Save the date! Fort Collins Book Fest returns on October 22 - 24, 2021.

This year’s Fort Collins Book Fest theme, Up, Up, & Out, speaks to our collective desire to get up from our couches, meet up with family and friends (and soon-to-be friends), and get back out into the world. Book Fest kicks off with writing workshops on Wednesday, October 20 and runs through the weekend.

This October, we’re also celebrating our unofficial Local Literary Arts Month. The schedule below includes literary events throughout the community that feature books, reading, writing, poetry, and storytelling.

Check back often! We’re still adding to this schedule and will unveil the entire Book Fest lineup soon.

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10:00 AM-
10:30 AM

All Ages Outdoor Storytime

Old Town Library – Library Park

This storytime is for children of all ages and their families. Please bring a blanket or yoga mat to sit on.  …

Kids & FamiliesLocal Literary Arts MonthStorytime

11:00 AM-
11:30 AM

All Ages Outdoor Storytime

Old Town Library – Library Park

This storytime is for children of all ages and their families.  Please bring a blanket or yoga mat to sit on.  …

Kids & FamiliesLocal Literary Arts MonthStorytime

05:00 PM-
06:30 PM

Rafael López Community Mural and IMAGINANTES Tribute

Civic Center Parking Structure

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rafael Lopez Community Mural and the  IMAGINANTES program with music, dance performance, light refreshments and a reading of the story &qu…

Local Literary Arts Month

1:00 PM-
1:45 PM

Reading and Workshop with Melissa Eskue Ousley

Old Firehouse Books

A book talk with author Melissa Eskue Ousley, in celebration of her latest book, Constellations of Scars. A writing workshop will follow (registration required for workshop)….

Local Literary Arts Month

03:00 PM-
07:00 PM

SEE THROUGH: A Festival of Literature & Art

Wolverine Farm Publick House

Author reading featuring Andrew Altschul, Ramona Ausubel, Haley Bates, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Camille Dungy, and Marius Lehene….

Local Literary Arts MonthPoetryReadings

7:30 PM-
8:30 PM

Reading by Matthew Gavin Frank

CSU – Lory Student Center

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of several nonfiction books, including The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, and Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Gia…

Local Literary Arts MonthReadings

3:00 PM-
4:30 PM

Book Club for Mortals

For October's program, we will be discussing A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical advice for living life and facing death by BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger. …

Local Literary Arts Month

11:00 AM-
02:00 PM

Sketch, Etch, Illustrate – Family Fun

Council Tree Library

Local professional artist and children’s book illustrator, Julie Rowan-Zoch will be our guest and will inspire your inner artist with fun interactives and maybe even a “doodle-excha…

Kids & Families

2:00 PM-
3:00 PM

Keynote Session with Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Lincoln Center – Performance Hall

Free ticket required for entry to the keynote session. Tickets available at the Lincoln Center Box Office (970-221-6730)….

Book TalkHeadliner

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

02:30 PM-
03:30 PM

Teen Author Talk with Juleah del Rosario

Council Tree Library

For teens ages 12-18. Visit with awarding-winning Colorado author Juleah del Rosario and talk about her novels in verse, "500 Words or Less" and "Turtle Under Ice.&quo…

Book TalkTeens

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