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OHIO
Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
Location: Akron
Date: March 29-30, 2013
Approximately three dozen dealer in old, rare, antiquarian and collectible books will be on hand to chat with collectors and other interested book lovers about their selections. In addition, there are free sessions about collecting, value, and ephemera.

Books by the Banks
Location: Cincinnati
Date: October 20. 2012
More than one hundred authors who write fiction, nonfiction, young adult, children’s and more will be there to share their thoughts in panel presentations and solo talks. A Target Kids’ Corner will offer crafts and reading time.

Buckeye Book Fair
Location: Wooster
Date: November 3, 2012
Writers, illustrators and authors all show up here to talk with visitors and sign their books in this one day even that raises funds for literacy programs. Looks like fun!

Cleveland Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
Location: Cleveland
Date: October 14, 2012
This fair features more than two dozen dealers showing and selling antiquarian books, paper ephemera, autographs, prints, and maps. There will also be a free appraisal service for those who bring a single book. Brunch and a cash bar will also be available.

Ohioana Book Festival
Location: Columbus
Date: May 11, 2013
From authors to panel discussions to children's activities to, of course, a book fair. But these are not the only things you'll find at this enormously entertaining book festival.  

PulpFest
Location: Columbus
Date: August 9-12, 2012
Funny how something that originally used to be nothing but cheap (in looks and quality) has risen to the heights of respectability. And price. Those who celebrate the originality of pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books should not miss this one.

Spring Literary Festival
Location: Athens
Date: April 10-12, 2013
This annual festival, held on the Ohio University campus, features some of the world’s finest writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in reading and lecture appearances.

OKLAHOMA
Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books for Young People
Location: Norman
Date: October 25, 2012 
Despite its name, this all-day event of author and illustrator talks, book sales and signings, and professional networking is a specialized festival for adults personally or professionally interested in children’s books.

OREGON
Rose City Used Book Fair
Location: Portland 
Date: June 14-15. 2013
This festival is sponsored by independent booksellers who bring thousands of used, bargain, and collectible books along with prints, ephemera, and door prizes. Book lovers only!

Wordstock
Location: Portland
Date: October 3-6, 2013
Where else but the city that is home to the world’s largest independent used and new bookstore (hint: Powell’s) could a festival as great as this reside? With more than 100 booths, 200 authors, eight stages, workshops, readings, signings, music food, children’s events, a Wordstock for Writers, Wordstock for Teachers and more (and even more pre-festival events such as the Night of Literary Feasts), this fair promises and delivers a lot!

PENNSYLVANIA
Allentown Antique Book, Paper & Advertising Show
Location: Allentown
Date: April 27-28, July 20, and October 5-6, 2013
Antiquarian books plus all sorts of ephemera are the highlight of these three annual shows that take place during the last Saturday and Sunday in April, the third Saturday in July, and the first Saturday and Sunday of October.

Celebrate the Book
Location: Carlisle
Date: October 19-20, 2012 
From 9:00 am to 3:45 pm, authors will join storytellers and musicians in a series of presentations and entertainment in six different areas with varied activities for adults and children. It promises to be a fantastic day for all.  

Free Library Festival
Location: Philadelphia
Date: April 16-21, 2012
This two-day celebration of books, music, people and ideas includes appearances by celebrity authors, children’s special programs, live music and other performances, a street fair, a literary marketplace, and more than 100 exhibitors including publishers, booksellers, independent authors, and cultural organizations.

York Book & Paper Fair
Location: York
Date: October 20, 2012
Join the dealers and connoisseurs of rare and antiquarian books, postcards, maps, posters, comics, records, and related collectibles for a wonderful time.

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors
Location: Providence
Date: October 13, 2012
Lincoln School hosts this annual event where authors and illustrators talk about their craft and sign books, and bookmaking and other crafts booths make for a fun day.

SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina Book Festival
Location: Columbia
Date: May 17-19, 2013
A full weekend event, this festival features a Book Club Morning Toast, Brunching With Authors, author panels and presentations, poetry readings and nearly 150 vendors. 

SOUTH DAKOTA
South Dakota Festival of Books
Location: Deadwood
Date: September 28-30, 2012
Receptions, book signings, a Literary Feast, a wide variety of panels and presentations, a Signature Event, late night ghost stories, a Gathering of Native Voices and more offered in the historic town of Deadwood make this a particularly special festival.

TENNESSEE
Southern Festival of Books
Location: Nashville
Date: October 12-14, 2012
A three-day literary festival that gathers together more than 200 authors covering every genre, offers panel discussions, readings and book signings, includes more than 50 book-related exhibitors, a cooking stage and two performance stages, and special children’s events with book characters.

Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair 
Location: Cowan
Date: July 21-22, 2012
This antiquarian book fair offers visitors the chance to have up to three books appraised as part of their admission (five dollars). With more than two dozen booksellers in attendance, the opportunity to chat with and view extraordinary books--even if you can't afford them--is something not to be missed. The joy of seeing lovely editions is well worth it.

TEXAS
Austin Book, Paper & Photo Show
Location: Austin
Date: January 12-13, 2013
Interested in used, rare or collectible books, or ephemera? Perhaps Texana, cookery, fine bindings, first editions, postcards or other literary interests would entice you to this show where you can buy or just feast your eyes.

Austin Jewish Community Book Fair
Location: Austin
Date: October 28-November ?, 2012
This multi-day innovative festival features author lectures and discussions, catered events, the annual Book Lover’s Luncheon, and a Kids Day.

Houston Book Fair
Location: Houston
Date: November 10, 2012
Taking place at the Museum of Printing History, this festival incorporates working book studios with demonstrations, a wide variety of items for sale, free book appraisals, several presentations, and nearly two dozen vendors. 

Houston Vintage Book & Paper Festival 
Location: Houston
Date: October 27-28, 2012
If you are interested in used, rare and collectible Books, ephemera, or other paper collectible, this two-day fair is an excellent place to enjoy and to buy. Admission is five dollars.

LitCrawl
Location: Austin
Date: October 27, 2012
This special literary evening, a collaboration of literary magazine American Short Fiction, the Texas Book Festival, and the East Sixth Street neighborhood, will feature some of America’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers onstage and in conversation at six venues in East Austin.

North Texas Book & Paper Show
Location: Fort Worth
Date: October 13-14, 2012
If you are interested in used, rare and collectible Books, ephemera, or other paper collectible, this two-and-a-half-day fair is an excellent place to enjoy and to buy. Admission is five dollars.

North Texas Book Festival

Location: Denton
Date: April 12-13, 2013
A Book Trails Dinner, authors, book signings and special children’s programs are what this small, but quality festival offers. It’s certainly worth checking out.

Texas Book Festival
Location: Austin
Date: October 27-28, 2012
This festival is somewhat unusual in that it takes place at the state capitol. It features a lovely opening event, a First Editions Literary Gala, the Reading Rock Stars program and an opening ceremony along with the usual offerings of authors, panels, workshops, readings, signings, vendors and stage entertainment. Check the web site for details. 

West Texas Book Festival
Location: Abilene
Date: September 18-22, 2012
Featuring a Books & Books Luncheon, a Cookbook Gala and the Abilene Book Awards as well as author and writer panels and presentations, receptions, brown bag and Authors in Schools programs and more, this festival is a winner.

UTAH
Utah Humanities Book Festival
Location: Salt Lake City
Date: October 1-31, 2013
This festival has events happening around the entire state rather than in one location during the month of October. They also have some rather unusual events including the Utah Literary Awards, concerts, interviews, panels, readings, performances, book sales and signings, letterpress printing, bookmaking and papermaking, hands-on activities for children, rare book appraisals, a Day of the Dead Authors (sitting among the tombstones of their favorite dead children’s authors while reading), a Define-a-Thon and more.

VERMONT
Battleboro Literary Festival
Location: Battleboro
Date: October 12-14, 2012
A three-day literary celebration, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring almost three dozen emerging and established authors.

Booktopia
Location: Manchester
Date: April 12-14, 2013
These retreats sell out early so you should check at least several months ahead of time if you are interested in attending one. (See also California and Mississippi for the 2012 events.) Booktopia is about connecting readers with authors, and connecting readers with readers. It is limited to 75 guests to keep an intimate feel about it. It begins with small group sessions, includes the Celebration of Authors at their partner bookstore, and the popular Yankee Swap. This is an individual, pay-as-you-go on your own hang-out-with-friends kind of weekend. You pay for your own lodging and meals—so that people can stick to their own budget.

Vermont Spring Book & Ephemera Fair
Location: Burlington
Date: March 24, 2013
Antiquarian booksellers from Vermont and nearby states come to offer rare and collectible books, maps, prints, postcards, and other ephemera. The entrance fee is small but the quality is high. 

Vermont Summer Book Fair
Location: Woodstock
Date: August 12, 2012
This is an opportunity to see and buy rare and collectible books, antique maps and prints, and literary-related ephemera from forty of the best eastern-located dealers. In addition, bookbinder Malcolm Summers will be showing off his fine work.

VIRGINIA
Fall for the Book Festival
Location: Fairfax
Date: September 26-30, 2012
This week-long event includes lectures, talks, receptions, readings, a used book sale, music, children’s entertainment, all of which revolve around writing, reading, books, current events and more. 

Lex Allen Literary Festival
Location: Roanoke
Date: March 30, 2013
Readings and a poetry panel along with the awarding of poetry and fiction prizes to students highlight this literary day of interest.

Malice Domestic
Location: Arlington
Date: May 3-5, 2013
This is a three-day convention that brings together the readers and writers of the “traditional” mystery—those which contain no explicit sex or excessive violence, and usually feature an amateur detective, a confined setting and characters who know one another. In addition to author panels, presentations and signings, they have two auctions (one live, one silent) with proceeds going to a local charity,

Virginia Festival of the Book

Location: Charlottesville
Date: March 20-24, 2013
Five days of literary events offers more than 300 authors and 200 events including special luncheons, a breakfast, an authors’ reception, author readings and presentations, panels and workshops, a Storyfest and Kids’ Book Swap and more. 

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
Location: March 1-2, 2013
Date: Arlington
Seventy-five dealers in rare books, maps, prints, autographs and other ephemera attend this fair, and attendees can participate in the Friday evening Opening Night Reception, as well as get appraisals for a small fee on Discovery Day (Saturday.)

WASHINGTON
Booktopia
Location: Bellingham
Date: June 7-9, 2013
These retreats sell out early so you should check at least several months ahead of time if you are interested in attending one. Booktopia is about connecting readers with authors, and connecting readers with readers. It is limited to 75 guests to keep an intimate feel about it. It begins with small group sessions, includes the Celebration of Authors at their partner bookstore, and the popular Yankee Swap. This is an individual, pay-as-you-go on your own hang-out-with-friends kind of weekend. You pay for your own lodging and meals—so that people can stick to their own budget.

Get Lit!
Location: Spokane and Cheney
Date: April 8-14, 2013
Running more than a week, Get Lit! offers Milk Crate Readings, poetry slams, lectures, Writers in the Schools Day, and on the primary weekend, author panels and readings, book signings, writing workshops and panels and much more.

LitCrawl
Location: Seattle
Date: October 18, 2012
A new addition to the line-up of LitCrawls around the country, this northwest edition features plenty of authors, clubs, readings, authors, and loads of fun. 

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Location: Seattle
Date: October 13-14, 2012
This Pacific Northwest antiquarian book fair will have almost 100 dealers in rare and collectible books as well as five specialists in book arts. This fair also hosts a Book Fair Dinner with featured speaker and cartography authority, Derek Hayes; reservations are required. You can keep up with the goings on via their blog.

WASHINGTON, DC
National Book Festival
Location: Washington, DC
Date: September 22-23, 2012
One hundred authors, illustrators and poets, more or less, will fill mulitple pavilions— Children; Teens & Children; Fiction & Fantasy; Mysteries & Thrillers; History & Biography; Home & Family; and Poetry—during this day that celebrates literacy and reading. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have books signed, meet storybook characters, enjoy interactive family-centered activities and, unique to this festival, offer a variety of ways for people around the country to participate in it via the Internet.

WEST VIRGINIA
Ohio River Festival of Books
Location: Huntington
Date: April, 2014
This festival includes panel discussions, plenty of exhibitors, children’s entertainment and a special author luncheon.  

West Virginia Book Festival
Location: Charleston
Date: October 13-14, 2012
Authors, publishers, book vendors, the Festival Marketplace, a special section just for children, a used book sale, Meet the Author events, workshops and panel discussions highlight this book festival.

WISCONSIN
Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Location:
Date: October 15-21, 2012
This is not a standard festival but rather a dynamic week-long event with a variety of programs that promote reading and writing. Authors and readers are brought together through readings, book discussions, workshops, author receptions, and children’s programs. Schools benefit from authors' appearances, and the conclusion is the reading by the winners of the Creative Writing Competition for Young Writers.

Fox Cities Book Festival
Location: Various locations within Fox Cities
Date: April 17-24, 2013
Panel presentations, readings, conversations, film showings, poetry, signings, and Bonus Events that are spread over the cities that comprise the Fox Cities make up this multi-day event. And believe me when I say there is something for everyone in these offerings.

Legends of the Fall Festival of Regional Mystery Fiction
Location: Madison
Date: October 13. 2012   
This festival specializes in introducing and celebrating regional mystery fiction. It's a full day of author appearances, talks, and signings, and there are also special treats on hand for attendees.

Lorine Niedeckier Wisconsin Poetry Festival
Location: Fort Atkinson
Date: November 2-4, 2012
This full weekend and a half devoted to the romance, excitement, and beauty of poetry begins Friday night with dinner, music, and an open mic event, then continues on Saturday and Sunday with readings, panel presentations, the Poetry Publishers Showcase, roundtables, the Poetry Café, Poetry Film Festival, a workshop, and more. 

Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
Location: Sheboygan
Date: October 12-14, 2012
Designed to inspire a love of reading as well as young writers and artists, this festival brings several authors and illustrators together to share how the chosen theme for the year influences their work through a wide array of dynamic, free public events.

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
Location: Waukesha
Date: June 15-16, 2012
Nearly 100 authors and other participants show up to join in panel presentations, talks, readings, book signings, cookbook demonstrations, and musical performances. There is an area dedicated to children’s and young adult authors and also an exhibition of vendors including booksellers.

Spring Green Literary Festival
Location: Spring Green
Date: April 27-29, 2012
Mystery lovers, gather here! This festival notes that it is a “weekend celebrating the art of mystery writing.”

Wiscon: Feminist Science Fiction Convention
Location: Madison
Date: May 24-27, 2013
Like science fiction? Like women? Like strong women in science fiction? Then come to this fabulous fan convention for those who seek the best of both in one. 

Wisconsin Book Festival
Location: Madison
Date: November 7-11, 2012
From Wednesday noon to Sunday evening, this festival presents a wide variety of events—lectures, talks, readings, book sale, exhibit openings, author presentations, book awards, a Food and Wine Reception and more. 

WYOMING
Equality State Book Festival
Location: Caspar
Date: September 14-15, 2012
A two-day event where more than fifteen authors (poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists), illustrators, and publishers  share their talents, give readings, lead craft talks, emcee a poetry slam, visit local schools, and participate on panels.

 

 
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