The Festival included:
- America’s finest literary talent
- Panel discussions and author presentations
- Book signings
- Children’s craft activities and storytellers
- Food trucks & vendor booths
The Oklahoma Book Festival attracted about 2,500 attendees. Authors, poets, and illustrators presented all day at the Festival located at the gorgeous Boathouse District. Attendees also enjoyed entertainers, the children’s craft area and great food in the the food truck and picnic area. The vendor village attracted attendees to visit with local authors, illustrators, book sellers, and retail groups. Best of Books sold books for the authors, poets, and illustrators who presented at the Festival. Check out the pictures below and also on Flickr.
Festival by the Numbers
2,500 to 3,000: Number of attendees based on event planner estimate and overflowing parking lot
58 authors and illustrators made presentations or participated in panel discussions
925 books were sold
1,000+: Number of children and caregivers who participated in the Children’s Craft Tent
946: Total attendance at sessions in the three Big Tents (Ida Sutton Williams Headliner Tent, Angie Debo Venue, and the Ralph Ellison Tent)
225: Attendance at sessions in the Children/YA Tent
176: Number of children and caregivers who enjoyed tales in the Storytime Tent.
120+: Attendance at illustrator Jerry Bennett’s session in the CHK Boathouse Venue.
14 sponsors and 3 media sponsors
123: The number of downloadable photos on our Flikr page for the Oklahoma Book Festival
18: Number of authors whose works appeared on the Oklahoma Best Sellers lists in the weeks following the festival.
2018 Festival Snapshots
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Oklahoma Book Festival. It will be held on Saturday, September 21 at OKC’s boathouse district!