Category Archive: Festivals:

The Vancouver Writers Fest

What: Writer’s Festival
When: October 17 – 23, 2016
Where: Vancouver, Canada

Why: Authors connect with readers as they share thoughts, explore ideas, and take part in  brilliant conversations. Selected events and a short video below.

  • City Dwellers: First Nations and the Urban Experience
    Lisa Charleyboy
  • Between the Pages
  • Illustrated Imaginations
    Faith Erin Hicks
    Frank Viva
    Studio 1398
  • Creatures, Kids and Community
    Alice Kuipers
    Vikki VanSickle
    Roy Henry Vickers
  • Nowhere to Grow But Up
    Ann Y.K. Choi
    Ivan Coyote
    Ashley Little
    Lisa Moore
    Paving the Way
    Monica Kulling
    Margriet Ruurs
  • Worlds Upside Down
    Ellen Schwartz
    Roy Henry Vickers
  • An Intimate Evening with Emma Donoghue
  • Searching for the Source
    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Ashley Little
    Francesca Melandri
  • The Poetry Bash
    Roberto Ascalon
    Liz Howard
    Christopher Merrill
    Sharon Olds
    Soraya Peerbaye
    Billy Ramsell
  • Grand Openings
    Andre Alexis
    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Ann Y.K. Choi
    Emma Donoghue
    Francesca Melandri
    Peter Robinson
  • Dystopian Dreams
    Michael Helm
    M.G. Vassanji
    Charlotte Wood
  • Lit Up
    David Denby
  • Word!
    Roberto Ascalon
    Emilee Nimetz
    Aaron Simm
  • Dispatches from the Danger Zone
    Sarah Glidden
    Kevin Patterson
  • Wit Craft
    Marni Jackson
    Amy Jones
    Lisa Moore
    Maria Semple
  • The Best of Writers & Company
    Eleanor Wachtel
  • Resistance is Fertile
    Anna Smaill
    Madeleine Thien
    Xue Yiwei
  • Modern Day Bards
    Deanna Rodger and special guests
  • This Really Happened
  • Live and Learn
    Gordon Korman
    Frank Viva
  • Mythical Modern Worlds
    Erin Bow
    C.C. Humphreys
  • Setting the Hook for Suspense
    Eileen Cook
    Alice Kuipers
  • Into the Future with Erin Bow
  • Read It Again, Please!
    Monica Kulling
    Olive Senior
    Vikki VanSickle
  • New Face of Fiction
    Gail Anderson-Dargatz
    Lynne Kutsukake
    Yann Martel
  • A Good Way to Get Yourself Killed
    Michael Koryta
    Peter Robinson
    Sam Wiebe
  • Chimes of Freedom
    Yaa Gyasi
    Colson Whitehead

Baltimore Book Festival

Thomas Dolby will discuss his memoir

What: Book festival
When: Sept 23-25, 2016
Where: Baltimore Inner Harbor

Why: Attend discussions of writing and the lives of writers, readings, hundreds of author appearances and panel discussions While taking part in entertainment and dining.

Some events of interest include: The Story Behind the Story: Adventures with Baltimore Writers, in which local authors talk about researching, reporting, and writing, and  a solo book talk with Thomas Dolby, who leads a discussion on his memoir, “The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology.”

Tagline: “Where readers and authors connect.”

2016 Great Valley Bookfest

What: Book festival
When: Oct 8th 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Where: Manteca, CA 

Why: Learn about writing from a long list of presenting authors and enjoy the festivities for young an old. Catch up on what authors of children’s books, tales of suspense, poetry, fiction, fantasy, history, westerns, mystery, cookbooks, romance, adult romance, and self-help have to say about their craft. A fun book festival for writers and readers.

Presenting authors:

  • Robin Burcell
  • Jay/J.K. Norry
  • Michele Drier
  • Jennifer Laam
  • June Gillam
  • William Kent Krueger
  • Lisa McGuiness
  • R.M. Gilmore
  • J. Daniel Batt
  • John Byrne Barry
  • Allison Brennan
  • Bonnie Phelps
  • Anne Biggs
  • Britt Nunes
  • Daniel Babka
  • Getty Ambau
  • Joe Compton
  • Kristin Miller
  • Marilyn Meredith
  • Paula Treick DeBoard
  • Robert Pacholik
  • Roh Morgon
  • Sydney Avey
  • Melinda Curtis
  • Steve Hammond
  • Margie Vieira
  • Tony Hawthorne
  • Robert O’Hanneson

Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers’ Conference

What: Book Festival and Writers’ Conference
When: September 15 – 16 (The Writers’ Conference), September 17 (The Book Festival)
Where: Flagler College. St. Augustine, Florida.

Why: Join over a hundred other writers in critique workshops, and multiple sessions on the craft and business of writing, and attend presentations from a variety of bestselling authors.

Some events from the writer’s conference:

  • Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time – Michael Morris
  • Finding Bigfoot & Developing Scenes – Joe Gisondi
  • How to Let the Necessity of Plot Guide Your Writing – John Dufresne
  • Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon – Brad & Darlyn Kuhn
  • My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape – Susanna Daniel
  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer – Roy Peter Clark
  • Crafting the Character Arc – Jennie Jarvis
  • From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel – Terrell Griffin
  • Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft – Cecilia Milanes
  • The Writing Life: Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems – Peter Meinke
  • Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers – John Henry Fleming
  • A Good Title is Not Hard to Find – Robin Lippincott

From the organizers:

A day of free author presentations to delight book lovers and inspire authors. This year’s mix of bestselling authors from a range of genres will force tough decisions about which presentations to attend. Check out the festival schedule.

Need new books? Over 70 writers, publishers and book stores will be available at Saturday’s Festival Marketplace for hourly drawings, signings and readings.


South Dakota Festival of Books

What: Book festival
When: Sept. 22-25 and 27  
Where: Brookings, Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Why: See and hear more than 70 authors, including six Pulitzer winners at was is billed as South Dakota’s premier literary event to learn about international reporting, fiction, poetry, history, biography and criticism.

Featured authors include:

  • Jane Smiley
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • T.J. Stiles
  • Michael Dirda
  • Ted Kooser and Shirley Christian
  • Jeffrey Deaver and Anne Perry
  • Jeff Alworth of The Beer Bible
  • Ron Capps of the Veterans Writing Project
  • National Book Award winner Pete Dexter
  • Max & Ruby creator Rosemary Wells
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Jess Walter.


Brooklyn Book Festival

What: Big festival with luminaries in attendance
When: September 18, 2016
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Why: Attend the largest free literary event in New York City with plenty of established literary panjandra, as well as new faces in the world of belles lettres. Bills itself as “hip, smart, diverse.” Hear what a lot of successful people have to say about their writing.

Authors include: Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Helen Garner, Karin Slaughter, Bruce Schneier, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Esmeralda Santiago, Thomas Frank, Ralph Nader, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong, Ed Yong and hundreds more.

There will also be a full week of literary “bookend’ events, September 12th – 18th.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival

What: Book festival with many addresses specially for emerging and small press writers
When: September 2 – 4, 2016
Where: downtown Decatur, Georgia, many venues

Why: Choose from addresses by scores of people in the field, including 45 from The Emerging Writers Stage, targeted to the self-published author and writers from small presses.

Take part in a tribute to bestselling author Pat Conroy, a noted figure in Southern literature and attend addresses by names in the industry:

  • Cassandra King Conroy, Conroy’s wife who is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise.
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg, whose All Over but the Shouting’ was a New York Times bestseller and a Times’ notable book of the year.
  • Noted artist and children’s author Melissa Conroy, Pat’s daughter.
  • Award-winning and bestselling novelist Ron Rash, author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist novel Serena.
  • Award-winning journalist and family friend Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

Touted as the largest independent book festival in the country.