Book Festivals and Events 2023

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

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June 2023

Ilminster Literary Festival

Although Ilminster Literary Festival is small compared with some, it’s perfectly formed! That’s helped to make it a highlight of the town’s annual cultural calendar.

Since it began in 2016, ILF has attracted enthusiastic support from the community and wide-ranging speakers from ...

When: June 01 - June 08, 2023

    Where: Ilminster, Somerset, England UK

Essex Book Festival

Each year the festival hosts 100+events in a range of venues across Essex. The Festival was established by Essex County Council in 1999 to celebrate the book in all its forms with the widest possible audiences. It has grown exponentially since then. Now recognised as one of the leading festivals of ...

When: June 01 - July 01, 2023

    Where: Essex, England UK

NT Writers Festival (NTWF)

The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival that emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, bringing people together to share story, language and culture. Held annually, the festival’s location alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. Events range from pitch sessions...

When: June 01 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Darwin/Alice Springs, NT AU

NorthWords NWT Literary Festival

A summer literary festival in Yellowknife that would support northern and Aboriginal writers by allowing them to share the stage with established writers from southern Canada. ...

When: June 01 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Yellowknife, NT CA

Book Lovers Con

Book Lovers Con is an event full of fun and laughter where readers will meet their all-time favorite authors and find new-to-you authors you never knew were missing from your collection! ...

When: June 01 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Orlando, FL US

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is an annual three-day festival that features workshops, readings, onstage presentations, and community events that celebrate emerging writers and short fiction....

When: June 02 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Wingham, ON CA

Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) is an annual celebration of literature and community held in an inspiringly beautiful place. With the San Juan Islands as our backdrop, we bring together renowned authors and avid readers, visitors and locals, for three days of panels, readings and events that highli...

When: June 02 - June 03, 2023

    Where: Eastsound, WA US

Medway River Lit

Ten days of literary events in June, with over 70 international and local best-selling authors; talks; workshops; performances; and pop-up surprises! The innovative festival will feature something for everyone with dedicated poetry, children’s literature and manga days, fantasy and sci-fi fiction...

When: June 02 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Kent, England UK

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

Washington Romance Writers Retreat and Conference

More than 20 hours of continuing education masterclasses and workshops covering craft, business, and writing life topics that can help you become a more successful author. ...

When: June 02 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Washington, DC US

Motive Crime and Mystery Festival

Canada’s newest and largest Crime & Mystery Festival. From dark family secrets, to true crime, to paranormal plotlines, MOTIVE’s in-person events spotlight many of the year’s most anticipated crime and mystery releases, followed by book signings. ...

When: June 02 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Toronto, ON CA

Cymera Festival

Cymera is Scotland’s festival of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing....

When: June 02 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Writers' Guild of Alberta Conference

We know that a writer needs to reflect, imagine, try things out, listen, go deep, get into flow--be in solitude. But writers also need time and space to meet one another, share experiences and knowledge, meet with an editor to see if they're on the right track, and to grow professionally. This ...

When: June 02 - June 04, 2023

    Where: Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, and Lethbridge, AB CA


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

Kyogle Writers Festival

A three-day festival comprising over 50 separate events including author talks, workshops, poetry readings and performances, panel discussions and lively conversation. ...

When: June 03, 2023

    Where: Kyogle, NSW AU

Orwell Festival of Political Writing

The Orwell Festival will be a space for complex debate and diversity of opinion and viewpoints, encourage creativity and clarity of expression, provide a platform for unheard voices, and defend the right to individual conscience, whilst remaining politically impartial.

When: June 06 - June 22, 2023

    Where: Bloomsbury & Online, England UK

Clarksville Writers Conference

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Council partners with the Austin Peay State University (APSU) Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission to bring acclaimed authors to town for the Annual Clarksville Writers Conference.

Join us for this fun, aff...

When: June 08 - June 09, 2023

    Where: Clarksville, TN US

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival

We are thrilled to offer fiction, poetry, nonfiction, YA book writing, screen writing, and visual storytelling workshops from an award-winning, highly published faculty. In addition, we’ll have speakers, book signings, and readings from attendees and teachers.

MHLF is a supportive, ...

When: June 09 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Harrogate, TN US

Poetry International Rotterdam

Poetry International Rotterdam presents the most noteworthy poetry of the groundbreaking great masters, alongside that of new and original poetic talents from around the world. ...

When: June 09 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Rotterdam, NL

Alibis in the Archive

An annual celebration of all things crime hosted in the Gladstone's Library in North Wales! Hosted in collaboration with the Crime Writers Association and featuring some of the best crime writers in the business, Alibis in the Archive is your chance to spend a weekend considering the best crime...

When: June 09 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Hawarden, Wales UK

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is Australia’s newest literary event. The inaugural Festival was staged in the magnificent environs of the Coffs Coast, Bellingen and Dorrigo from April, 2011. The festival is a celebration of Australian writing in all its forms and will feature many es...

When: June 09 - June 11, 2023

    Where: Bellingen, NSW 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

WCU Poetry Center Poetry and Creative Arts Festival

Working with a shared respect and understanding of craft, The Poetry and Creative Arts Festival gives poets and critics, musicians, as well as visual and performing artists opportunities to forge connections across disciplines, to delve into innovative approaches to artmaking, to engage new media an...

When: June 09 - June 11, 2023

    Where: West Chester, PA US

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

Long Song for Summer II Poetry Festival

A day-long festival organised by the87Press, F(r)ictions and Camden Art Centre, focusing on live poetry, short film, and music. It will continue to prioritise intersectionality, representation, and experimentation with form and style to bring to audiences new, profound, and exciting poetry alongside...

When: June 10, 2023

    Where: London, England UK

Queen's Reading room Festival

Set in the stunning surrounds of Hampton Court Palace, The Queen’s Reading Room Festival will be a literary event like no other. Visitors can explore the Palace on literary themed tours and tread the floors where Shakespeare once performed with his King’s Men; wander the sumptuous gardens bursti...

When: June 11, 2023

    Where: Surrey, England UK

Write-to-Publish Conference

Since 1971, Write-to-Publish has been training, inspiring and encouraging Christian writers, connecting them with editors to help them improve their craft, with publishers who are looking for good books to publish, and with literary agents who can represent them....

When: June 13 - June 16, 2023

    Where: Wheaton, IL US

Belfast Book Festival

The Belfast Book Festival is Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival and since its inception in 2010, has grown from strength to strength. Now in its 12th year, the annual June event is a unique, diverse and highly creative mix of events as we celebrate bestselling authors and award-winning p...

When: June 14 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Belfast, N Ireland UK

Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. We exist to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences. Through the flagship festiva...

When: June 14 - June 24, 2023

    Where: Melbourne, VIC AU

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


StokerCon has been a long-celebrated convention for authors of the horror genre. It is an all-inclusive event where writers of the horror world's many subgenres may convene to share ideas, pitch their new projects, and revel in their weirdness. ...

When: June 15 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Pittsburgh, PA US

Borders Book Festival

The Borders Book Festival has established itself as a key national literary and arts event. From an audience of just 400 in 2004, it now draws some 34,000 visitors to the magical Harmony Garden and its orchard in Melrose each year. Tranquil herbaceous borders, apple trees and greenhouses are sudd...

When: June 15 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Melrose, Scotland UK

Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas

Festival of Writing & Ideas brings together some of the most intriguing international minds, over a single weekend in June...

When: June 16 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Borris House, Co. Carlo IE

Deep Water Literary Festival

Readings, performances, panels, music, art installations, and pop-up happenings are all inspired by a central theme, with events unfolding across Narrowsburg for one immersive summer weekend....

When: June 16 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Narrowsburg, NY US

Willy Lit Fest

The Williamstown Literary Festival is Melbourne West's largest annual, literary festival. A weekend feast of books, ideas and conversations all in the beautiful Williamstown Town Hall and Library. ...

When: June 16 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Williiamstown, VIC AU

Palouse Writers Festival

The annual one-day writers' festival hosted by the Palouse Writers Guild offers workshops and panel discussions to registered guests during the day. In the evening, the event will open its doors to the public for Books and Brews. In this free, family-friendly event, authors participating can m...

When: June 17, 2023

    Where: Moscow, ID US

Schomburg Center Literary Festival

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora expands the center's long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. We bring together a community of book lovers and their favorite aut...

When: June 17, 2023

    Where: New York, NY US

Birchington Literary Festival

Birchington’s literary festival features a range of speakers including politicians, sport and media personalities – all of whom have literary connections. Children’s authors and illustrators will entertain younger guests throughout the weekend....

When: June 17 - June 18, 2023

    Where: Birchington, England UK

WORDS The Marlow Literary Festival

The Marlow Writer's Society hosts a Literary Festival to celebrate the spoken word. There will be a range of presenters and performances, including published authors, drama groups, choirs, and musicians. The event will run all day and into the evening....

When: June 17, 2023

    Where: Marlow, England UK

Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference

The conference features workshops, including a workshop with a focus on revision, for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; panels; and readings; as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. ...

When: June 18 - June 23, 2023

    Where: Aspen, CO US


Imagine a boot camp for your writing: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Scriptoria is a collaboration between three Christian traditions with Aquinas College, Calvin University, and Cornerstone University professors. Morning workshops, afternoon writing instruction, and evening readings will be held...

When: June 19 - June 23, 2023

    Where: Grand Rapids, MI US

Freadom Festival

The Freadom Festival, Portland’s first Black book festival, takes place on Juneteenth weekend, is dedicated to the belief that reading and books should be inclusive and accessible. The event is free and open to all to come learn the importance of Juneteenth, fellowship with a community of fellow b...

When: June 19, 2023

    Where: Portland, OR US

Annual WWA Convention

Each year WWA holds its annual convention somewhere in the American West. Members, agents, publishers, editors, and more gather together to talk shop, learn, teach, make connections, renew friendships, and listen to music....

When: June 21 - June 24, 2023

    Where: Rapid City, SD US

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

The annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference brings top agents, editors and authors together each June for a celebration of the craft of writing....

When: June 22 - June 24, 2023

    Where: Jackson Hole, WY US

Bradford Literature Festival

Bradford Literature Festival is regarded as one of the most inspiring festivals in the United Kingdom
Every year, world-renowned authors, poets, singers, and artists come to our beautiful city to share their knowledge and passions with you, the audience.
Over 300 events take place in h...

When: June 23 - July 02, 2023

    Where: Bradford, England UK

Felixstowe Book Festival

A community literary event celebrating Suffolk and bringing together renowned authors and readers. ...

When: June 24 - June 25, 2023

    Where: Felixstowe, England UK

Disquiet International Literary Program

The DISQUIET International Literary Program is a two-week program that brings writers from North America and from around the world together with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon for intensive workshops in the art and craft of writing....

When: June 25 - July 07, 2023

    Where: Lisbon, PT

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop

Established in 1968, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction. Applications are judged by a student selection committee.<br&g...

When: June 25 - August 05, 2023

    Where: San Diego, CA US

Agents & Editors Conference

The conference features presentations, panels, authors in conversation, a keynote address (including a complimentary book), and one-on-one consultations with editors and agents for fiction and creativ...

When: TBD

    Where: Austin, TX US

July 2023

Mysuru Literature Festival

Mysuru Literature Festival brings together people from all over the country for discussions, talks, and readings about literature, and writing, in English and Kannada. ...

When: July 01 - July 02, 2023

    Where: Mysuru, Karnataka IN

Penzance Literary Festival

Known for its friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community, the Penzance LitFest celebrates words in all their many forms, and welcomes contributions that will inspire, entertain and inform our enthusiastic audiences. Over four exciting days, we are bringing an eclectic selection of authors, wr...

When: July 05 - July 08, 2023

    Where: Cornwall, England UK

Read by the Sea

Read by the Sea is a summer literary festival featuring readings by outstanding Canadian authors. The three-day festival includes WordPlay, a fun-filled mini festival for children of all ages; OnWords, a brand new event for middle-grade and young adult readers; Wordstock, a series of literary and st...

When: July 06 - July 08, 2023

    Where: River John, NS CA

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

Ochre Fest

A weekend of Newfoundland books, music, art and food in Conception Bay, anchored at Ochre House Retreat....

When: July 07 - July 09, 2023

    Where: Ochre Pit Cove, NL CA


Wordplay festival in Minnesota was launched in May 2019 and it celebrated the celebrated literary community in the country with readings, conversations, writing workshops, outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, parties, and food. This festival is for anyone who enjoys and celebrates reading ...

When: July 08, 2023

    Where: Minneapolis, MN US

Port Medway Readers' Festival

Founded by Philip Slayton and Cynthia Wine, the festival was launched to introduce celebrated Canadian authors and emerging writers to a beautiful part of the world and so their friends, neighbours, and community could meet and hear from authors firsthand.

The festival brings readers ...

When: July 08 - August 12, 2023

    Where: Port Medway, NS CA

Romance Slam Jam Book Lovers’ Convention

A 3-day romance novel con celebrating diversity in publishing. Authors and Readers wanting the VIP publishing industry experience where workshop sessions are LIVE for Q&A and engagement with fellow authors, readers, and industry experts will not want to miss this romance book conference....

When: July 13 - July 15, 2023

    Where: Dallas, TX US

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

Lakefield Literary Festival

In commemoration of Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and our community’s ongoing literary heritage, the Lakefield Literary Festival showcases Canadian authors and promotes the joy of reading and writing among children and adults. Our festival is curated by a program committ...

When: July 14 - July 15, 2023

    Where: Lakefield, ON CA

Payson Book Festival

The mission of the Payson Book Festival is to enhance the love of reading by providing an environment that encourages personal interaction between readers and Arizona authors. Its goal is to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors....

When: July 15, 2023

    Where: Payson, AZ US

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

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

Denman Island, a small Gulf Islands community of 1200 people between the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, hosts the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival in July every summer. The festival is a four-day event comprised of workshops, evening panels, solo readings and paired readi...

When: July 20 - July 23, 2023

    Where: Denman Island, BC CA

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

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference covers everything mystery writers need, from developing ideas and writing skills to finding an agent and publisher. ...

When: July 21 - July 23, 2023

    Where: Corte Madera, CA US

Sun Valley Writers' Conference

The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference strives to bring together readers, writers, and artists of diverse age, background, and experience to be informed, enlightened, challenged, and inspired by a world-class literary program in the great outdoors....

When: July 22 - July 24, 2023

    Where: Ketchum, ID US

Primadonna Festival

Primadonna is a festival of books, ideas and inspiration. We have something for everyone with film, music, comedy, food, drink, DJs and therapies alongside our main programme of talks, interviews and discussions. Our line-up gives prominence to women, people of colour, LGBTQI+ and working-class peop...

When: July 28 - July 30, 2023

    Where: StowmarketSuffolk, England UK

New York City Poetry Festival

Every summer, The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, gre...

When: July 29 - July 30, 2023

    Where: New York, NY US

Catamaran Writing Conference

We invite you to transform your creative writing in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers. The conference will be held on the campus of the Robert Louis Stevenson School, and attendees will meet in the elegant Stevenson...

When: July 30 - August 03, 2023

    Where: Pebble Beach, CA US

SPARK Writing Festival

SPARK is a community based creative writing initiative by the UAB Department of English designed to spark inspiration and bring writers together. This SPARK takes on a virtual format again and features two different experiences. ...

When: July 31 - August 05, 2022

    Where: Birmingham, AL US

August 2023

Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as mentoring sessions with faculty and a talk on trends in publishing. ...

When: August 03 - August 06, 2023

    Where: Cape Cod, MA US

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


Two days of round-table discussions, speakers, networking opportunities, and the annual FAPA membership meeting. ...

When: August 04 - August 05, 2023

    Where: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace, FL US

Printed Matter Art Book Fair

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. ...

When: August 10 - August 13, 2023

    Where: New York, NY US


OutWrite is Washington, D.C.’s annual LGBTQ literary festival. Events are free and open to the public. ...

When: August 11 - August 13, 2023

    Where: Washington, DC US

National Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors, poets and illustrators with thousands of readers for book talks, panel discussions, book signings and other engaging activities. Over the course of its 20-year history, the Festival ...

When: August 12, 2023

    Where: Washington, DC US

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival is a distinctive international showcase celebrating the written word, literature and ideas. It brings leading and emerging international, British and Scottish authors and thinkers together to inspire each other and audiences in an extensive programme of public e...

When: August 12 - August 28, 2023

    Where: Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Writers at Woody Point

The Writers at Woody Point literary festival in Woody Point, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland had its inaugural season in 2004. The festival is organized and presented by Friends of Writers at Woody Point and, each year, has played to sold-out audiences. ...

When: August 15 - August 20, 2023

    Where: Woody Point, Bonne Bay, NL CA

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926, is one of the oldest and finest of its kind in the country. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures; craft classes; meetings with editors, agents, and publishers; and readings by faculty...

When: August 16 - August 26, 2023

    Where: Ripton, VT US

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

Join Canada’s longest-running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices, with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood’s heritage gardens....

When: August 17 - August 20, 2023

    Where: Sechelt, BC CA

Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference

The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference is a four-day event bringing together some of the world’s best authors, aspiring writers, agents, editors, and other industry professionals. ...

When: August 17 - August 20, 2023

    Where: Franklin, TN US

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

Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival

The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival celebrates the richness and diversity of Jewish writing. It showcases the talents of writers from around Australia and overseas who identify as Jewish or who write on Jewish themes. The SJWF was the first of its kind in Australia and is steadily becoming a ma...

When: August 24 - August 27, 2023

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

Each year, hundreds of veteran authors and those just learning the craft of Christian fiction gather in a setting like this to hear skilled instructors, inspiring keynoters…to gain from the insights of industry professionals…to interact with other writers…and to present their ideas to agents a...

When: August 24 - August 27, 2023

    Where: St. Louis, MO US

Words in Winter: Daylesford Literary Festival

Words in Winter is an annual celebration of words in all their forms, based in Daylesford. The festival shares stories and ideas by local and visiting presenters through performance, music, storytelling, comedy, poetry, talks, workshops and exhibitions. Stories as hot as today’s headlines will com...

When: August 25 - August 27, 2023

    Where: Daylesford, VIC AU

Drumshanbo Written Word Weekend

A resurrection of Drumshanbo's literary festival from 2009-20011.
Two days of talking words. Event includes A Poetry Film Competition/Short Story Writing Class/Read your Own Work Night/Masterclass Conversations. ...

When: August 25 - August 26, 2023

    Where: Drumshanbo, Connacht IE

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. Bouchercon is our annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, edito...

When: August 30 - September 03, 2023

    Where: San Diego, CA US

September 2023


The Seattle Arts Festival always has active coffee houses and a book fair spotlighting literary artists....

When: September 01 - September 03, 2023

    Where: Seattle, WA US

White County Creative Writers’ Conference

Attend workshops about writing, editing and getting published. Also featured are several writing contests, with contest awards presented during the luncheon. Tables can be booked for book sales....

When: September 02, 2023

    Where: Searcy, AR US

Chiswick Book Festival

The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. The Festival is a non-profit-making community event, raising money for three reading-related ...

When: September 06 - September 13, 2023

    Where: London, England UK

Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival

The BCLF is a celebration of culture as expressed through the pen of the storyteller and the voice of the poet. It is a platform designed to support and facilitate vibrant conversations about Caribbean identity via a series of readings of classic and contemporary stories, workshops, events and talks...

When: September 07 - September 09, 2023

    Where: Brooklyn, NY US

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Our mission is to bring together, in small, intimate settings, authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners, and learners. We are a festival of readers who appreciate discussing the ideas in literature....

When: September 07 - September 09, 2023

    Where: Burnsville, NC US

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Noirwich is about the reading and the writing of crime fiction. We explore how the genre works and where it is going, thanks to our unique connection with the University of East Anglia’s creative writing department. Our crime writing workshops provide attendees with the opportunity to enhance thei...

When: September 07 - September 09, 2023

    Where: Norwich, England UK

Society of American Travel Writers Annual Convention

The SATW annual convention alternates domestic and international destinations with opportunities for networking, professional development and exploring the location. ...

When: September 07 - September 11, 2023

    Where: San Juan, PR US


Gladfest is Gladstone Library's flagship festival. Billed as the friendliest festival on the UK literary scene, it is a different kind of event: there are no green rooms, no VIP tickets and there is no exclusivity. We aim to keep our prices affordable for anybody who wants to come, and we welco...

When: September 08 - September 09, 2023

    Where: Hawarden, Wales UK

International Agatha Christie Festival

Celebrate Agatha Christie in the place of her birth on the English Riviera. Step into the area’s outstanding literary and geological heritage. The Festival is a fantastic opportunity to delve deeper into the world of Agatha Christie both from a personal and literary perspective with events spanni...

When: September 08 - September 17, 2023

    Where: Devon, England UK

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

Founded in 1989, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community. Our mandate is to inspire, enlighten and enchant by presenting a literary festival that provides stimulating, tho...

When: September 10, 2023

    Where: Eden Mills, ON CA

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is a reader's and writer's festival that showcases some of Canada's best literary luminaries alongside talented local writers, with live events, panel discussions, and workshops. ...

When: September 11 - September 17, 2023

    Where: Nelson, BC CA

Write Around the Murray

Write around the Murray has grown considerably since its beginning in 2007. With its heart in regional Australia, the festival is an annual testament to the motivation of writers and artists in the area. A mix of established and emerging writers, both from the Albury region and further afield have t...

When: September 13 - September 17, 2023

    Where: Albury City, NSW AU

Lunenburg Lit Festival

The Lunenburg Lit Festival is a celebration of storytelling on the South Shore. There’s no better way to get inside a storyteller’s head than have them read to you. We’re very excited to be one of the only live and in person literary events of the season.

Join us this fall to e...

When: September 14 - September 16, 2023

    Where: Lunenburg, NS CA

Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival

The Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival was established in 2013 as an annual flagship event for The Women’s Club.

Named after Rose Scott, one of the founders of The Women’s Club, it seeks to honour the memory of this influential woman who used her own writing -- speeches, pamphl...

When: September 15 - September 17, 2023

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

Bloody Scotland

Priding ourselves as the literary festival where you can let down your hair and enjoy a drink at the bar with your favourite crime writer, we strive to put on entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psy...

When: September 15 - September 17, 2023

    Where: Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Rye Arts Festival

Rye’s principal annual arts event, taking place over the weekends and last two weeks in September. It has developed over the past 50 years into one of the most successful and respected small festivals of its kind, dedicated to high quality performances in music, literature, theatre and other art f...

When: September 15 - September 30, 2023

    Where: Rye, East Sussex, England UK

Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Each September, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival welcomes writers from Canada and around the world for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, book launches, and other events. With programming for adults and children, in English and in French, in the city and outside the ...

When: September 16 - September 22, 2023

    Where: Winnipeg, MB CA

Kansas Book Festival

This event, designed to celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history, will offer a variety of activities for Kansans of all ages, including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special tent with projects for children. This event is free and open to...

When: September 16, 2023

    Where: Topeka, KS US

Minnesota Children's Book Festival

Taking place at the Anderson Center’s beautiful, historic Tower View campus, the Children's Book Festival is an ideal opportunity for families to connect, learn and play. Emphasizing the joy of learning through reading and arts activities, the festival has received national acclaim for its ef...

When: September 16, 2023

    Where: Red Wing, MN US

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, set up in 2008, is now one of the leading cultural events in Devon and the South West. Set on the stunning Jurassic Coast, we run five days of events in September featuring some of the most exciting writers, thinkers, experts and opinion-formers, as well as ...

When: September 20 - September 24, 2023

    Where: East Devon, England UK

Washington Island Literary Festival

The Washington Island Literary Festival is a moveable feast of writing, reading, discussion, and thought about the written word. Writers’ workshops, author panels and presentations, readings and parties are scheduled at various quaint, historic and beautiful venues around the Island.Participant...

When: September 21 - September 23, 2023

    Where: Washington Island, WI US

InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship Fall Conference

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship sponsors and hosts a three-day conference every year in September. Fall Conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration, motivation, and to learn more about the craft of writing. Each year InScribe is pleased to feature a seasoned aut...

When: September 21 - September 23, 2023

    Where: Edmonton, AB CA

ANWA Writers Conference

The American Night Writers Association (ANWA) is a network for writers who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The annual ANWA Time Out for Writers Conference is a 2 1/2 day professional conference for writers of all levels, from beginner to best-selling author. Whether you...

When: September 21 - September 23, 2023

    Where: Mesa, AZ US

North Cornwall Book Festival

North Cornwall Book Festival brings together readers and writers (and a few choice musicians) for a half term holiday of literature, narrative, craft, workshops and concerts in a site of outstanding beauty between the holiday resort of Polzeath and the fishing community of Port Isaac....

When: September 21 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Cornwall, England UK

Toronto International Festival of Authors

The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable cultural organization. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to play...

When: September 21 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Toronto, ON CA

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

For 2021, the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a two-day gathering of nationally known presenters with Festival attendees for a celebration of books, and the stories that make them great. ...

When: September 22 - September 25, 2023

    Where: Harbor Springs, MI US

WriteNow! Conference

Renowned experts will take the mystery out of getting published and becoming a best-selling author, in any genre. This extraordinary event is open to authors, aspiring writers, and fans alike. ...

When: September 22 - September 23, 2023

    Where: Phoenix, AZ US

Latinx Kidlit Book Festival

The Latinx Kidlit Book Festival is a virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators and book lovers everywhere. The festival will present two free days of panels, craft sessions and illustrator draw-offs with your favorite Latinx authors and illustr...

When: September 22 - October 13, 2023

    Where: , NM US

Wine Country Writers’ Festival

The Wine Country Writer’s Festival, located in Penticton, B.C. combines your love of the written word with the beauty, inspiration, and stunning backdrop that is the South Okanagan. ...

When: September 22 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Penticton, BC CA

Wigtown Book Festival

Each autumn, the Wigtown Book Festival welcomes a whole host of visitors over the course of its 10 day book festival. Since the first Wigtown Book Festival in 1999, we have expanded to become an energetic arts organisation working through the year to deliver a programme of literature development act...

When: September 22 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Wigtown, Scotland UK

Boston Book Festival

We have a full schedule of events ranging from poetry to chicklit, from children’s books to historical fiction, and everything in between. There’s bound to be something to suit you, whether you are an avid reader, or just read when you are on an aeroplane on your way to the sun. Come and meet th...

When: September 22 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Boston, Lincolnshire, England UK

Milford Readers and Writers Festival

The Milford Readers and Writers Festival aims to inspire and ignite conversations between people who love to read books and people who write them....

When: September 22 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Milford, PA US

Cabot Trail Writers Festival

Every fall, as the Highlands blaze with autumn colour, writers and readers from across the country may be found in the heart of Cape Breton for a three-day celebration of the written word. Here, at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay, we put aside all pretension for a sincere and wholehearted cele...

When: September 22 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Sydney, NS CA

Telling Tales Festival

We are proud to host a festival, produce a reading list and more, where homegrown Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers are spotlighted and given the opportunity to connect with fans and new audiences. ...

When: September 23 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Hamilton, ON CA

Word on the Street Lethbridge

Since 2011, The Word On The Street Lethbridge has proudly hosted a wide and diverse range of literary talent from across Canada. This signature event in southern Alberta presents established and emerging authors, storytellers, workshops,and other online activities. It may look and feel a bit differ...

When: September 23, 2023

    Where: Lethbridge, AB CA

Prairie Comics Market

Prairie Comics Market is a free to attend one-day market in Winnipeg celebrating the best in comics creation on the prairies! This market will provide a space for creators of comic content, including artists, writers, craft-makers and publishers, to interact with fans, promote their material, sel...

When: September 23 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Winnipeg, MB CA

Broadleaf Writers Conference

A two-day conference including panels and workshops, pitch sessions, mentoring, speakers, open storytelling hour, and networking opportunities. ...

When: September 23 - September 24, 2023

    Where: Decatur, GA US

Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy a...

When: September 24 - October 02, 2023

    Where: Brooklyn, NY US

Six Bridges Book Festival

The Festival features more than 70 award-winning and bestselling authors representing genres from history to graphic novels, from fantasy to romance, from children’s books to thrillers. Most events are free and virtual, accessible via Zoom. ...

When: September 25 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Little Rock, AR US

Kingston WritersFest

Kingston WritersFest, a charitable cultural organization, brings the best of contemporary writers to Kingston to interact with audiences and other artists for mutual inspiration, education, and the exchange of ideas that literature provokes. Through readings, performance, onstage discussion and m...

When: September 27 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Kingston, ON CA

Marlborough Literature Festival

We celebrate the best of writing and literature during our annual festival held in the beautiful market town of Marlborough. Over the years we’ve had terrific authors such as Lionel Shriver, Howard Jacobson, Alexander McCall Smith, Fay Weldon and Michael Morpurgo. However its not all about...

When: September 28 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Marlborough, England UK

Capital Crime

Our fresh and innovative festival programme features leading crime and thriller creatives. Capital Crime welcomes some of the world’s favourite authors and filmmakers to London. We bring the best of everything crime and thriller to fans....

When: September 28 - September 30, 2023

    Where: London, England UK

Ness Book Fest

Inverness-based book festival that features emerging voices as well as big names in a free programme of events. ...

When: September 28 - September 30, 2023

    Where: Inverness, Scotland UK

Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)

The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is a celebration of the written word in all its many forms, with a schedule full of writer talks, workshops and interactive events. The festival events are held at various locations throughout Marathon, Portage and Wood counties...

When: September 29 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Wausau, WI US

Whanganui Literary Festival

A vibrant writers and readers’ festival held every second year attracting and hosting national and international guests. Bus tours, writers talks, poetry and book groups and fairs all to satisfy avid readers held in iconic venues throughout the city....

When: September 29 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Whanganui, NZ

Bookmarked Literary Festival

Bookmarked serves as an event that connects local writers to local readers through readings and book fairs, and encourages neighbors to discover their new favorite writers and authors right here in Fremont County. It introduces the county’s numerous writers to each other. And it celebrates the art...

When: September 29 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Lander, WY US

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

Held in the heart of Dunedin, produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, the festival includes workshops, performances, panel discussions, and bookish social festivities. We join playwrights and poets; comedians and historians; critics and consciences in the sixth annual NZ Young Writers Festival. B...

When: September 29 - October 02, 2023

    Where: Dunedin, NZ

National Young Writers’ Festival

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) occurs annually in the city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, over the New South Wales’ Labour Day Holiday Weekend in late September/early October. ...

When: September 29 - October 02, 2023

    Where: Newcastle, NSW AU


The annual Canberra speculative fiction conference features panel discussions, books launches and author talks. ...

When: September 29 - October 02, 2023

    Where: Canberra, ACT AU

AJC Decatur Book Festival

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, autho...

When: September 30 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Decatur, GA US

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival

The Chappaqua Children's Book Festival is the largest annual children’s book festival in the tristate region. A free outdoor festival with authors, food trucks, entertainment and more....

When: September 30, 2023

    Where: Chappaqua, NY US

Henley Literary Festival

Henley Literary Festival is established as one of the UK’s biggest book festivals. The 2019 festival was our biggest yet with 170 events for adults and children. The line-up included former Prime Minister Theresa May, comedian Paul Merton, cookery legend Mary Berry, England’s greatest batsman Si...

When: September 30 - October 08, 2023

    Where: Henley-on-Thames, England UK

Cliveden Literary Festival

Established in 2017, the Festival has featured a stellar international cast of novelists, historians, screenwriters, film directors, actors, spies, generals and politicians. Hailed by Alain de Botton as ‘the most dignified and beautiful literature festival on the planet’ and described by Ian McE...

When: September 30 - October 01, 2023

    Where: Cliveden,, England UK

Writers Unleashed - Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival

The Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival, known as Writers’ Unleashed, is a growing community and literary event. With a strong focus on the promotion and support of Australian writers and publisher...

When: TBD

    Where: Gymea, NSW AU

Write! Canada

Write! Canada is an annual three-day meeting of Christian writers that takes place in Guelph, Ontario. Write! Canada offers an opportunity for writers to attend seminars, speak with literary agents an...

When: TBD

    Where: Guelph, ON CA

October 2023

Orange County Children's Book Festival

There really is something for children of all ages to experience at the Orange County Children's Book Festival. We know you'll find our numerous book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. You will also be able to buy books too! Newest selections and perso...

When: October 01, 2023

    Where: Costa Mesa, CA US

New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference

The Fall Conference is NEIBA’s largest event, attracting 600+ booksellers from the six states of New England, as well as parts of New York, and 50+ exhibitors from coast to coast. Attendees travel from across the region to meet authors, collaborate with publishing partners, seek out new vendors, a...

When: October 03 - October 05, 2023

    Where: Providence, RI US

Birmingham Literature Festival

The annual event is a project run by Writing West Midlands, the literature development agency for the region, and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation. Taking place every year in October, the Birmingham Literature Festival is a leading festival in the Midlands, showcasing the v...

When: October 04 - October 08, 2023

    Where: Birmingham, England UK

UEA Live

The University of East Anglia’s first literary festival took place in 1991 and over the last twenty two years we have welcomed a host of award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators, scientists, economists, broadcasters and more. ...

When: October 04 - December 06, 2023

    Where: Norwich, England UK


Litquake is San Francisco's nine-day literary festival for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. ...

When: October 05 - October 21, 2023

    Where: San Francisco, CA US

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival is the world’s first literature festival, leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of b...

When: October 06, 2023

    Where: Cheltenham, England UK

Collingswood Book Festival

Every autumn, the thrill of reading blooms when bibliophiles converge in this historic South Jersey town. The Collingswood Book Festival is a big literary event that exudes small-town, friendly ambience. In a typical year, festival-goers have an opportunity to stroll more than six blocks of the main...

When: October 07, 2023

    Where: Collingswood, NJ US

Murder One

Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival held in November every year with feature events across the summer. ...

When: October 07 - October 08, 2023

    Where: Dublin, IE

Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City is a City of Literature for many reasons: The wonderful writing programs at the University of Iowa, our small presses and magazines, our wonderful libraries, our bookstores, and amenities like the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk. The Iowa City Book Festival is organized by the Iowa City UNESC...

When: October 09 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Iowa City, IA US

Wordfest Imaginarium

Calgary's top destination for connecting audiences with the world's best writers. Discover our artists through an exceptional range of experiences — from talk-show style conversations, variety shows, storytelling and more. Wordfest's Imaginarium features authors and literary stars i...

When: October 11 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Calgary, AB CA

Thame Arts and Literature Festival

The Thame Arts and Literature Festival is an inclusive, community-driven arts and literature festival that takes place in the picturesque market town of Thame. Events will include Author Talks, Music, Literature, Plays, Readings, Debates and much more, plus several special events for younger readers...

When: October 11 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Thame, England UK

Whistler Writers Festival

This is an annual event in Whistler, which WWS started in 2002. It is a multi-venue, multi-artist, multi-day event. The program includes short seminars on various topics, a Masters workshop series for new and emerging writers on various topics of craft (e.g., writing the young adult novel, travel wr...

When: October 12 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Whistler, BC CA

Bookfest Festival du Livre Windsor

BookFest Windsor is an annual literary festival by Literary Arts Windsor. Join us for a stellar & diverse lineup of authors from across Canada! Celebrate our 20th year of presenting the best in contemporary literature. All online and easily accessible. ...

When: October 12 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Windsor, ON CA

Litfest Alberta

LitFest is a celebration, a moveable feast of nonfiction. We don’t just sit around and read books (although we do that too). At LitFest, books about real life come off the page. Avid readers connect with writers through a series of live events, great conversations, and exciting gatherings for ...

When: October 12 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Edmonton, AB CA

The Coast is Queer

Bringing together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers for a weekend of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances to celebrate queer lives and writing.

When: October 12 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Brighton and Hove, England UK

Knowlton Literary Festival

The Knowlton Literary Festival, a three to four day festival held each October, involves the community in celebrating English language literature, particularly that written by fellow Canadians. The Festival includes presentations by published writers from across Canada and beyond, including author i...

When: October 12 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Knowlton, PQ CA

Berwick Literary Festival

Berwick Literary Festival – The Friendly Festival in a Walled Town is a celebration of words, written spoken and performed which takes place in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland yearly in October. ...

When: October 12 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England UK

Brattleboro Literary Festival

The Festival is a three-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are free and o...

When: October 13 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Brattleboro, VT US

Durham Book Festival

The North East’s biggest literary event. Author talks, readings, performances, new commissions and the announcement of the Gordon Burn Prize. ...

When: October 13 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Durham, England UK


Can*Con is Ottawa’s conference for readers and writers of Speculative Arts & Literature. ...

When: October 13 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Ottawa, ON CA

Saratoga Book Festival

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to a festival filled with fascinating book talks, author readings, panel discussions, family fun, and performances, all designed to encourage and celebrate a love of reading....

When: October 13 - October 15, 2023

    Where: Saratoga Springs, NY US

Boston Book Festival

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight,
and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city. ...

When: October 14, 2023

    Where: Boston, MA US

Twin Cities Book Festival

Twin Cities Book Festival, one of the biggest gatherings of book lovers in the state, celebrates its 20th anniversary with everyone returning in person to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Presented by Rain Taxi Review, the festival is free, and there is plent...

When: October 14, 2023

    Where: St Paul, MN US

Cat Writers Association Virtual Conference

A fun, educational virtual conference for cat communicators, with various speakers over two days on everything from writing cats into fiction to self-publishing and media relations. ...

When: October 14 - October 15, 2023

    Where: St Louis, MO US

Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations. All of the Festival venues are located on Granville Island. ...

When: October 16 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Vancouver, BC CA

Falmouth Book Festival

Falmouth Book Festival is more than just another book festival. We want to reach out into the local community: into primary and secondary schools, clubs and organisations, and to local businesses - in fact, to anyone who wants to get involved. There will be events with authors in conversation, prese...

When: October 16 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Falmouth, England UK

Red Line Book Festival

Held in October each year, the Red Line Book Festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. The festival takes place in various venues across South Dublin County and is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

When: October 16 - October 22, 2023

    Where: South Dublin County, IE

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Southeast Asia’s largest & most exciting literary event. ...

When: October 18 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Ubud, Bali ID

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is the most comprehensive professional development conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres - from beginners to experts- the opportunity to hone their craft....

When: October 18 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Surrey, BC CA

West Coast Christian Writers Conference

West Coast Christian Writers Conference is an online conference, with keynote sessions, workshops, coaching groups, and appointments for writers at all levels...

When: October 18 - October 20, 2023

    Where: Brentwood, CA US

Harrisburg Book Festival

The Harrisburg Book Festival is proudly hosted by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Celebrating the power of storytelling, the festival aims to amplify and promote literature for all ages, and to build a community of readers, writers, and life-long learners in our city. ...

When: October 18 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Harrisburg, PA US

Wisconsin Book Festival

The Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, presents free, public author events that celebrate books and spark conversations. Each year, the festival creates a robust schedule of accomplished and new writers whose fiction, n...

When: October 19 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Madison, WI US

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars are invited to present their work. A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize. ...

When: October 19 - October 21, 2023

    Where: Columbus, MS US

Word: Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival

Word was started in 2017 by a group of community members to celebrate the rich literary culture of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Not only is Blue Hill home to many fine writers in all genres, it is a community of passionate readers who support the creative work of authors, poets, artists, musicians and c...

When: October 19 - October 22, 2023

    Where: Blue Hill, ME US

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, picked by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the UK’s Best Literary Festivals, has become the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit thanks to its stellar line up of literary names in a beautifully intimate setting....

When: October 19 - October 22, 2023

    Where: North Yorkshire, England UK

Southern Festival of Books

A three-day literary event, welcoming more than 20,000 visitors and over 200 guest authors. Festival goers enjoy book signings and panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, exhibitors from across the nation, and more. I...

When: October 20, 2023

    Where: Nashville, TN US

Las Vegas Book Festival

The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada. Our annual celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word is free and open to the public....

When: October 21, 2023

    Where: Las Vegas, NV US

West Virginia Book Festival

The West Virginia Book Festival is a gathering of authors, vendors, publicists and readers who are enthusiastic about the power of the written word. ...

When: October 21, 2023

    Where: Charleston, WV US

Kentucky Book Festival

A program of Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Festival (formerly Kentucky Book Fair) is the first and largest book festival in the Commonwealth. Festival events seek to connect book-lovers and authors, spark engaging conversations, and empower readers by providing access to new books as well a...

When: October 21, 2023

    Where: Lexington, KY US

Tremont Writers Conference

Join renowned authors and professional park educators for a writers conference like no other set on a lush, secluded campus nestled within America’s most-visited national park. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont partners with Great Smoky Mountains Association to bring this five-day intensi...

When: October 25 - October 29, 2023

    Where: Townsend, TN US

Medical Writing & Communication Conference

AMWA's annual conference offers an innovative and dynamic approach to learning and connects you with colleagues in the medical communication industry.

The conference offers :
Unlimited access to education sessions by subject matter experts in a variety of content areas;

When: October 25 - October 28, 2023

    Where: Baltimore, MD US


Since 2010, this community-focused conference has brought some of the biggest names in the sci-fi, fantasy and gaming world to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is the hub of the Maritimes and we think it’s the perfect backdrop for Atlantic Canada’s biggest sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention.

When: October 27 - October 29, 2023

    Where: Halifax, NS CA

Bram Stoker Festival

Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events in Dublin. Get ready for four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures as Dublin gets gloriously gothic....

When: October 27 - October 30, 2023

    Where: Dublin, Leinster IE

Wells Festival of Literature

The Wells Festival aims to promote the enjoyment and excitement of books and to encourage a love of the written word by bringing to Wells a wide range of international, national and local writers to entertain, challenge, inspire and inform audiences of all ages and tastes. This extensive selection o...

When: October 27 - November 04, 2023

    Where: Wells, Somerset, England UK

International Istanbul Book Fair

The Istanbul Book Fair is Turkey’s largest book event, held annually since 1982. It boasts visits by both regional and international authors and publishers, and a wide attendance by the reading public....

When: October 28 - December 05, 2023

    Where: Istanbul, TR

Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Book Festival is a free, nationally recognized literary event that typically takes place live and in-person around Capitol Park in Baton Rouge. The festival offers you a chance to see exceptional writers, find new books to read, and enjoy some thought-provoking presentations....

When: October 28, 2023

    Where: Baton Rouge, LA US

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

We’re bringing films and stories of adventure and exploration from around the world to our newly renovated Jenny Belzberg Theatre at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. ...

When: October 28 - November 05, 2023

    Where: Banff, AB CA

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival (TARWF) is Australia’s southern-most literary festival, a celebration of books, writing and community in the glorious Huon Valley, Tasmania....

When: October 28 - October 29, 2023

    Where: Huon Valley, TAS AU

Abuja Literary and Arts Festival

The Festival program includes a series of workshops (poetry, fiction and screenwriting), a bootcamp for creatives, a roundtable on data availability in the creative space, a poetry grandslam competiti...

When: TBD

    Where: Abuja, NG

Fall for the Book Festival

Based at George Mason University, the Fall for the Book festival will be held October 12-15. All events and activities are free and open to the public. Our past events have included headlining authors...

When: TBD

    Where: Fairfax, VA US

StarFest: St. Albert Readers Festival

STARFest Readers Festival has events and conversations to connect with every reader, with bestselling, award-winning authors bringing comedy, drama, thrills and chills, romance, fantasy, and history....

When: TBD

    Where: St. Albert, AB CA

Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Since the first event in 2014, the biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers and speakers to share their unique insights into the written word. No genre is off ...

When: TBD

    Where: Grindelwald, TAS AU

Dodge Poetry Festival

The Dodge Poetry Festival is widely acknowledged as the largest poetry event in North America, representing the most eminent poets from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These four-day celebrati...

When: TBD

    Where: Newark, NJ US

South Texas Book Festival

STBF combines literacy (regional and national authors) and children’s entertainment in a festive atmosphere that promotes a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. The festival is free and open to t...

When: TBD

    Where: McAllen, TX US

Wild Writers Literary Festival

A weekend celebration of literature, with panels, conversations, writers' craft classes and mentorships, and a chance to allow established and emerging Canadian writers to share their writing an...

When: TBD

    Where: Waterloo, ON CA

Rostrevor Literary Festival

Rostrevor Literary Festival is a free event bringing together a diverse range or writers and poets in a special programme....

When: TBD

    Where: Rostrevor, Co Down, N Ireland UK

November 2023

Words Fest

During the first weekend of November each year, Words brings the Southwestern Ontario region together for a celebration of creative ideas, artistic expression, and cultural diversity. Words features emerging and established writers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and provocativ...

When: November 01 - November 04, 2023

    Where: London, ON CA

Burlington Literary Festival

During this month-long celebration of literature, we welcome authors, celebrate books, and (virtually) visit with local and national literary treasures....

When: November 01 - November 30, 2023

    Where: Burlington, ON CA

Afterwords Literary Festival

The AfterWords Literary Festival brings the best international, Canadian and Atlantic Canadian writers together in Halifax ...

When: November 01 - November 05, 2023

    Where: Halifax, NS CA

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival is an intimate three-day celebration of the literary arts. The festival features some of Canada’s most celebrated authors, poets, playwrights, and songwriters. Wordstock Sudbury creates opportunities for vital conversations that challenge assumptions, explore di...

When: November 02 - November 04, 2023

    Where: Sudbury, ON CA

Great Lakes Writers Festival

The two-day long festival features two renowned writers who will be reading their works, conducting workshops, Q&A sessions, meetings, and so much more. This festival is a great opportunity for Muskies to explore creative writing and discover their hidden passions. ...

When: November 02 - November 03, 2023

    Where: Sheboygan, WI US

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

The annual Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books includes many authors and artists under one roof with panelists, keynote addresses, presentations, signings, music and food. ...

When: November 03 - November 04, 2023

    Where: Waukesha, WI US

Charleston Literary Festival

Since its founding in 2017, the Charleston Literary Festival has become an integral part of the cultural landscape in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. In just a few short years, the festival has gained a reputation for including a diverse range of distinguished speakers, some of wh...

When: November 03 - November 12, 2023

    Where: Charleston, SC US

Lubbock Book Festival

This free, two-day long Lubbock Book Festival connects authors and readers through an exciting event to celebrate literacy, creativity, and the written word. We will have book sales, author signings, engaging panels, creative workshops, family-fun activities, and so much more. ...

When: November 04 - November 05, 2023

    Where: Lubbock, TX US

Portland Book Festival

Launched in 2005 under the name Wordstock, the Portland Book Festival came under the Literary Arts umbrella in 2014 and relaunched in 2015 with more than 80 authors in attendance. Since then, the number of presenters, venues, and pop-ups has continued to grow to accommodate its increasing popularity...

When: November 04, 2023

    Where: Portland, OR US

Bridport Literary Festival

This vibrant annual festival brings a variety of authors to different venues in and around Bridport. Perfect for all book lovers, the festival has a wide literary range, from nationally acclaimed and prize-winning authors, to local gems who represent the creative community of West Dorset. Speakers i...

When: November 05 - November 11, 2023

    Where: Bridport, England UK

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006. The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicizing and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors –...

When: November 08 - November 12, 2023

    Where: Dublin, Leinster IE

Stroud Book Festival

Stroud Book Festival celebrates all things books. Headed up by a team of local authors, literary and cultural professionals, and with Ian McEwan as patron, the festival presents a creative programme of high-quality, entertaining and thought-provoking events to engage this vibrant local community. St...

When: November 08 - November 12, 2023

    Where: Stroud, England UK

Bluegrass Writers Coalition Festival of Books

The Bluegrass Writers Coalition is a group of local authors from Central Kentucky with the aim of promoting different genres of literature throughout the state. Each year, they hold an annual Festival of Books which gives visitors the opportunity to meet authors, talk about their books, and buy auto...

When: November 09, 2023

    Where: Frankfort, KY US

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival is honored to be one of the largest and most prestigious literary events in the nation, typically welcoming 50,000 people from around the state, spread throughout the grounds of the State Capitol and along Austin’s iconic Congress Avenue. ...

When: November 11 - November 12, 2023

    Where: Austin, TX US

Miami Bookfair International

The Miami Book Fair International Presented by The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest literary event. ...

When: November 12 - November 19, 2023

    Where: Miami, FL US

Iceland Noir

Over the course of our festival weekend, it will be our absolute pleasure to play host to some of the biggest names in the international crime fiction community....

When: November 15 - November 18, 2023

    Where: Reykjavik, IS

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is an annual event that explores what crime can tell us about human beings today and in the past. Speakers include writers, reporters and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists. ...

When: November 16 - November 19, 2023

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

Bluffton Book Festival

Raising literacy levels in the Southeast Region. Bringing awareness to literary talent while raising money for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation & The Literacy Center. ...

When: November 16 - November 18, 2023

    Where: Bluffton, SC US

Dingle Literary Festival

The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and Engli...

When: November 17 - November 19, 2023

    Where: Dingle, Co. Kerry IE

Northampton Book & Arts Fair

Readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers, as well as book arts demonstrations ...

When: November 25, 2023

    Where: Northampton, PA US

Tidelines Book Festival

Tidelines Book Festival aims to cater for all age groups and many different interests, including fiction and non-fiction. In parallel with the festival we run a dedicated schools programme, bringing authors and their books to children and young people. We are the only independent Book Festival in No...

When: November 25 - November 26, 2023

    Where: Irvine, Ayreshire, Scotland UK

Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival

Traditionally held at the Cove Burgh Hall, the festival brings renowned authors to a local audience, and usually runs over a weekend in November. ...

When: November 25 - November 26, 2023

    Where: Helensburgh, Scotland UK

Life To Paper Book Festival

For the month of November, we transform the Historic Buena Vista East Historic Neighborhood into a book lovers dream. Join us at the Book Festival and browse the market, gather, connect, meet authors...

When: TBD

    Where: Miami, FL US

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival

The Jewish Book Festival brings a showcase of Jewish authors and books to our community. We strive to enrich and engage the members of our community and provide opportunities to come together for educ...

When: TBD

    Where: Naples, FL US

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference focuses on women writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors, and beyond. Our goal is to prov...

When: TBD

    Where: Conway, AR US

Mountain Writers Festival

The Mountain Writers Festival is a weekend writers festival, produced by the Macedon Ranges Literary Association (MRLA). We are excited to be bringing a world-class literary event to this spectacular...

When: TBD

    Where: Macedon Ranges, VIC AU

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas during early November, with additional author events year-round. The range of author topics is vast: business, ...

When: TBD

    Where: St. Louis, MO US

Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival

Hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, the annual celebration of literary talent includes author talks and cultural demonstrations....

When: TBD

    Where: Ann Arbor, MI US

Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

The Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival features a stellar lineup of Australia’s best writers of books, poetry, TV and plays....

When: TBD

    Where: Bowral, NSW AU

FOLD Kids Book Festival

Celebrating a diverse array of Canadian children’s literature through events specifically designed for kids, families, and educators....

When: TBD

    Where: Brampton, ON CA

Cleveland Jewish Book Festival

This annual festival celebrates Jewish authors, books and ideas. Featuring books written by nationally and internationally acclaimed authors, participants will hear the stories behind a broad range of...

When: TBD

    Where: Beachwood, OH US

Louder than Words Festival

A literary festival celebrating the best in music publishing and published words in music. As well as hearing stories from these incredible personalities, the Festival also offers a unique chance to g...

When: TBD

    Where: Manchester, England UK

YALLFest Charleston Young Adult Book Festival

YALLFest is a Young Adult book festival hosted by Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, South Carolina. YALLFest signings, panels, and other events take place at the bookstore as well as at other venues t...

When: TBD

    Where: Charleston, SC US

Tottenham Literature Festival

The Tottenham Literature Festival is a bold new event aimed at celebrating Black writers and distinctive children’s literature and it’s taking place right in the heart of one of London’s most di...

When: TBD

    Where: London, England UK

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is Australia’s only national literary event with a dedicated focus on non-fiction writing and ideas. The program will explore non-fiction across a range o...

When: TBD

    Where: Geelong, VIC AU

Infusion Young Adult Book Festival

Taking Vancouver over one book at a time! Welcome to INFUSION YA Book Festival. A space where our community of YA Book Lovers can come together and celebrate all things YA! ...

When: TBD

    Where: Vancouver, BC CA

Words the Orangeville Way

Join the Orangeville Public Library in partnership with BookLore as we present an afternoon looking back to the past. The 2022 Words the Orangeville Way literary lineup infuses local and history. Oran...

When: TBD

    Where: Orangeville, ON CA

December 2023

Mesa Book Festival

An annual book festival produced by the Mesa-based literary non-profit Anthology, Inc. in partnership with the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts. This new exciting event will feature local authors, 100 booths of great reading opportunities and programming for readers of all ages. All events are fre...

When: December 16, 2023

    Where: Mesa, AZ US

Crater Literary Festival

Crater Literary Festival celebrates and promotes literature and budding literary creators, with particular reference to South East Nigeria. ...

When: TBD

    Where: Enugu, NG