Literary Book Festivals worldwide

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It’s very exciting, when you have a book out, to be invited to read at various festivals in your own country. But imagine going further afield? Well, why not? What do you have to lose by applying? Here’s a list of literary festivals taking place around the world. Check them out:

January 2019

New Delhi World Book Fair, India
6 – 14 January

International Kolkata Book Fair, India
19 – 31 January

Jaipur Literature Festival, India
24 – 28 January

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, Angoulême, France
24 – 27 January

Cork International Poetry Festival, Ireland
14 – 18 February (approx.)

Lahore International Book Fair, Pakistan
dates TBC

Feria Internacional del Libro de La Habana, Cuba
8 – 15 February

Taipei International Book Exhibition, Taiwan
dates TBC

Casablanca Book Fair, Morocco
dates TBC

Perth International Arts Festival, Australia
8 Februar – 3 March

Brussels Book Fair, Belgium
dates TBC

Vilnius International Book Fair, Lithuania
dates TBC

Riga Book Fair, Latvia
dates TBC
March 2019

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, UAE
dates TBC

Tempo di Libri, Milan, Italy
dates TBC

Leipzig Book Fair, Germany
dates TBC

London Book Fair, UK
12 – 14 March

Paris Book Fair, France
15 – 18 March

Alexandrina International Book Fair, Egypt
dates TBC

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy
dates TBC

Bangkok International Book Fair, Thailand
dates TBC
April 2019

Quebec International Book Fair, Canada
10 – 14 April

Bogota International Book Fair, Colombia
23 April – 7 May

Budapest International Book Festival, Hungary
dates TBC

Santiago Book Fair, Chile
dates TBC

Sant Jordi Festival, Barcelona, Spain
23 April

Geneva Book and Press Fair, Switzerland
1 – 5 May

Buenos Aires Book Fair, Argentina
dates TBC

Eurasian International Book Fair, Astana, Kazakhstan
dates TBC

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, UAE
dates TBC
May 2019

Thessaloniki Book Fair, Greece
3 – 6 May

Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Ireland
3 – 7 May

Teheran International Book Fair, Iran
2 – 12 May

Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival, Turkey
4 – 13 May

Prague International Book Fair, Czech Republic
10 – 13 May

Turin International Book Fair, Italy
10 – 14 May

Jerusalem International Book Fair, Israel
10 – 16 May

Warsaw International Book Fair, Poland
17 – 20 May

Hay Festival, Wales
24 May – 3 June

Madrid Book Fair, Spain
25 May – 10 June

Lisbon Book Fair, Portugal
25 May – 13 June

BookExpo America, New York, USA
30 May – 1 June

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

Bookfest, Bucharest, Romania
30 May – 3 June

Tbilisi International Book Fair, Georgia
31 May – 3 June
June 2019

Seoul International Book Fair, Korea
20 – 24 June

Venezuela International Book Fair, Venezuela
21 – 23 June

West Cork Literary Festival, Ireland
July (TBC)

Lit Link Festival, Croatia
28 – 30 June
July 2019

Hong Kong Book Fair, China
18 – 24 July

Comic-Con International, San Diego, USA
19 – 22 July

Paraty International Literary Festival (FLIP), Brazil
25 – 29 July

International Book Fair of Lima, Peru
20 July – 5 August

Bienal Internacional do Livro de São Paulo, Brazil
3 – 12 August

Beijing International Book Fair, China
22 – 26 August

Melbourne Writers Festival, Australia
24 August – 2 September

Ghana International Book Fair, Accra, Ghana
30 August – 2 September

Moscow International Book Fair, Russia
5 – 9 September

South African Book Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
7 – 9 September

Indonesia International Book Fair, Indonesia
12 – 16 September

Reykjavík International Literary Festival, Iceland
6 – 9 September

Lviv International Book and Literature Festival, Ukraine
19 – 23 September

Bloody Scotland, Stirling, UK
21 – 23 September

Nairobi International Book Fair, Kenya
26 – 30 September

Amman International Book Fair, Amman, Jordan
26 September – 6 October

Poetry Africa Festival, South Africa
October

(This is an extract from my reading at the Poetry Africa festival in 2013):

Göteborg Book Fair, Sweden
27 – 30 September
October 2018

LIBER International Book Fair, Barcelona, Spain
3 – 5 October

Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany
10 – 14 October

International Belgrade Book Fair, Serbia
21 – 28 October

Krakow International Book Fair, Poland
25 – 28 October

Antwerp Book Fair, Belgium
28 October – 11 November

Helsinki Book Fair, Finland
25 – 28 October
November 2018

Sharjah International Book Fair, UAE
31 October – 11 November

Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair, Russia
1 – 5 November

Bibliotéka Bratislava, Slovakia
8 – 11 November

Vienna International Book Fair, Austria
7 – 11 November

Malta Book Festival, Valletta, Malta
7 – 11 November

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, China
9 – 11 November

International Children and Young Adults Book Fair (FILIJ), Mexico
9 – 19 November

Istanbul Book Fair, Turkey
10 – 18 November

Interliber, Zagreb, Croatia
13 – 18 November

Salon du livre de Montréal, Canada
14 – 19 November
foreign rights

Dublin Book Festival, Ireland
15 – 18 November

Gaudeamus Book Fair, Bucharest
dates TBC

Slovenian Book Fair, Ljubljana, Slovenia
20 – 25 November

FIL de Guadalajara, Mexico
24 November – 2 December

Moscow Non/Fiction Book Fair, Russia
28 November – 2 December

Pula Festival of Books and Authors, Croatia
29 November – 9 December

Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair), Rome, Italy
5 – 9 December

Sofia International Book Fair, Bulgaria
11 – 16 December

Jeddah International Book Fair, Saudi Arabia
12 – 22 December

If you can add other festivals to this list, please comment below.

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