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January 4, 2017
By John Maher
Our annual look of book fairs and conferences for indie authors.

Some are in the distant future, others are mere days away. One thing is certain, however: 2017 is jam-packed with literary events. This year, by request, we’ve rounded up a number of consumer shows to include on our list in addition to trade-focused shows. 


Wizard World Comic Con, New Orleans, Jan. 6–8

New Delhi World Book Fair, New Delhi, India, Jan. 7–15

*Digital Book World Conference + Expo, New York City, Jan. 17–19

*ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston, Jan. 20–24

Angoulême International Comics Festival, Angoulême, France, Jan. 26–29

ABA Winter Institute, Minneapolis, Jan. 27–30


*AWP Conference & Bookfair, Washington, D.C., Feb. 8–11

Taipei International Book Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan, Feb. 8–13

PubWest 2017, Portland, Ore., Feb. 9–11

Feria Internacional del Libro La Habana, Havana, Feb. 10–17

San Miguel Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Feb. 15–19

Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, Fla., Feb. 16–18

Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, Ga., Feb. 16–19

*San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco, Feb. 16–19

Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Portland, Ore., Feb. 17–19

Vilnius Book Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania, Feb. 23–26

*SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, Fla., Feb. 23–26

Deckle Edge Literary Festival, Columbia, S.C., Feb. 24–26


Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, Mar. 3–11

Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Mar. 9–13

*South by Southwest, Austin, Tex., Mar. 10–19

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Ariz., Mar. 11–12

*London Book Fair, London, Mar. 14–16

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Mar. 22–26

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Va., Mar. 22–26

*The Write Stuff Writers Conference, Bethlehem, Pa., Mar. 23–25

Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany, Mar. 23–26

Alexandria International Book Fair, Alexandria, Egypt, Mar. 23–Apr. 4

*UW–Madison’s 27th Annual Writers’ Institute, Madison, Wis., Mar. 24–26

Salon du Livre Paris, Paris, Mar. 24–27

*Unicorn Writers Conference, Purchase, N.Y., Mar. 25

Long Island LitFest, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Mar. 26

Bangkok International Book Fair, Bangkok, Mar. 29–Apr. 9

WonderCon, Los Angeles, Mar. 31–Apr. 2


Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, Apr. 3–6

ABC Children’s Institute, Portland, Ore., Apr. 5–7

Quebec International Book Fair, Quebec City, Canada, Apr. 5–9

*IBPA Publishing University, Portland, Ore., Apr. 7–8

San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, Tex., Apr. 8

*Norwescon, SeaTac, Wash., Apr. 13–16

PubTech Connect, New York City, Apr. 20

International Book Festival Budapest, Budapest, Apr. 20–23

Unbound Book Festival, Columbia, Mo., Apr. 21

Palm Beach Book Festival, Palm Beach, Fla., Apr. 21–22

Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, Ky., Apr. 21–22

Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, Ala., Apr. 22

*The Self-Publishing Conference, Leicester, England, Apr. 22

L.A. Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, Apr. 22–23

Bogota International Book Fair, Bogota, Colombia, Apr. 25–May 8

Geneva Book and Press Fair, Geneva, Apr. 26–30

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., Apr. 26–May 2

Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, Ark., Apr. 27–30

Buenos Aires Book Fair, Buenos Aires, Apr. 27–May 15

Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, Mass., Apr. 28–29


Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, Atlanta, May 2–7

*Nonfiction Writers Conference, online, May 3–5

Tehran International Book Fair, Tehran, May 3–13

Idaho Writers Guild Pitchfest, Boise, Idaho, May 5–6

Hudson Children’s Book Festival, Hudson, N.Y., May 6

Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 6–7

Literary Hill BookFest, Washington, D.C., May 7

Book World, Prague, May 11–14

Thessaloniki Book Fair, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 12–15

Warsaw Book Fair, Warsaw, May 18–21

Turin International Book Fair, Turin, Italy, May 18–22

Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, Md., May 20

The Prince George’s Book Festival, Landover, Md., May 20

St. Petersburg International Book Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25–28

Queens Book Festival, Queens, N.Y., May 27–28

*BookExpo, New York City, May 31–June 2


*BookCon, New York City, June 3–4

Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, Calif., June 3–4

Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, June 10-11

Ann Arbor Book Festival, Ann Arbor, Mich., June 15–17

Nantucket Book Festival, Nantucket, Mass., June 16–18

Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, Sacramento, Calif., June 16–18

*The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, Calif., June 18–23

Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, Wash., June 23-24

*ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla., June 23–28

*The Writers’ League of Texas 2016 Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, Tex., June 30–July 2

21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, New Rochelle, N.Y., TBD

Seoul International Book Fair, Seoul, TBD


*ThrillerFest, New York City, July 11–15

*Comic-Con International, San Diego, Calif., July 20–23

Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong, July 19–25

Book Passage Young Adult & Middle Grade Book Writers Weekend, Corte Madera, Calif., July 21-24

Book Passage Children's Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Weekend, Corte Madera, Calif., July 28-30

Northwest Book Festival, Portland, Ore., July 29

Read Up, Greenville, Greenville, S.C., TBD


Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., Aug. 10-13

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., Aug. 10–13

Writers at Woody Point, Woody Point, Canada, Aug. 15–20

*Writer’s Digest Conference, New York City, Aug. 18–20

Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 19

Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing, Aug. 23–27


AJC Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, Ga., Sept. 1–3

Dragon Con, Atlanta, Sept. 1–4

Open Book Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 6–10

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., Sept. 7-10

*Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Lexington, Ky., Sept. 15–16

Burlington Book Festival, Burlington, Vt., Sept. 15–17

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show, New Orleans, Sept. 15–17

New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference, Providence, R.I., Sept. 18–20

Göteborg Book Fair, Gothenburg, Sweden, Sept. 22–25

*Word on the Street, Toronto, Sept. 24

*RomCon, Denver, Sept. 30–Oct. 1

Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 11–17

*Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago, TBD

Tokyo International Book Fair, Tokyo, TBD


*New York Comic Con, New York City, Oct. 5–8

Litquake, San Francisco, Oct. 6-14

WordFest, Calgary, Canada, Oct. 6–15

Alternative Press Expo, San Jose, Calif., Oct. 8–9

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow, Portland, Ore., Oct. 8–10

The Heartland Fall Forum, Lombard, Ill., Oct. 11–13

*Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Oct. 11–15

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show, San Francisco, Oct. 19–20

International Belgrade Book Fair, Belgrade, Oct. 22–29

Helsinki Book Fair, Helsinki, Oct. 26–29

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show, Pomona, Calif., Oct. 27–28

Boston Book Festival, Boston, TBD

Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, Vt., TBD

Liber International Book Fair, Barcelona, TBD

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, TBD

Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis, TBD

Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, TBD


Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, U.A.E., Nov. 1–11

Istanbul Book Fair, Istanbul, Nov. 4–12

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, Portland, Ore., Nov. 11

Montreal Book Fair, Montreal, Nov. 15–20

Shanghai Children’s Fair, Shanghai, Nov. 17–19

Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 25–Dec. 3

International Fair of Intellectual Literature, Moscow, Nov. 29–Dec. 3

Dublin Book Festival, Dublin, TBD

Festival Albertine, New York City, TBD

Miami Book Fair, Miami, TBD

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, St. Petersburg, Fla., TBD

Texas Book Festival, Austin, Tex., TBD


* Indicates events with self-publishing presentations.