Book festivals are the last word e book lover’s expertise. I used to work in digital merchandise for an encyclopedia put up–graduate college. With that have got here the nice fortune of with the ability to attend a pair e book festivals and conventions, specifically the ALA convention and Book Expo. It was a tremendous expertise to attend occasions the place everybody has a love and respect for books in all their good kinds. Much has occurred since then — having children and, after all, the pandemic — and it’s turned a lot tougher to attend e book festivals.
Due to the pandemic and varied requires extra accessibility, extra festivals at the moment are providing digital choices. Some festivals both cancelled or went absolutely digital in 2020 and 2021, and going into 2022, many will proceed to supply digital choices or year-around digital occasions. For a dad or mum like myself, that is nice information, and I’m excited so as to add a number of festivals and conferences to my wishlist.
If you’re planning to attend one or many e book festivals in 2022, beneath is an inventory on your consideration. Many of them have free newsletters, which I extremely advocate signing up for to maintain observe of the most recent information, particularly early fowl registrations. Add them to your itinerary, and be looking out for ticket gross sales or signups as they seem!
Big Book Festivals in 2022
By “big” I imply giant in measurement, attendance, and notability. These are e book festivals and conferences that many authors and e book professionals attend and in which many readers dream of attending (me, for instance). Most are named after town in which they’re held. If the beneath festivals will not be close to the place you reside, I like to recommend checking this checklist on Book Reporter. Usually, there’s a e book competition in nearly each main metropolis in the United States, so that is under no circumstances an exhaustive checklist.
When: February 17–20, 2022
Created in 2008, the Savannah Book Festival has aimed to host nationwide, regional, and native authors. It is an annual free competition that’s open to the general public, providing dozens of creator occasions. Due to the pandemic, SBF needed to cancel its 2021 in-person occasions and pivoted to providing digital occasions all year long. The neat factor is when you missed any of the digital occasions, you may register to entry the recordings.
In 2022, SBF plans to return as an in-person competition whereas nonetheless providing digital occasions. The 2022 headliner is David Baldacci with keynote speaker William Kent Krueger.
The Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
When: September 3–4, 2022
The National Book Festival was created by Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Its first competition was in September 2001 and has since been a distinguished literary occasion ever since. Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama each served as honorary co-chairs from 2009 to the current. The competition additionally contains year-around occasions.
When: Fall 2022, dates TBA (to be introduced)
The Brooklyn Book Festival is New York’s largest free e book competition and one of many largest e book festivals in the United States. It often consists of eight days price of literary occasions — together with a Festival Day and Children’s Day — with a whole lot of authors and publishers (each main and unbiased) attending. It started in 2006, arising from the necessity to present a free literary occasion for the neighborhood, and has been going sturdy ever since. The 2021 competition held occasions and conversations with main authors akin to Alison Bechdel, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Sarah MacLean.
This is one among my bucket checklist e book festivals with its range and huge choices of occasions and publishers.
When: November 2022, actual dates TBA
I attended the Portland Book Festival a number of years in the past, and it was a beautiful expertise to see distinguished authors, akin to Karen Russell, from the northwest and west coast and to study extra about literary magazines and small presses based mostly there. While a metropolis occasion, the Portland Book Festival has a smaller really feel to it, which makes it comfy to those that is likely to be overwhelmed by the vastness of different main metropolis festivals. The 2021 competition, happening this November, provided digital passes for occasions and included visitor authors akin to Brandon Taylor, Rivka Galchen, and Lauren Groff.
The umbrella in its brand is true to type, as it’s held throughout a wet, cool November. Bring your raincoats!
Subject- and Genre-Specific Book Festivals in 2022
The beneath e book festivals have a particular message, style, and/or mission in thoughts. Some are persistently held in the identical location, whereas others transfer round year-to-year.
When: March 25–27, 2022
Held in New Orleans, the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was created in 2003 as a technique to talk details about HIV/AIDS whereas additionally appearing as a gathering level for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood to rejoice the literary arts. It’s held over three days in the New Orleans French Quarter, and attracts main authors akin to National Book Award Finalist Dorothy Allison. The competition additionally publishes an annual anthology (see picture on the left). Tickets at the moment are accessible for the 2022 competition.
When: May 7, 2022
The Hudson Children’s Book Festival cancelled their 2021 occasions for security causes because of the pandemic, however they’re hoping to start out once more in May 2022.
The competition was created in 2009 to advertise literacy. It is held in Hudson, New York, annually in partnership with the encompassing neighborhood and faculties. Families are inspired to attend, meet creators, and foster a love of kids’s books. Authors attending previous festivals embrace Nikki Grimes, Padma Venkatraman, Joyce Wan, and plenty of others.
When: July 7–10, 2022
Fans of thriller, suspense, and thriller fiction rejoice! There is a e book competition only for you. Sleuthfest 2022 will likely be held in south Florida and registration opens in February 2022, so mark your calendars. This is as a lot an occasion for writers as followers of the style, providing craft panels, workshops, and even forensic lessons. The full schedule has but to be posted, however the visitor of honor will likely be Jeffrey Deaver.
When: Moved to July 13–16, 2023
I’m dishonest a bit bit including this one, because it was introduced that Readercon 32 will likely be moved to 2023. Readercon is a famend conference for “imaginative fiction” or speculative fiction. It additionally hosts the annual Shirley Jackson Awards. Readercon 31 was held just about, and the friends of honor had been authors Jeffrey Ford and Ursula Vernon. The standing and friends of honor for Readercon 32 are but to be introduced, because the programming remains to be being determined. Readers and writers alike ought to preserve a glance out as extra data is posted.
2022 Book Festivals for Writers and Book Professionals
Arguably, any and all e book festivals are helpful to writers and e book professionals, however the beneath occasions are catered extra particularly towards them. ALA targets librarians and e book professionals. AWP has usually been thought of the huge author’s convention of 12 months. However, smaller conferences are popping up and rising in reputation, one among which I’ve included beneath.
When: March 23–26, 2022
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair is a large occasion and sometimes thought of the go-to convention for writers. Hundreds of exhibitors, presses, lit mags, and authors attend. Like many different conferences, AWP was carried out just about in 2021. It may even provide a digital element in 2022, although the general convention plans to be in particular person once more. In 2022, the convention will likely be held in Philadelphia, and the situation modifications year-to-year. The keynote speaker for 2022 is poet Toi Derricotte, and extra presenters will likely be introduced.
Early fowl registration has already opened for the 2022 occasion, with costs starting from $100 digital attendance to $310 for non-members buying tickets on website on the day of the convention. Keep in thoughts that many motels surrounding the convention location e book up shortly. If you’re aiming to attend, begin planning ASAP.
When: June 23–28, 2022
The American Library Association’s annual convention will likely be held in Washington, D.C., in 2022, although it should even have a Midwinter Meeting in January 2022. The Midwinter Meeting is a smaller model of the annual convention, and will likely be held in San Antonio. For this itemizing, I’ll deal with the annual convention:
The annual convention hosts greater than 100 authors and audio system, with 900+ exhibitors. The ALA convention is for the hundreds of leaders in library and knowledge business, and is often solely accessible to ALA members and exhibitors. I used to be in a position to attend in Chicago some years in the past as a result of the encyclopedia I labored for was exhibiting.
When: 2022, dates TBA
Conversations and Connections was held just about in October 2021, however hopes to be in particular person for 2022. It is a one-day author’s convention that brings collectively editors, publishers, and writers to type a supportive ambiance for networking and dialogue. Barrelhouse journal runs the convention, and it is very important word that ALL proceeds for the occasion goes again to the small presses and literary magazines collaborating. The $70 registration payment contains the (*12*) If you’re searching for a fast, budget-friendly convention catered to writers, that is the competition for you.
Frankfurt Book Fair/Frankfurter Buchmesse
When: Exact 2022 dates TBA, often mid-October
Since its inception in 1949, the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany has been central to the world of publishing. It may be very seemingly the world’s largest commerce truthful for books. In 2020, the truthful was additionally provided just about, with greater than 4,000 digital exhibitors from greater than 100 nations. The occasion is as essential to e book professionals as it’s to authors and e book aficionados.
For these residing exterior of Europe, this would come with hefty journey prices, however when you in a position, it’s undoubtedly a bucket checklist e book competition.
Planning and Preparing for Your Book Festival Experience
Book Riot has written a number of articles concerning e book festivals, together with getting ready your self for the overwhelming nature of those giant occasions. Laura Marie’s article What I Learned At My First Independent Book Festival is a superb start line for any first-time competition attendee.
As talked about a number of instances above, many huge festivals are providing digital choices in addition to in-person occasions in 2022, in addition to digital accessibility for year-around occasions. The rise of digital-only e book festivals is essential to notice. The topic is roofed extraordinarily properly in Alice Nuttall’s 2021 Book Riot article.
Whatever your preferences, it’s heartwarming to know that increasingly more e book conferences/conventions/festivals have gotten accessible and accessible for many who search them. There are unbiased e book festivals and area of interest festivals in addition to the massive ones. These are inspiring occasions the place concepts, creativeness, and tradition intersect. Whatever your pursuits and objectives, might you discover the e book competition you’re searching for.