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A literary festival, also known as a book festival or writers' festival, is a regular gathering of writers and readers, typically on an annual basis in a particular city. A literary festival usually features a variety of presentations and readings by authors, as well as other events, delivered over a period of several days, with the primary objectives of promoting the authors' books and fostering a love of literature and writing.
Writers' conferences are sometimes designed to provide an intellectual and academic focus for groups of writers without the involvement of the general public.
There are many literary festivals held around the world. A non-exhaustive list is set out below, including dates when a festival is usually held (where available).
List of literary festivals
Notable literary festivals include:
- Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), held annually at Ubud, Bali in Indonesia (www.ubudwritersfestival.com)
- Gateway Litfest, February/ March
- Delhi Poetry Festival, January
- Dehradun Literature Festival, February
- Jashn-e-Rekhta, Urdu literary festival held annually in New Delhi
- Guntur International Poetry Festival (GIPF), held annually since 2008 in Guntur, India
- Adelaide Writers' Week, held annually during the Adelaide Festival of Arts in March
- Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Galle Literary Festival, January
- George Town Literary Festival
- Hay Festival Dhaka, November
- Hong Kong International Literary Festival, October/November
- Islamabad Literature Festival, April
- Jakarta International Literary Festival (JILF), August
- Jaipur Literary Festival, January, also JLF Adelaide in September/October
- Karachi Literature Festival, February
- Kuala Lumpur International Literary Festival, July
- Lahore Literary Festival, February
- Lit for Life, Chennai, Delhi January/February
- Lucknow Literary Festival, Lucknow, February/ March
- Nepal Literature Festival
- Newcastle, New South Wales National Young Writers' Festival, September/October
- Perth Writers' Festival, February/March
- Queer LitFest, Chennai (QLF), July/September
- Shanghai International Literary Festival
- Singapore Writers Festival, October/November 1
- Sydney Writers' Festival, May
- Williamstown Literary Festival April/May
- Chandigarh Literati, November
- Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF), July
- Israel's Hebrew Book Week
- The Jerusalem International Writers Festival
- Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
- Authors' Reading Month, Brno, Wroclaw, Kosice, Lviv, Ostrava, in July
- Berlin International Literature Festival, in September
- Bradford Literature Festival, now held around June/July
- Cheltenham Literature Festival, October 6–15
- Chester Literature Festival, October
- The Children's Bookshow, autumn
- Conrad Festival, Kraków, Poland, October. The largest literary festival in Central Europe.
- Creative Folkestone Book Festival, 4 - 13 June, 2021 (it is normally held in November and heralds the start of the festive season).
- Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway, April
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 13–29, coinciding with the annual Edinburgh Festival
- FestivalandCo, Shakespeare-themed literary festival held in Paris, France at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore
- Festivaletteratura, held in Mantua, Italy, at the beginning of September
- Göteborg Book Fair, Gothenburg, Sweden, Sept
- Harrogate International Festivals Theaksons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, home to the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, world's largest crime fiction Festival, in July
- Harrogate Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, in July Harrogate International Festivals
- Harrogate History Festival, chaired in 2015 by Manda Scott, in October Harrogate International Festivals
- Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival, late April
- The Hay Festival, May 27 – June 5
- The North London Literary Festival, held late March or early April
- Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival, held in Istanbul, Turkey, at the beginning of May
- Jewish Book Week, London, late February and early March
- Louisiana Literature, late August, held at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.
- Norwegian Festival of Literature, Lillehammer, Norway, is the largest literature festival in the Scandinavian countries since 1996
- Openair Literatur Festival Zürich, Zürich, held annually since 2013
- Peak Literary Festival, October 25 – November 5 /May 25 – June 6
- Prague Writers Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, June 3–10
- Rencontres aubrac, Aveyron, France
- Sarajevo Poetry Days, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- WALTIC, Stockholm, Sweden
- Banff Mountain Book Festival, October 31 – November 2, 2007
- Boston Book Festival, annually in October
- Burlington Book Festival, September 15–17, 2006
- Children's Literature Festival at the University of Central Missouri, held annually in March since 1969
- The Curwood Festival celebrates the life and writings of James Oliver Curwood the first weekend of June in Owosso, Michigan.
- Eden Mills Writers' Festival, Eden Mills/Guelph, Ontario, Canada
- Festival of Literary Diversity, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
- The Frye Festival, Moncton, New Brunswick, April 22–28, 2013. Honouring Northrop Frye. International cast.
- Guadalajara International Book Fair, November 27 – December 5, 2010
- Hollywood Book Festival, July 28, 2007
- Litquake, since 2002, San Francisco, annually in October
- Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, late April/early May
- Miami Book Fair International, Downtown Miami, Florida, November
- National Book Festival, produced by the Library of Congress, September www.loc.gov
- Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, annually in March.
- Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas held annually in the fall since 1996
- Toronto International Festival of Authors, held annually in late October and early November since 1980.
- Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona, held annually in March
- Winnipeg International Writers Festival, annually in September
- Kentucky Women Writers Conference, The, Lexington, Kentucky, September 11–13, 2008
- The Word on the Street, several cities in Canada
- Wordfest, Calgary, Alberta, held annually in October
- Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago, annually, last weekend of April
- Calabash International Literary Festival, Treasure Beach, Jamaica, biennially on even years in June
- Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty Is held in Paraty, city located in Brazil.
- International Poetry Festival of Medellín is held in Medellín, city located in Colombia.
- International Poetry Festival of Rosario is held in Rosario, city located in Argentina.
- Trujillo Book Festival, is held in Trujillo city located in Peru. In the year 2012 was on March from days 1 to 12.
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