Book Festivals Around the U.S.

Over time I’ll be adding more and more listings for some of the great book festivals around the United States. Local book festivals feature writing workshops, book displays, author readings, author interviews, and more.

Arizona Book Festivals

Tucson Festival of Books, 615 N Park, Room 101, Tucson AZ 85721; 520-621-0302. Email: Next festival: March 10 to 11, 2018, on the University of Arizona campus.

The Tucson Festival of Books is known for unique panels, record-breaking crowds and high-volume book sales that entice best-selling authors to attend the Festival each March. We feature authors and books in two programs – Presenting Stages and Author Pavilions.

Web info:

California Book Festivals

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California. Email: Founded in 1996. Held in April on the USC Campus in Los Angeles. Features book signings, author talks, book exhibits, and literary prizes.

Writers who wish to be considered for the Festival of Books are asked to email with:

Title of most recently published book
Brief synopsis of book
Publication date
Contact information

DC Book Festivals

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MSN 1E3, Fairfax VA 22030; 703-993-4553. Email: Web: Held in early February at the Washington DC convention center and Marriott Marquis hotel. Features 550 panel discussions, readings, meetings, and bookfair.

Florida Book Festivals

Amelia Island Book Festival

Amelia Island Book Festival, P O Box 15286, Fernandina Beach FL 32035; 904.624-1665. Email: Facebook: Generally held in February, this book festival features writers’ workshops as well as a free reader’s festival.

Florida Heritage Book Festival, P O Box 4011, St. Augustine FL 32085-4011. Email: Facebook: Founded in 2008 and held at Flagler College, this festival features a writers conference, author presentations, book signings, and an author’s marketplace.

Miami International Book Fair, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33132; 305-237-3258. Email: November 13 to 19, 2017. An annual literary festival at Miami Dade College. One of the largest book fairs in the U.S., it features book exhibitions, author readings, author presentations, a street fair, and more. Founded in 1984.

Palm Beach Book Festival, Harriet Himmel Theater, 700 S Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach FL 33401; 561-429-4008. Contact: P O Box 3069, Palm Beach FL 33480. Founded in 2015, this book festival is held in April. Features author presentations.

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Margie Byers, Festival Coordinator, Lee County Library System, Fort Myers, FL; 239-533-4826. Email: Held in March at the Fort Myers Regional Library Campus. Feature author readings, author talks, book signings, activities for children, and more.

Massachusetts Book Festivals

Nantucket Book Festival, Maddie Hjulstrom, Executive Director, P O Box 3531, Nantucket MA 02584. Email: Maddie: Author displays: June 15 to 18, 2018. Features book sales, author presentations.

We do not actively seek applications from authors wishing to attend the Festival, as we have a substantial list of authors under consideration, and limited time and space for presentations. However, we welcome author and publisher inquiries, new suggestions, and ideas.

Mississippi Book Festivals

Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson MS. Founded in 2015, this literary lawn party and book lover celebration is held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at the Mississippi State Capitol. Features over 150 authors and more than 30 panels: panel discussions, live interviews, book signings, activities for children.

Oxford Conference for the Book, James G. Thomas, Jr., Associate Director, P O Box 1848, University MS 38677; 662-915-3374. Email: Held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford in late March. Features author presentations, book signings, and more.

Storytelling Festival, Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson MS; 601-981-5469. Held during the third week in January, this festival features community storytellers, guest readers, and other live events for children.Mississippi Book Festival

Texas Book Festivals

African American Book Festival, P O Box 3313, Pflugerville TX 78691. Email: Facebook: Founded in 2006. Held June 22 and 24, 2017, at the Carver Museum and Library in Austin. Features Black history, literature, and power in the age of Black Lives Matter. Features author showcases, author readings, children’s story times, book signings, and discussions.

Texas Book Festival, Julie Wernersbach, Literary Director, 610 Brazos #200, Austin TX 78701; 512-477-4055; Fax: 512-322-0722. Email: Held in Austin on November 4 and 5, 2017. Features author speeches, book signings, book readings, book exhibits, evening gala, and more.

The Texas Book Festival typically presents approximately 250 authors, from Texas and beyond, whose books are published in the year the Festival takes place. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a panel or solo session; the Festival does not feature authors for book signings only.

Book submissions:

Texas Teen Book Festival, Shawn Mauser, Festival Director, 610 Brazos #200, Austin TX 78701; 512-477-4055; Fax: 512-322-0722. Email: Facebook: Founded in 2008. Held in Austin on October 7, 2017. Features author speeches, book signings, book exhibits, and more.

Virginia Book Festivals

Virginia Children’s Book Festival, 1166 Morton Road, Keysville VA 23947; 434-390-1962. Email: Facebook: Founded in 2015. Next event: October 19 to 21, 2017, at Longwood University. Focuses on children’s books and authors.

Our three-day festival is free and open to the public, promoting literacy and celebrating literature with author presentations, innovative panel discussions, interactive programs, and book signings.

Author Application:

Virginia Festival of the BookVirginia Festival of the Book, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903; 434-924-3296; Fax: 434-296-4714. Email:

Next festival: March 21 to 25, 2018. A five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, authors. and literary culture including author readings, book signings, children’s programs, and hands-on workshops.

Each year, we invite submissions of original, published books of fiction (all genres), nonfiction, poetry, and children’s and young adult literature. These may be submitted by authors, illustrators, or other publishing professionals:

West Virginia Book Festivals

Lewisburg Literary Festival, Lewisburg Literary Group, 905 Washington Street W #D, Lewisburg WV 24901; 888-716-5082. Email: Coming up: August 4 to 5, 2017 in downtown Lewisburg. Features author talks, writing workshops, book signings, outdoor art, children’s story time, performance art, and more.

Wisconsin Book Festivals

Wisconsin Book Festival, Conor Moran, Director, Madison Public Library Foundation, 201 W Mifflin Street, Madison WI 53703; 608-229-2081. Email: Facebook: Hosted by the Madison Public Library on November 2 to 5, 2017.

The proposal period for the 15th Anniversary Wisconsin Book Festival is officially open. We will be accepting proposals from April 1st until June 30th. All proposals should be submitted electronically by email to

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