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2012 Book Festivals

For a nerd such as a myself, it seems rather shocking that I have not yet made it to a book festival, particularly since I have had access to so many over the years- the Baltimore Book Festival, the DC Book Festival held by the Library of Congress, and in moving to New York, the New York Book Festival and the Brooklyn Book Festival. So many options…and yet the closest things I’ve been to is a library book sale. <Moment of silence>

Thus, my goals for the year have expanded to include a book festival. There are a few I missed in the spring, but never fear, there is a series of book festivals in September. So…here’s the line-up of those I am most seriously considering visiting:

– The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012 http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

The National Book Festival is definitely the largest of the three book festivals I am seriously considering, spanning two days and 31 authors. A few friends have gone, and recommended it very highly. The added bonus is that its in DC and relatively close to my family in Maryland- so I could explore some of the museums in DC and visit family at the same time.

– The Brooklyn Book Festival, September 23, 2012 http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the most likely candidate of the three that I will list because of its vicinity to my home.  This festival also comes highly recommended and has actually been on my radar for awhile. The difficulty is the fact that the festival takes place on a Sunday.

– The Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30, 2012 http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/about-the-festival

Although this book festival takes place in my home city, its new to me. There are limited details on the website about this festival, and I don’t actually know much about it, making it the least likely candidate. But, hey, you never know.

If you’ve been to any of these book festivals, or would like to recommend others, please leave a comment. I would love to know what you think!

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2 thoughts on “2012 Book Festivals

  1. Stefanie on said:

    I’ve been to both the Baltimore and DC book festivals. I would recommend the DC one if you are picking between the two. The DC festival is much larger and better organized, and typically has better authors, but it also is much more crowded. I also would not recommend waiting in the lines to meet any of the authors, it sucks up a lot of your time compared to the brief moment that you will get with them.

    • Good to know! Off all the book festivals, I was definitely leaning most heavily on the DC Book Festival. If its a good festival, its probably worth the crowds. 🙂 Want to come…or at least hang out that weekend?

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