With the widespread dissemination of Covid-19 vaccines, publishing conference and book fair planners went ahead with scheduling in-person events for much of 2022. Now, however, concerns regarding the omicron variant of Covid-19 have already resulted in some shifting of dates and a few meetings moving from in-person to online. Indeed, last week the American Booksellers Association announced it was canceling plans to hold its 2022 Winter Institute in Cincinatti February 13–16 and said it would announce new plans for the event soon.

The organizers of two other big events—the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy—are still hoping to proceed in person. In the case of Bologna, it would be the first in-person fair since 2019. “After Frankfurt in October, I was feeling very confident that we would be able to hold our event live and in person,” said Elena Pasoli, exhibition manager of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. “But with this new variant, we don’t know what will happen. Two years in a row without meeting has already been very challenging. While we have had two successful virtual events, we all know it is not the same as meeting face-to-face.”

The following is a list of domestic and international events that, as of late December 2021, are scheduled to run in the first three months of 2022.


Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque, N.Mex.,

January 14–16

Angoulême International Comics Festival, Angoulême,

France, January 27–30

Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival,

virtual, January 14–15

Cairo Book Fair, Cairo, Egypt, January 26–February 6

Fan Expo Portland, Portland, Ore., January 21–23

F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival, Daytona Beach, Fla., January 6–8

International Kolkata Book Fair, Kolkata, India,

January 31–February 13

New Delhi World Book Fair, New Delhi, India,

January 8–16

Sunshine State Book Festival, Gainesville, Fla.,

January 29–30


ABA Winter Institute, Cincinnati, February 13–16

(canceled, new plans pending)

Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, Fla.,

February 18–19

AniMangaPOP Plymouth, Plymouth, U.K., February 12–13

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, U.A.E.,

February 3–13

Feria Internacional del Libro de la Habana, Havana, Cuba,

February 10–20

Paisley Book Festival, Paisley, U.K., February 17–26

PubWest, Denver, February 3–5

Riga Book Fair, Riga, Latvia, February 25–27

San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco,

February 17–20

Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, Ga., February 17–20

Shoff Promotions Comic Book Show, Annandale, Va.,

February 27

Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, online, February 18–22

Vilnius Book Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania, February 24–27


AWP Conference & Bookfair, Philadelphia, March 23–26

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, March 21–24

Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, Ga., March 5

Ennis Book Club Festival, Ennis, Ireland, March 4–6

Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, March 10–13

Istanbul CNR Book Fair, Istanbul, Turkey, March 19–27

Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India, March 5–24

Lehigh Valley Book Festival, Lehigh Valley, Pa.,

March 25–27

Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany, March 17–20

Monroeville Literary Festival, Monroeville, La., Mar 4–5

New Orleans Book Festival, New Orleans, March 10–12

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, Tex., March 4–5

Palm Beach Book Festival, Palm Beach, Fla., March 10–12

Poznan´ Book Fair, Poznan´, Poland, March 11–13

South by Southwest, Austin, Tex., March 11–20

Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, Ky.,

March 26

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Meyers, Fla.,

March 5

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,

New Orleans, March 23–27

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Ariz., March 12–13

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Va.,

March 16–20

The Write Stuff Writers Conference, TBD, March 24–26