Book Festivals and Events 2023

2023 Scheduled book festivals, writers conferences, and other literary events

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January 2023

Black Ink

Black Ink Book Festival’s goal is to promote public awareness of the importance of African American contributions to American literature and public conversation. Authors will present fiction, poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, self-help, and spiritual offerings....

When: January 12 - January 14, 2023

    Where: Charleston, NC US

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 23rd Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. Join us January 15-18, 2016 at the historic Seaview Resort near Atlantic City. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from workshops in poetry,...

When: January 13 - January 16, 2023

    Where: Galloway, NJ US

Albuquerque Comicon

Albuquerque Comic Con is New Mexico's premiere pop culture event. If its January, Its Albuquerque Comic Con. We combine the brightest Comic and Media talent for one amazing weekend!~...

When: January 13 - January 15, 2023

    Where: Albuquerque, NM US

Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College

For over a decade, Writers in Paradise has helped talented writers better their craft. The intimate size and secluded location of Eckerd College allow you the time and opportunity to share your manuscripts, critique one another’s work with our award-winning faculty, and discuss the craf...

When: January 14 - January 21, 2023

    Where: St. Petersburg, FL US

Angoulême International Comics Festival

The Angoulême International Comics Festival is the second largest comics festival in Europe after the Lucca Comics & Games in Italy, and the third biggest in the world after Lucca Comics & Games and the Comiket of Japan. It has occurred every year since 1974 in Angoulême, France, in January....

When: January 26 - January 29, 2023

    Where: Angoulême, FR

Sunshine State Book Festival

Florida has an amazing literary history dating back to William Bartram nearly 250 years ago. Today, Gainesville is a leading center of literary culture and home to hundreds of writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets, many of whom you can meet at the Sunshine State Book Festival....

When: January 27 - January 28, 2023

    Where: Gainesville, FL US

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop, a center for creative writing, is a writer’s retreat based in the historic pueblo magico of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Todos Santos Writers Workshop offers craft workshops in the art of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Memoir for writers a...

When: January 28 - February 04, 2023

    Where: Baja California Sur, MX

International Kolkata Book Fair

The International Kolkata Book Fair is a winter fair in Kolkata. It is a unique book fair in the sense of not being a trade fair—the book fair is primarily for the general public rather than whole-sale distributors....

When: January 29 - February 09, 2023

    Where: Kolkata, IN

February 2023

Rancho Mirage Writers Fest

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a world-class gathering of the finest writers who contribute to the intellectual vitality of our time....

When: February 01 - February 03, 2023

    Where: Rancho Mirage, CA US

Barcelona Crime Novel Festival (BCNegra)

Barcelona, Spain is host to BCNegra, the city’s crime noir festival. This in-person festival hosts authors from the national and international literary scene. The event includes round tables, theatre and literary routes, cinema, music, and a poetry slam. The Pepe Carvalho Award is also presented d...

When: February 06 - February 12, 2023

    Where: Barcelona, ES

Perth Festival

Perth Festival is a not-for-profit multi-arts festival that brings world class performance, music, film, visual arts and literary events to Perth, Western Australia, every summer....

When: February 10 - March 05, 2023

    Where: Perth, WA AU

Literary Women Long Beach Festival of Authors

Started in 1982 the Literary Women Festival of Authors is dedicated to helping balance the field of writers. They seek to share work that may not have the stage to do so. Proceeds go to the Long Beach Public Library to purchase books that will be featured at upcoming festivals. Any bookworm will lik...

When: February 11, 2023

    Where: Long Beach, CA US

African American Children’s Book Fair

Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project, the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children’s books in the country....

When: February 11, 2023

    Where: Philadelphia, PA US

Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival

The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival is one of Vancouver’s leading cultural and literary events, attracting a large and varied audience of over 5,000 people of all ages....

When: February 11 - February 16, 2023

    Where: Vancouver, BC CA

Marrakech International Storytelling Festival

More than forty of the worlds best kown storytellers and poets will tell in languages including English, Darija and Amazigh. There will also be workshops, educational outreach, socialising and opportunities for all to learn, grow and tell....

When: February 12 - February 19, 2023

    Where: Marrakech, Morocco MA

San Miguel Writers' Conference

As the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, the San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival (SMWC) attracts prominent authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers primarily from the Un...

When: February 14 - February 18, 2023

    Where: San Miguel de Allende, GTO MX

samesame but different LGBTQI+ Writers and Readers Festival

As part of Auckland Pride, the festival offers up a plethora of literary treats including two gala events, a book launch, poetry readings, panel talks and even a zine making workshop. All events are free and provide a space to uphold queer literature and authors, and to encourage the next generation...

When: February 15 - February 19, 2023

    Where: Auckland, NZ

Savannah Book Festival

The Savannah Book Festival is an independent, nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. SBF hosts best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend event that features talks by dozens of authors. ...

When: February 16 - February 19, 2023

    Where: Savannah, GA US

Paisley Book Festival

The Paisley Book Festival has creativity and innovation at the heart of its programming, showcasing some of the best and most diverse voices being published today in Scotland and beyond....

When: February 16 - February 25, 2023

    Where: Paisley, Scotland UK

San Francisco Writers Conference

The SFWC helps writers become published authors and build professional writing careers. The SFWC presenters list includes bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses. There will be experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social m...

When: February 16 - February 19, 2023

    Where: San Francisco, CA US

Banjo Patterson Australian Poetry Festival

Join the community of Orange, NSW and its surrounding villages in a week of bush poetry events. This will be a special festival as the Rotary Club of Orange is partnering with the Australian Bush Poets Association to host the National Bush Poetry Performance Championship competition in association w...

When: February 17 - February 26, 2023

    Where: Orange, NSW AU

Amelia Island Book Festival

The annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF)has something for everyone! Whether you are a child, a teenager, a millennial or a boomer, whether you enjoy thrillers, romance, paranormal, crime, sci-fi, mysteries, biographies, fiction or non-fiction, or all of the above, there is something for you at ...

When: February 17 - February 19, 2023

    Where: Fernandina Beach, FL US

Detroit Book City Annual African-American Family Book Expo

Founded in 2017, Detroit Book City Annual A-A Family Book Expo event is Michigan’s largest independent Black book fair. We attracts hundreds of authors across the country and an extraordinary crowd of book attendees during the third week of February in Detroit. It’s an exciting one-da...

When: February 18, 2023

    Where: Southfield, MI US


GenreCon is the leading conference for genre writers, featuring an impressive line-up of leading names in Australian and international genre fiction across a spectacular weekend of panels, workshops and special events....

When: February 18 - February 19, 2023

    Where: South Brisbane, QLD AU

Granite Noir

Granite Noir is inspired by the incredible popularity of crime fiction in all its forms, by the fantastic contribution that Scottish writers make, by our love affair with Nordic Noir, on the page and on screen, and most of all inspired by Aberdeen, which is the perfect backdrop for the festival – ...

When: February 23 - February 26, 2023

    Where: Aberdeen, Scotland UK

F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival

The F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival is an engaging weekend of entertainment in the forms of film, books, author presentations, focus groups, and of course, good music....

When: February 23 - February 25, 2023

    Where: Daytona Beach, FL US

Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature

A literary festival with a theological slant, the Festival of Faith and Literature seeks to encourage a love of literature as it relates to faith, and to create a thoughtful and relaxing space in which to consider works of literature and their religious and moral themes....

When: February 24 - February 26, 2023

    Where: Oxfordshiire, England UK

Asheville Christian Writers Conference

Join us in person or virtually at the Billy Graham Conference Center for the Asheville Christian Writers Conference at The Cove. Space is limited on campus, so sign up soon. Conference prices start at $135. ...

When: February 24 - February 26, 2023

    Where: Asheville, NC US

Rose Glen Literary Festival

The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce initially created the festival in 2010 to help local authors, giving them a chance to sell books, meet readers and network. The event will feature presentations, book signings and workshops....

When: February 25, 2023

    Where: Sevierville, TN US

Jewish Book Week

Jewish Book Week is a literary festival in London, held annually in February and March, that explores Jewish literature, ideas and culture. The festival was founded in 1952 and since 2012 it has been presented at Kings Place....

When: February 26 - March 06, 2023

    Where: London, England UK

March 2023

Ennis Book Club Festival

An annual festival and social literary gathering for book club members and readers running since 2007 in Ireland’s friendliest town. A weekend of events takes place on the first weekend of March annually...

When: March 03 - March 05, 2023

    Where: Ennis, Co. Clare IE

North Texas Teen Book Festival

The NTTBF is a free book festival created to celebrate teen literature, from both Middle Grade and YA authors. Authors and readers come together for a full day of conversation, book signings, panels and readings....

When: March 03 - March 04, 2023

    Where: Irving, TX US

Dahlonega Literary Festival

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, it is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment....

When: March 04, 2023

    Where: Dahlonega, GA US

Tuscon Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the Festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. All proceeds for the Festival support local literacy programs....

When: March 04 - March 05, 2023

    Where: Tuscon, AZ US

Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

Attendees to this conference benefit from a full spectrum of educational lectures, panels, interactive workshops and special events, featuring veteran educators, industry professionals, agents and publishers focused on the craft and business of writing. Speakers are selected based on who is best sui...

When: March 04 - March 06, 2023

    Where: Los Angeles, CA US

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

There is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors ...

When: March 04 - March 04, 0023

    Where: Fort Myers, FL US

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and b...

When: March 06 - March 09, 2023

    Where: Bologna, IT

AWP Conference and Bookfair

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is the annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers of contemporary creative writing. It includes thousands of attendees, hundreds of events and bookfair exhibitors, and four days of essential literary conversation and celebration. ...

When: March 08 - March 11, 2023

    Where: Philadelphia, PA US

StAnza Poetry Festival

StAnza is Scotland’s annual international poetry festival, bringing poetry in all its forms and many languages to Scottish audiences and worldwide. Since the festival was founded by three local poets in 1998, StAnza has gained a truly international reputation. In 2021 our achievements were recogni...

When: March 08 - March 13, 2023

    Where: St Andrews, Scotland UK

Palm Beach Book Festival

The Palm Beach Book Festival is an annual gathering of NY Times, best-selling award-winning, celebrity authors, taking place in the Palm Beaches....

When: March 09 - March 11, 2023

    Where: Boca Raton, FL US

New Orleans Book Festival At Tulane

The New Orleans Book Festival will bring the world’s leading authors to Tulane University for a multi-day celebration of their works. ...

When: March 09 - March 11, 2923

    Where: New Orleans, LA US

Left Coast Crime

Left Coast Crime is a convention of fans and authors who gather during the first quarter of the calendar year in Western North America (as defined by the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii) to celebrate crime fiction. Happens annually in different cities....

When: March 16 - March 19, 2023

    Where: Tucson, AZ US

Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival (BWRF) is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, as well as promoting lifelong learning for the Brimbank community. The 10 day festival program includes workshops, author talks, panel discussio...

When: March 16 - March 25, 2023

    Where: Brimbank, VIC AU

Alderney Literary Festival

The Alderney Literary Trust promotes the enjoyment of literature on our lovely Channel Island of Alderney. Every year in the Spring, we hold The Alderney Literary Festival, a long weekend dedicated to exploring and enjoying history through books....

When: March 17 - March 19, 2023

    Where: Alderney, Channel Is GG

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. Featuring the annual Festival in March plus the year-round Shelf Life virtual event series, our programming offers something for readers of all levels and in...

When: March 22 - March 26, 2023

    Where: Charlottesville, VA US

Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is a five-day New Orleans affair for writers, readers, and theater lovers. ...

When: March 22 - March 26, 2023

    Where: New Orleans, LA US

Lichfield Literary Festival

The Lichfileld Literary Festival is an annual celebration of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more. Held in March, Lichfield Literature Festival sees writers of all styles and genres convene in the ‘creative county’ for a series of talks, workshops and other literature-related events....

When: March 23 - March 26, 2023

    Where: Lichfield, England UK

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) is an award-winning 10-day Festival held annually in March. A blended Festival of 50+ digital, outdoor and venue-based events held online and at accessible spaces in Huddersfield, HLF champions accessibility, diversity and under-represented groups....

When: March 23 - April 02, 2023

    Where: Huddersfield, England UK

Revival: Lost Southern Voices

Revival: Lost Southern Voices, a festival for readers, is a celebration of lost or underappreciated Southern writers’ work....

When: March 23 - March 25, 2023

    Where: Atlanta, GA US

Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival

An event for book lovers. Authors selling and signing their latest books in Centennial Park. Proceeds benefit the Venice Heritage Inc....

When: March 24 - March 25, 2023

    Where: Venice, FL US

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events. Held in Bowling Green, Kentucky each April, Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books....

When: March 24 - March 25, 2023

    Where: Bowling Green, KY US

Oxford Literary Festival

Oxford Literary Festival is a world-class literary event that brings together leading authors and public figures in a magnificent setting in the central university area of Oxford city each year.The festival events mostly take place around two vibrant hubs in Oxford City Centre, namely the Blackwe...

When: March 25 - April 02, 2023

    Where: Oxford, England UK

Somerset Storyfest

Somerset Storyfest is a nationally recognised youth literature organisation based on the Gold Coast. Delivering a series of literary experiences along with workshops, masterclasses and featured authors throughout the year, Storyfest nurtures emerging writers and provides opportunities for readers an...

When: March 28 - March 30, 2023

    Where: Mudgeeraba, QLD AU

Oxford Conference for the Book

Founded by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books, the Oxford Conference for the Book brings together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, artists, poets, publishers, teachers, students, and literacy advocates for three days of conversation in the literary town of Oxf...

When: March 29 - March 31, 2023

    Where: Oxford, MI US

Oracles of the Bush

Tenterfield’s Oracles of the Bush is a four day cultural event encompassing live performance of Australian Bush poetry, music and art. The timing of the event is set to coincide with Tenterfield’s brilliant autumn - April is resplendent in a cloak of red, orange, gold and yellow providin...

When: March 30 - April 02, 2023

    Where: Tenterfield, NSW AU

Newcastle Writers Festival

The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013 and was a resounding success. More than 70 writers participated in 38 sessions - half of which were free. In 2014, the festival was enhanced by the addition of a popular children’s program. More than 100 writers participated in the exte...

When: March 31 - April 02, 2023

    Where: Newcastle, NSW AU

Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

A celebration of Southern writing and culture, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival takes place in and around the charming town of New Iberia, and features authors, social events, panel discussions, and more. The popular annual gathering draws bibliophiles, arts enthusiasts, lovers of Louisia...

When: March 31 - April 02, 2023

    Where: New Iberia, LA US

April 2023

Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Five days and over one hundred events at this Irish festival of literature that features big-name authors from around the world....

When: April 03 - April 09, 2023

    Where: Galway City, Connacht IE


Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention, and one of the largest entirely volunteer-operated regional conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspect...

When: April 06 - April 09, 2023

    Where: SeaTac, WA US

Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

The Children’s Book Festival annually draws approximately 400 visitors to USM and Hattiesburg annually, including librarians, educators and fans of the genre who enjoy and benefit from the event’s programing that includes lectures and workshops featuring renowned authors and illustrators...

When: April 12 - April 14, 2023

    Where: Hattiesburg, MS US

London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels....

When: April 18 - April 20, 2023

    Where: London, England UK

Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival

Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival is a new teen book festival focused on teens and tweens of Northwest Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival is a volunteer organization made up of lovers of literature, who have come together to create a fantastic opportunity for teens from Northwest Ohio and t...

When: April 18, 2023

    Where: Rossford, OH US

Frye Festival

The Frye Festival is Canada’s only bilingual international literary festival and the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada. The Frye Festival offers the best of local, Canadian and international authors, including children’s authors, graphic novelists, storytellers, poets, playwrights, spoke...

When: April 20 - April 30, 2023

    Where: Moncton, NB CA

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

ChipLitFest has earned its reputation as one of the friendliest and most innovative festivals, bringing a wide-ranging array of writers, poets, public figures and creative people to the town and drawing large and lively audiences from a wide area....

When: April 20 - April 23, 2023

    Where: Chipping Norton, England UK

Get Lit! Literary Arts Festival

The Get Lit! Festival began in 1998 as a one-day marathon of literary readings sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press and EWU’s Department of Creative Writing. Then The Spokesman-Review lovingly called it the little literary festival that could, and they were right. By 2004, the audience...

When: April 20 - April 23, 2023

    Where: Spokane, WA US

Unbound Book Festival

Unbound is a book festival in Columbia, Missouri bringing together readers and writers to inspire a lifelong love of books and reading. ...

When: April 20 - April 23, 2023

    Where: Columbia, MO US

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists ...

When: April 22 - April 23, 2023

    Where: Los Angeles, CA US

Ohioana Book Festival

Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 140 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year....

When: April 22, 2023

    Where: Columbus, OH US

Romance Author & Reader Event RARE22

Meet a mix of traditional and self-published authors of romance fiction. Designed to connect readers and writers, RARE holds multiple events each year in cities around the world....

When: April 22 - April 23, 2023

    Where: Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Clunes Booktown Festival

In 2007 the first Booktown (Booktown for a Day) was held attracting over 6,000 visitors. Since then a two day festival, Clunes Booktown Festival has been held annually in May. Over 60 booktraders from around Australia bring stock to the town and set up shop for the weekend. Street entertainment, foo...

When: April 25 - April 26, 2023

    Where: Clunes, VIC AU

Interracial Romance Authors’ Expo

A three-day weekend bringing together and celebrating readers and authors of interracial romance. ...

When: April 27 - April 29, 2023

    Where: Daytona Beach, FL US

Chanticleer Authors Conference

The Chanticleer Authors Conference is an event unlike any other. We host a wide variety of guest speakers and experts that wow experienced authors and help new authors take their publishing game to the next level. ...

When: April 27 - April 30, 2023

    Where: Bellingham, WA US

Newburyport Literary Festival

The Newburyport Literary Association, Inc., was founded in 2005 and hosts an annual Festival that brings together readers and writers for a weekend of readings, panel discussions, and other book-related events. ...

When: April 28 - April 30, 2023

    Where: Newburyport, MA US

Annapolis Book Festival

The Annapolis Book Festival is one of the premier community events in the region. Join the Key School for activities, music, refreshments, and more. Every year thousands of people enjoy this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. The F...

When: April 29, 2023

    Where: Annapolis, MD US

Jugiong Writers’ Festival

A unique Writers’ Festival celebrating reading, writing & fun in the picturesque village of Jugiong...

When: April 29 - April 30, 2023

    Where: Jugiong, NSW AU

Llandeilo Lit Fest

Literature Festival in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, held every last weekend in April since 2017....

When: April 29 - April 30, 2023

    Where: Llandeilo, Wales UK

Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

The Festival of Literary Diversity is Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and storytellers, held in historic downtown Brampton. The FOLD provides one-of-a-kind events for kids and adults that engage readers, inspire writers, and empower educators by highlighting important and underrepresen...

When: April 30 - May 06, 2023

    Where: Brampton, ON CA

May 2023


Throughout the entire month of May, our annual literature festival, WoWFEST, offers a programme of local, national and international writers, performers, commentators and artists. ...

When: May 01 - May 31, 2023

    Where: Liverpool, England UK

Nonfiction Writers Conference

Since the Nonfiction Writers Conference began in 2010, our mission has always been to take the traditional writers’ conference experience and deliver it online. This allows more people to attend from around the world, saving valuable time and travel expenses. It also delivers powerful access to sp...

When: May 03 - May 05, 2023

    Where: Gold River, CA US

Bendigo Writers Festival

Bendigo Writers Festival gives you time out to tune in to the important things in life. Five different venues will be running hour-long sessions simultaneously throughout the day. Between sessions, you can catch up with a favourite author in the Festival Hub and browse the bookshop!...

When: May 04 - May 07, 2023

    Where: Bendigo, VIC AU

Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference

Enjoy sessions with publishing experts who can provide career-advancing knowledge. Speakers on legal issues, short stories, writing for film, editing, literary agents and publicists. Space is also provided for attendees to sell their books....

When: May 04 - May 06, 2023

    Where: Oklahoma City, OK US

Ullapool Book Festival

The first Ullapool Book Festival was held in May 2005. It was founded by a group of literary enthusiasts in Ullapool Entertainments, the local voluntary arts organisation founded in 1982.

The aim is to run an annual book festival the purpose of which is to promote and encourage the study, apprec...

When: May 05 - May 07, 2023

    Where: Ullapool, Scotland UK

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

During the first weekend of May, Salem becomes the epicenter of contemporary American poetry, offering rare opportunities to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums. The Massachusetts Poetry Festival showcases nearly 100 poetry readings and wor...

When: May 05 - May 07, 2023

    Where: Salem, MA US

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

The festival consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices - approximately twenty-four readings over three days. The Strokestown festival is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the festi...

When: May 06 - May 07, 2023

    Where: Strokestown, Co. Ros IE

Vancouver Island Children’s Book Fest

BookFest is a wonderful, fun-filled day for children and adults alike. Renowned authors and illustrators come from across Canada to present their work, tell stories about their creations and lives, and inspire youth through literature and art....

When: May 06, 2023

    Where: Nanaimo, BC CA

Montclair Literary Festival

Montclair Literary Festival is a community-wide event that aims to exchange ideas, inspire future literary works and engage with different points of view. Working closely with the Montclair Public Library, Montclair Art Museum, Watchung Booksellers and a team of local volunteers, the festival will a...

When: May 06, 2023

    Where: Montclair, NJ US

Bay Area Book Festival

We’re a world-class literary extravaganza taking place each year over two days in Downtown Berkeley. All our programming—250-300 authors on 15 stages—is accessible with one $15 pass, and our Outdoor Fair, a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and family fun, is totally free....

When: May 06 - May 07, 2023

    Where: Berkeley, CA US

Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane in September each year, as well as a year-round program of exciting events. ...

When: May 10 - May 14, 2023

    Where: Brisbane, QLD AU


CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, it gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and i...

When: May 11 - May 14, 2023

    Where: Bristol, England UK

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

Taking place in various locations in Fowey, Cornwall’s premier literary festival features a diverse range of authors, speakers, musicians, and artists. Organised by the du Maurier Festival Society, it is staged in the beautiful riverside town of Fowey, which was home to Daphne du Maurier and S...

When: May 12 - May 20, 2023

    Where: Cornwall, England UK

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival

The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is the flagship annual literature event of Arts Margaret River. It is the biggest regional literary event in Western Australia and aims to foster a love of literature and the arts within the community. Each year, the festival brings an array of thoug...

When: May 12 - May 14, 2023

    Where: Margaret River, WA AU

Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books

The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books (GPFB) showcases Pittsburgh’s historic, vital role on the national and international literary stage. Readers, writers, booksellers, publishers, critics, educators, and neighbors will connect with, learn from, and support each other. With free, diverse pro...

When: May 12 - May 13, 2023

    Where: Pittsburgh, PA US

Boswell Book Festival

The world’s only book festival dedicated to biography and memoir. Normally held at the magnificent Dumfries House, the Festival has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in Scotland and has attracted a host of writers and personalities such as Judi Dench, John Byrne, Ben Macintyre, M...

When: May 12 - May 14, 2023

    Where: Ayrshire, Scotland UK

San Antonio Book Festival

The free, daylong event is a gift to visitors and the citizens of San Antonio, bringing books to life through author presentations, innovative panel discussions, and book sales and signings. Also included in this fun day of literary entertainment are family activities such as children’s theater pe...

When: May 13, 2023

    Where: San Antonio, TX US

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Since 2002, the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has been at the heart of Alaska’s growing literary co...

When: May 13 - May 16, 2023

    Where: Homer, AK US

Auckland Writers Festival

Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o T?maki is the largest annual literary festival in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1999. It has about 200 public events each year featuring local and international writers as guests. ...

When: May 16 - May 21, 2023

    Where: Auckland, NZ

Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference

The conference features panels on current issues in biography and the craft of biography, including discussions on building suspense, getting into print, Black women’s biography, and more....

When: May 18 - May 21, 2023

    Where: Santa Fe, NM US

International Literature Festival Dublin

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent and the country’s mos...

When: May 19 - May 28, 2023

    Where: Dublin, IE

Word on the Lake Writers Festival

A major literary event bringing together writers, readers, editors and publishers in an exciting & stimulating three day festival....

When: May 19 - May 21, 2023

    Where: Salmon Arm, BC CA

Short Story Fest

Short Story Fest is an annual literary celebration held each year in May, coinciding with National Short Story Month. The purpose of the festival is to bring together readers and writers who enjoy great storytelling, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to discover for themselves the transfo...

When: May 20 - May 21, 2023

    Where: Baltimore, MD US

Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual all-day celebration of books, writers and literary excellence. ...

When: May 20, 2023

    Where: Gaithersburg, MD US

Montreal YA Fest

Montreal and Quebec’s only festival of its kind that brings authors of the Young Adult genre from across North America for a full-day interactive event....

When: May 21, 2023

    Where: Montreal, PQ CA

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Australia’s largest celebration of literature, stories, and ideas. Many events take place at Pier 4/5 and Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay. We also use other city venues including Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, Sydney Opera House and The Mint. Our regional and suburban program may include events ...

When: May 22 - May 28, 2023

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

Chipping Campden Literature Festival

A much loved literature festival in the heart of the Cotswolds and only a 20 minute drive from The Old Post Office. Our programme covers fiction, poetry, and non-fiction including biography and memoir, and we have events on royalty, spying, fraud, history, politics, celebrity, journalism, nature, ru...

When: May 22 - May 27, 2023

    Where: Chipping Campden, England UK

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference began nearly four decades ago as a spirit-filled environment where writers could move forward in their writing journey and publishing dreams. The legacy event is focused on God’s path for each writer, and the conference is dedicated to meeting ...

When: May 28 - June 01, 2023

    Where: Ridgecrest, NC US

Words on the Waves Writers Festival

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas set on the scenic Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Please join us for conversations, book signings with your favourite authors, workshops, a kids’ program and more....

When: May 31 - June 05, 2023

    Where: Umina Beach, NSW AU

June 2023

Capricorn Coast Writers Festival

The Capricorn Coast Writers Festival aims to foster the importance of books and reading by bringing together an exciting mix of authors, editors, publishers and industry professionals from all over Australia and our own community, to share their vast wealth of knowledge and passion. Join us for a ja...

When: June 02 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Yeppoon, QLD AU


The longest continuously running science fiction convention in Australia, Swancon celebrates all genres of speculative fiction with panels, discussions, and activities....

When: June 03 - June 05, 2023

    Where: Perth, WA AU

Henry Lawson Festival

The Henry Lawson Festival is an annual event held in Grenfell, NSW on the June long weekend. Grenfell is the birthplace of Henry Lawson, one of Australia’s best loved poets and writer of short stories. 2015 was the 58th year of the festival, and it was a fantastic event. ...

When: June 09 - June 12, 2023

    Where: Grenfell, NSW AU

Montgomeryshire Literary Festival

The Montgomeryshire Literary Festival celebrates writing in Wales and the Welsh borders, with an annual festival circulating through key locations in Montgomeryshire....

When: June 09 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Montgomery, Powys, Wales UK

Books by the Beach

An exciting in-person event with a fantastic programme of top authors visiting Scarborough. ...

When: June 10 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Scarborough , England UK

Dalkey Book Festival

The Dalkey Book Festival is an annual literature festival held in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, for four days in June. The festival includes 60+ events celebrating Irish and international writing, welcoming some of the world’s leading thinkers to the seaside village. ...

When: June 15 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Dalkey, co. Dublin IE

Nantucket Book Festival

The Nantucket Book Festival has established itself as a major summer destination for booklovers with impressive and eclectic line-ups of award-winning authors. The multi-day festival offers author readings, panel discussions and social events in an informal atmosphere that encourages conversations ...

When: June 15 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Nantucket, MA US

July 2023

Buxton Festival

Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals, Buxton Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.The festival features the most promising up-and-coming, and also internationa...

When: July 06 - July 23, 2023

    Where: Buxton, Derbyshire, England UK


Sleuthfest is all about writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers. Sessions will be held on the craft of writing, marketing and promoting your work, and practicing your pitch with experienced authors....

When: July 06 - July 09, 2023

    Where: Boca Raton, FL US

Newark Book Festival

Newark Book Festival (previously Books in the Castle) is a literature festival that features and celebrates a range of authors and book events from crime to history and plenty for children and families too....

When: July 06 - July 09, 2023

    Where: Newark, Nottinghamshire, England UK

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words (established in 1996) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that holds an annual literary festival the third weekend in July with 60+ events over 4 days in and around historic downtown Moose Jaw. The festival showcases literary talent from all over Ca...

When: July 13 - July 16, 2023

    Where: Moose Jaw, SK CA

Mildura Writers Festival

Held in July, the Mildura Writers Festival presents three days of words, food and wine featuring Australian and international writers. Throughout the weekend invited guests and audience members intermingle freely sharing an experience that provides thoughtful and challenging ideas about writing an...

When: July 13 - July 17, 2023

    Where: Mildura, VIC AU

Detroit Festival of Books

The Detroit Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the State of Michigan. We have vendors from all over the USA and Canada. The Bookfest is dedicated to promoting the joy of reading and the rich culture surrounding it....

When: July 16, 2023

    Where: Detroid, MI US

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival

The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, ...

When: July 20 - July 23, 2023

    Where: Harrogate, England UK

August 2023

When Words Collide

When Words Collide is an annual non-profit festival designed to bring readers and writers together in a celebration of the written word. Up to 10 tracks of programming, beginning at 1 PM on Friday and running through 5 PM Sunday, offer informational, educational, and social activities covering a wid...

When: August 04 - August 06, 2023

    Where: Calgary, AB CA

Mississippi Book Festival

The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration. Visit our Replay festival pages for highlights, pictures and videos o...

When: August 19, 2023

    Where: Jackson, MS US