5 Of The Best Book Festivals Around The World

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As voracious readers, we’re always searching for new ways to fill our summer with book-inspired travels. And what better way to do so than make plans to attend a book festival? Enjoy author meet-and-greets, pop-up readings, writing workshops, and signings—all in one location! It’s a reader’s dream. That’s why we’ve rounded up 5 of the best book festivals around the world, so that you can take your book love international, too!

1) Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Jet-set to Edinburgh, Scotland for this annual book festival, which began in 1983. Since, it’s grown into the largest festival of its kind in the world, boasting more than 900 literary events. Join the celebration this year from August 11 to 27. 

2) Sydney Writers’ Festival

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Make plans next year to attend Australia’s “biggest celebration of writing and ideas.” This week-long celebration of books attracts more than 100,000 people each year, and boasts more than 400 bookish events!

3) Brooklyn Book Festival

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Stay stateside this fall and plan to attend the largest, free, literary event in New York City—the Brooklyn Book Fair. Enjoy workshops featuring an array of international, emerging, and, of course, mainstream authors.  

4) Goteborg Book Fair

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In September, visit Scandinavia’s largest cultural event. This four-day long literary festival prides itself as being “a place for readers and writers to meet and celebrate the power of stories.” Since 1985, the festival has grown in size, boasting an annual attendance of more than 95,000 teachers, librarians, and book lovers.

5) Portland Book Festival

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Stay close to home with the Portland Book Festival, formerly Wordstock, which is returning in November this year. In 2017, more than 10,000 people attended the annual event, which features more than 100 author events, pop-up readings, and writing workshops.

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