International Book Fairs 2019
It’s finally here, the annual Kotobee International Book Fair Calendar. We know you’ve been waiting for it, as much as we have. Every year we compile for you the dates of the biggest and best book fairs around the world. Nothing warms a book lover’s heart more than a good book. And nothing excites a book addict more than a book fair, overflowing with publishers and booksellers.
Take out your calendars and start jotting down dates. This year’s events look spectacular. The fairs are scattered all over the world, so it’s time to start booking your plane tickets.
Scroll down the complete calendar list, or click on a continent to see book fairs in the region.
January 5 — 13
Çukurova Book Fair features a wide range of various book based products and services. The Çukurova Book Fair provides readers with the opportunity to meet their favorite authors, at book signings, in panel discussions, and workshops. Check out the innovations in the publishing sector, find periodicals, magazines, and fanzines, or reach different voices among non-governmental organizations.
New Delhi, India
January 5 – 23
The New Delhi World Book Fair is a 47-year-old event, bringing together nearly one thousand Indian exhibitors and more than thirty foreign exhibitors. Visitors can enjoy the children’s pavilion, author’s corner, international events corner, New Delhi rights table, and various cultural programs.
The 2019 theme ‘Readers With Special Needs’ features an exclusive exhibition of Braille books, audio books, integrated print-braille books, books for differently-abled, children with sight or hearing impairment, autism, ADHD, behavioral or psychological difficulties or anxieties. The guest of honor for the year will be the city of Sharjah.
January 19 – 31
The International Kolkata Book Fair is not only the world’s largest non-trade book fair for the general public and non-wholesale vendors, but it’s also an experience of itself, in addition to the book aspect, it attracts a lot of picnickers, singer-songwriters, and candy floss vendors. This winter event will help you find your perfect book to read.
January 24 – February 5
The Cairo International Book Fair, with 640 publishers coming from 34 different countries, is one of the largest annual cultural events in the Middle East.
The Golden Jubilee, 2019 comes with a lot of surprises in the Cairo book fair, as in the name of the event organizers have a lot of new things in store, one of which just happens to be a change of location and a new venue. Not much has been announced other than that.
January 25 — 27
In its 58th year, the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest fair for antiquarian booksellers and autograph and print dealers in Germany. The Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair is where antiquarians offer first editions, manuscripts, and letters from the respective authors.
In 2019, Peter Bichsel of Fine Books from Zurich and the Schierenberg B.V from Amsterdam, and the Libreria Antiquaria Bibliopathos from Italy will be back in Stuttgart. The special exhibit this year is dedicated to the ‘Emigration to Brazil in the 19th Century’, in which 70 extraordinary volumes from the holdings of the Brazil Library of Robert Bosch GmbH will be shown.
February 7 – 17
Cuba’s premier cultural event boasts works of literature hailing from more than forty different countries. The festival includes book vendors, poetry readings, children’s activities, art exhibits, and concerts in the evenings.
The 2019 fair will show special tribute to the remarkable Eduardo Heras León as well as the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. Attend meetings and colloquiums for poetry promoters, young writers, editors, booksellers, or in social sciences, health and environment, children’s literature, and digital contents, applications, and products.
February 7 – 17
The annual Casablanca International Book Fair brings together hundreds of publishers from all over the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The book fair is not only an opportunity for publishers to market their books, but it is also a large forum for cultures to openly discuss and debate publishing works on current issues and events. The program includes lectures, debates, poetry readings and theme nights.
The year 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the initiation of this book fair.
February 12 – 17
TIBE is organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and plays host to more than 200 international exhibitors and publishing professionals from 60 countries. It happens to be the fourth largest book exhibition in the world.
TIBE 2019 will be featuring Germany as the Guest of Honor. The theme this year will be ‘Time for Reading’.
February 14 – 17
The book fair ‘Foire du livre’ is a gigantic library in the heart of Europe, located in the history-laden site of Tour & Taxis, where major stakeholders of the publishing world will be brought together. Publishers from France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Quebec will meet their Belgian counterparts. Each year, the International pavilion focuses on one specific country’s production in a 400m² room that includes a library, a literary club, and an exhibition room.
February 16 ― 24
The Black Sea Book Fair gathers a large number of visitors on a yearly basis. It has been held by TÜYAP Fairs in Samsun for 4 years and is among the leading cultural events of the Black Sea region of Turkey. The fair is held in association with the Turkish Publishers Association. It gives thousands of readers direct access to new books, showcasing new book releases and periodicals. The event also helps them closely follow the developments within the publishing and book sector, as well as offers chances to set up collaborations and gain exposure to national and local media outlets. You shouldn’t miss it.
More information on the Karadeniz Book Fair will be shared when the fair is near on their website.
February 21 – 24
The International Vilnius Book Fair is the main annual meeting place of publishers, authors, and readers, it is the well-known cultural activity in Lithuania, the biggest and most important book fair in the Baltic countries.
The International Vilnius Book Fair will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the slogan “20 years after” in 2019. The fair welcomes exhibitors, guests and visitors to celebrate and evaluate the changes that have happened in the life of literature, and to discuss what will come next.
February 21 – 24
Boekenfestijn Book Festival is a platform to purchase books, hobby items, festivals books, tables books, and magazines, among other things. This festival purchases books that were returned to publishers, booksellers and book clubs, and offers them for sale for reduced prices.
Mexico City, Mexico
February 21 — March 4
The annual event helps both the society as a whole and the university community to learn more about the novelties of the Mexican publishing industry. It’s an event held in the historic center of the Mexican capital, Palacio de Minería, for literature enthusiasts. With over six hundred publishing houses and professionals from around the book world coming together and interacting with the public for a fortnight of conferences, readings and book signings. The fair also includes a few concerts.
This year’s guest of honor at the fair will be the state of Nuevo León.
March 1 – 9
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. The Festival places home-grown talent center-stage and offers local fans the chance to interact with world-famous authors, attend literary debates and workshops, and participate in competitions. The Festival’s education outreach program gives students the chance to meet their literary heroes.
In 2019, the Youth Day at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be a celebration of positive thinking, inspiring ideas, and motivating speakers. Open to all young people aged sixteen and over, the festival is a unique opportunity to hear extraordinary talks, engage in fascinating conversations and get inspired.
March 5 – 9
The Moscow International Book Fair will highlight its culture, science, and education through the prism of the book publishing industry and underline the commonality of Slavic cultures. With thousands of book industry professionals and representatives of dozens of countries: booksellers, publishers, translators, journalists, literary agents, and TV and film producers, it is the easiest way to enter not only the Russian book market but also other markets abroad.
New York, USA
March 7 – 10
The ABAA New York International Antiquarian Book Fair brings together a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts, and ephemera from over 200 American and international dealers. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more.
Stockstadt am Rhein, Germany
March 9 ― 10
The Buchmesse im Ried is a supraregional event about books and literature. At the PMV booth, you can browse through the region’s newest leisure and travel guides, ask questions and, of course, buy books. Food lovers also look forward to the legendary cake and cake counter, which is richly stocked by the Stockstädterinnen. Readers can get in touch with authors, browse books, and view the booths of many publishers and bookstores there with interesting readings and lectures. The overall atmosphere at the fair is rather cozy.
There are more than 40 publishers and bookstores exhibiting their programs at the fair. The reading program of the authors present ranges from children’s books to crime thrillers, to historical novels, poems and self-help books. The Book Fair in Ried also includes the Stockstädter Wohlfühltage: “Read, Relax, Refuel!”
March 9 – 17
Bursa is the third largest book fair held by TÜYAP outside Istanbul in terms of the number of visitors and exhibitors. The first fair was held 16 years ago. Up to 350 publishers and nongovernmental organizations will be attending the fair as exhibitors.
March 12 – 14
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the Fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.
In 2019 LBF will celebrate its 48-year anniversary, in honor of that, the London Book Fair and the UK’s Publishing Association have opened submissions for the sixth annual International Excellence Awards in sixteen categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry.
March 15 – 18
LivreParis is a popular, festive and friendly event, ideal for families. The book fair is loved by the numerous visitors who come to discover and buy books, enjoy surprise meetings with authors and explore other cultures.
Every year, the Paris Book Fair innovates and creates new themed stages, 2019’s themes are still in the works, so stay tuned to hear more on those.
March 21 – 24
The Leipzig Book Fair is an important spring meeting place for the publishing and media sector and has evolved into an attractive hallmark both in Germany and across Europe. In a nutshell, the aim of the Leipzig Book Fair is to drum up more publicity for books. Held every March, it’s a massive draw for publishers, writers, readers, and journalists. An ideal communication platform, the Leipzig Book Fair provides extensive information on new publications as well as current and future trends in the German-speaking and European markets.
April 1 – 4
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is built around children’s content today. With over 50 years of experience, the fair is the world’s premium copyright exchange hub. Discover the latest market trends, meet illustrators, and fairytale authors, or check out multimedia and licensing businesses for children’s content.
Switzerland, the Fair’s Guest of Honour in 2019, will present a rich program of meetings at the fair and in town, featuring Swiss illustrators and the country’s publishing industry. Th traditional appointment “A Swiss ABC” will be presented in the framework of the numerous initiatives at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
April 6 – 14
The Izmir Book Fair has been bringing together readers, writers, and publishers in the Aegean for twenty-three years now. It is attended by more than 450 publishers and nongovernmental organizations every year. The event helps readers find thousands of books and publications, meet their favorite authors to chat and to sign books, participate in activities such as interviews, panel discussions, poetry readings, and workshops. Attendees can follow the innovations in the publishing sector, grab periodicals, magazines, and fanzines, and reach different voices among non-governmental organizations
Prague, Czech Republic
April 9 – 12
The largest Czech event for books and literature is going to be hitting its 25th year in 2019. This fair will be featuring numerous programs for visitors: professional seminars and conferences, meetings with writers, author readings, presentations by publishers, and awards ceremonies for outstanding publishing and creative achievements.
This year’s guest of honor will be Latin America, and the theme Memories.
April 10 – 14
The Québec International Book Fair is an annual meeting for readers of Québec that will display products like comics, Chitra Katha, novels, graphics, merchandise, toys, games, films, and animation etc.
For more information on what this year’s fair will bring, check out their website in March 2019.
April 11 – 14
The Boekenfestijn Book Festival is an annual fair with up to date books, multimedia, hobby items, and miscellaneous items all under one roof sold at bargain prices.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
April 24 – 30
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the marketplace for the publishing industry in the Middle East and North Africa. Over the years, exhibitors have benefitted from venues such as the eZone, which showcases the latest in electronic media and digital content. The Illustrators’ Corner has offered a platform for local and international talent to display their work and learn from market specialists.
April 25 – 28
The International Book Festival Budapest will be held for the twenty-sixth time in 2019. It is recognized as one of the most important professional and intellectual forums of the region in the international world of books. The Book Festival awaits its visitors at Millenáris, which provides a rich cultural milieu, a modern atmosphere, an even smarter exhibition area, and very good accessibility.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 25 – May 13
The Buenos Aires Book Fair is the most important annual literary event in the Spanish speaking world. Each April, more than one million readers from all over Latin America visit the premises and take part in the thousand-plus literary events organized. The fair offers a 20-day-long literary festival and cultural program complete with conferences, readings, workshops and book presentations. Paul Auster, John M. Coetzee, Henning Mankell, Ray Bradbury, Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Wilbur Smith are only some of the great writers who’ve already been part of the Fair´s cultural program.
The guest city of honor for 2019 is Barcelona, one of the cities with the highest traditional and cultural production. This year’s guest authors have yet to be announced, stay tuned for more.
Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
April 26 – 28
If you’re going to be in the Sunshine State this April, then why not hit the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair? Not only will it be held on the gulf coast of Saint Petersburg, but you’ll also be surrounded by more than one hundred booksellers from all over the United States. This large and long-running antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States provides attendees with the opportunity to find books for every age and about every conceivable topic along with maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs, and other paper collectibles.
May 1 – 5
The Geneva Book Fair offers visitors of all age groups a festive opportunity in which they can exchange cultural experiences that are centered around books, as well as read, participate in heated debates and meet publishers, authors, distributors, dealers, media representatives and other people who play a role in the world of writing and literature.
May 6 ― 11
The Nigeria International Book Fair is a well-organized annual book trade and exhibition that promotes reading and educational, intellectual and technological development. Its aim is to improve the reading culture in Nigeria, bring books closer to the people for better education and self-improvement and inculcate in the younger generation of Nigerians, necessary readership and authorship skills for a wholesome book society.
May 9 – 13
The Turin International Book Fair is one of the largest in the world of Italian literature. It’s a prestigious cultural festival, an essential international point of reference for professionals in the book industry, and an important educational project dedicated to the promotion of books and reading among young readers. It takes place in May every year in the four pavilions of Lingotto Fiere. The fair features books, periodicals, and journals published both inside and outside the country.
May 23 – 26
The WBF Warsaw Book Fair in Warsaw is one of the oldest fairs in Europe. It includes meetings with authors, promotions of books, discussions, concerts, etc. Exhibitors can establish collaborations and exchange experiences. It is also a chance to discuss problems within the Polish book market.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Kingsmead Book Fair has become a significant event on South Africa’s literary calendar.
This year’s campaign ‘the more attendees read, the more they know’, is mirrored in the diverse and inspired program which hopes to initiate much debate, dialogue, and discussion between the attending authors and facilitators.
New York City, USA
May 29 – 31
BookExpo America is one of the largest book fairs in North America. Exhibitors share news, and trends for the future of the book world. For visitors, it is an excellent opportunity to connect with other readers, attend panels and get their hands on new releases, and book-related goodies. Authors are usually available for autographs after they talk about their latest work, as well as come in contact with their fans, so it’s a grand opportunity for all.
Author Breakfasts, special tea events or even after show drinks are extremely popular during the week of BookExpo.
May 30 — June 2
Over 260 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 10,000 visitors will be attending Europe’s largest marketplace for small publishers and private presses. The City of Mainz has been hosting Europe’s largest gathering for lovers of private presses once every two years since 1970. Every two years for four days, visitors will be able to find what was produced in workshops on printing presses, some of which just happen to be decades old.
The activities at this central meeting point always have a cultural focus as well. More than 30 cultural and book-related events inform attendees about the latest ideas and trends for the publishing of literature and art and provide entertainment as well. Visitors can enjoy a diverse program of more than 30 cultural and book-related events that inform them of the latest ideas and trends with regards to the publishing of literature and art.
Seoul, South Korea
June 19 – 23
The Seoul International Book Fair is an international book fair that brings together various book industry representatives and publishers from all over the world. The event aims to bring together celebrated authors and their fans in a great literary festival. In addition to books, this event showcases products such as greeting cards, stationery, travel books, maps, globes, business and financial services for retailers, professionals related to security systems etc.
One of the things to look forward to in 2019 is the audiobook event where writers and readers will get to record readings of books together.
July 12 – 14
Australian and international booksellers will have a broad, diverse and interesting selection of books, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera, including early printed books, historical accounts of travel, prints, literature, art, militaria, and children’s books, offered for sale at prices to suit all collection levels. It’s a legitimate treasure hunt so be sure to mark it in your calendar.
July 17 – 23
The Hong Kong Book Fair exhibits products such as children’s and teen’s books, religious and spirituality books, stationery and art and crafts products. There are also ebooks and e-Learning resources such as ebook readers, audio-visual learning aids, educational software, learning centers, hobby goods, multimedia products and many more.
More information on 2019’s events will be available on the website soon.
August 21 – 25
The Beijing International Book Fair is the largest publishing industry event in the Asian Market, and considering China is the most populous country in the world, that’s a pretty huge market, with a huge opportunity. The Asian markets are starved for content to not only translate into their local language but also to purchase the rights to distribute English language content. Over two hundred thousand visitors made up of members of the trade and members of the public come to the show annually to see books from fifty six different countries.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 30 — September 8
The Rio Book Biennial is the largest literary event in the country, a great gathering where books get to shine brightly. Readers get the opportunity to approach their favorite authors and to meet many others. For eleven days, Riocentro hosts the festival of culture, literature, and education. The public can participate in debates, chats with public figures and writers, and take part in cultural activities that promote reading in designated areas all over the premises. The Rio Book Biennial is a fun, diverse and dynamic event for the whole family!
Be sure to check out the Literary Café, the children’s activity space EntreLetras, the #SemFiltro arena, the Geek & Comics space, meetings with authors, and other literary forums, for more information check out the Rio Book Biennial program page.
Washington D.C., USA
The National Book Festival is a public book event in the United States organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. It was founded by Laura Bush and the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in 2001. Its main purpose is to celebrate books and the love of reading!
September 1 – 3
The Latvian Book Fair is an event for publishers, suppliers, bookkeepers, wholesalers, libraries and industry associates. This event will be showcasing the latest book presentations, offer meetings with authors, autographs and seminars. It’s a great opportunity as one can meet writers and listen to lectures given by authors.
There will be practical, positive workshops on how to understand the causes of behavioral problems in children and adults with the Uzvediba.lv workshops, as well as a book exchange point.
September 11 – 15
The Manila International Book Fair gives book geeks the best work that’s available in the market for reasonable prices and with viable alternatives. This event features bestsellers, textbooks, graphic novels, and even educational material. The MIBF aims to spread the love for reading among the Filipino public, and judging from the generations of visitors that keep coming back to the book fair each year, it has been successful in doing so.
Every year, MIBF pays tribute to local teachers as part of the celebration of National Teachers’ Month and present them a special gift as they enter the exhibition hall.
September 26 – 29
The Göteborg Book Fair is the most important event in Scandinavia for people in the literary business. It is also a manifestation of arts and culture, a four-day long literary festival, a tribute to freedom of expression and a place for readers and writers to meet and celebrate the power of stories. It started in 1985 as a conference for librarians with 5,000 visitors the first time, the fair now brings together around 95,000 teachers, librarians and book lovers every year.
The 2019 Göteborg Book Fair will include the themes: South Korea, Gender Equality and Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
October 16 – 20
Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important fair for the print and digital content business, as well as an outstanding social and cultural event. For five days, publishing experts, writers and cultural enthusiasts from all over the world come together at the fair in Frankfurt, where they network, talk, make decisions, get inspired and join together in celebration.
October 24 –27
The Helsinki Book Fair is the most important event for lovers of literature and book industry professionals in Finland. It brings together the brightest stars of Finnish literature and the most promising new talents. The Helsinki Book Fair features 15 program venues and more than 40 international literary guests. The program consists of more than 800 debates and interviews, In addition to authors, speakers include politicians, artists, journalists, and prominent figures. The total number of performers is more than 1,000.
The themes of this year’s book fair include freedom of speech, songwriting, and American literature and culture.
So make sure to keep them in mind as destination stops on your travels!