11th Harrisburg Book Festival

1302 N. 3rd Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17102
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  • Presented By: Midtown Scholar Bookstore
  • Dates: October 18, 2023 - October 22, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Midtown Scholar Bookstore Café
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: All events outside of the keynote address are free and open to the public

This October, the Harrisburg Book Festival returns for its 11th year! Proudly hosted by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore from October 18th - 22nd, this five-day festival celebrates the power of literature and its ability to unite, delight, and inspire.

The Harrisburg Book Festival is set to host some of the world’s top authors for in-person readings, panels, and signings. Additionally, the festival will feature an outdoor tent sale, children’s day, and blind-date-with-a-book. All events outside of the keynote address are free and open to the public and will take place at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

The 11th Annual Harrisburg Book Festival Keynote Address will take place at the Whitaker Center on Wednesday, October 18th at 8 p.m. with Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders and the New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino. Tickets include a signed paperback copy of LIBERATION DAY by George Saunders and one general admission seat. Tickets are available here.

This year’s festival boasts a star-studded lineup of world-renowned authors, including Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders, NPR host Steve Inskeep, Art historian Teju Cole, Pulitzer Prize-winning Viet Thanh Nguyen, Classicist Emily Wilson, Fantasy author Chloe Gong, Humorist Samantha Irby, Memoirist and bestselling author Jenny Lawson, Children's book author Raj Haldar, Poet Kate Baer, Journalist Liza Mundy and more!

The Outdoor Tent Sale will take place across from the bookstore from Wednesday, October 18th - Sunday, October 22nd. The sale will feature over 20,000+ used books at bargain prices across all genres. Hours of the sale are 10 am-6 pm each day.

Children’s Day will take place on Saturday, October 21st, from 10 am-12 pm. Activities include story time, face painting, book signings, and a bookstore scavenger hunt with prizes!