Like a good book, you won’t be able to pass these parties up. Here are some festivals where you can hear famous authors speak and read excerpts from their books, hobnob with fellow literati, and get your dose of intellectual stimulation.
Hay Festival of Literature & Arts: – This is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for ten days from May to June. Devised by Norman and Peter Florence in 1988.A gathering of writers from different fields, from poets and novelists to scientists and environmentalists. The festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as “The Woodstock of the mind.” Tony Benn said: “In my mind it’s replaced Christmas”.
Wigtown Book Festival :- The is a ten-day literary festival held each autumn(Sept to Oct) in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. The festival was first held in 1999 and has grown to be the second biggest book festival in Scotland. Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town, a mini Hay-on-way, with a dozen second-hand bookshops and a quarter of million books.
Miami Book Fair International: –This is an annual literary festival event realized in Miami by Miami Dade College. The fair, which has become a model for other fairs across the country, brings over 300 renowned national and international authors exhibitors to a weeklong celebration of all things literary and includes pavilions for translation, comics, children, and young adults
Berlin International Literature Festival: – This is an annual event based in Berlin. It was founded in 2001 by engineer and cultural manager Ulrich Schreiber, who has remained the festival’s director until today. The 15th festival was held 9–19 September 2015.The programme includes talks with authors, political discussions, film adaptations of books to children’s literature, bringing together both new and traditional streams of literature around the world.
International Festival of Authors: – This year marks the 31st anniversary of Toronto’s IFOA. Presented at the Harbourfront Centre, the festival will feature 70 different authors, from fiction and children’s writers to biographics and graphic novels.
Shanghai International Literary Festival: – writers from across the globe gather annually for talks, panel discussions and workshops, held at Shanghai’s M on the Bund Venue.
Hollywood Book Festival: – Los’s Angeles Book Festival hosts an annual; competition to highlight literary works that merit greater recognition from film, television and entertainment industries. Submissions range from published works to independently-published works to unpublished stories.
Vancouver International writers Festival: – It held every year October on Granville Island over the past 25 years, the festival featured talks and appearances from acclaimed authors worldwide, including Britain’s JK Rowling and Salman Rushdie.
Pen World Voice Festival of International Literature: – The PEN American Centre, the US branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, hosts the festival. This year’s edition, held April 30 to May 6, marked the festival’s 90th anniversary and featured performances, readings and discussions aimed to celebrate the power of written word through music, theatre, film and beyond.