One of our favorite things about the autumn season are all the book festivals around the country. We’ve rounded up a few that caught our eye. Get those reading lists ready—these literary events are too good to pass up.
National Book Festival in Washington D.C.
The Library of Congress’s National Book Festival takes place on September 5th. Catch journalist and author Cokie Roberts discussing historical women figures of the nation’s capital. See Louise Erdrich, whose work focuses on Native American characters, receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
Brooklyn Book Festival in Brooklyn, New York City
Celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary this fall, the Brooklyn Book Festival is back on September 20th. Bookended by literary events starting on the 14th, this festival celebrates the city’s writers with readings, panels and workshops. Don’t miss the Concrete Jungle: Where Dreams are Made panel with John Leguizamo and Jonathan Lethem who discuss how New York City has shaped them as storytellers. Another must talk is Brooklyn Places and Spaces on Saturday that goes into the insider’s Brooklyn with Arabella Bowen, Fodor’s Editor in Chief.
Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia
The largest independent book festival takes place in Decatur, Georgia over Labor Day weekend. Starting on September 4th, the Decatur Book Festival takes over the downtown area of this Atlanta suburb with panels such as Glimpses of the South through Short Stories. Workshop your own writing with the Atlanta Writers Club and pick up booklets from emerging authors.
Boston Book Festival in Boston, Massachusetts
Novelist Margaret Atwood presents at the Boston Book Festival in late October. From October 23-24th, this event features other literary stars including Libba Bray, New York Times–bestselling young adult author. The street fair at the Boston Book Festival is the real crowdpleaser with exhibitors ranging from indie publishers to numerous literary magazines.
Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee
The 27th annual Southern Festival of Books is a seasonal favorite among writers in the south. Head to Nashville for this weekend festival on October 9 to 11. Highlights include getting riled up at the second annual Literary Death Match-Nashville with competitive readings. Let the games begin!
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