Have you ever wanted to attend a book festival, but discovered that there wasn’t one near you or the costs were too expensive to go? With the COVID-19 pandemic still running rampant throughout the United States, a fair amount of festivals that would have happened this month have turned to virtual events instead. There are a total of five book festivals occurring this week, April 20 – April 26, 2020. All are free to attend, but most do require pre-registration on their sites for the panel discussions. These book festivals are also hosting giveaways for ARCs, art prints, and other swag during the event. Check out the following websites to find out more about each book festival’s event schedule and giveaways. Some book festivals are even offering participants the opportunity to order signed books or request signed bookplates.
- Wednesday Books Reader Fest: April 20-April 25, 2020
– Events will mainly consist of author chats and ARC giveaways. You’ll have to expand each day to see the full list of events. Most of the events will be happening on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
- NOVL CouchFest 2020: April 20-April 24, 2020
– For each day of the event, a NOVLbox will be given away at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Other events include author chats on Instagram, scavenger hunts on The NOVL’s website, and ARC giveaways (require a password to enter – check The NOVL’s social media accounts for the password). Click here for more information about scheduled events.
- Penguin Random House’s Virtual Con: April 24, 2020
– Events will mainly consist of author chats, games, and giveaways. Click here for the full schedule of events. The main website will include additional information about the giveaways on April 24, 2020.
- Social Distance Book Fest: April 25, 2020
– Events will mainly consist of panel discussions and virtual signings. Additional information on the author panels are listed on the event’s Tumblr page.
– The virtual signings will include signed bookplates and other swag (such as art prints, bookmarks, stickers, postcards, etc.). To participate in the virtual signing, you will be required to purchase a book from bookshop.org and then submit proof of your purchase. Click here for more details on the participating authors, the specific items that they are offering, and the directions to submit proof of purchase.
- YallStayHome: April 25-April 26, 2020
– Events will mainly consist of panel discussions and giveaways. To participate in any of author panels, you must pre-register. This can be done on the event’s schedule page.
– Some events (such as the giveaways) may have already started. Be sure to check the event’s dates for specifics. Please note that all times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), so make sure to plan accordingly.
– Signed books can be bought through Blue Bicycle Books. Each book costs between $10-$20 dollars, depending on whether you wish to buy a hardcover or paperback. Be sure to look for the word “SIGNED” as that means the book will come with a special YallStayHome bookplate.
We will be continuing our blog series (“Where Do You Find Books When Schools and Libraries Are Closed?”) with the next post, focusing on where to find young adult books during COVID-19. Today’s focus was to make you aware of the many book festivals that are happening this week. The document of “Online Reading Resources” has been updated with these book festivals as well as other new resources (i.e. Penguin Teen’s author chats on YouTube). If you want to plan ahead, then Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is having a Everywhere Book Fest on May 1 and 2. Feel free to contact us if you know of any other reading resources and we’ll add it to the Google Doc.
(Danielle and Rachael)