In honor of the SE-YA Book Festival (Southeastern Young Adult) beginning today, here is a short list of free book festivals going on in the United States this year:
SE-YA Book Festival – Murfreesboro, TN
March 7-8: Student Days
March 9th: Community Day
I have attended this festival before and came back today (as well as will be attending tomorrow, and Saturday) because the panels are really interesting and definitely worth a day of attending. If you want books signed, they even have allotted times for book/poster signings! We are allowed to ask questions during the conference and many authors from different genres attend.
Authors who have gone in the past and some of which are showing up again this year:
Becky Albertalli (super relatable, is also anxiety-prone which makes me love her more??)
Adam Silvera (popular, so so popular but isn’t attending this year)
Jeff Zentner (SO HILARIOUS)
Maggie Steifvater (!!!)
Margaret Peterson Haddix (!!!)
Heather Kaczynski (what a truly peaceful person. I could sit there all day and just listen to her talk)
Alex London (uhm Falconry. There’s no more to say other than he loves big birds and that is more than enough to prove how cool he is.)
Renee Ahdieh (she’s cute!! and has great stories!! and is half Korean, half Scottish!! also has a pup named Mushu and thats kinda super cool okay)
S.E. Green (I have no words other than I fell in love with her – her interest in serial killers is divinely odd but it works for her books!! So, good for her!!)
Katie McGarry (another one of those rare characters who invests herself into her story to a level that inspires AWE)
Tiffany D. Jackson (“Monday’s not coming” has been recommended to me as a BESTSELLER, shes also extremely chill and wants to be the change for minority kids in jail)
Mindy McGinnis (so quirky, I liked her a LOT in the panel)
Sarah Glenn Marsh (very very unique personality, her books sound super interesting and deal with death. So. Much. Death.)
Arvin Ahmadi (the bubbliest, nicest author YET. Definitely the type of person you can have a days long conversation with)
Library of Congress National Book Festival – Washington D.C.
“Amazing authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, biography, poetry, graphic novels and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival.”
The LA Times Festival of Books – Los Angeles, CA
Disclaimer: There might be service fees and parking IS $12.00 but the general admission is at no cost.
“The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and conversations on some of today’s hottest topics.”
Texas Book Festival – Austin, TX
“The Texas Book Festival is FREE and open to the public. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 100+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. We are a nonprofit organization. Book sales at the Festival support the two day event and our statewide school and library programs. Thank you for your support!”
Brooklyn Book Festival – New York City
“Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, the Festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace.”
Miami Book Fair – Miami, FL
There are a TON of activities going on during these days. I believe you choose when to attend based on what they’re offering.
Have you ever been to a book festival?
If so, how was your experience?
If not, would you like to go to one someday?