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

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4 Events Found in Virginia

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

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Hosted by: Kate Lewis, Marketing Director
Dates: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 to Saturday, October 15, 2022

Website: Fall for the Book
Phone: 571-344-2156


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.

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Virginia Children’s Book Festival Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Longwood University, Farmville

201 High St, Farmville, VA 23909, Farmville, Virginia 

Hosted by: Longwood University
Dates: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 to Friday, October 14, 2022

Website: Virginia Children’s Book Festival


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.

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West Virginia Book Festival West Virginia Book Festival
Charleston Civic Center

Dates: Friday, October 21, 2022 to Saturday, October 22, 2022

Website: West Virginia Book Festival


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Virginia Festival of the Book Virginia Festival of the Book

145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903, Charlottesville, Virginia 

Hosted by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Dates: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to Sunday, March 26, 2023

Website: Virginia Festival of the Book
Phone: 434 924-7548


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.

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