Stuck in a book rut? Want to find more people who enjoy your favorite author or fandom? Fear not! Book conventions and fairs have continued to be a large and growing part of the publishing world. And whether you are a publishing insider or simply a book nerd, you should be able to find something to suit you in this list of events in 2020.

Update: A number of events this year were canceled or moved online as a result of the Covid-19. Click here for updates on canceled or rescheduled events.


ABA Winter Institute, Baltimore, Md., Jan. 21–Jan. 24

ALA Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, Jan. 24–28

Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque, N.Mex., Jan. 17–19

Angoulême International Comics Festival, Angoulême, France, Jan. 30–Feb. 2

AniMore, Baltimore, Md., Jan 10–12

Atlanta Comic Convention, Atlanta, Jan. 12

Cairo Book Fair, Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 22–Feb. 4

Çukurova Book Fair, Adana, Turkey, Jan. 4–12

International Kolkata Book Fair, Kolkata, India, Jan. 29–Feb. 9

Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India, Jan. 23–27

New Delhi World Book Fair, New Delhi, India, Jan. 4–12

Shoff Promotions Comic Book Show, Annandale, Va., Jan. 4

Wizard World Portland, Portland, Ore., Jan. 24–26


Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, Fla., Feb. 13–15

AniMangaPOP, Plymouth, U.K., Feb. 8–9

C2E2, Chicago, Feb. 28–Mar. 1

Casablanca Book Fair, Casablanca, Morocco, Feb. 6–16

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, U.A.E., Feb. 4–9

Feria Internacional del Libro La Habana, Havana, Cuba, Feb. 6–16

Lahore International Book Fair, Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 6–10

Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art, Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 12–15

PubWest, Portland, Ore., Feb. 20–22

Riga Book Fair, Riga, Latvia, Feb. 28–Mar. 1

San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 13–16

San Miguel Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Feb. 12–16

Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, Ga., Feb. 13–16

Taipei International Book Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan, Feb. 4–9

Tempo di Libri, Milan, Italy, TBA

Vilnius Book Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania, Feb. 20–23


AWP Conference & Bookfair, San Antonio, Tex., Mar. 4–7

Bangkok International Book Fair, Bangkok, Thailand, TBA

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, Mar. 30–Apr. 2

Book Lovers Con, Nashville, Mar. 18–22

Deckle Edge Literary Festival, Columbia, S.C., Mar. TBA

Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, Mar. 5–8

History Book Festival, Lewes, Del., Mar. 17

Left Coast Crime, San Diego, Calif., Mar. 12–15

Lehigh Valley Book Festival, Lehigh Valley, Pa., Mar. 27–29

Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany, Mar. 12–15

London Book Fair, London, Mar. 10–12

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, Tex., Mar. 6–7

Palm Beach Book Festival, Palm Beach, Fla., Mar. 20–21

Salon du Livre de Paris, Paris, France, Mar. 20–23

SleuthFest, Boca Raton, Fla., Mar. 26–29

South by Southwest, Austin, Tex., Mar. 13–22

New Orlean Book Festival, New Orleans, La., Mar. 19–21

Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, Ky., Mar. 2021

Tech Forum and E-bookcraft, Toronto, Mar. 23–25

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, La., Mar. 25–29

Texas Library Association Conference, Houston, Tex., Mar. 24–27

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Ariz., Mar. 14–15

UW–Madison’s Annual Writers’ Institute, Madison, Wis., Mar. 26–29

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Va., Mar. 18–21

Wizard World, Cleveland, Ohio, Mar. 6–8

The Write Stuff Writers Conference, Bethlehem, Pa., Mar. 12–14


Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., Apr. 15–21

Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, Ala., Apr. 18

Alexandria International Book Fair, Alexandria, Egypt, Apr. 23–25

Arkansas Literary Festival/Six Bridges Book Festival, Little Rock, Ark., Apr. 23–26

Bogotá International Book Fair, Bogotá, Colombia, Apr. 21–May 6

Buenos Aires Book Fair, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr. 30–May 18

Calgary Expo, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Apr. 23–26

Chicago Humanities Festival Springfest, Chicago, TBA

Eurasian International Book Fair, Astana, Kazakhstan, Apr. 22–26

Festival Neue Literatur, New York City, Apr. 23–26

IBPA Publishing University, Redondo Beach, Calif., Apr. 2–4

Idaho Writers Guild Pitchfest, Boise, Idaho, Apr. 24–25

International Book Festival Budapest, Budapest, Hungary, Apr. 23–26

L.A. Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, Apr. 18–19

Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, Mass., TBA

Norwescon, SeaTac, Wash., Apr. 9–12

Quebec International Book Fair, Quebec City, Canada, Apr. 15–19

San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, Tex., Apr. 4

Sant Jordi Festival, Barcelona, Spain, Apr. 23

The Self-Publishing Conference, Leicester, England, Apr. 25

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Sharjah, U.A.E., Apr. 8–18

Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Strokestown, Ireland, Apr. 30–May 4

Tehran International Book Fair, Tehran, Iran, Apr. 14–24

Tulsa Lit Fest, Tulsa, Okla., TBA

Unbound Book Festival, Columbia, Mo., Apr. 24

WonderCon, Los Angeles, Apr. 10–12

YALLWest Book Festival, Santa Monica, Calif., Apr. 24–25


Anime Central, Chicago, May 15–17

Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, Calif., May 2–3

Biographers International Organization Annual Conference, New York City, May 15–17

Book World Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, May 14-17

BookCon, New York City, May 30–31

BookExpo, New York City, May 27–29

Bookfest, Bucharest, Romania, May TBA

ECPA Leadership Summit, Nashville, May 5–6

Feira do Livro de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, TBA

Florida Writing Workshop, Tampa, Fla., May 16

Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, Md., May 16

Hawaii Book & Music Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii, TBA

Hay Festival Wales, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, U.K., May 21–31

Hudson Children’s Book Festival, Hudson, N.Y., May 2

International Arsenal Book Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, May 20–24

Literary Hill BookFest, Washington, D.C., May 23

LitUp, Independence, Mo., May 2

Madrid Book Fair, Madrid, Spain, May 29–June 14

Malice Domestic, Bethesda, Md., May. 1–3

Miami Writers Institute, Miami, TBA

New York Rights Fair, New York City, May 28–29

Nonfiction Writers Conference, online, May 6–8

Pennsylvania Writers Conference, Lancaster, Pa., May 15–17

The Prince George’s Book Festival, Landover, Md., TBD

Romance Slam Jam, Norfolk, Va., May 28–29

St. Petersburg International Book Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia, TBA

Tbilisi International Book Fair, Tbilisi, Georgia, May 31–June 3

Thessaloniki Book Fair, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 7–10

Turin International Book Fair, Turin, Italy, May 14–18

Venezuela International Book Fair, TBA

Warsaw International Book Fair, Warsaw, Poland, May 21–24


ABA Children’s Institute, Tucson, Ariz., June 22–24

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, June 25–30

Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Conference, Evanston, Ill., June 29–July 1

Bronx Book Festival, Bronx, N.Y., June 6

Brooklyn Comic Con, Brooklyn, N.Y., June 20–21

Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, Wash., June 26–27

Istanbul International Literature Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, June 3–6

Lit Crawl Boston, Boston, Mass., June. 11

Nantucket Book Festival, Nantucket, Mass., June 18–21

PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference, Austin, Tex., June 1–5

Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, June 6–7

Queens Book Festival, Queens, N.Y., TBD

Queen’s Park Book Festival, London, June 27–28

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, Calif., June 14–19

Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute, Bronxville, N.Y., TBD

Seoul International Book Fair, Seoul, South Korea, June 24–28

Squam Writes Retreat, Holderness, N.H., June 26–28

Why Reading Matters, Brooklyn, N.Y., TBD


Anime Expo, Los Angeles, July 2–5

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., July 30–Aug. 2

Comic-Con International, San Diego, Calif., July 23–26

Fiction at Its Finest Festival, London, July TBA

Hero Hype, Orlando, Fla., July 18

Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong, July 15–21

International Book Fair of Lima, Lima, Peru, July 17–Aug. 2

Northwest Book Festival, Portland, Ore., TBA

Otakon, Washington, D.C., July 31–Aug. 2

Paraty International Literary Festival (FLIP), Brazil, July 29–Aug. 2

PoetryFest, New York City, July TBA

Read Up, Greenville, Greenville, S.C., TBA

Santiago Book Fair, Santiago, Chile, July 22–Aug. 6

ThrillerFest, New York City, July 7–11


Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing, China, Aug. 26–30

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., Aug. 20–23

Ghana International Book Fair, Accra, Ghana, TBA

Killer Nashville, Nashville, Aug 20–23

Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, Australia, TBA

Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 15

National Book Festival, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29

Nepal International Book Fair, Kathmandu, Nepal, TBA

Romance GenreCon, Kansas City, Mo., TBA

Writer’s Digest Conference, New York City, Aug. 13–16

Writers at Woody Point, Woody Point, Newfoundland, Canada, Aug. 18–23


AJC Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, Ga., Sept. 4–6

Amman International Book Fair, Amman, Jordan, TBA

Bloody Scotland, Stirling, Scotland, U.K., Sept. 18–20

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, Winston-Salem, N.C., TBA

Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y., TBA

Burlington Book Festival, Burlington, Vt., TBA

California Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show, San Francisco, Sept. 23–25

Digital Book World Conference + Expo, Nashville, Sept. 14–15

Dragon Con, Atlanta, Sept. 3–7

Feira do Livro do Porto, Porto, Portugal, TBA

Göteborg Book Fair, Göteborg, Sweden, Sept. 24–27

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Harbor Springs, Mich., Sept. 25–27

Indonesia International Book Fair, Indonesia, Sept. 9–13

International Fair of Intellectual Literature, Moscow, Russia, Sept. 2–6

Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Lexington, Ky., TBA

Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Mich., N/A

Komiket, Quezon City, Philippines, Sept. 5–6

Lviv International Book and Literature Festival, Lviv, Ukraine, TBA

Nairobi International Book Fair, Nairobi, Kenya, TBA

New American Festival, New York City, TBA

New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference, Providence, R.I., Sept. 22–24

Open Book Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 2–6

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow, Tacoma, Wash., Sept. 30–Oct. 2

South African Book Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, TBA

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show, New Orleans, Sept. 11–13

Transylvanian Book Festival, Richis¸, Romania, Sept. 10–13

Unicorn Writers Conference, Purchase, N.Y., Sept. N/A

The Village Trip, New York City, TBA

Word on the Street, Toronto, TBA


2019 Neustadt Lit Fest, Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 19–21

Antwerp Book Fair, Belgium, Oct. 31–11

Brilliant Baltimore, Baltimore, Md., Oct. 3–4

Bienal do Livro, São Paolo, Brazil, Oct. 30–Nov. 8

Boston Book Festival, Boston, Mass., Oct. 4–25

Bouchercon, Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 15–18

Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, Vt., Oct. 16–18

Bucks County Book Festival, Doylestown, Pa., Oct. 3–4

Dodge Poetry Festival, Governor’s Island, N.Y., Oct. 22–25

Florida Writers Association Annual Conference, Florida City, Fla., Oct. 15–18

Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 14–18

Geneva Book and Press Fair, Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 28–Nov. 1

The Heartland Fall Forum, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 14–16

Helsinki Book Fair, Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 22–25

High Desert Book Festival, Hesperia, Calif., Postponed until 2021

Istanbul Book Fair, Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 31–Nov. 8

Krakow International Book Fair, Poland, Oct. 22–25

Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Oct. 31–Nov. 4

LIBER International Book Fair, Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 7–9

Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art, Chicago, Oct. 3–9

Litquake, San Francisco, Oct. 8–17

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference, Denver, Colo., Oct. 8–10

New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference, Baltimore, Md.,Oct.-25-27

New York Comic Con, New York City, Oct. 8–11

Rainbow Book Fair, New York City, Postponed until 2021

RomCon, Denver, Colo., N/A

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, Oct. 1–11

Texas Book Festival, Austin, Tex., Oct. 31–Nov. 15

Texas Teen Book Festival, Austin, Tex., Oct. 31–Nov. 1

Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 15–17

Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 19–25

Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, Wisc., October 15–18


Anime NYC, New York City, Nov. 20-22

Bibliotéka Bratislava, Slovakia, Nov. 12–15

Dublin Book Festival, Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 27–Dec. 6

ECPA Publishing University and Art of Writing Conference, Nashville, Nov. 11

Festival Albertine, New York City, TBA

Gaudeamus Book Fair, Bucharest, Romania, Nov. 18–22

Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 28–Dec. 6

Interliber, Zagreb, Croatia, Nov. 10–15

International Children and Young Adults Book Fair (FILIJ), Mexico City, Mexico, Postponed until 2021

Malta Book Festival, Valletta, Malta, Nov. 11–15

Miami Book Fair, Miami, Nov. 15–22

NCTE Annual Convention, Denver, Colo., Nov. 19–22

Salon du Livre de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Nov. 15–30

Shanghai International Children’s Fair, Shanghai, China, Nov. 13–15

Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, U.A.E., Nov. 4–14

Slovenian Book Fair, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Nov. 24–29

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 12–14

Vienna International Book Fair, Vienna, Austria, Postponed until 2021

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, Portland, Ore., Nov. 5–21

YALLFest, Charleston, S.C., Nov. 13–14


Con+Alt+Delete, Chicago, Dec. 18–20

International Belgrade Book Fair, Belgrade, Serbia, TBA

Jeddah International Book Fair, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, TBA

Moscow Non/Fiction Book Fair, Russia, Dec. 3–7

Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair), Rome, Italy, Dec. 4–8

Pula Festival of Books and Authors, Pula, Croatia, Dec. 5–13

Sofia International Book Fair, Sofia, Bulgaria, Dec. 10–15

Editor's Note: For events that have not yet released their dates for this year's fair, we have placed the meeting in roughly the usual time period. This article has been updated with further information. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this list may be out of date or incomplete. We apologize for the inconvenience.