Category Archives: book festival

Cape Town Book Fair Set for June 15-17, 2012

For more information about the Capetown Book Fair, visit the event website by clicking the image above.


Hampstead & Highgate (UK) Literary Festival 2012 Set for September 9-11

For more information about the Festival as it becomes available, check the event website by clicking on the image above.

Literary Festival 2012
Sunday 9th – Tuesday 11th September

Names already confirmed for 2012 –Howard Jacobson, Michael Palin, Lisa Jewell, Matthew Hancock MP, Elizabeth Buchan, Alison Weir, Robert Goddard and Guy Walters.

More information & the full programme coming soon!

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival Set for November 2012 in Riverside, Twickenham, UK

From the Festival website:
“Featuring a line-up of authors, thinkers, celebrities, political figures, journalists and opinion formers, the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival is a calendar highlight for the borough and further afield. The festival features a wide-ranging programme of events set in prestigious heritage locations as well as galleries, arts centres and universities across the borough. The festival features a fringe programme with a focus on live literature, spoken word and poetry from some of the UK’s most exciting artists. Workshops for all age groups, promoting creative writing, blogging, script writing, poetry and podcasting provide opportunities for everyone to actively take part.”
For more information as it becomes available, check the Festival website at

Texas Book Festival Set for October 27-28, 2012 in Austin

The 2012 edition of the Texas Book Festival will be held October 27-28 in Austin, Texas. The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public. For more information on the Festival, click the image above.

Brooklyn Book Festival, September 23, With Bookend Events September 20-23, 2012


Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2012

The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events are literary themed events taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries culminating with the festival. The Bookends kick-off a long literary weekend with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances.

Library of Congress National Book Festival Slated for September 22-23, 2012

Washington, D.C. in September is the place to be for the National Book Festival sponsored by the US Library of Congress.

Two-Day Library of Congress National Book Festival Kicks Off on September 22nd in Washington, D.C.

Award-Winning Artist Rafael López to Create Festival Poster

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

Creating the artwork for this year’s festival poster will be artist Rafael López, whose work summons imagery of Mexican street life, surrealism and myths.

His illustrations for “Book Fiesta!” written by Pat Mora won the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, which is conferred by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. López also has won two Americas Awards, and in 2011 he created stamps for the U.S. Postal Service celebrating Latin music legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Selena.

Additional festival-related events will take place in the days and weeks preceding the much-anticipated yearly festival, which celebrates the joys of books and reading. More information will be posted as planning for the festival continues at the festival’s website,

“Last year’s Festival, our first offering two days of authors and reading-related festivities, was very well-received by the authors and the festival-goers,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

“There’s a great sense of excitement about putting hundreds of thousands of readers, young and old, in touch with more than 100 authors once again.”

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.

The Pavilion of the States will represent reading- and library-promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.

The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family.

The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs.

There are also plans to bring back two popular features premiered at the 2011 Festival: the Family Storytelling Stage sponsored by Target, a pavilion offering fare for younger children including popular authors and musical acts, and two mini-pavilions on Sunday. This year the mini-pavilions will feature the genres Graphic Novels and Science Fiction & Fantasy.

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is made possible through the support of David Rubenstein, co-chairman of the National Book Festival Board; Target, The Washington Post and many other generous supporters.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website,

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PR 12-067
ISSN 0731-3527

Source: News from the Library of Congress,; Contact: Jennifer Gavin (202) 707-1940; Images available for the media in the Library pressroom at