Reading doesn’t always have to be exclusive to introverts. As books have taken a more prevalent role in the world we live in, gatherings of people discussing them have also increased. Now we have full-scale book festivals around the globe, showcasing the art of writing and reading in a way that anyone can enjoy. Here is a short and helpful list of book festivals that you just have to put on your bucket list!

 

1. Jaipur Literature Festival

Where?

The Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital

Price?

Free!

Details?

With writers from all over the world and local ones, this five day festival celebrates and accepts readers from everywhere. Acclaimed as one of the world’s largest free literary festivals, this is the one event that many people consider one of the grandest festivals.

Source: Jaipur Literature Festival
Source: Jaipur Literature Festival

2. Bay Area Book Festival

Where?

Downtown Berkeley in California

Price?

Free!

Details?

This indoor and outdoor book festival comes with enough events and features to keep you there for all the 16 hours it’s open! With author presentations, books for sale, and even workshops, feel free to enjoy a pint of beer or the wine garden while you look through all the hidden treasures! Food trucks and performers from around the globe will also be there to entertain you; a defining feature called “The Lacuna” has 50,000 donated books open for your perusal.

Source: GeekDad
Source: GeekDad

3. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Where?

The University of Southern California in Los Angeles

Price?

Free! (With $1 service charge)

Details?

Although called a book festival, this event is filled with a variety of other venues to keep the whole family entertained. Authors, artists, chefs, musicians, and entertainers will be roaming about and participating in a number of events. With about 150,000 people attending each year, this is a book festival you have to give a chance!

Source: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Source: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

4. Sydney Writers Festival

Where?

Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay

Price?

Free admission for most events (usually requiring reservations). Paid events are also part of the festival at various prices.

Details?

Book lovers, music lovers, and play lovers can rejoice over the many events held at the Sydney Writers Festival. A number of key venues like the Sydney Theatre, the Blue Mountains, and many more will give you plenty of places to read in the sun and enjoy the breeze!

Source: Sydney Writers Festival
Source: Sydney Writers Festival

5. Ann Arbor Book Festival

Where?

Ann Arbor in Michigan

Price?

Free!

Details?

The Ann Arbor Book Festival is one of the most fitting places for aspiring writers. Free workshops are offered to everyone during the festival by authors. Walk around and skim through the restaurants, bars, bookstores, and shops to hear various Michigan authors and poets read their works!

Source: Ann Arbor Book Festival
Source: Ann Arbor Book Festival

Want a taste of book festivals before you go? Have a look at the 2015 Bay Area Book Festival!

YouTube Channel: baybookfest

 

Featured image via Library of Congress Blog

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