2019 Worldwide Book & Literary Festivals

 

Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas, Ireland

O’Shea’s pub-cum-hardware store is enough reason to visit the tiny Co Carlow village of Borris, especially if it is June and the Festival of Writing & Ideas has come to town. Both pub and festival, set in the nearby Big House, are small, friendly, intense, and leave a big impression. It’s like a joyous weekend-long literary lock-in – you might find yourself next to an Irish bard or Booker prize-winner discussing someone’s new novel, or humming along to trad ballads.

June 7–9 (festivalofwritingandideas.com)

5. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali

Launched in the Bali hills as a response to the 2004 bombing, this has now grown into a major four-day gathering of writers, performers and thinkers. Ubud, long a centre for arts and crafts, offers a variety of encounters, from talks and discussions to workshops and literary lunches, which in 2018 included dining with Geoff Dyer and Fatima Bhutto.

Oct 23–27 (ubudwritersfestival.com)

 

Brooklyn Book Festival

Taking place in New York every autumn, Brooklyn Book Festival is free to the public, with tickets to events allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The festival includes a children’s day and Bookend Events, which take place across the city.

16-23 Sept 2019

 

Buenos Aires International Book Fair

La Feria del Libro, Buenos Aires’ international book fair, is one of the most important annual literary events in the Spanish speaking world. It takes place each April in Argentina, and is made up of ince than 1,000 events, including book launches, debates and, in 2018, a reading marathon.

25 Apr – 13 May 2019

 

Black Pack Party
TBA , New York, New York

Hosted by: Cosponsored with People of Color in Publishing
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Black Pack Party
Email: troy@aalbc.com

Book Expo America
Javitz Center, New York, New York

Hosted by: Association of American Publishers, Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and the American Booksellers Association
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Book Expo America
Email: inquiry@bookexpoamerica.com

Anguilla Literary Festival
Paradise Cove Resort, West End, Anguilla

Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Anguilla Literary Festival

Annual Literary & Arts Conference
African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hosted by: Art Sanctuary
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Annual Literary & Arts Conference
Email: info@artsanctuary.org

African American Children’s Book Fair
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: African American Children’s Book Fair
Email: emailus@lewismuseum.org

The Bronx Book Fair
Bronx Library Center/New York Public Library, Bronx, New York

Hosted by: Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Bronx Book Fair
Email: bronxbookfair@gmail.com

Books in Bloom Literary Festival
The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Hosted by:
Presented by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation

Dates: Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Sunday, May 20, 2018

Website: Books in Bloom Literary Festival
Email: jean@booksinbloom.org

Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California

Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
Email: shane@yallwest.com

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Gaithersburg Book Festival
Email: ccrosby@gaithersburgmd.gov

Greater St. Louis Book Fair
West County Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Email: info@stlouisbookfair.org

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Various Locations, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Email: info@thefoldcanada.org

RT Booklovers Convention
Peppermill Resort, Hotel, Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada

Hosted by: RT Book Reviews
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: RT Booklovers Convention
Email: jocarol@rtconvention.com

North Jersey Literary Festival
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University-Newark, University Heights, Newark, New Jersey

Hosted by: Garden State Events, LLC and Chanelle Alexandria
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: North Jersey Literary Festival
Email: info@njlitfestival.com

Hustle & Grind Book Fair
CG Community Center, Detriot, Michigan

Hosted by: Hood Book Headquarters
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Hustle & Grind Book Fair
Email: hoodbookhq@hotmail.com

The Bronx Book Festival
Fordham Plaza in the Bronx, Bronx, New York

Hosted by: Saraciea Fennell, Founder
Date: May 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Bronx Book Festival
Email: BronxBookFest@gmail.com

Great American Book Festival
Main Street Square, Rapid City, South Dakota

Hosted by: Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Website: Great American Book Festival
Email: LITERARYCLASSICS@LIVE.COM

The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, Sliver Spring, Maryland

Hosted by:
Sistahs On Lit

Dates: Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019

Website: The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
Email: papaya@sistahsonlit.com

AAMBC Literary Awards
Various Locations, Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by: African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC)
Date: June 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: AAMBC Literary Awards
Email: aambcvoting@gmail.com

Printers Row Lit Fest
Historic Printers Row, Chicago, Illinois

Date: June 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Printers Row Lit Fest

BookCon
Javitz Center, New York, New York

Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Date: June 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: BookCon
Email: inquiry@TheBookCon.com

Romance Slam Jam Convention
Kansas City, Missouri,

Date: June 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Romance Slam Jam Convention
Email: info@rsjconvention.com

Memphis Literary Arts Festival
Edge District of downtown Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Hosted by: The Center for Southern Literary Arts
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: All Day Long

Website: Memphis Literary Arts Festival
Email: getlit@southernliteraryarts.org

Bay Area Book Festival
In Downtown Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Dates: Saturday, May 4, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

Website: Bay Area Book Festival
Email: info@baybookfest.org

Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hosted by: Go On Girl! Book Club
Dates: Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019

Website: Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
Email: events@goongirl.org

Sacramento Black Book Fair
The Historic Center of Oak Park, Sacramento, California

Hosted by: Blue Nile Press
Dates: Friday, May 31, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

Website: Sacramento Black Book Fair
Email: faye@bluenilepress.com

ALA Conference
Washington, District of Columbia,

Hosted by: American Library Association
Dates: Thursday, June 20, 2019 to Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Website: ALA Conference

Austin African American Book Festival
George Washington Carver Library, and
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Austin, Texas

Hosted by: Rosalind Oliphant
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Website: Austin African American Book Festival
Email: info@aabookfest.com

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair
61st Street from Cottage Grove to King Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Hosted by: Asadah Kirkland
Date: July 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Soulful Chicago Book Fair
Email: soulfulchicagobookfair@gmail.com

The Atlanta Kick Back
Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Georgia

Hosted by: 556 Book Chicks Book Club
Date: July 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Atlanta Kick Back
Email: atlantakickback@gmail.com

South Florida Book Festival
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Lauderdale, Florida

Hosted by: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Date: July 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: South Florida Book Festival
Email: lib-customersvc@broward.org

Atlanta African American Book Festival
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by: Atlanta African American Book Festival
Date: July 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Atlanta African American Book Festival
Email: info@aaabookfest.com

Harlem Book Fair
West 135th Street, Harlem, New York

Hosted by: Max Rodriguez
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: Harlem Book Fair
Email: hbf@qbr.com

Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Outdoor Promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHCP), Los Angeles, California

Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Email: info@leimertparkboofair.com

AJC Decatur Book Festival
Venue TBD, Decatur, Georgia

Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: AJC Decatur Book Festival
Phone: 404.666.2112

Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair
The Denver Mart – I-25 & 58th Avenue, Denver, Denver, Colorado

Hosted by: Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association (RMABA)
Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair
Email: bookfair2016@rmaba.org

The Writivism Festival
Kampala, Uganda,

Hosted by: Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE)
Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Writivism Festival

Toronto Urban Book Expo
Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada

Hosted by: Kya Publishing
Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Toronto Urban Book Expo
Email: info@kyapublishing.com

Seattle Urban Book Expo
Centilia Cultural Center, Seattle, Washington

Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Seattle Urban Book Expo
Email: subexpoinfo@gmail.com

Beijing International Book Fair
Beijing, China,

Hosted by: China National Publications Import & Export Corp.
Date: August 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Beijing International Book Fair
Email: bibfmo@bibf.net

National Book Club Conference
Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Hosted by: National Book Club Conference Foundation
Dates: Friday, August 2, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Website: National Book Club Conference

Mississippi Book Festival
Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Mississippi

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Website: Mississippi Book Festival
Email: info@msbookfestival.com

National Conference of African American Librarians
Tulsa, Oklahoma,

Dates: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020

Website: National Conference of African American Librarians

Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity, Brooklyn, New York

Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Brooklyn Book Festival
Email: lkoch@brooklynbookfestival.org

Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Dates: Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018

Website: Baltimore Book Festival
Email: baltimorebookfestival@promotionandarts.org

Independent Authors Book Expo
Warinanco Sports Center, Roselle, New Jersey

Hosted by: Renaee Smith
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Independent Authors Book Expo
Email: iabex@hotmail.com

ZEE JLF at Boulder
Boulder Library and Civic Lawns, Boulder, Colorado

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: ZEE JLF at Boulder
Email: contact@teamworkarts.com

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
Burnsville, North Carolina,

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
Email: cmlitfest@gmail.com

South Dakota Festival of Books
Brookings & Sioux Falls, South Dakota,

Hosted by: South Dakota Humanities Council
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: South Dakota Festival of Book

Fall for the Book
George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, Virginia

Hosted by: William Miller
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Fall for the Book
Email: executivedirector@fallforthebook.org

Fall Into Fiction
Four Points by Sheraton, Emeryville, California

Hosted by: United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB)
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Fall Into Fiction
Email: ucaabookclubs@yahoo.com

Festival of Women Writers
Hobart, New York,

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Festival of Women Writers
Email: hobartfestivalofwomenwriters@gmail.com

Open Book Cape Town
The Fugard Theatre , Capetown, South Africa

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Open Book Cape Town

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
Albuquerque, New Mexico,

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Description:
The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is a conference for everyone! The conference is sponsored by five associations of ethnic librarians, including:
American Indian Library Association (AILA)
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)

Kerrytown BookFest
Farmer’s Market, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Kerrytown BookFest

Kingston WritersFest
Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, Ontario, Canada

Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Kingston WritersFest
Email: info@kingstonwritersfest.ca

The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books
Check the website, Bedford, Pennsylvania

Hosted by: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Date: September 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books
Email: arfbinfo@gmail.com

Library of Congress National Book Festival
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, District of Columbia

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time:

Website: Library of Congress National Book Festival
Email: bookfest@loc.gov

The Cavalcade of Authors
Cambria Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Hosted by: Marcro Marketing and Promotions Group
Dates: Friday, September 27, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019

Website: The Cavalcade of Authors

The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair
Morgan State University – University Student Center Building, Timonium, Maryland

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The African American Author’s Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair
Email: africanamerican expo@gmail.com

African American Literary Awards Show
TBD., New York, New York

Hosted by: Yvette Hayward
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: African American Literary Awards Show
Email: yvette@literaryawardshow.com
Price: $55

National Black Book Festival
Fallbrook Church / Gymnasium, Houston, Texas

Hosted by: Cushcity.com
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: National Black Book Festival
Email: info@nationalblackbookfestival.com

Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony
Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, District of Columbia

Hosted by: Hurston/Wright Foundation
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Ceremony

Wimbledon BookFest
Wimbledon Common, London, United Kingdom

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Wimbledon BookFest
Email: info@wimbledonbookfest.org

Alaska Book Week
Statewide, , Alaska

Hosted by: Alaska Center for the Book
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Alaska Book Week
Email: alaskabookweek@gmail.com

Boston Book Festival
Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Boston Book Festival
Email: info@bostonbookfest.org

Twin Cities Book Festival
MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hosted by: Rain Taxi
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Twin Cities Book Festival

Books by the Banks
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Books by the Banks
Email: contact@booksbythebanks.org

Southern Festival of Books
Nashville, Tennessee,

Hosted by: Humanities Tennessee
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Southern Festival of Books

Texas Book Festival
State Capitol and surrounding grounds, Austin, Texas

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Texas Book Festival
Email: bookfest@texasbookfestival.org

West Virginia Book Festival
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: West Virginia Book Festival
Email: WVBookFestival@kanawhalibrary.org

Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison Public Library, Madison, Wisconsin

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Wisconsin Book Festival
Email: bookfest@mplfoundation.org

Collingswood Book Festival
Along Haddon Avenue, Downtown Collingswood, NJ, Collingswood, New Jersey

Hosted by: Collingswood Public Library
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Collingswood Book Festival
Email: nfo@collingswoodbookfestival.com

Burlington Book Festival
UVM’s Dudley H. Davis Center and Other Venues, Burlington, Vermont

Hosted by: Rick Kisonak, Festival Director
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Burlington Book Festival

SCIBA Trade Show
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, Pomona, California

Hosted by: The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: SCIBA Trade Show
Email: andrea@scibabooks.org

Morristown Festival of Books
Morristown, New Jersey,

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Morristown Festival of Books
Email: info@morristownbooks.org

Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Longwood University, Farmville, Farmville, Virginia

Hosted by: Longwood University
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Virginia Children’s Book Festival
Email: info@vachildrensbookfestival.com

Brattleboro Literary Festival
Brattleboro, Vermont,

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Brattleboro Literary Festival
Email: vtbookfest@gmail.com

International Festival of Authors
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

Hosted by: IFOA
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: International Festival of Authors
Email: info@ifoa.org

Vancouver Writers Fest
Granville Island, and two off Site Venues, Vancouver, Canada

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Vancouver Writers Fest
Email: info@writersfest.bc.ca

New York Comic Con
Javitz Center, New York, New York

Hosted by: ReedPOP Events
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: New York Comic Con
Email: Inquiry@NYComicCon.com

Fort Worth BookFest
Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus, Fort Worth, Texas

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Fort Worth BookFest
Email: fwbookfest2017@gmail.com

Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair)
Frankfurt Trade Fair Grounds, Frankfurt, Germany

Hosted by: Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair)
Email: contact@book-fair.com

The Christian Book Lover’s Retreat
Doubletree Resorts, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Hosted by: Vanessa Miller
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Christian Book Lover’s Retreat
Email: info@christianbookloversretreat.com

Read My World
Amsterdam, Netherlands,

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Read My World
Email: info@readmyworld.nl

The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, Washington

Hosted by: Louis Collins & Bill Wolfe
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Email: visitor@seattlebookfair.com

Digital Book World
Music City Center, Nashville, Tennesse

Hosted by: Score Publishing
Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Digital Book World

Minnesota Black Author’s Expo
The Holden Room, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: October 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Minnesota Black Author’s Expo

Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend
Harborside Hotel, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Hosted by: Sharon Lucas and The Reading Divas Book Club
Dates: Friday, October 4, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019

Website: Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend
Email: sharon@sharonrlucas.com

Vegas Valley Book Festival
Las Vegas, Nevada,

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time:

Website: Vegas Valley Book Festival
Email: plharris@lasvegasnevada.gov

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Dates: Thursday, October 31, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019

Website: Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention

Mosaic Literary Conference
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York

Hosted by: The Literary Freedom Project
Date: November 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Mosaic Literary Conference
Email: ron@literaryfreedom.org

Ake Arts and Book Festival
Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Ogun, Nigeria

Hosted by: The Book Buzz Foundation
Date: November 2019 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Ake Arts and Book Festival
Email: info@akefestival.org

Description:
The Book Buzz Foundation is a non-governmental organisation founded by teacher and writer, Lola Shoneyin. The Board of Trustees include Ms Mojisola Adeniran, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, and Dr Soji Adelaja.
The main aims of the Book Buzz Foundation are three fold:
To promote literacy, especially amongst children of school-going age
To develop reading spaces
To organise literary and cultural events
Through our Project Inspire! initiative which takes place during the Ake Arts and Book Festival, we organise school visits so that accomplished and prominent creatives meet and interact with school children. Ake Festival guests read tho the children, share their experiences and talk to them about the importance of reading and writing. The children are truly inspired by these visits but Ake Festival guests have found it to be a valuable experience.

National Black Writers Conference
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York

Hosted by: Center for Black Literature
Date: March 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: National Black Writers Conference
Phone: 718-804-8883
Email: writers@mec.cuny.edu

Kingston Book Festival
Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.,

Hosted by: Book Industry Association of Jamaica
Date: March 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Kingston Book Festival
Email: kgnbookfest@gmail.com

Calabash International Literary Festival
Treasure Beach, Treasure Beach, Jamaica, W.I.

Hosted by: The Calabash International Literary Festival Trust
Date: June 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Calabash International Literary Festival
Email: calabashfestival@hotmail.com

Description:
The Calabash International Literary Festival, held on a biennial basis on even years, was founded in 2001 by three Jamaicans the novelist Colin Channer, the poet Kwame Dawes and the producer Justine Henzell. Their aim was simple—to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world. The Calabash International Literary Festival was founded in 2001 by three Jamaicans the novelist Colin Channer, the poet Kwame Dawes and the producer Justine Henzell. Their aim was simple—to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world.
A three-day festival of readings and music with other forms of storytelling folded in the mix, Calabash is earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse. After 10 successive years Calabash is now staged on a biennial basis on even years. All festival events are free and open to the public. Passion is the only price of entry. But voluntary contributions are welcomed.
The festival is produced by the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust (the Trust), which also produces publishing seminars and writing workshops. The Trust is affiliated with the Friends of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a registered 501(c)(3) corporation in the United States.

Learn more about Calabash International Literary Festival on AALBC.com.

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