Events

Mark your calendars for trade shows and book fairs! The trade shows listed below are some of the best places to meet other book professionals, learn more about new titles and the business--and have a good time. The consumer book fairs and festivals that follow the trade show listing offer unusual opportunities for publishers and booksellers to meet the people who keep the business going: readers.

Trade Shows

August 2015

NY NOW. Sat.-Wed., August 15-19. New York, N.Y. Formerly known as the New York International Gift Fair, the next NY NOW show will be held at the Javits Convention Center in August.


September 2015

The Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance's SIBA Trade Show. Fri.-Sun., September 18-20. Raleigh, N.C.

October 2015

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's NAIBA Fall Conference. Fri.-Sun., October 2-4. Somerset, N.J..

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's PNBA Fall Show. Fri.-Sun., October 2-4. Portland, Ore. This year's show will be held at the Holiday Inn at PDX in Portland, Ore.

The New England Independent Booksellers Association's NEIBA Fall Conference. Tue.-Thu., October 6-8. Providence, R.I.

The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Fall Discovery Show. Thu.-Sat., October 8-10. Denver, Colo.

Heartland Fall Forum. Fri.-Sun., October 9-11. Lombard, Ill. This is the fourth joint fall trade show and conference of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Together the two associations represent nearly 350 bookstores in 12 states in the Midwest. This year the show will take place at the Weston Hotel in Lombard, Ill.

Frankfurt Book Fair. Wed.-Sun., October 14-18. The mother of all book fairs, this makes BEA look like a regional. American attendees love to hate it, but if you venture outside the English-language hall, you can see the book world. Related literary and cultural events take place on the fairgrounds and throughout the city. You can find reasonably priced hotels and restaurants, and public transportation runs fast and cheaply. This year's guest of honor is Indonesia.

The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association's NCIBA Trade Show. Thu.-Fri., October 15-16. South San Francisco, Calif.


The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's SCIBA Authors Feast and Trade Show. Fri.-Sat., October 23-24. North Hollywood, Calif. This year's authors feast and trade show will be held at the Beverly Garland Hotel.

November 2015

Guadalajara International Book Fair. Sat.-Sun., November 28-December 6. This is the 29th annual gathering of the preeminent Spanish-language book fair. The Guest of Honor is the U.K.

January 2016


The American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Sat.-Tue., January 23-26. Denver, Colo. The eleventh annual gathering of 500 booksellers from across the country--always an energetic, exciting group that talks shop nonstop.

March 2016

The National Association of College Stores' CAMEX, Campus Market Expo. Fri.-Tue., March 4-8. Houston, Tex. The big annual event for college stores, this show draws 7,000 exhibitors and attendees and includes a range of seminars, panels and author events. CAMEX meets this year in Houston.

Digital Book World. Mon.-Wed., March 7-9. New York, N.Y. A timely conference and expo designed for trade publishers.

April 2016

Bologna Children's Book Fair. Mon.-Thu., April 4-7. The preeminent international children's book trade fair draws nearly 5,000 people per year.

The Independent Book Publishers Association's IBPA Publishing University. Fri.-Sat., April 8-9. Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2016 Publishing University will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.


May 2016

BookExpo America. Wed.-Fri., May 11-13. Chicago, Ill. This is the biggest book trade show in the U.S. with many allied conferences and events that draw book people from around the world. Moving to Chicago in 2016.

Consumer Book Fairs

September 2015


The Library of Congress's National Book Festival. Sat., September 5. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. More than 100 authors, poets and illustrators will make presentations.

Brooklyn Book Festival. Sun., September 20. Brooklyn, N.Y. The tenth annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, September 20. Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events take place in a variety of locations from Monday, September 14, through Sunday, September 21.

Baltimore Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 25-27. Baltimore, Md. The 20th annual Baltimore Book Festival is relocating to the Inner Harbor.

Burlington Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 25-27. Burlington, Vt. The eleventh annual festival takes place at a variety of locations in downtown Burlington.

October 2015

UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., October 1-4. Iowa City, Iowa. The Iowa City Book Festival will celebrate its seventh anniversary with four days of book-centric programming.


New York Comic-Con. Thu.-Sun., October 8-11. Javits Center, New York, N.Y. The ninth annual, this show keeps growing and has a focus on comics, graphic novels, anime and games.

Southern Festival of Books. Fri.-Sun., October 9-11. Nashville, Tenn. The festival, held annually on the second weekend in October, is in its 27th year.




Texas Book Festival. Sat.-Sun., October 17-18. Austin, Tex. In its 20th year, the festival benefits Texas public libraries.


November 2015

Wordstock. Sat., November 7. Portland, Ore. Re-launching under new management as a one-day event at the Portland Art Museum.

Buckeye Book Fair. Sat., November 7. Wooster, Ohio. This is the 28th annual book fair.

Kentucky Book Fair. Sat., November 14. Frankfort, Ky. The book fair is Kentucky's premier literary event. Each year some 150 authors attend and autograph copies of their latest book. Between 4,000 and 5,000 patrons attend and gross sales annually top $120,000. This year's book fair is the 34th annual.

Connecticut Children's Book Fair. Sat.-Sun., November 14-15. Storrs, Conn. The Connecticut Children's Book Fair brings together prominent children's authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children's literature.

Miami Book Fair International. Sun.-Sun., November 15-22. Miami, Fla. The model for so many other book fairs and festivals, this one draws hundreds of thousands of people. The street fair runs Fri.-Sun., Nov. 20-22, and the writer events run the whole week.

February 2016

Savannah Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., February 11-14. Savannah, Ga. The eighth annual festival will be held in and around Telfair Square in historic downtown Savannah.
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