When the Brooklyn Book Festival, considered the East Coast’s largest free literary event, started in 2006, “I saw only about 10 literary festivals in the United States,” said Liz Koch, the co-producer. “Now, there are more than double that, with smaller regional ones that many don’t even know about.”
The best-selling author Sue Miller believes that the number of literary festivals has grown over the last 15 years thanks in part to readers’ passionate interest.
“It’s extraordinary to amble into the authors’ room for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at one of these events and glimpse the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, or Jennifer Egan or Edward P. Jones,” she said, adding that appearing before readers is also helpful to any writer’s career.
Here are a few festivals that show the diversity of the literary event landscape, each attracting very loyal — and growing — audiences
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The Literary Festivals to Hit This Year, From Brooklyn to Singapore was published on The New York Times on March 3, 2020.