Ashland Book Festival

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm
at Hannon Library, SOU



Frequently Asked Questions



Yes, in celebration of the festival’s fifth anniversary, we’ve made some changes that include a new name and logo.



Authors, publishers, book sellers, and other relevant vendors may sign up to participate in the festival by going to the festival website at and submitting an online application form. The deadline to apply is August 26, 2016. Once your application has been received and approved by the festival, you will be contacted by email with further instructions. Space is limited. Once all available spaces are filled, applications will be added to a waitlist.


Registrations fees vary according to the festival activities you will be participating in:
Exhibit Table = $25
Reading / Short Presentation = $25
Workshop = $35
Monologue Package (table + reading) = $45
Dialogue Package (table + workshop) = $50
Premise Package (reading + workshop0 = $50
Thesis Package (all three activities) = $65


No, only registered participants that are featured in the festival have to pay registration fees. Please feel free to bring a friend or two.


The Ashland Literary Arts Festival offers several different sponsorship opportunities. Financial contributions are always welcome, but we also accept in-kind contributions from organizations (e.g. volunteer staff, activities, supplies, catering, publicity). Contact festival organizers or 541-552-6816.


Go to the festival website at and complete the online volunteer application form.


If you are registered to exhibit in the table fair, you only need to bring whatever products and publicity materials you wish to display or sell; the festival will provide tables and padded chairs. If you are registered to give a reading, presentation, or workshop, bring whatever presentation materials you require. The festival will not provide workshop supplies such as handout copies, craft supplies, etc.


Each table is approximately 6 feet long. Exact dimensions vary somewhat. Email for more detail.


Tables will be arranged on the first floor of the library. Table locations will be assigned by the festival with consideration to any special requirements communicated to the festival organizers. If you have special requirements, you should contact the festival immediately.


Yes, table exhibitors may sell books and other products for their brands. Be prepared to make cash transactions; the structure of the building impedes cellphone signals and can interfere with cellphone-based credit card transactions.


In addition to items for sale, such as books and crafts, you may display work or set out promotional materials. The table is your exhibit space to utilize as you see fit. The festival will provide black tablecloths and identifier signs, but you are welcome to bring additional signage or decorative items. Multimedia material is permitted at muted or discreet audio levels, but access to electrical outlets may be limited; notify festival organizers in advance if you require access to an outlet. Offensive or objectionable material will be barred at the discretion of the Festival Organizers.


Table exhibitors may arrive 8:30-9:30 am on the day of the festival in order to set up their tables. All other participants should check in at least 15 minutes prior to their registered activity.


The festival opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. Table exhibitors are expected to maintain a presence at their table for the entire duration. All other participants should be present at least 15 minutes prior to their registered activities.


Participants are encouraged to park in the lot behind the library, off of Indiana Street. Parking will be free for this event, and no permits are required.  See the parking map available on our website. 


All registered participants and festival volunteers have exclusive access to the all-day Author Lounge, with complimentary lunch and refreshments. There are also a number of restaurants and stores within walking distance of the library, including a coffee shop located on the ground floor of the building.



There is no admission to attend the festival, and all our activities are free and open to the public. However, some participating authors will have books and materials available for sale. If you plan to make purchases, we recommend you bring cash as not all vendors will be set up for credit card transactions.


For the day of the event, guests may park on campus. There is no fee, and no permit is required. See the parking map available on our website.


Visit the Ashland Literary Arts Festival website for a list of authors, activities, and schedules. Specific questions can be submitted to


The Kids Corner, located on the first floor, offers various activities for multiple age groups.


The library coffee shop, located on the first floor of the building, offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastries, bottled beverages, espresso, and more.



There are many ways you can support our program. Money donations can be made by check payable to our parent organization, Hannon Library. We also welcome any interested volunteers to help with the event. If you represent a business or organization, please consider becoming a sponsor.


Contact festival organizers at Hannon Library: 541-552-6816,


We are always interested in feedback. Please send your comments to with “Lit Festival” in the subject line.