The 2019 East of the River Book Festival is a magnet for city dwellers from all wards to enjoy a literary event that highlights the efforts of indie writers, small publishers and independent book shops. This festival will inspire and excite those who enjoy culturally diverse books and have an interest in self-publishing.

We celebrate in two ways:

  1. We encourage all attendees to dress in a costume to reflect a favorite author or book character.
  2. We invite writers to engaging panels and workshops to receive lessons learned and resources.

Attendees for this event reflect readers of all ages and genres. Join the fun and be inspired to tell your story!

Author Registration
East of the River Book Festival


THEARC West Black Box Theater
1801 Mississippi Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020


Saturday, October 5, 2019
Join us for an entire day of fun!
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


If you or your organization would like to
become volunteers, please contact us at