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December 29, 2017
By John Maher
A roundup of some of the big publishing and literary events coming in 2018.

Another year, another slew of publishing and literary events. Some are in the distant future and others are mere days away, but, like last year, 2018 is full of conferences, fairs, and festivals for the industry insider and rabid reader alike. Here’s our roundup of some of the big ones.


Wizard World New Orleans, New Orleans, Jan. 5–7

New Delhi World Book Fair, New Delhi, Jan. 6–14

ABA Winter Institute, Memphis, Jan. 22–25

Angoulême International Comics Festival, Angoulême, France, Jan. 25–28


Feria Internacional del Libro La Habana, Havana, Feb. 1–11

Ekushey Book Fair, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 1-28

Taipei International Book Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan, Feb. 5–11

ALA Midwinter Meeting, Denver, Feb. 9–13

San Miguel Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Feb. 14–18

Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, Fla., Feb. 15–17

PubWest, Pasadena, Calif., Feb. 15–17

San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco, Feb. 15–18

Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, Ga., Feb. 15–18

Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Feb. 22–25

Vilnius Book Fair, Vilnius, Feb. 22–25


SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, Fla., Mar. 1–4

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, U.A.E., Mar. 1–10

Deckle Edge Literary Festival, Columbia, S.C., Mar. 3

PubTech Connect, New York City, Mar. 6

AWP Conference & Bookfair, Tampa, Fla., Mar. 7–10

South by Southwest, Austin, Tex., Mar. 9–18

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Ariz., Mar. 10–11

Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany, Mar. 15–18

Salon du Livre Paris, Paris, Mar. 16–19

PLA 2018 Conference, Philadelphia, Mar. 20–24

Tech Forum and E-bookcraft, Toronto, Mar. 21-23

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Mar. 21–25

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Va., Mar. 21–25

Left Coast Crime, Reno, Nev., Mar. 22-23

The Write Stuff Writers Conference, Bethlehem, Pa., Mar. 22–24

Alexandria International Book Fair, Alexandria, Egypt, Mar. 22–Apr. 4

Tokyo International Book Fair, Tokyo, Mar. 23–25

WonderCon, Los Angeles, Mar. 23–25

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

Bangkok International Book Fair, Bangkok, Mar. 26–Apr. 9

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, Mar. 26–29

Norwescon, SeaTac, Wash., Mar. 29–Apr. 1


Texas Library Association Conference, Dallas, Apr. 3–6

IBPA Publishing University, Austin, Tex., Apr. 5–7

San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, Tex., Apr. 7

London Book Fair, London, Apr. 10–12

Quebec International Book Fair, Quebec City, Canada, Apr. 11–15

UW–Madison’s Annual Writers’ Institute, Madison, Wis., Apr. 12–15

Wizard World Portland, Portland, Ore., Apr. 13–15

Palm Beach Book Festival, Palm Beach, Fla., Apr. 14–15

Bogota International Book Fair, Bogotá, Apr. 17–May 2

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Sharjah, U.A.E., Apr. 18–28

International Book Festival Budapest, Budapest, Apr. 19–22

Unbound Book Festival, Columbia, Mo., Apr. 20

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, Tex., Apr. 20-21

Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, Ky., Apr. 20–21

Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, Ala., Apr. 21

L.A. Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, Apr. 21–22

Geneva Book and Press Fair, Geneva, Apr. 25–29

Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, Ark., Apr. 26–29

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

Buenos Aires Book Fair, Buenos Aires, Apr. 26–May 14

Chicago Humanities Festival Springfest, Chicago, Apr. 27-29

Malice Domestic, Bethesda, Md., Apr. 27-29

The Self-Publishing Conference, Leicester, England, Apr. 28

Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, Calif., Apr. 28–29

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


ECPA Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C., May 1–2

Nonfiction Writers Conference, online, May 2–4

Tehran International Book Fair, Tehran, May 1–11

Hudson Children’s Book Festival, Hudson, N.Y., May 5

YALLWEST Book Festival, Santa Monica, Calif., May 5

Literary Hill BookFest, Washington, D.C., May 6

Book World, Prague, May 10–13

Thessaloniki Book Fair, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 10–13

Turin International Book Fair, Turin, Italy, May 10–14

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, Atlanta, May 15–20

Warsaw Book Fair, Warsaw, May 17–20

St. Petersburg International Book Fair, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 17–20

Bronx Book Festival, the Bronx, N.Y., May 18-19

Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, Md., May 19

Hay Festival Wales, Wales, U.K., May 24-June 3

BookExpo, New York City, May 30–June 1

New York Rights Fair, New York City, May 30–June 1

Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival, Honolulu, TBD

Idaho Writers Guild Pitchfest, Boise, Idaho, TBD

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


BookCon, New York City, June 2–3

Why Reading Matters, Brooklyn, June 7

PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference, New Orleans, June 6-8

Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, June 9-10

Queens Book Festival, Queens, N.Y., June 9–10

Book Passage Children’s Picture Book Writers & Illustrators Weekend, Corte Madera, Calif., June 15–17

Nantucket Book Festival, Nantucket, Mass., June 15–17

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, Calif., June 17–23

Association of Jewish Libraries 53rd Annual Conference, Boston, June 18-20

ABA Children’s Institute, New Orleans, June 19–21

Seoul International Book Fair, Seoul, June 20–24

ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21–26

Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, Wash., June 22–23

The Writers’ League of Texas 2016 Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, Tex., June 29–July 1

Feira do Livro de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, TBD


Fiction at Its Finest Festival, London, July 6–8

ThrillerFest, New York City, July 10–14

Book Passage Young Adult & Middle Grade Book Writers Weekend, Corte Madera, Calif., July 11–12

Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong, July 18–24

Comic-Con International, San Diego, Calif., July 19–22

Pennsylvania Writers Conference, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., July 29–Aug. 4

Northwest Book Festival, Portland, Ore., TBD

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


Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., Aug. 9–12

Writer’s Digest Conference, New York City, Aug. 10–12

Writers at Woody Point, Woody Point, Canada, Aug. 14–19

Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 18

Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing, Aug. 22–26

Killer Nashville, Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 23-26

AJC Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, Ga., Aug. 31–Sept. 2


National Book Festival, Washington, D.C., Sept. 1

Dragon Con, Atlanta, Sept. 1–4

Open Book Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 5–9

Bouchercon, St. Petersburg, Fla., Sept. 6-9

Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 9

Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 10-17

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show, New Orleans, Sept. 13–15

Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Lexington, Ky., Sept. 13–16

Unicorn Writers Conference, Purchase, N.Y., Sept. 15

New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference, Providence, R.I., Sept. 25–27

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, Calif., Sept. 27–30

Göteborg Book Fair, Göteborg, Sweden, Sept. 27–30

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Harbor Springs, Mich., Sept. 28-30

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow, Portland, Ore., Sept. 28–30

Burlington Book Festival, Burlington, Vt., TBD

Word on the Street, Toronto, TBD


Digital Book World Conference + Expo, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 2–4

The Heartland Fall Forum, Lombard, Ill., Oct. 3–5

New York Comic Con, New York City, Oct. 4–7

RomCon, Denver, Oct. 5–7

Texas Teen Book Festival, Austin, Tex., Oct. 6

Dublin Book Festival, Dublin, Oct. 6–7

Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 10–14

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, Park City, Utah, Oct. 11–13

Litquake, San Francisco, Oct. 11–20

Florida Writers Association Annual Conference, Altamonte Springs, Fla., Oct. 18–21

International Belgrade Book Fair, Belgrade, Oct. 21–28

Helsinki Book Fair, Helsinki, Oct. 25–28

Texas Book Festival, Austin, Tex., Oct. 27-28

Chicago Humanities Festival Fallfest, Chicago, Oct. 27-Nov. 11

Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, U.A.E., Oct. 31–Nov. 10

Alternative Press Expo, San Jose, Calif., TBD

Boston Book Festival, Boston, TBD

Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, Vt., TBD

Feira do Livro do Porto, Porto, Portugal, TBD

Liber International Book Fair, Barcelona, Spain, TBD

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Discovery Show, San Francisco, TBD

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show, TBD

Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., TBD

Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, Canada, TBD

WordFest, Calgary, Canada, TBD


ECPA Publishing University and Art of Writing Conference, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 6-7

YALLFest, Charleston, S.C., Nov. 9-10

Shanghai Children’s Fair, Shanghai, Nov. 9–11

Miami Book Fair, Miami, Nov. 11–18

NCTE Annual Convention, Houston, Tex., Nov. 15-18

Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) Workshop, Houston, Tex., Nov. 19-20, 2018

Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 24–Dec. 2

Festival Albertine, New York City, TBD

International Fair of Intellectual Literature, Moscow, TBD

Istanbul Book Fair, Istanbul, TBD

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Salon du Livre de Montréal, Montréal City, Canada, TBD

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

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, Portland, Ore., TBD

Note: If you know about a conference or festival missing from this list, please email us with the event’s name, location, and dates, as well as a URL for the event’s website, at We’ll add it to the online version or include it in a future list.

CORRECTION: This article initially had the ABA Children's Institute taking place in Portland, Ore.; it will be in New Orleans. The Nonfiction Writers Conference will take place on May 2–4, not May 24-26. The article has also been updated with further events.