Summer is book festival time!

Festivaling: Book Style06 May

Coachella wrapped up about a week ago. If you weren’t lucky enough to be there in person, you likely saw enough pictures on Instagram and Snapchat to rub salt in the wound. There’s no doubt—Coachella epitomizes cool, and apparently some really expensive fashion. But it left us wondering, why does music have all the fun festivals in the summer? Books are cool too, and so are the people who read them. We need to celebrate our unique bookworm personality festival-style!

With that in mind, we hit up our sources to find a list of the top six book summer festivals: five in the United States and one in Canada. So get ready to throw on some trendy clothes, grab your tablet, and go book festivaling.

  1. BookCon in Chicago, May 14: This event brings together storytelling and pop culture, featuring interactive content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and more. If you want to see your favourite stories come to life, this is the place to be.
  2. Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California, June 4-5: This indoor/outdoor festival offers a wealth of bookworm-approved activities, from shopping for new and used books to taking classes to attending author presentations. Oh and there’s food…and beer…and wine….and it’s free. Need we say more?
  3. Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago, June 11-12: Covering more than five blocks in Chicago, this festival is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 150,000 book lovers and hundreds of notable authors. This year’s lineup includes young adult authors, chefs, designers, and even an astronaut. Yes, this book festival is sure to be out of this world.
  4. Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City, September 12-18: The largest free literary event in New York City, featuring national and international literary stars and emerging authors. The vibe is hip, lively and diverse—exactly what you’d expect in NYC.
  5. Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, DC, September 24: I know you’re wondering how a festival supported by the government could be anything other than a complete snore. Well don’t ignore this one, dear readers. It’s the preeminent literary festival in the US, and consistently draws in some of the best authors and speakers. Shonda Rhimes, Stephen King and Katherine Paterson are already on the list.
  6. Word on the Street in various cities in Canada, September 17-25 (depending on city): This enormous network of festivals makes it one of the world’s largest literary celebrations across four cities. The festival includes hundreds of author events, presentations, workshops and a marketplace—and it’s free!


If you’re still not convinced that a book festival could rival a music festival, how about being creative by combining the two? Add a synchronized soundtrack to your next read with Booktrack. You’ll amplify your reading experience and bring that festival feeling a little bit closer, but without having to worry about the trendy clothes. You can even be your own producer by creating your custom soundtrack in the Booktrack Studio. Read on!