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 2016

NY NOW. Sat.-Wed., August 20-24. 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 2016

The Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance's SIBA Trade Show. Fri.-Sun., September 16-18. Savannah, Ga.

The New England Independent Booksellers Association's NEIBA Fall Conference. Tue.-Thu., September 20-22. Providence, R.I.

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's PNBA Fall Show. Fri.-Sun., September 30-October 2. Tacoma, Wash. This year's show will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash.

October 2016

Heartland Fall Forum. Wed.-Fri., October 5-7. Lombard, Ill. This is the fifth 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 Depot in Minneapolis, Minn.

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's NAIBA Fall Conference. Sat.-Mon., October 15-17. Baltimore, Md. Takes place this year at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor.

Frankfurt Book Fair. Wed.-Sun., October 19-23. 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.

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's SCIBA Authors Feast and Trade Show. Fri.-Sat., October 21-22. North Hollywood, Calif. This year's authors feast and trade show will be held at the Beverly Garland Hotel.

The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association's NCIBA Trade Show. Thu.-Fri., October 27-28. South San Francisco, Calif.

November 2016

Consumer Book Fairs

July 2016

Harlem Book Fair. Sat., July 16. New York, N.Y. Includes a street fair and many panels.

September 2016


Burlington Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 16-18. Burlington, Vt. The 12th annual festival takes place at a variety of locations in downtown Burlington.

Brooklyn Book Festival. Sun., September 18. Brooklyn, N.Y. The 11th annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, September 18. Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events take place in a variety of locations from September 12, through September 18.

Baltimore Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 23-25. Baltimore, Md. The 21th annual Baltimore Book Festival is relocating to the Inner Harbor.

The Library of Congress's National Book Festival. Sat., September 24. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. More than 100 authors, poets and illustrators will make presentations.


October 2016

New York Comic-Con. Thu.-Sun., October 6-9. Javits Center, New York, N.Y. The tenth annual, this show keeps growing and has a focus on comics, graphic novels, anime and games.

UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., October 6-9. Iowa City, Iowa. The Iowa City Book Festival will celebrate its eighth anniversary with four days of book-centric programming.


Southern Festival of Books. Fri.-Sun., October 14-16. Nashville, Tenn. The festival, held annually on the second weekend in October, is in its 28th year.




November 2016

Texas Book Festival. Sat.-Sun., November 5-6. Austin, Tex. In its 21st year, the festival benefits Texas public libraries.

Wordstock. Sat., November 5. Portland, Ore. Re-launching under new management as a one-day event at the Portland Art Museum.

Kentucky Book Fair. Sat., November 5. 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 35th annual.

Buckeye Book Fair. Sat., November 5. Wooster, Ohio. This is the 29th annual book fair.

February 2017

Savannah Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., February 16-19. Savannah, Ga. The 9th annual festival will be held in and around Telfair Square in historic downtown Savannah.
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