival
Phone: 757-751-0953
Email: HRIndieauthor2019@gmail.com

Description:

Upon returning from an out of state book festival, Florenza Denise Lee wondered what would be required to have her very own book festival in her neck of the woods. This internal dialogue lead to the creation of, The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival and Fundraiser. Wanting to pay life forward, she selected REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children) a 501(c)3 organization that provides literacy programs for homeless and at-risk children in Hampton Roads.

Learn more about The Hampton Roads Indie Author Book Festival on AALBC.com.
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Virginia Festival of the Book Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, Virginia, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Hosted by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Date: March 2021 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Virginia Festival of the Book
Phone: 434 924-7548
Email: vabook@virginia.edu

Description:

Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list of past participants can be seen here.

Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

Learn more about Virginia Festival of the Book on AALBC.com.
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