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Book Publishing Annual Calendar

Month-by-Month Key Publishing Industry Events

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Major events on book publishing's annual calendar

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Here are some of the key conferences and events — for publishers, booksellers, authors, the reading public, or all — in the cycle of the book publishing industry’s year.

JANUARY

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, aka “Midwinter ALA”
The prestigious Newbery Medal recognizing distinguished contribution to children’s literature and the Caldecott Medal recognizing distinguished contribution to children’s illustration are awarded at this event each Year.

Digital Book World
The conference was initiated to address the radically changing commercial publishing environment. It offers educational and networking resources for those involved in all facets of the book publishing — that is, content — industry.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Annual Winter Conference
The first of two international, annual conferences, brings together the children’s publishing world, from top professionals to those just starting out writing and illustrating children’s book — for networking and skill-building opportunities.


FEBRUARY

Valentine's Day in-store promotions are keeping everyone warm.


MARCH

Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Focused on the children’s book trade, Bologna is “the rights place for children’s content.”

National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards
This organization of book critics bestow book awards for excellence, as well as prizes for contributions to the criticism and literary field.


MARCH/APRIL

The International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference
At the IACP conference gala banquet, the winners of the annual IACP Cookbook Awards are announced.


APRIL

Pulitzer Prize for Letters (announced)
These coveted prizes are given to American authors and include those specifically for books in several categories.

London Book Fair
A global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

"Day of the Book," World Book and Copyright Day, and World Book Night
April 23—a day of literary significance—is a worldwide day (and night) of book and reading celebrations.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Created to promote literary and celebrate the written word, the festival draws between 130,000 and 140,000 book lovers each year.

APRIL/MAY

Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards
Recognize achievements in the literary genre of mystery and crime.


MAY

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner
The dinner is held to announce the annual James Beard Foundation Book Awards, as well as the Broadcast & Journalism Awards.

The Man Booker Prize
Britain/Ireland's highly prestigious Man Booker Prize brings with it a lot of cash and, traditionally, a big sales bump.

Nebula Awards Weekend
The Nebula Awards are among those presented each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) during their annual May Nebula Awards Weekend.


JUNE

Bookseller Expo America (BEA)
The U.S.-based, industry-only international event helps showcase and sell forthcoming books and their subsidiary rights.

American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition
With more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, illustrators and library suppliers in attendance, “ALA” is the world’s largest event for the library community.


JULY

Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual Conference
Gives the robust and passionate RWA membership the opportunity to network and build their career skills.

Summer Reading Promotions boost book sales during peak vacation months.


AUGUST

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Annual Summer Conference
Brings together the children’s publishing world, from top professionals to those just starting out writing and illustrating children’s book — for networking and skill-building opportunities.


SEPTEMBER

Regional Association Book Shows
The numerous regional independent bookseller associations host industry trade shows in September and October. These industry-focused shows are designed to showcase local publishers and local authorial talent and to help drive sales of regional books.

Baltimore Book Festival
Sponsored by the City of Baltimore and the Maryland State Arts Council, this festival is a lively mix of events for the public.

Brooklyn Book Festival
Set in the epicenter of book publishing in the U.S., the Brooklyn Book Festival is “the largest free literary event in New York City.”

National Book Festival
Held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. the festival is organized by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts.


OCTOBER

Frankfurt Book Fair
This annual German book fair has a 500-year history and attracts a quarter of a million global book industry professionals and visitors each year.

Jewish Book Month / Jewish Book Fairs
Jewish Book Month, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council is celebrated the month after Hanukkah, so the date varies from year to year. With the goal of promoting Jewish books and Judaica, many Jewish Book Fairs are hosted during this time period at schools and other venues.

Louisiana Book Fair
Baton Rouge-based, this festival features a day of writing instruction for would-be authors.

Texas Book Festival
Was established by former First Lady Laura Bush and honors Texas authors.


NOVEMBER

The Miami Book Fair International
“The nation’s finest literary festival” is notable for its amount of literary talent, a lively street fair, and the wealth of Latin American and Spanish Authors. (Read some insights to The Miami Book Fair International programming).

National Book Awards
Prestigious literary prizes “from writers to writers.”


DECEMBER

Thanks to holiday gift-buying, December is peak sales month for most booksellers.

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