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My favorite book fairs

Take time out for you. Guest BLOGGER Author Lori Armstrong shares some of her favorite book fairs with you. #Explore #YouDeserveIt

Attention avid readers, dedicated authors and successful publishers…book festivals are not what they used to be.

Many of these unique book fairs are free and offer cooking demos by celebrity chefs, literally-themed events, such as film screenings – parties, literary games, panel discussions and so much more. The days of just book signings and author readings at book fairs are something of the past.

Fast forward to today and the book festivals within the United States (I will share my favorite international book festival later in this blog).

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

In 1996 the Los Angeles Festival of Books was created to promote literacy, recognize writings and bring together authors and those who enjoy the written word. This free event is scheduled in April and offers hundreds of exhibitors & authors, activities for children with cooking events, writing seminars, author panel discussions, poetry readings, dedication area to young adults and a visit from The Los Angeles Times. This events teams up with the University of Southern California with over 140,000 in attendance every year.

Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Book Festival is another free event, sponsored by the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana Library Foundation, the Louisiana Center for the Book and other government and retail agencies. This popular book festival is celebrated one day in October in and around the State Capitol in Baton Rouge – featuring a unique fundraiser for authors along with one-on-one writing instruction to benefit future authors.

National Book Festival

The National Book Festival is a two-day event held in September at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This is a smaller event but you will be pleasantly surprised with the literary experts and over 100 authors at hand to answer your questions and provide several books available for sale. This festival has been celebrate since 2001 and again is free and open to the public.

Texas Book Festival

Former librarian, First Lady Laura Bush, established the first Texas Book Festival in 1996. She wanted to spread the joy of reading, help promote Texas authors and support the many libraries in Texas.

Through the contributions of imagination and ideas, this festival is held inside the State Capitol in Austin over a weekend in October.

This festival’s weekend attendance can reach up to 40,000 in attendance and features book signings, author panel discussions, entertainment and of course, author readings.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Coming soon…September 16-23…

The Brooklyn Book Festival is fast approaching and features one of America’s premier book festivals – also the largest free literary event in New York City.

Several well-known national and international authors as well as upcoming authors are present and featured at this magnificent book festival, which features over 300 authors and 250 book sellers.

This event transforms an indoor/outdoor literary event into a celebration with daily dedications to a Children’s Day, Festival Day and a Citywide Bookend Event Day.

Introducing The New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

The New Delhi Book Fair is a massive book fair, actually the largest book fair in South East Asia, attracting thousands in attendance every day.

The oldest book fair in India focuses on supporting the growing markets of neighboring countries with the venue at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. This worldly event is organized by the National Book Trust in India and celebrates national readership policies along with a dedication to The National Centre of Children’s Literature.

This world book fair is deserving of a link:

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the opportunities available for both readers and authors, whether you are published or not.

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