Call for Participation: Rochester Reads Book Festival

Rochester Reads BOOK-FESTIVAL
Literary ArtsMusicPerforming ArtsVisual Arts
Organization Writers & Books
Deadline September 30, 2023

Organizations and individuals are warmly invited to exhibit, fee-free, at Writers & Books’ inaugural Rochester Reads Book Festival. Our primary goal is bringing greater Rochester communities together through the shared experience of literature. The festival builds on our successful 22-year history of delivering Rochester Reads, a one-book program launched in 2001 with Ernest Gaines’ award-winning novel A Lesson before Dying. This year, our keynote speaker at The Strong Museum on Thursday, October 26, is MacArthur “genius” N.K. Jemisin, Hugo Award-winning author of our featured novel The City We Became. Jemisin has been called by The New York Times “the most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation.”

Book Festival Exhibitors FAQS: See SurveyMonkey registration form for details

Exhibitor Cost: $15/Table

Number of 6′ Tables you may reserve: 1 – 4


  1. Sell new and/or secondhand books, sidelines, & artistic products; keep the proceeds
  2. Propose a Main Stage event
  3. Host author signings and/or pop-up readings & spoken word performances at your table(s)
  4. Display vertical banner at your table(s)
  5. Access to the green room

After you register: 

  1. You’ll receive an invoice for your table rental ($15-$60)
  2. Your bookstore, press, or organization and events will be listed in our printed and digital Book Festival Guide
  3. You’ll receive instructions for offloading, scheduling, and other nuts and bolts

PS:  Fell free to email Communications Manager Amanda Chestnut for assistance or additonal information.