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Book Festivals

Here at Teenreads.com we love a good book festival.  There's no better way to spend a day (or a few days) than by listening to your favorite authors discuss their newest books and meeting fellow booklovers who can share their own recommendations.

Book festivals take place all year round in a variety of towns and cities, so we've done our best to compile a comprehensive list, but if you think we're missing one, email Rebecca@bookreporter.com with the name of the festival, its dates and location, and a link to the official website.

Please note that the festivals listed below may not feature YA authors exclusively, but each one has an exciting and diverse selection of YA authors for at least a portion of their programming.


January 2019
 

Belmont, CA: YANovCon
Date: January 26
Website: https://smcl.org/yanovcon/

 

February 2019
 

Philadelphia, PA: The African American Children’s Book Fair
Date: February 2
Website: http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org/

Corpus Christie, TX: Teen Book Fest By The Bay
Date: February 16
Website: http://www.teenbookfestbythebay.org/

Detroit, MI: Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo 2019
Date: February 24
Website: http://www.detroitbookcity.com/expo-2019

San Antonio, TX: National Latino Children’s Literature Conference
Date: February 28 - March 3
Website: http://education.utsa.edu//conf_nlclc/home/

 

March 2019
 

San Antonio, TX: National Latino Children’s Literature Conference
Date: February 28 - March 3
Website: http://education.utsa.edu//conf_nlclc/home/

Tucson, AZ: Tucson Festival of Books
Date: March 2-3
Website: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

Murfreesboro, TN: Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
Date: March 7-9
Website: https://www.seyabookfest.com/

Ontario, CA: Ontario Teen Book Fest
Date: March 9
Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/

Warrensburg, MO: Children's Literature Festival
Date: March 17-19
Website: http://clf.ucmo.edu/

Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Festival of the Book
Dates: March 20-24
Website: http://www.vabook.org/index.html/

Washington, D.C.: Apollycon
Dates: March 21-24
Website: http://www.apollyconevent.com/

Arlington, VA: NoVa Teen Book Festival
Date: March 30
Website: http://novateenbookfestival.com/

League City, TX: Teen Book Con
Dates: March 30
Website: http://www.teenbookcon.org/

New York, NY: New York City Teen Author Festival
Date: March
Website: http://nyctaf.com/

 

April 2019
 

Denver, CO: Colorado Teen Literature Conference
Dates: April 13
Website: http://coteenlitconf.wixsite.com/ctlc

Palm Beach, FL: Palm Beach Book Festival
Dates: April
Website: http://www.palmbeachbookfestival.com/

Columbus, OH: Ohioana Book Festival
Dates: April
Website: http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/

Chicago, IL: Chicago Young Adult Book Festival
Dates: April
Website: http://chiyabookfest.com/

Irving, TX: North Texas Teen Book Festival
Dates: April
Website: http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/

Bowling Green, KY: Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Dates: April
Website: https://sokybookfest.org/programs/childrens-day/

Easton, PA: YA Fest PA
Dates: April
Website: http://yafestpa.com/

Montgomery, AL: Alabama Book Festival
Dates: April
Website: http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/welcome.html

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Dates: April
Website: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Berkeley, CA: Bay Area Book Festival
Dates: April
Website: https://www.baybookfest.org/teen/

 

May 2019

Hudson NY: Hudson Children's Book Festival
Dates: May
Website: http://hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com/

Santa Monica, CA: YALLWest
Dates: May
Website: https://www.yallwest.com/

Kansas City, MO: Lit Up Teen Book Festival
Dates: May
Website: http://litupfestival.org/

Twin Cities, MN: Twin Cities Teen Lit Con
Dates: Unannounced, but usually occurs mid-May
Website: https://teenlitcon.com/

Rochester, NY: Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival
Dates: May
Website: https://www.teenbookfest.org/

 

June 2019

New York, NY: BookCon
Dates: June
Website: http://www.thebookcon.com/

Queens, NY: Queens Book Festival Youth Day
Date: June
Website: http://www.queensbookfestival.nyc/home

 

August 2019

 

Jackson, MS: Mississippi Book Festival
Date: August 17, 2019
Website: http://msbookfestival.com/

Decatur, GA: Decatur Book Festival
Dates: August 30 – September 1
Website: https://www.decaturbookfestival.com

Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress National Book Festival
Date: August 31
Website: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

 

 

September 2019

 

Orlando, FL: BookNet Fest 
Dates: September 6-7
Website: http://www.booknetfest.com

Winston-Salem, NC: Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors
Dates: September
Website: http://www.bookmarksnc.org/

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Book Festival
Date: September
Website: http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/

Bedford, PA: Allegheny Regional Festival of Books
Dates: September
Website: http://alleghenyregionalfestivalofbooks.org/

Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Loves YA
Dates: September
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pasadenalovesya/

Boston, MA: Boston Teen Author Festival
Date: September
Website: http://www.bostonteenauthorfestival.com/

St. Louis, MO: BookFest St. Louis
Date: September
Website: http://bookfeststl.com

Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Book Festival
Dates: September
Website: http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/

Fredericksburg, VA: Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival
Date: September
Website: http://www.fredbookfest.com

Chattanooga, Tennessee: YA-hoo Fest
Dates: September
Website: https://www.yahoofest.org/

Costa Mesa, CA: Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Date: September
Website: http://kidsbookfestival.com

 

October 2019

 

Brookings and Sioux Falls, SD: South Dakota Festival of Books
Dates: October 3-6
Website: http://sdhumanities.org/festival-of-books/

Morristown, NJ: Morristown Festival of Books
Dates: October 11-12
Website: http://morristownbooks.org/

Las Vegas, NV: Las Vegas Book Festival
Dates: October 19
Website: http://www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/

Collingswood, NJ: Collingswood Book Festival
Date: October
Website: http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com/

Austin, TX: Texas Teen Book Festival
Date: October
Website: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/texas-teen-book-festival/

Fairfax, VA: Fall for the Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: http://fallforthebook.org/

Nashville, TN: Southern Festival of Books
Dates: October
Website: http://humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

Sheboygan, WI: Sheboygan Teen Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: https://www.sheboyganteenbookfestival.org/

Bowling Green, Kentucky: YAS Book Con
Dates: October
Website: https://2018.yasbookcon.org/

Greenville, SC: Read Up, Greenville
Date: October
Website: http://readupgreenville.com/

Cincinatti, OH: Books by the Banks
Date: October
Website: http://booksbythebanks.org/teen-scene/

Naperville, Illinois: Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference
Dates: October
Website: https://www.andersonsbookshop.com/young-adult-literature-conference

Pickerington, Ohio: Pickerington Teen Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: https://pickeringtonlibrary.org/event/pickerington-teen-book-fest-2018/

Austin, TX: Texas Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/

 

November 2019
 

Littleton, CO: Colorado Teen Book Con
Date: November
Website: http://www.tatteredcover.com/colorado-teen-book-con

Charlotte, NC: Epic Fest
Date: November
Website: https://foundation.cmlibrary.org/epicfest

Charleston, SC: YALLFest
Dates: November
Website: http://www.yallfest.org/

Buffalo, NY: WNY Children’s Book Expo
Date: November
Website: http://www.monkeysread.com/wnycbe-home

Portland, OR: Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock)
Date: November
Website: https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/pdxbookfest/

Miami, FL: Miami Book Fair
Dates: November
Website: https://www.miamibookfair.com/

Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Book Fair
Date: November
Website: https://www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html