Festival headquarters will be located in the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. 


Inside you will find the Festival’s pop-up bookstore, run by the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and SBF volunteers. The shop will stock all festival titles for the weekend (on consignment from Northshire Bookstore) plus a great selection of used books and will be open from 9-4 each on Saturday, October 16.

Information about the festival, including printed copies of our program schedule and map, on-site session registration, info on downloading SBF 2021 Conference App will also be available in library lobby along with seating restrooms.

Below is additional information about the festival.


Most Saratoga Book Festival events are FREE and open to the public but we request all attendees register ahead of time for either the General Sessions Pass (which includes admission to all SBF 2021 programs EXCEPT the two Saturday Keynote Events with Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates) or the Gold Pass that includes tickets for both Keynote Events at the Saratoga Springs City Center. To reduce wait time, lines, and help us anticipate capacity needs, we kindly request all attendees to sign up for sessions ahead of time here.

Once you arrive at your session, SBF volunteer greeters will ask you to show proof of vaccination, mask up, and head to your seat. Seating is on a first come basis.

All events take place in downtown Saratoga Springs. Refer to map and directions for venue locations. There are parking lots throughout downtown, click here to view them. Additional parking is also available nearby the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

All festival venues are wheelchair accessible. If you need additional assistance, the Information station will have information on access to assistive listening devices (ALDs) and large-print programs will be available to take at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. If you have questions about accessibility or need more information, please call 

Saratoga Book Festival is proud to support Northshire Bookstore and encourages attendees to purchase festival books before the Festival at northshirebookstore.com or at the store’s location on 424 Broadway. Books will also be sold after each event immediately following the session.

The Saratoga Book Festival is committed to providing a safe environment at our events free of harassment, discrimination, and threatening or disrespectful behavior for all attendees, authors, industry professionals, moderators, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, media, and members of the general public. 

We do not tolerate harassment in any form and reserve the right to remove from any Saratoga Book Festival event those who engage in harassing behavior including but not limited to unwanted advances, stalking, verbal threats, inappropriate statements or gestures, sustained disruption of speakers, and disrespectful comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil disagreement and civic discourse. This may include remarks or actions that target people based on certain characteristics that include but are not limited to, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability status.

The Saratoga Book Festival welcomes attendees and participants of all ages, abilities, physical appearances, body sizes, races, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations. Together, we can create a welcoming and accepting environment for people to discuss books and ideas.

Potential participating authors of literary fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry are selected by committee. The Festival aims to create a diverse program that prioritizes authors who have published a significant book recently. Self-published books of local authors are invited to participate in the 2022 Festival as part of the Book Expo, to be held in the Saratoga Springs City Center. The author nomination process for each year is from January 1-May 1. To receive submission guidelines or submit nominations for the 2022 festival contact info@saratogabookfestival.org

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