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The Biggest Book Fairs and Literary Festivals in August 2017

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on July 31, 2017

Below is a list of the biggest book fairs and literary festivals on this August. For a list of August literary anniversaries, click here.


Book Fairs


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Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland

Start Date: August 12, 2017
End Date: August 28, 2017


The Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place in a tented village in a picturesque Georgian garden in the heart of Edinburgh. For 17 days every August, over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet gather together to rub shoulders with you, the audience. From Nobel prize-winners to the literary stars of tomorrow, the Book Festival offers a diverse range of events for all ages from babies to adults including enlightening interview-style chats, lively debates where you can join in and have your say, writing workshops and classes along with readings and book signings.


Visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival website for more information: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/



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Beijing International Book Fair
Beijing, China
Start Date: August 23, 2017
End Date: August 27, 2017


The Beijing International Book Fair is now considered by many as one of the top four international book fairs in the world. The Chinese market for English-language titles is growing at an astonishing rate, as the Chinese government has made learning English mandatory for all Chinese children. Little wonder then that many first-time U.S. and U.K publishers also participate in the event.


Visit the Beijing International Book Fair website for more information: http://www.bibf.net/EN/



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Ghana International Book Fair 
Accra, Ghana
Start Date: August 24, 2017
End Date: August 27, 2017


The Ghana International Book Fair is a platform where both local and international book industry players come together to trade books and negotiate deals. The public gets the opportunity to access a variety of good books and buy them at highly discounted prices. The first-ever Ghana International Book Fair was held in 1996. Since 2008, the fair has been an annual event with the Ghana Book Publishers Association as the lead organiser.


Visit the Ghana International Book Fair website for more information: http://www.ghanabookfair.com/



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Bienal do Livro
Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Start Date: August 31, 2017
End Date: September 10, 2017


The Rio Book Fair is the country's largest literary event, a great meeting which features the book as the main star. For readers, it's an opportunity to get close to their favourite authors and meet many others. For eleven days, Riocentro hosts this culture, literature and education party. In dedicated spaces, the audience can participate in discussions, chat with personalities and writers, and join cultural activities which promote reading. Attractive, diverse and dynamic, the Rio Book Fair means fun for the whole family!


Visit the Bienal do Livro website for more information: http://www.bienaldolivro.com.br/



Literary Festivals


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Melbourne Writers Festival
Melbourne, Australia
Start Date: August 25, 2017
End Date: September 3, 2017


Melbourne Writers Festival is Victoria’s winter celebration for readers, writers and thinkers. Each year in August, the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world are presented through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. 


Visit the Melbourne Writers Festival website for more information: http://mwf.com.au/

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