10 Best Literature Fests Around The World That Every Book-Lover Must Go To!


Book bugs, it's time to place a bookmark in your current read and head out to the many literary festivals around the world to meet your favourite authors and interact with book lovers like you.

India bibliophiles need to go beyond the horizon of Jaipur, Delhi or Kumaon and explore some sublime international literature fests that have huge audiences all across the world. The best part is that while visiting these festivals, you also get and explore the fascinating destinations they are hosted in!

1. Hay Festival

The Hay Festival is one of the best literature fests in Wales, UK. Eleven days at the Hay Festival are the best days one can spend with different authors. A perfectly picturesque location right off the Brecon Beacons National Park, the festival will turn out to be an amazing travel experience for those who like to explore new things.

Participants have to pay for every talk they attend and the prices vary. You can check the official website of the Hay Festival to see their schedule, and the prices for every session.

Dates- 25th May to 4th June 2017

How to reach- Buses ply from London to Brecon Road. You can also take a look at the how to reach section on their website here.

Where to stay- To experience the best of Hay you can camp with Tangerine Fields, which provide pre-pitched tents and boutique accommodations.

2. Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Deemed as one of the largest book festivals in the world, the Edinburgh International Book Festival welcomes writers from across the world to come together and share a stage at the Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh. The festival is a party for all sorts of book lovers with special sessions, talks, and musical events from 9pm to 11pm!

Entry to the Charlotte Square Gardens is free for everybody. The schedule does not come out until June, however, you can request a brochure for the event here.

Dates- 12th to 28th August 2017

How to reach- London to Edinburgh is about 400 miles and will take you about 7 hours to reach if you decide to take a road trip. You can also reach Edinburgh via air, rail and bus.

Where to stay- You can stay at the Channings Hotel Edinburgh, which is value for money and very serene with its Victorian interiors.

3. Texas Book Festival

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The 2016 version of the Texas Book Festival was the largest they had ever planned with over 300 authors and more than 50,000 people in attendance. The Texas Book Festival is the largest literary event in the country that promotes literature and all kinds of efforts made in the literacy world. The book festival uses donations made to it for building and improving libraries across the country.

The event is held every year at the State Capitol Building in Austin and is free for all to attend.

Dates- 3 – 5 November 2017

How to reach- The San Antonio Airport is a major airport in Austin and is well connected to the rest of the world. The festival grounds are an hour away from the airport. Know more about ways to reach the grounds on the official website.

Where to stay- The festival has partnered with hotels that are close to the State Capitol Building, and a portion of every booking goes to charity. You can see the list of hotels here.

4. Brooklyn Book Festival

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The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest literature festival in New York City, where a lot many famous authors and personalities come together to celebrate a world full of creative people.

The festival is held at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza. The official website has everything you need to know about planning your visit to the festival this year.

Dates- 11 – 17 September 2017.

How to reach- Regular flights go to and from the John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and the venue is half an hour away by road. You can also take the train to the location from JFK Terminal 4.

Where to stay- Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown is a budget-friendly accommodation, quite close to the location of the festival.

5. Göteborg Book Fair

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This festival is by far the largest as compared to any literary event that has ever been hosted in the world. Influential writers from all over the world are present for this festival and this gives their readers plenty of chances to interact with their favourite authors. The book fair is set in a ravishing landscape that you can marvel at endlessly.

Göteborg Book Fair is known for promoting diversity, with a multilingual section where books in 40 different languages from different countries are displayed. You will need to buy tickets to the festival, before hand.

Dates- 28 September – 1 October 2017

How to reach- Regular international flights go to Göteborg, Sweden with one stop on the way.

Where to stay- You can stay at Hotel Bellora, which is a charmingly modern four star hotel with inexpensive tariff.

6. Miami Book Fair

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A little splash never did any harm to anybody ever, and writers always need a good atmosphere to sort out their thoughts and get the best of themselves. The festival organisers define this as a literary party that goes on for eight days. That's enough said by them, I guess!

It has become one of the most loved book fairs in the country, where many readers and authors get together for a splendid time enjoying the space of Miami. The festival begins on 13th November at the Miami Dade College campus. You can plan a perfect holiday in Miami where you attend various workshops in the morning and go surf on the beach later!

Dates- 13 – 21 November 2017

How to reach- Miami is a very well connected destination and regular flights fly to the Miami International Airport. The festival location is just fifteen minutes away from the airport.

Where to stay- The organisers of the fair have listed a set of hotels that are close to the venue and offer discounts to the attendees. You can check the list of hotels on their website.

7. Istanbul Book Fair

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Istanbul is a beautiful city with colourful market streets and fascinating Turkish architecture. Its famous Taksim Square literally never sleeps, keeping its visitors engaged in one way or another. The Istanbul International Book Fair is a wonderful event that helps bring together writers of different genres in Turkey.

The book fair is attended mostly by local people and those who live nearby, yet the popularity of this festival is increasing and more people attend it every year. The fair is now in its sixth edition and is running successfully. It is hosted at the TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center.

Dates- 4 – 12 November, 2017

How to reach- Istanbul's busiest airport Atatürk International Airport is extremely well connected to the world and regular flights come here usually with one stop over.

Where to stay- Ser Suite is a comfortable hotel for you to pick. It is moderately priced and very close to the location of the festival.

8. Buenos Aires International Book Fair

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Another interesting book festival at an equally fascinating destination is the Buenos Aires International Book Fair. This fair was inaugurated in 2011 and soon after that, Buenos Aires became the World Book Capital in 2011. The book festival is currently the largest literary festival in the Spanish-speaking world. An overwhelmingly large number of cultural events are hosted during the book fair.

The fair typically goes on for 20 days and is visited by thousands of Latin American people, and many famous personalities from the writing fraternity are invited to speak at events and hold exclusive interactive sessions. Take a look at the schedule here and plan your day accordingly. You can buy tickets to the festival on their official website. The festival takes place on the grounds of the La Rural Estate.

Dates- 25 April – 15 May 2017

How to reach- Ministro Pistarini International Airport is a major international airport in Buenos Aires. You can also check the website for more details and ways to get there.

Where to stay- The Rosedal Suite has been rated extremely well and is comparatively well priced as compared to the other places to stay near the La Rural Estate. The Rosedal Suite is a self-catering apartment facility.

9. Letterature

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Quite distinctive just like the city it is hosted in, Letterature is a book festival organized in Italy every June at the Basilica of Maxentius, Roman Forum. Carefully nestled in history, this unique literature festival is attended by thousands of book lovers all across the world. The 2017 Book Fair will be its 17th edition.

This incredible festival invites musicians, videographers, writers, photographers and almost everyone who is inclined towards creativity. There is a theme set every year for every event. The dates of the event this year have not yet been disclosed, but you can keep a check on their official website.

Dates- The dates for this years' edition have not been announced yet.

How to reach- Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport is the closest international airport to Bascilica of Maxentius, where the festival is held.

Where to stay- Hotel Caravaggio is a fairly priced three-star hotel very close to the location of the festival.

10. ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest

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India's largest free literature festival attracts more than 20,000 people annually at its event held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest is an iconic event with many renowned writers, artists, film-makers, photographers along with stalwarts from different fields who come together to make this the best place to be for five days! Everyday there are musical and cultural performances to keep visitors enthralled.

The entry to this festival is free for everyone, however it is better to register yourself on their website prior to the festival. People who want to visit just for a day can buy a day pass for Rs. 300. Download their day-wise schedule to plan which sessions you would like to attend and go sightseeing in Jaipur in your free time. To experience the best of Jaipur, check this itinerary.

Dates- JLF is usually hosted at the end of January.

How to reach- Jaipur has its own airport 10km away from Diggi Palace where the event is hosted. You can also reach Jaipur by road (taxi/bus) and rail.

Where to stay- Tree Of Life is a picturesque, luxurious resort just 40 minutes away from Diggi Palace; a stay absolutely worth every penny.

While almost all of these literature festivals share the same ideology of spreading love amongst writers and readers, what makes them different from the lot are the locations they are set in, and travelling to attend these festivals is the perfect excuse. Now that seems like the real deal!

There could be so many other festivals on this list that are equally amazing! Have you been to any literature fest that is awesome, but was not mentioned in this list?

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