As summer begins to wind down, book festival season begins to kick in high gear. Along with the promise of cooler weather, come opportunities to discover literary works from regional authors, participate in panel discussions and writing workshops, attend book signings, and support critical literacy programs in our local communities.
AJC Decatur Book Festival
When: September 1-3, 2017
Where: Decatur, Georgia
The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.
Texas Teen Book Festival
When: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Where: St. Edward’s University, Austin
The Texas Teen Book Festival is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The TTBF started as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009, when librarian Heather Schubert partnered with BookPeople to organize a gathering at Westlake High School that hosted 16 authors and 500 attendees. The event continued to grow, and in 2011-2013 was sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2014 the Fest was renamed the Texas Teen Book Festival and is currently a collaboration of the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, and a dedicated group of librarian volunteers. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual Fest takes place in the fall on the campus of St. Edward’s University.
Fall for the Book
When: October 11-14, 2017
Where: Northern Virginia
The 19th annual Fall for the Book Festival will welcome a robust list of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors, YA writers, and more at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia. This year, the festival is four days long and is partnering with the City of Fairfax’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14, to bring a day of literary and artistic events to audiences from throughout the region.
Southern Festival of Books
When: October 13-15, 2017
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
The Southern Festival of Books is a three-day festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.
The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions, and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America’s foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry, and children’s literature, among others.
Louisiana Book Festival
When: October 28, 2017
Where: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to present the 14th edition of this free, world-class literary celebration. Come join the fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, the Capitol Park Museum, and nearby locations.
Whether you enjoy puzzling over a good mystery, have a thirst for history, can’t get enough of poetry, or love to cook up some great Louisiana dishes, this national award winning event has something for every book lover.
Texas Book Festival
When: November 4-5, 2017
Where: Austin, Texas
The Texas Book Festival (TBF) began with a simple purpose: to bring authors and readers together in a celebration of literature and literacy. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush (a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas), Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996 and has grown into one of the nation’s premier annual literary events, featuring 275+ authors of the year’s best books and drawing 50,000 book lovers of all ages.
Held each fall in and around the majestic State Capitol in downtown Austin, the Festival features a rich variety of literary readings and panels, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food trucks, a YA HQ, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state and country. While remaining an important showcase for Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival hosts writers from all over the world and is honored to have a national reputation as one of the most prestigious and longest running book festivals in the country.
Miami Book Fair International
When: November 12-19, 2017
Where: Miami, Florida
The Miami Book Fair will open Sunday November 12 with the popular Evenings With… series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world.
On Friday, the Street Fair gets under way. The highlight of the Street Fair is the Festival of Authors, with more than 450 authors reading and discussing their work, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the IberoAmerican Authors Program. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help kick off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities, including theater, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children’s book authors. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured, and a new section just for kids and teens, as well as presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators.
During Street Fair weekend, November 18-20, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles.
The first Miami Book Fair, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. Since then, it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival.