Winter festivals, fairs and conferences

With the widespread release of Covid-19 vaccines, organizers of publishing conferences and book fairs have moved forward with scheduling in-person events for much of 2022. Now, however, concerns about the omicron variant of Covid-19 have already caused some date lag. and a few meetings going in person to online. Indeed, last week, the American Booksellers Association announced that it was canceling its plans to hold its Winter Institute 2022 in Cincinatti from February 13 to 16 and announced that it would announce new plans for the event soon.

The organizers of two other big events, the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, still hope to proceed in person. In the case of Bologna, this would be the first in-person show since 2019. “After Frankfurt in October, I was very confident that we would be able to host our event live and in person,” a said Elena Pasoli, responsible for the show. of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. “But with this new variant, we don’t know what’s going to happen. Two years in a row without a meeting has already been very difficult. Although we’ve had two successful virtual events, we all know it’s not the same as meeting face to face. “

The following is a list of national and international events which, at the end of December 2021, are expected to take place in the first three months of 2022.


Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque, Mexico,

January 14-16

Angoulême International Comic Festival, Angoulême,

France, January 27-30

Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival,

virtual, January 14-15

Cairo Book Fair, Cairo, Egypt, January 26 to February 6

Fan Expo Portland, Portland, Oregon, January 21-23

FRESH Book Festival, Daytona Beach, Florida, January 6-8

Calcutta International Book Fair, Calcutta, India,

January 31 – February 13

Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India, January 28 to February 1

New Delhi World Book Fair, New Delhi, India,

January 8-16

Sunshine State Book Festival, Gainesville, Florida,

January 29-30


ABA Winter Institute, Cincinnati, February 13-16

(canceled, new plans pending)

Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, Florida,

February 18-19

AniMangaPOP Plymouth, Plymouth, UK, February 12-13

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, DUBA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,

February 3 to 13

Feria Internacional del Libro de la Habana, Havana, Cuba,

February 10-20

Paisley Book Festival, Paisley, UK, February 17-26

PubWest, Denver, February 3-5

Riga Book Fair, Riga, Latvia, February 25-27

San Francisco Writers’ Conference, San Francisco,

February 17-20

Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, Georgia, February 17-20

Shoff Promotions Comic Book Show, Annandale, Virginia,

February 27

Stuttgart Old Book Fair, online, February 18-22

Vilnius Book Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania, February 24-27


AWP Conference & Bookfair, Philadelphia, March 23-26

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, March 21-24

Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia, March 5

Ennis Book Club Festival, Ennis, Ireland, March 4-6

Brussels Book Fair, Brussels, Belgium, March 10-13

Istanbul CNR Book Fair, Istanbul, Turkey, March 19-27

Lehigh Valley Book Festival, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania,

March 25-27

Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany, March 17-20

Monroeville Literary Festival, Monroeville, Louisiana, March 4-5

New Orleans Book Festival, New Orleans, March 10-12

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, Texas, March 4-5

Palm Beach Book Festival, Palm Beach, Florida, March 10-12

Poznan Book Fair, Poznan, Poland, March 11-13

South by Southwest, Austin, Texas, March 11-20

Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Bowling Green, Ky.,

March 26

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Meyers, Florida,

March 5

Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival,

New Orleans, March 23-27

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona, March 12-13

Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia,

March 16-20

Write Stuff Writers Conference, TBD, March 24-26

A version of this article appeared in the 03/01/2022 issue of Editors Weekly under the title: Winter festivals, fairs and conferences

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