It’s hard to think about fall in the middle of July. However, if you’re thinking of traveling to a book festival, now is the time to start planning. Here’s a partial list of book fairs and festivals across the country that will whet your appetite, along with a bit of information from their Web sites. Not all have their schedules completed.
Decatur Book Festival www.decaturbookfestival.com/2010/index.php
September 3-5 2010, Decatur, Georgia
An annual, free book festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia at several venues located in and around the downtown Decatur Square. Conceived in 2005 and launched in 2006, the festival brings more than 300 authors to Decatur for the holiday weekend. The authors give readings, talks, and panel discussions. The event is free and open to the public. Will feature Jonathan Franzen, National Book Award-winning author of “The Corrections;” Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series; and Joyce Maynard, author of “To Die For.”
Brooklyn Book Festival www.brooklynbookfestival.org
September 12, 2010
In celebration of the Festival’s fifth anniversary, the Brooklyn Book Festival “Bookends” Partnership—made up of cultural institutions and performance venues—will present literary-themed events throughout Brooklyn on Friday, September 10; Saturday, September 11; and the day of the Book Festival on Sunday the 12th. Notable authors scheduled to participate in the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival include Russell Banks, Michael Connelly, Paul Krugman, Joyce Carol Oates, Lauren Oliver, Esmeralda Santiago, Jon Scieszka, Rebecca Stead, Colson Whitehead and Jacqueline Woodson.
National Book Festival www.loc.gov/bookfest
Saturday, Sept. 25, Washington, D.C.
The 10th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 7th streets from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Book Festival www.wisconsinbookfestival.org
September 29-Oct 3 Madison, Wisconsin
This unique event inspires book lovers from across the region to spend a weekend in downtown Madison and transforms State Street into a vast, public literary salon. This year’s festival will explore the theme of BELIEFS
Southern Festival of Books www.decaturbookfestival.com/2010/index.php
October 8-10 in Nashville, Tennessee
The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America’s foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children’s literature among others.
Twin Cities Book Festival www.raintaxi.com/bookfest/
Saturday, October 16, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This day-long autumn gala gathers the Twin Cities book community to celebrate and promote our region’s literary culture. It creates a unique opportunity for the great variety of area publishers, editors, book artists, writers, scholars, and critics to present their work and words.
Texas Book Festival www.texasbookfestival.org
October 16-17, 2010 Austin, Texas
The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination. It was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Approximately 40,000 visitors participate annually in a weekend of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin.
Miami Book Festival International www.miamibookfair.com
November 19-21, Miami, Florida
An eight-day “literary party” featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. During Street Fair (Nov 19-21), more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase of signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles.
Have you been to any of these? Any other book festivals coming up you want to share?