Here is a list of publishing industry events from January through June 2018. Save the dates, and execute your master plan.
January 13-20, 2018
Annually, Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) presents FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship RIBS program and reaches a statewide audience of several thousand. The week-long celebration presents a variety of performances and workshops throughout the state of Rhode Island, from school performances for K-12 to intergenerational and family workshops, to evening spoken word and storytelling concerts for adult audiences.
February 1, 2018
Blk Grrrl Book Fair is an annual event that promotes writing, feminism and veganism. Their goal is to document and empower the women and girl experience of people who are members of the African diaspora and living or have lived on the East Coast of the United States.
February 3, 2018
The African American Children’s Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African-American children’s books in the country, with an average yearly attendance of more than 3,500. The event features nationally known bestselling authors/illustrators, many of whom have won some of the most prestigious American Library Association awards including the Coretta Scott King Award. These authors/illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.
February 9-13, 2018
The ALA Midwinter Meeting features more than 200 Discussion Groups—loosely organized sessions on broad and timely topics, each sponsored by an ALA division, round table, or office. Experts offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology, and more in these sessions, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups, and other data.
February 15-17, 2018
PubWest is a trade association of small and medium-sized book publishers, printers, graphic designers, binderies, and editorial and marketing companies. Their 2018 theme is “Raising Voices: Creating a Vibrant Publishing Future.”
February 15-18, 2018
Romance Booklovers Festival is West Africa’s first romance book-industry event featuring writer/industry seminars, reader/book events, as well as the Ufere Awards Dinner gala. The events are designed to entertain as well as inform. Attendees will meet fellow book lovers, make new friends, have fun with authors, and learn about the industry.
February 17-18, 2018
Onyxcon is a convention, festival, and celebration that promotes, showcases, educates, and entertains all fans of the Sequential Arts and related media. They feature independent and legendary creators of comics, books, film, and other media with a focus on African Diaspora culture, concepts, interests, and general markets. The event is for everyone, and is a progressive and diverse networking event for professionals as well as enthusiasts who appreciate the showcase. Because comic books/comic strips have long stood as the foundation Art form of this type of convention, comics are a major feature, but Onyxcon is not limited to comic books. The event highlights other literary genres like speculative fiction, as well as video games, collectable toys and models, films/documentaries, and all other media related to the Popular Arts.
February 22-25, 2018
Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy, paranormal, and romance focused convention. With panels designed to start interesting discussions, and meet & greets with fun themes, they’ve got something for every fan. While there is a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and readers to just hang out together.
February 25, 2018
This exciting annual, one-day event is designed to preserve literacy in our community – at the family level. You’ll enjoy a winter afternoon with over sixty talented, Black Indie Authors of adult & children books.
March 1-4, 2018
SleuthFest is an annual conference for mystery, suspense & thriller writers. The conference features panels, agent and editor appointments, manuscript critiques, a short story contest, and much more.
March 3, 2018
There is something for children and adults to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share “inside scoop” about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them too! Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers. There’s also an abundance of family fun activities such as crafts, readings, drawings and so much more.
March 4, 2018
The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) annually hosts the Kingston Book Festival (KBF). This year’s hosting of the Kingston Book Festival is intended to highlight the success of Jamaican literature in the international arena in the last year and to use this momentum to expand the potential and work of Jamaica’s authors, publishing houses, bookstores and local libraries. As with previous iterations of the festival, the fourth annual staging also seeks to promote reading among adults and children, build awareness of Jamaican books and strengthen capacity of the local industry in a fun, festive environment. The Festival also aims to showcase Kingston’s rich and vibrant culture and to position the city as a major hub in the regional publishing and arts community.
March 7-10, 2018
This conference celebrates authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers and small press publishers. Each year it features 400 presentations including readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums—plus book signings, receptions and informal gatherings.
March 8-11, 2018
Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more.
March 10-11, 2018
The Tucson Festival of Books debuted March 14-15, 2009, on the campus of The University of Arizona. The Festival featured 450 authors and presenters and welcomed 50,000 regional visitors, all made possible with generous support from our sponsors and the energetic goodwill of 800 volunteers. This year’s festival will be held March 10-11th, and the mascot will be the coyote.
March 21-23, 2018
This conference brings together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, and students for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events that celebrate the written word.
March 21-25, 2018
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture over five days in Charlottesville each March. The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years.
March 22-24, 2018
The conference features interactive sessions with authors, editors and agents. It hosts thirty great events over three days. It’s intimate atmosphere makes it easy for attendees and faculty to meet and mingle. The conference is designed to be inclusive by encouraging participants to share ideas, pose questions, and make connections with others who share the passion for writing. Seminars address a variety of relevant topics and include: Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot; Using Metaphors to Add Richness and Texture to Your Work; and A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Long-Term Marketing Strategies for Indies. Attendees can receive immediate feedback on a sample of their work at the Friday evening Page Cuts Critique Sessions.
March 22-25, 2018
The theme of the 14th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature” acknowledges our concern about the recent, and still continued, issues of social inequality and injustices that challenge us and builds on the legacy of healing through activism. This timely theme centers on the ways in which Black writers use their writing to explore and convey messages that heal and restore our individual selves and collective community. The Conference will also examine the instrumental role that Black writers have played in building our cultural history; the imprint that this has left in Black literature; and how the literature of Black writers has impacted present-day and future generations. And lastly, we will also look at the significance of activism in writers’ works, that is how a writer’s beliefs and personal vigorous action are used to support the political and social change they want to see take place in today’s society and in the world. A major strand of the Conference will be a series of panels focused on “Community Conversations on Race, Resistance, & Activism.”
March 22-25, 2018
BDSM Writers Con is dedicated to writers and readers of dominance and submission. They are the only conference in the world to offer writers and readers the ability to discover the complexities of dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences while you interact with your favorite–and soon-to-be favorite–BDSM authors.
March 23-25, 2018
The Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival is a unique event, featuring a day of presentations about writing and publishing, and a day when writers sell and sign their books from tents in Centennial Park. The Friday Writers Festival features a wine and cheese reception to meet the guest speakers. The Saturday Book Fair is adjacent to the Venice Farmers Market in downtown Venice.
March 24-25, 2018
Each year the festival presents a slate of invited authors representing a variety of genres sharing their ideas and experiences in various programs. In addition, a number of regional authors (ranging from local to other areas of the Southeast) have the opportunity to purchase a table to both interact with festival attendees, and sell their books.
March 25, 2018
The Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference features a lineup of more than twenty authors and industry professionals who will share their expertise and experience. Located in New Jersey, just a short train ride from New York City, we offer a weekend of education, networking, and fun in a relaxed setting.
March 29-April 1, 2018
Our theme this year is “Uncovering Mysteries”. No matter your age or interest, Norwescon strives to make sure there is always something appealing to do over the four days of the convention. Our programming department schedules hundreds of hours of panel programming covering a myriad of subjects. Whether you’re looking for writer’s workshops, costuming tips, artistic creativity, musical concerts, or deep dives into any number of science fiction, fantasy and science topics, you’ll find it here! We also feature a number of special events over the course of the weekend. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night each feature a DJ’d dance in the grand ballrooms with pop and fan favorites old and new, or you can kick back with our midnight movies. Open and scheduled gaming runs throughout the weekend. Try to get the drop on your friends during our Lazer Tag games. Friday features an 18-and-over special event. And, of course, there’s the Masquerade, complete with Children’s Masquerade. Arts, artists, and artistry of all kinds are also large part of Norwescon. You’ll find plenty to tease the eyes (and tempt your pocketbook) from our many exhibitors in the Art Show, at Art in Action, and in our Dealers’ Room.
April 7, 2018
Founded in 2006 as the Dallas International Book Festival, the 2018 Dallas Book Festival will mark the twelfth anniversary of the Dallas Public Library’s premiere literary event. The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances. This year the Dallas Book Festival is being held in conjunction with the Dallas Festival of Ideas to create a unique, unprecedented event in downtown Dallas.
April 7, 2018
The San Antonio Book Festival celebrates national and local authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. The free, daylong event is a gift to visitors and the citizens of San Antonio, bringing books to life through author presentations, innovative panel discussions, and book sales and signings. Also included in this fun day of literary entertainment are family activities such as children’s theater performances, a technology area, interactive play and art stations, and a selection of the city’s famous food trucks. SABF, which generates more than $1 million for the city’s economy, is the signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.
April 10-12, 2018
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2018, LBF will celebrate its 47-year anniversary. Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the Fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.
April 14, 2018
Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year.
April 16-22, 2018
PEN World Voices is America’s only international literary festival, attracting the best known writers from across the globe. Since our founding, we have presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.
April 19-20, 2018
The annual Essay and Short Story contest, in partnership with Bethesda Magazine, will honor local writers. Adult top prize winners will receive $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine’s July/August issue. Young adult (ages 14-17) winners will receive $250 and also be published in Bethesda Magazine. The annual Poetry Contest will award $350 to the top poem that will also be published on The Writer’s Center’s “First Person Plural” blog. Up to three young poets will also be selected and receive $75. Additional prize money will also be given to second, third and honorable mention places.
April 20-21, 2018
Join them for a weekend of keynote speeches, workshops, panels, publishing spotlights, pitch appointments with editors and agents, a public book signing, a silent auction, entertainment, Hot Night critiques, and a Gala Dinner.
April 20-21, 2018
Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books.
April 20-22, 2018
The mission of the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair is to create a space for an inclusive and diverse group of writers to collaborate, share and influence each other while also being immersed in the distinct literary culture of New Orleans. As such, our goal every year is to bring in poets and performers from across the globe to share their work and research in topics not only specific to writing but to cultural, political and activist needs relevant to the current climate. We also hope to showcase the best writers that New Orleans has to offer allowing visitors to partake in the writing spirit unique to our city. The Festival is highly participatory with events ranging from workshops where you will be generating writing to open mics where you can share your work to getting out on the dance floor to listen and dance to our poets with bands. We invite the active inspiration of saturation in four days of poetry along with the collaboration of creating a temporary autonomous zone for fostering further explorations and creations that continue beyond the time spent here in New Orleans.
April 21, 2018
With author readings, workshops, vendors and exhibitors, author signings, and a lively activity area for children, this free public event is Alabama’s premier literary event. Thousands of people from around the state and the Southeast gather at the festival each year to meet their favorite authors and scholars. It’s a day of fun for book lovers of all ages.
April 21, 2018
The purpose of the expo is to promote literacy awareness, to give exposure to African-American authors and writers, and to motivate, and develop aspiring new writers
and authors. The expo will also showcase Black Businesses, and provide exposure to increase their sales. Activities include workshops and seminars, Let the Elders Speak forum, children’s writing contest, business pitch competition, and ten free workshops for the general public.
April 21-22, 2018
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. Since then, the festival has grown into a vibrant celebration of all of the arts, and of their dynamic, innovative and unique metropolis. Each year, over 150,000 people come to the University of Southern California campus to experience a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers and musicians like no other. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest festival of its kind in the United States and is The Times’ annual gift to the city.
April 23-28, 2018
The Belize Writers’ Conference is a juried writers’ conference held at an eco-retreat and offers inspiration to move your writing forward. Daily opportunities for yoga and meditation for writers will reset your spirit so you can write fearlessly from your deepest self. Panel discussions on the business of writing will prepare you to successfully market yourself and your book to agents and publishers. The conference includes five days of workshops, including critique sessions and Master Classes on nourishing your writing practice and building a fulfilling career as an author. Delicious buffet-style meals daily and the use of the grounds at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat are also included. Unplug, unwind, and get empowered to produce your best work.
April 25-29, 2018
The Bocas Lit Fest is a registered non-profit company incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago. We are a year-round writing and literary arts development organisation, with numerous initiatives forging links and opportunities between writers, readers, publishers and others. We run the annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival (named as one of the world’s best literary festivals), and administer major regional writing prizes which provide crucial support for Caribbean writers, including the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean YA Literature.
April 26-29, 2018
The Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of the Central Arkansas Library System. The Festival’s mission is to encourage the development of a more literate populace.
April 27-28, 2018
The festival opens at the The Old South Church. The ceremony is followed by our Dinner with the Authors at Masonic Center of Newburyport. Saturday continues the festival with a full day of activities, from Coffee with the Poets to the closing ceremony. This festival promises to have something for every reader.
April 28, 2018
Greetings book lovers! Celebrating nine years of connecting authors and readers! Join us at Dayton’s premiere book event to enjoy: Unique titles by new authors, panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone, and giveaways including books, tee shirts and more!
April 28, 2018
The Annapolis Book Festival is one of the premier community events in the region. Every year more than 3,000 people attend this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. Now in its sixteenth year, the Annapolis Book Festival brings nationally renowned authors to The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss their books and the craft of writing. The Festival also features children’s activities, live music, refreshments, and new and used book sales.
April 28-29, 2018
The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. They have harnessed the power of their community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from their region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. They also offer art installations, events for kids, and writing contests. They even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA. They transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits.
April 29, 2018
The Sistahs On Lit Book festival will be held at Silver Spring Civic Center. This event is designed to showcase published and self-published authors for the general public’s enjoyment. The day will include book signings and sales, book discussions, and reader interaction with numerous multi-genre authors. The festival will also include general vendors, great food, and family-oriented entertainment.
April 29, 2018
OE launched the Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with the community face-to-face. Alongside the authors will be scheduled workshops and presentations.
May 3, 2018
Our mission is to create a vibrant community of readers and writers by celebrating diverse authors and literature in Brampton, Ontario – one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities.
May 3-6, 2018
Since 1950, Book Fair has been a favorite spring destination of book lovers and collectors nationwide. Volunteers work year-round gathering over one million new, gently used,and rare items from individuals, estates, businesses, and other organizations. Fair proceeds assist local education and literacy programs with operational expenses, student aid, and other financial needs.
May 5, 2018
North Jersey Literary Festival began just like any other dream…with a vision. This vision was discussed among peers and a plan was produced. The annual North Jersey Literary Festival is where entrepreneurship meets the literary world. With high rate of attendee participation expected, North Jersey Literary Festival is on its way to becoming the premier Literary Festival of New Jersey.
May 5, 2018
The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting to readers and book lovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.
May 5, 2018
Over 100 authors and presenters including New York Times Bestsellers along with local and acclaimed young adult and middle grade writers, plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators. A day of panels, book signings, food trucks, bad jokes, rock ‘n’ roll, killer photo ops & general geeky shenanigans.
May 5, 2018
Join us for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities, and purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village.
May 11-12, 2018
The Great American Book Festival was created by the founders of Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews. In an effort to support the literary arts, Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews has created the Great American Book Festival. To be held annually, this event has become home to the Literary Classics Book Awards and related events, and will be held in conjunction with a book festival. The Great American Book Festival is slated to be held each year on Labor Day weekend. The festival is open to the public and authors from all genres are invited to participate along with related vendors and food purveyors.
May 15-20, 2018
The RT Booklovers Convention is the book-industry event where you can mix business with pleasure. Attend more than 100 workshops as well as numerous parties and reader events that will keep you informed and in touch while having fun. It’s where friends new and old come together to learn about the industry we love and to have fun with authors and fellow book lovers. Fifty percent of conventioneers are first-time RT Convention attendees, and many travel by themselves. However, almost all leave having made new friendships they’ll cherish for years to come.
May 19, 2018
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg. The Festival offers programming for all ages.
May 20, 2018
Books in Bloom Literary Festival: a Celebration for Writers and Readers was established in 2005 by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation as its signature event to promote the value of books and reading. The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet accomplished authors, and to hear them read from or speak about their work. Aspiring writers learn about various aspects of writing and publishing, and avid readers are introduced to authors working in a wide variety of genres.
May 30, 2018
The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals. It is held during Book Expo America. It’s a wonderful celebration and a great opportunity to mix and mingle with authors, publishing professionals, and avid readers.
May 30-June 1, 2018
The 2018 edition of BookExpo will be the first end-to-end business solution for the global publishing industry. BookExpo is carefully crafted with content and experiences for all those that play a part in the publishing industry. It’s where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn tactics to bolster business and get the pulse of what’s trending in today’s shifting marketplace.
June 1-2, 2018
This historic 2-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among the featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each of the featured writers, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.
June 1-3, 2018
Each year winning authors are selected from our reading list based upon votes from each Go On Girl! Book Club chapter for Author of the Year and New Author of the Year. They are then invited to receive their awards in person at the annual Awards Ceremony. This flagship event is one of the ways of expressing their deep authentic respect for Black literature and authors, reinvigorating their literary sisterhood, and providing a platform for new literary talent to emerge.
June 2-3, 2018
BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.
June 8-10, 2018
AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008 by a then twenty-year-old, Tamika Newhouse. What started as an online book club grew into a national Phenomenon. The sole purpose was to expose the unknown writer and to give them the opportunity to win accolades. A tradition still highly expressed to this very date, AAMBC still caters to the unknown writer. They have single handedly worked with thousands of writers’ new, seasoned, and celebrities. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers.
June 9-10, 2018
Welcome to the Queens Book Festival! Described as one of the “epic book festivals in New York” by Timeout New York, this full-weekend festival in Long Island City brings together incredible thinkers, provocative ideas, amazing books, and mouth-watering food under the city skyline. The day is full of readings, book signings, panel discussions, and photo ops galore. We will also have a steam deck, illustrator stations, game stations, and more awesome fun just for you!
June 9-10, 2018
We help writers of all genres and experience levels to produce and promote professionally published work. We do this by providing read-and-critique sessions, educational activities, ongoing author support, networking opportunities and a welcoming, inclusive community.
June 14-16, 2018
A writer and reader event celebrating diversity in literature with an amazing 3-day fun filled conference full of adventures, exploits, industry forums, workshops and the coveted Emma Awards.
June 15-17, 2018
With the help of Nantucket Book Partners, we sell authors books at the festival events. Mitchell’s book store and Nantucket Bookworks also host author book signings during the festival weekend. The fest offers author readings, panel discussions, and social events for readers and writers.
June 21-26, 2018
ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. As the world’s biggest library event, it brings together, librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries, and to network
June 22-24, 2018
This conference will help you to improve your writing craft, publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary for any author to achieve success whether traditionally published or self-published. Their marketing sessions for writers will show you how you can find readers in a rapidly changing world. Their writing craft sessions will help you broaden your writing skills. Their pitch sessions could help you to sell your story to a publisher, to Hollywood or to readers.
June 23, 2018
The Austin African American Book festival is an annual event that promotes literature and arts by and about African Americans. Since 2007, the Austin African American Book Festival has worked to promote empowerment through literature. They are a community event that brings readers and writers together and produces and facilitates collaboration, dialogue, creativity and activism.
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR PUBLISHING JOURNEY!