It’s book fair season, everyone, which means it’s our favorite time of year! We just can’t let summer pass us by without attending a book festival. There’s nothing better than summer days spent sipping wine and perusing books, not to mention, chatting with some of our favorite authors. That’s why we’ve rounded up 7 of the best book festivals in the United States, so you can plan your summer or fall getaway, accordingly.
Printers Row Lit Fest – Chicago, IL
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The Windy City’s 33rd Annual Printers Row Lit Fest takes place June 10-11. There’s a fantastic lineup of events over the two-day festival, including conversations with Senator Al Franken, basketball great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and a cooking demo by local celeb chef Rick Bayless. Tickets are available now.
Vegas Valley Book Festival – Las Vegas, NV
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For 16 years, the Vegas Valley Book Festival has been a favorite among book lovers. Set for October, this festival has hosted top literary authors, including Chuck Palahniuk and Neil Gaiman. We’re still awaiting word on this year’s lineup, but it’s sure to feature some of the best literary minds.
Boston Book Festival – Boston, MA
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Scheduled for late October, this is the one book festival you don’t want to miss. No wonder Boston is known as the “Athens Of America,” boasting writers such as Emerson and Thoreau. Attend the festival’s many workshops for writers, as well as Lit Crawl Boston.
Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival – Portland, OR
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Portland’s Wordstock is the perfect scene for authors and readers. This year, make plans to attend on November 11. Last year’s event boasted more than 100 authors for onstage events, workshops, and pop-up readings. The festival is also held throughout the city, which is sure to immerse visitors in culture and history.
Brooklyn Book Festival – Brooklyn, NY
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If you can only make it to one book event this year, make it the Brooklyn Book Festival. Seriously. This week-long festival held in September is New York’s largest, free book event. The festival hosts hundreds of authors, from national literary stars to emerging writers. It also includes an entire day dedicated to children’s books and authors.
Baltimore Book Festival – Baltimore, MD
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If traveling through Maryland this fall, a stop at this book festival is a must. The weekend-long event held at Baltimore Inner Harbor boasts several author events, from regional to national writers.
Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair – Seattle, WA
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Seattle is known for its creative, local flair, which makes it one of the best cities to visit. So, it’s no surprise that it hosts one of the best antiquarian book fairs in the country! For book lovers looking to add to their collection of vintage titles, this showcase is for you. Browse historical artifacts, maps, prints, and other collectibles at this event, scheduled for October 14-15.