25 annual book fest around the World

For an avid reader there is no adventure better than enjoying a good book. But when the adventure is all about books then what better reason you need to pack your bags and be a part of the world’s famous book festivals.

From venues that offer ocean view, Indian palaces to English market towns, you wouldn’t want to miss out on it. Book your calendar now for these book fests that begin from the first month of the year and last through the middle.

So, let’s take it from the top.

  • January
  1. Jaipur Literary Festival, India

The provincial town famous for its pink palaces has also become a known name in the book world. The annual Jaipur Literary Festival takes place every year in the month of January and is said to be the largest free book event in the world. The beautiful Diggi Palace is where the five day fest that offers reading, discussions and debates are held.

  1. Hay Festival Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia’s colorful city plays host to the four day literary fest that is a celebration of literature, visual arts, cinema, music, journalism and environment. The hay Festival is one of the most renowned events in the Hispanic world.

  • February
  1. Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Burma

The rich literary history of Burma was stifled by the military rule so Irrawaddy literary festival is a giant step ahead for the book lovers of Burma. The Unesco World Heritage site of Mandalay’s Kuthodaw Pagoda serves as the festival venue.

  • March
  1. Southern Literary Festival, Mississippi, United States of America

Founded in 1937, to promote southern literature this festival is an organization of colleges and school in the US. A different school holds the event each year with a selection of the Southern delicacies.

  1. Shanghai Literary Festival, China

An intimate event over the course of 11 days held at the M on the Bund restaurant sees writers from across the globe.

  1. Words by the Water Festival, Cumbria, United Kingdom

The beautiful Derwentwater in Cumbria plays host to the ten day program where readers and writers all come together to enjoy lectures, workshops, book launches and exhibitions.

  • April
  1. LA Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, United States of America

The fun two day event in sunny Los Angeles offers you rows and rows of book stalls. The setting might look informal but boasts of an excellent guest list.

  1. PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, New York, United States of America

The American branch of world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, the PEN American Centre plays hosts to writers from across the world at the World Voices Festival of International Literature.

  • May
  1. Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, Wales

Nicknamed the ‘town of books’, the market town of Hay-on-Wye on the English-Welsh border, plays host to over 250,000 readers and writers with book signing, author talks and workshop.

  1. Sydney Writers Festival, Australia

Over 300 events celebrating literature in all its galore for a full week in May, Sydney Writers Festival brings together the best of authors and opportunities.

  • June
  1. Stoke Newington Literary Festival, United Kingdom

The literary fest, now in its fifth year, the Stoke Newington Literary Festival offers a contemporary, thought-provoking bookish punch with lots of special guests.

  1. Letterature, Italy

The Basilica di Massenzio plays host to the Letterature that attracts big names on the literary front. The five day fest also sees local bands and musicians for the celebration of literature.

We are only half way through and the rest is as interesting as these 12 literary festivals spread over a span of 6 months around the globe.


Our journey of books continues in the second half part of the year. If somehow you missed being a part of the last 12 book festivals in the first half of the year, no worries here are 13 more lined up for you.

  • July

13      Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate

For the fans of crime genre, this festival is a must visit with the line-up of authors that promises a good time.

14     FLIP, Brazil

The coastal town of Paraty plays host to thousands of book lovers to its annual literary fest founded by the publishing house, Liz Calder.

15     Port Elliot Festival, Cornwall, United Kingdom

The arty town of St. Germans plays host to this literary fest that describes itself as, “an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration and fun.”

  • August

16     National Book Festival, Washington DC, United States of America

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC will see the 14th annual library of Congress National Book Festival with the President and the first lady acting as honorary chairs. The event is free to attend and guests would be delighted to take pictures with their favorite storybook characters. A new for this year is Great Books to Great Movies that would offer a platform for discussion with experts and film personalities followed by screening of classic movie adaptations of classic books.

17     Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scotland

A huge celebration of written words where around 800 writers come from all over the world and be a part of this mammoth festival where there are more than 750 events and the literary village takes a fortnight to construct.

  • September

18     Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay, United Kingdom

Come September and you see ladies and gentlemen dressed in their period finery gathering for tea parties, theatre, dinners and more on steam trains and vintage bus tours. To pay tribute to the Queen of crime, the English Riviera transforms itself in to the murder mystery capital. This is one of the eccentric and fun book fest around the world.

19     Brooklyn Book Festival, United States of America

The largest free literary event in New York, Brooklyn Book Festival is an event for the likeminded literary folks who enjoy known as well as upcoming authors. Also enjoy film screenings, parties, book readings and more at this hip event.

20     Wigtown Book Festival, Scotland

The annual literary festival and the dozens of book shops make Wigtown Scotland’s national book town. The market town setting with sandy beaches, cliff tops and ancient monuments paints a pretty picture for Wigtown Book Festival. Over 175 book events spread over a ten day fest is “the sort of festival people become possessive about” says The Guardian.

  • October

21     Vancouver Writer’s Festival, Canada

The vibrant atmosphere of the Vancouver Writer’s Festival witnesses poetry sessions, interviews, panel discussions and so much more for a period of six days. As a reader you get a chance to connect with graphic novelists, authors, poets and spoken word performers.

22     International Festival of Authors, Canada

The world’s best authors in contemporary fiction can be seen attending Canada’s largest literary forum held each year in October in Toronto.

23     Cheltenham Literature Festival, United Kingdom

Sports, politics, comedy, theatre or publishing, Cheltenham Literature Festival offers something for everyone. Inspiring readings, talks, selected events over a span of two weeks sees a great line up of contemporary authors and international guests.

24     International Literature Festival Berlin, Germany

180 individual events witnesses a celebration of international literature each year at the International Literature Festival held in September in Berlin.

  • November

25     Miami Book Fair, United States of America

The annual Book Fair in Miami sees its share of noted authors from across the globe. The eight day event includes Street Fair with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work. The Evenings with series sees nighttime readings and discussions with the esteemed authors.

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