The Ann Arbor Book Festival is an annual festival in June to promote reading, heighten awareness of literacy challenges, and showcase the rich culture of the written word in Michigan and beyond. The Festival features the Moonlight Book Crawl, the Writers Conference, and the Street Fair. Additionally, the AABF collaborates year-round with the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities to host the Author's Forum events. It also works with the Neutral Zone to host poetry slams and workshops.

The Moonlight Book Crawl features local writers reading at local eateries and pubs. Each writers spend 10-15 minutes reading from one of their recent works, followed by a brief Q&A with the audience. Enjoy fine writing and good food/drinks.

The Writers Conference a full-day experience where attendees can hone their skills in sessions led by a noted group of writers and instructors. The Conference is held annually at U-M's Hatcher Graduate Library.

The Street Fair  features book art displays, children’s activities, and thousands of books for sale.


Ann Arbor Book Festival: Timeline

  • 2015-May-4 The Ann Arbor Book Festival appears on the May 4, 2015 agenda of the Ann Arbor City Council so that the Council can vote on the approval of street closings necessary for the event.  The festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 20​14 The 2014 Ann Arbor Book Festival was June 19-21.
  • 2010 The 2010 Ann Arbor Book Festival is May 14-15.
  • 2009 The 2009 Ann Arbor Book Festival was held May 15-17, 2009.