With winter halfway over, we’re making plans for Spring (book plans, that is!). Plus, we’re ready for a little Spring Break, to boot. That’s why we’ve rounded up five book festivals we can’t wait to attend in the coming months. Plus, these festival cities double as vacation destinations. Get to bookin’, Cozy Readers!
1) Savannah Book Festival — February 15-18
The Savannah Book Festival hosts established authors, as well as local talent, for readings, keynote addresses, and workshops. The best thing about this event is Festival Saturday, which includes author presentations all day throughout historic downtown, all free and open to the public! Headlining authors for 2018 include Diana Gabaldon and Jodi Picoult.
2) AWP Conference & Bookfair — March 7-10
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (or AWP) is an annual conference (held this year in Tampa, FL) that brings writing to the forefront. Attend author lectures, presentations, and workshops, all dedicated to improving the craft. There’s a book fair, as well. Registration is required to attend.
3) New Orleans Literary Festival — March 21-25
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Lit Festival offers several great opportunities for book enthusiasts, including: literary discussions, theater, special interviews, music events, and, of course, a writer’s craft series, during which authors candidly discuss their experience and writing process. Notable authors in attendance this year include: Justin Torres and Jami Attenberg.
4) YA Fest PA — April 21
If you enjoy YA novels, this spring fest is perfect for you. Middle-grade, young adult, and new adult authors attend the event each year, prepared to discuss their books, writing, and publishing experience. This library event is geared toward encouraging young readers to continue the practice.
5) Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books — April 21-22
This giant book fest held on the USC campus is a must. Since 1996, the L.A. Times Festival Of Books has been one of the largest events of its kind, bringing together novelists, poets, screenwriters, and musicians for an all-out celebration of all-things written.