A book lover’s wildest dream is to be surrounded by a sea of books. Whether it’s in a library that extends as far as the eye can see, or in a cozy nook in the comfort of their own home, it doesn’t matter. But there’s something else that gives them an exhilarating rush: book fairs. For that reason, we’ve brought a treat for all of you bibliophiles out there with a list of books fairs from all over the world taking place in 2022. These events are rife with book-related wonders. From acquiring books you’re dying to read, to meeting your favorite authors and finding like-minded readers, you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself.
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 good music. Writers visit F.R.E.S.H to network with fellow authors, meet with readers and fans, and sell books. There’s something for every reader’s indulgence.
The New Delhi World Book Fair is India’s oldest book fair after the Kolkata Book Fair. The fair will feature books, publications, journals, among other things. Apart from promoting literacy and reading habits, especially among children and youths, the fair presents a vast panorama of Indian books on a wide range of subject. the NDWBF 2022 has chosen Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav as its theme, and there will be many literary and cultural activities around the theme during the fair days.
This year, The Black Ink Book Festival will feature the award-winning and best-selling romance author Beverly Jenkins as a keynote speaker. The festival will also highlight up to 60 black authors, panels, workshops, and programs with the help of 10 sponsors and Black Ink supporters. The event entrance is free for visitors.
The International Comics Festival in France will feature workshops, master’s classes, meetings and professional discussions. The festival’s events and the various exhibitions attract, each year, thousands of amateurs as well as comic-arts publishers and distributors, producers, authors, agents, and more industry professionals.
The Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival which takes place in the Indian city of Jaipur each January. In the five day event, authors and dignitaries from across the world and especially the South East Asian countries, participate and engage with crowds on various issues and partake in readings, debates and discussions with them and with each other. The Festival is essentially an event of coming together of some of the world’s greatest minds, historians, humanitarians, sports people, business leaders and entertainers from all walks of life who share the stage and put forward their ideas and thoughts.
The Sunshine Book Festival is home to hundreds of writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets. Festival visitors will be able to virtually “stroll” aisles of authors’ booths and “meet” the author via a video supplied by the author. Interested readers can browse books in a booth by clicking on a cover image, then using Amazon’s “Look inside” feature, they can see the back cover blurb and read a few pages. Afterward, visitors will be exactly positioned to click the “Buy Now” button.
Havana’s 10-day International Book Fair is a fair typically taking place at the old Spanish fortification San Carlos de La Cabana. It features book vendors, poetry readings, children’s activities, art exhibitions, and concerts in the evenings.
The Paisley Book Festival is a platform for the celebration of books, reading, and writing over the course of 10 days. It is a festival with creativity and innovation at the heart of its programming. It seeks to showcase some of the best and most diverse voices published today in Scotland and the broader UK context. In 2021, the festival will focus on the importance of community, telling authors stories, being present in the moment, connection and celebrating the importance of words and stories in shaping a world that everyone can be proud of.
Germany’s leading annual rare book fair brings together each year local and international booksellers. The Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest fair for antiquarian booksellers and autograph and print dealers in Germany. The Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair is where antiquarians offer first editions, manuscripts, and letters from the respective authors.
The book fair is considered the biggest in the Baltic countries and a popular cultural event in Lithuania. This year’s Vilnius Book Fair will offer publishers, authors, and readers an opportunity to exchange and share texts and images. The images will be in the context of image as text through art exhibitions, live conversation, and discussions, presentations of the best books and authors of the year.
The Latvian Book Fair is a mix of Latvian and foreign publishing houses. It will include versatile exhibitions of books, news from publishers, book opening events, authors’ readings, books at affordable prices, events for young readers, developmental and educational games, creative arts-and-crafts ideas, and materials for readers, publishers, writers, and translators.
The Ennis Book Club Festival focuses mainly on readers and book lovers. It attracts a host of national and international writers and speakers. The festival includes author readings and discussions. It also offers a diversity of events each year, including debates on topical affairs, workshops, poetry readings, theatre, music, bookclub quizzes, and walking tours through Ennis’ historic streets.
The Southwest Reading Festival encourages adults, teens and children to visit and meet popular authors in literature in multiple venues. They promote lifelong learning, public libraries, and school reading readiness by raising awareness of the library’s services and its role in the community’s quality of life.
The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. It’s an intimate festival with books and authors on a mission to promote interaction between them readers in a relaxed, informal environment. In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees can have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant. The featured speaker for the 2022 Dahlonega Literary Festival will be the award winning author, Rick Bragg.
The Brussels Book Fair is a nonprofit event promoting books and reading to all audiences since 2016. Each year it presents 255 exhibitors and 500 publishing houses, and 1,200 authors in meetings and dedications. The event is visited by 72 thousand visitors every year.
The New Orleans Book Festival held annually will feature both fiction and non-fiction and convene readings, panel discussions, symposia, and keynote speeches. It will also provide an opportunity for outlets, authors, and readers to interact with each other in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world.
Year after year, the festival of literature and art is celebrated in Poznań. For three days, you will find a whole range of publishers in one place—both the largest and well-known, as well as niche publishing by authors from Poland and abroad. And when you find your favorite new book, you are invited to a series of meetings with writers. The Poznań Book Fair also includes illustration exhibitions, the Comics Zone, the Scrabble Zone, workshops for children and adults, a vinyl exchange, and the Book Marketing conference.
Tucson Festival of Books will be held on the University of Arizona campus,Mark your calendars and save the date for the in-person return of this community-wide celebration of literature. As always the festival is free-of-charge for all attendees.
The 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book takes place in more than 70 venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The majority of their programs are free to attend. The festival will highlight hundreds of speakers and their new books and feature more than 100 programs—from panel discussions to children’s story times—for all ages, reading levels, and interests.
Leipzig Book Fair is the most important get-together in the spring for the book and media industry, connecting readers with authors, publishers and media companies from Germany and around the world. They all visit Leipzig to experience a diversity of literature, discover innovations and gain new perspectives. It presents the spring’s new releases, current themes, and trends. Also, it exhibits novelties from Central and Eastern Europe in addition to new German-language literature.
One of the most important cultural events in Istanbul, the last CNR Book Fair brought readers and writers together for autograph days and interviews, seminars, panels, and exhibitions. Next year, more than 600 writers from all genres and writings will be attending.
The AWP Conference & Book Fair is an annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year thousands of visitors join their community for four days of dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features thousands of presenters as well as hundreds of readings, panels, and craft lectures. The book fair hosts hundreds of presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world.
The Tennessee Festival is a five-day literary arts festival held every spring, right around March 26, their patron saint and inspiration’s birthday, playwright Tennessee Williams. It is perfect for readers, writers, theater lovers, and anyone who loves New Orleans’ magical culture.
The DSM Book Festival celebrates authors, writers, readers, and everything in between. With headlining authors, hands-on workshops, children’s activities, live music, local food and drink, and much more.
The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events! We encourage literacy and the love of books for readers of all ages in our community and beyond. Book Fest is presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. Thousands visit SOKY Book Fest from across the U.S. who come to meet their favorite authors, purchase signed copies of their books, and learn from them in exciting panels, presentations, and workshops.
The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a one-day event celebrating teen literature from both Middle Grade and YA authors. Attendance is for free. In the 2022 NTTBF, 85 authors will come together for a full day of conversation, book signings, and jubilation. Authors sign books, meet their readers, and discuss their books in over 50 small breakout panels, all at the new, state-of-the-art Irving Convention Center. Books will be sold for each author at the event.
The Buchmesse im Ried is a supraregional event about books and literature. Hosting the region’s newest leisure and travel guides, the fair boasts of a legendary cake counter. Readers can get in touch with authors, browse books, and view the booths of many publishers and bookstores attend readings and lectures. There are more than 40 publishers and bookstores exhibiting their programs at the fair.
The London Book Fair features a wide range of activities like conferences, Insights Seminar Programme, awards, Charity of the Year, and more. Their features are carefully curated to showcase informative and inspiring content across all its forms in the publishing industry. Awards are also presented to highlight the exemplary work of organizations from within the industry. Gathering people together and creating the perfect space to make connections is what they are all about.
The Quebec International Book Fair offers publishers, illustrators, cartoonists, and authors opportunities for book signings, poetry readings, and round-tables. There will be a display of products like comics, chitrakatha, novels, graphics, merchandise, toys, games, films, animation, etc.
The Québec International Book Fair is an annual meeting for readers of Québec that will display products like comics, Chitra Katha, novels, graphics, merchandise, toys, games, films, and animation etc. The Salon brings together authors, publishers and attracts a large amount of visitors. It also happens to host the Quebec Comic Strip Festival.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been THE event in the children’s publishing industry for 57 years. Over 1,400 exhibitors and 30,000 professional visitors flock to the event each spring to experience the world of children’s books, illustration, and multimedia content. There will be publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators, developers, licensors and licensees, packagers, printers, distributors, audio-book professionals, booksellers, brands, librarians, and contributing teachers. The book fair and the event make for a great meeting point for all professionals in the children’s book creation industry.
Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri, celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally recognized and bestselling authors across many genres will come to mid-Missouri to discuss their work and participate in various stimulating events and environments.
The Geneva Book Fair is the only publisher fair in Switzerland. It brings together nearly 350 exhibitors from all over the French-speaking world. For five days, readers, writers, publishers, and booksellers will get the opportunity to meet up in exchange for knowledge, contacts, and experiences in a friendly event.
The Newburyport Literary Association, Inc. was founded in 2005. With a rich literary heritage, the greater Newburyport area has a lot to be excited about. Writers as diverse as John Greenleaf Whittier, John P. Marquand, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andre Dubus II have called Newburyport home.
The Ohioana Book Festival is held each spring to celebrate Ohio writers and their books. This year, over 140 authors participated in book signings, panel discussions, children’s readings, and more during the festival. The festival features books by authors, illustrators, publicists, or other publishing professionals from the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, literature (young adult and children’s literature), graphic novels, academic press titles, and more.
The Bay Area Book Festival takes place every year over two days with 250-300 authors on 15 stages featuring the boldest and most brilliant literary voices in conversations about issues that matter, focusing on justice and diversity. The event is accessible with a one $15 pass, and the outdoor fair, a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and family fun, is totally free.
The Hudson Children’s Book Festival hosts over 75 authors and illustrators each year since 2009. It aims to create, sustain, and nurture a literacy culture in partnership with their community and schools. Families will meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages.
The BuchPassion fair is the first independent book signing event in Germany. Authors and publishers present a selection of fantasy, detective stories, and romance genres and connect with their readers in person. The event ends with an exclusive dinner that is almost exclusively reserved for authors and networking activities.
Greater St. Louis Book Fair sells many rare and collectible books, movies, music, comics, and ephemera. Their inventory includes first editions, limited editions, out-of-print editions, signed copies, and other treasures. You’ll find hardback, paperback, records, CDs, DVDs, comics, and ephemera.
The Franschhoek Literary Festival aims to bring together a broad cross-section of mostly South African English-speaking writers and a few distinguished authors from overseas. It focuses on presenting quality events that inspire and inform, and raise funds for local communities and school libraries. There are literary and publishers’ dinners, book launches, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, wine writers’ prizes, classical music concerts and much more.
The Derby Book Festival brings you over 100 book events with some of their most celebrated authors, including a series of one-off live events, as well as online activities. Stay tuned for more information.
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Since its inception in 2010, the fair’s mission was to foster an interest in reading, writing, and literary conversation. The Gaithersburg Book Festival always attracts hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets, and songwriters from across the country to its beautiful park setting.
The Calabash International Literary Festival is a three-day festival of readings and music with other forms of storytelling folded in the mix, Calabash is earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse. After 10 successive years Calabash is now staged on a biennial basis on even years. All festival events are free and open to the public. Passion is the only price of entry. But voluntary contributions are welcomed.
The Reader & Author Get Together welcomes readers, authors, publishers, and industry professionals. Think of the event as a giant tea party with many book lovers and storytellers and events, workshops, presentations, fun activities, book signings, author Q&A and more. A portion of the events’ profits will go to many local causes.
The Bronx Book Festival promotes literacy and the love for reading and covers a wide range of topics relevant to the Bronx community through panels, workshops, and more with award-winning and bestselling authors, illustrators, and creators. This literacy program seeks to create an interest for reading among young people. All while also promoting reading and writing skills through engaging author visits, reading group guides from publishers, and new books for children.
The Guernsey Literary Festival brings some of the world’s greatest writers, speakers and thinkers to Guernsey. With events for all interests and ages, the Festival is a unique opportunity to come together to celebrate the written word. The festival attracts speakers from a wide range of disciplines, from literature to politics, from history to sport, from the environment to food, from biography to travel. They also organise a full education and community programme, together with workshops for local writers with renowned visiting authors.
Considered as one of the most relevant events in the Brazilian publishing market, the São Paulo Book Fair gathers the main publishing houses, book distributors and book releases in Brazil. The fair encourages literature, culture and education. There you will have the chance to learn, meet authors, make dreams come true, find new books, make new friends and, Expand the way you think and act.
Wild Deadwood Reads is a multi-author, multi-genre Book Fair that is just one of the exciting events happening next June. We’ve got Wild Bill’s Days going on right in town, a basket raffle to support a local nonprofit organization, Breakfast With the Authors, a fun evening enjoying libations while listening to authors reading their favorite scenes from their books, and much more.
SleuthFest is an annual conference for writers and fans of mysteries, thrillers, & crime fiction. The festival is filled with workshops, craft talks, panels, and forensic classes. This year’s guest of honor is the international number-one bestselling author, Jeffery Deaver.
Newark Book Festival is a weekend-long celebration of authors through an exciting and engaging program of events, including; panel talks, crime fiction, contemporary writing, and literary fiction, to a whole host of free family fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
Metrocon is an anime convention featuring celebrity guests and exhibitors. It offers a full experience of anime, artist alley, autograph sessions, contests, panels, Cosplay, video games, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and more at the Tampa Convention Center every summer, with a focus on their roots—anime and video games.
The SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. The event is free and open to the public and features artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. These works are presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the weekend, the fair hosts a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.
Hong Kong Book Fair is an international book fair and has established itself as a platform for cultural exchange, not just for Hongkong but the globe as a whole. The exhibition is divided into several themed zones representing various sectors in the world of publishing and ensuring that the Hongkong Book Fair keeps up with trends in the industry. Hongkong Book Fair is held annually and in conjunction with the the Hongkong Publishing Copyright Fair.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival features hundreds of events for children and young adults featuring the finest writers and illustrators of children’s books and young adult novels from all over the world. With emerging writers to Nobel Prize-winners, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is full of great ideas and captivating discussions.
The Beijing Book Fair is generally attended by over 30,000 people each year. With publishers, distributors, literary agents, digital media companies, film and production companies and bookstores holding booths to showcase all they have to offer. In addition to that there are many special treats, from mini-exhibitions, lectures, seminars, salons, book launches, awards and various cultural events.
Going beyond the commonplace, Read My World explores the boundaries between literature and journalism, between here and there and draws attention to everything in between. It is a leading platform for the written and spoken word from all over the world. They create a space where everyone in the reading world can connect together; writers and storytellers, readers and listeners, publishers and translators.
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. Every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It is the world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.
The York Fair, which began in 1974, features over 220 of this country’s leading booksellers. The fair offers a breathtaking diversity of books, as well as posters, ephemera, manuscripts, maps, and prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds. This year, several dealers from overseas are welcome as well. You will find books over 500 years old, to review copies of recently published works, and everything in between.
The Appledore Book Festival presents acclaimed authors, newcomer, and local authors, presenters, actors, gardeners, historians, broadcasters, experts, and comedians over five days. In the 2020 Fest, each event had a ten minute Q&A before the audience showed its appreciation by flashing their headlights and tooting their horns. Upon exiting each event, signed books were available to purchase by contactless payment from the drive-through Waterstones book stall.
The Gothenburg Book Fair is an annual event held in Gothenburg, Sweden. It started primarily as a trade fair for librarians and teachers, but is now the largest literary festival in Scandinavia and the second largest book fair in Europe after the Frankfurt Book Fair. It has around 100,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors annually.
The Black Authors & Readers Rock is a two-day literary conference where readers can meet and mingle with new, emerging, and nationally recognized African American authors from all writing genres. It offers authors the opportunity to greet old friends, meet new readers, and sell their works.
The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit on a mission to connect authors with readers everywhere. They produce one of the largest and most engaging annual children’s book festivals in the United States and support literacy programs countrywide. Every year the festival attracts over 7 thousand visitors. More than 15 thousand books are put into kids’ hands thanks to sponsors’ funds and the help of volunteers.
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Their Show is where you can feel unafraid to geek out. Where you’re accepted and embraced for being yourself. It plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Panels & Screenings The super fans behind New York Comic Con put the greatest minds, in-demand celebrities, and incredible content in front of you in a unique way. You’ll only get to experience these once-in-a-lifetime events at NYCC.
Dealers from across North America and beyond descend annually upon Seattle, offering for sale thousands of collectible books, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, posters, postcards, ephemera, manuscripts, broadsides, fine bindings and more. Come tour the aisles of this most literate city’s beloved event. Meet with specialists from all over the world. Browse this veritable museum of cultural and historical artifacts. There is something interesting and unique to take home for all attendees on any budget.
No matter where you are in the world, there’s bound to be an international book fair nearby all year-round. As a bibliophile, nothing can compete with immersing yourself in an event catering to book lovers. Though, with the current health situation the way it stands, we would like to advise you to please adhere to your local precautions as well as the events’ regulations.