LA Area Book Festivals, Events and Organizations

PALA is building a list of California festivals and events that offer good opportunities to LA publishers. If you know of others, please submit them to for inclusion in this list.

Book Publicists of Southern California BPSC programs and benefits provide an invaluable resource for authors seeking to promote their books
Association of Publishers for Special Sales – APSS APSS is an association for small presses and self-publishers, to create entrepreneurial opportunities for new publishers.
Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network – SPAWN SPAWN encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits for everyone involved in publishing.
Public Counsel Law Center Nonprofit offers seminars and assistance for small businesses and non profit organizations.
Small Business Development Centers SBDCs assist entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers, and persons who are considering start-up of their own business.
IWOSC – Independent Writers of Southern California IWOSC provides tools and resources to help self-employed professional writers in Southern California.
Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles public schools hold many book fairs, events and purchase many supplementary books and materials.
San Francisco Writers Conference The annual San Francisco Writers Conference
The Learning Annex The Learning Annex is the premier producer of seminars, lectures, classes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada…with extensive classes in Los Angeles.
Santa Barbara Writers Conference Writers week-long conference in which the emphasis is on how-to-write-better.
@LA Literary Links Linklist of all things LA
Beyond Baroque Beyond Baroque is a performance venue, bookstore and independent publisher.
California Center for the Book California’s literary heritage and promoting reading, libraries, literacy, and authorship.
California Grants Identify Grant Programs within State of California Agencies
LA Poetry Festival Poetry festivals and events
LA Public Library Events Public libraries offer a host of opportunities for publishers and authors
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is also America‘s largest.
The Agora Foundation Great Books Seminars
Otis School of Art and Design Otis is a graduate school of arts, design and writing.
Reading is Fundamental – RIF Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources
San Francisco Center for the Book The arts and crafts that go into making books by hand.
Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival The Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival includes dozens of booksellers and publishers displaying popular and rare books for the light reader or serious collector.
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators started in Los Angeles, and has many local groups in our area.
Speakers Lists Organizations to offer a speaker’s list
West Hollywood Book Fair Book and cultural fair in West Hollywood