Publishers weekly has just compiled this list of 41 book festivals taking place all over the country this fall. These look especially exciting:
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
Brooklyn, N.Y., September 14
Third year. Authors: Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks, Jimmy Breslin, Joan Didion, Jonathan Franzen, Pete Hamill, A.M. Homes, Pico Iyer, Jonathan Lethem, Gail Carson Levine, Terry McMillan, Richard Price, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Esmeralda Santiago, Mo Willems, Naomi Wolf, Cecily von Ziegesar. Activities: Panel discussions; readings; book signings; children’s area.
San Francisco, Calif. October 3-11
Ninth year. Authors: Jonathan Ames, Dave Eggers, Diane Johnson, Beth Lisick, Tom Perrotta, Vendala Vida, Tobias Wolff, Cintra Wilson and over 300 others. Activities: Second annual Barbary Coast Award for lifetime literary achievement presented to Tobias Wolff; “Tales: An Evening with Armistead and Friends"; a Literary Death Match; Kidquake; Porchlight Storytelling Series; closing night Lit Crawl through more than 40 venues in the Mission District. Last year’s attendance: more than 10,000.
SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Nashville, Tenn., October 10-12
Twentieth year. Authors: More than 250, including Sherman Alexie, Rick Bragg, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ellen Gilchrist, Dana Jennings, Billie Letts, Honor Moore, Ann Patchett, Robert Rummel-Hudson. Activities: Events on the Café Stage, the Cooking Stage and the Children's Stage.
Unfortunately, the Arizona Book Festival is not among them. Their website says "the Arizona Book Festival will be on hiatus for Spring 2008, as we look for a new site. Our plan, as it stands now, is to bring back the festival in the Fall of 2008 or the Spring of 2009."