The Columbus Book Festival is a two-day event that celebrates a community of book lovers.
Inside Main Library, over 150 featured authors will talk about their newly released books in lively panel discussions in the library’s seven meeting rooms.
Outside, the Festival Marketplace in Topiary Park will be active with dozens of exhibitor tents, family-friendly entertainment, food trucks, merchandise tables and more.
Saturday, July 13
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, July 14
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All festival activities take place in downtown Columbus at Main Library (96 S. Grant Ave) and the adjacent Topiary Park (corner of Town and Washington Streets).
Main Library will be open extended Sunday hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All activities, panel discussions, author talks are free! There is no cost to attend the festival.
New and used books, festival merchandise, retail gifts and food & beverages will be for sale in the Festival Marketplace.
Columbus Book Festival is committed to celebrating a broad range of cultures and ideas.
The festival will include books and genres that reflect abundant diversity. We will highlight authors with various life experiences and stories to create a festival experience that’s open to all, inclusive and diverse.
Headliners will give author talks and over 150 national and Columbus-based authors in a variety of genres will be featured on more than 50 panel discussions.
Another 100+ independent authors will be ready to meet you outdoors at Indie Author Alley.
Programming lineup will be announced in April 2024.
Book submissions are accepted by application October-December 2023.
Eligible books have to be published between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Books from a variety of viewpoints and topics were considered based on how they fit into panel topics and themes featured in our festival.
A Programming Committee will review all submissions in January 2024 to make selections.
New books from all featured festival authors, plus a selection of their back-titles, will be available for purchase and signing during the festival in Main Library’s 2nd floor Reading Room.
Featured authors will hold signing sessions and meet & greets in Main Library’s 2nd Floor Reading Room immediately following their scheduled presentation. Their books can be purchased at the Official Festival Bookstore at any time during the festival weekend.
Authors exhibiting in the outdoor Festival Marketplace will be available all weekend at their Indie Author Alley table or Marketplace booth to sell and sign books!
We welcome all visitors to the Columbus Book Festival!
Festival room blocks will be reserved at nearby hotels. Available starting January 2024.
There are plenty of choices in and around downtown Columbus, including Airbnb and boutique and budget hotel options. Visit www.experiencecolumbus.com/hotels for more info.
This is an indoor and outdoor event and the show must go on!
The outdoor Festival Marketplace will still be held in the case of rain. Bring a poncho and support book sellers, festival merchant and food trucks.