If you’re a book lover just like me, then check out the photos I captured of the sixth annual Detroit Festival of Books– Michigan’s largest book festival!


The Detroit Festival of Books is Michigan’s largest book festival. Book vendors from all over the state and out-of-state participate in the event selling new, vintage, and rare finds.

This year, the festival celebrated its sixth year, and it took place on Sunday, July 16th, in Shed 5 of the historic Eastern Market in Detroit.

The Detroit Book Fest was packed! It was also super hot outside, but the heat didn’t deter the crowd of book lovers from searching for their book treasures.

I had been wanting to attend the Detroit Festival of Books for a couple of years, so I was excited to finally get the chance to go this year. As a fellow bookworm, being in a place surrounded by books brings me so much joy. (Seriously, if I could live in a library, I definitely would!) 

Detroit Festival of Books banner sign hangs above a crowd of book lovers during the festival in Detroit.
The Detroit Festival of Books is Michigan’s largest book festival! This year’s event had a BIG turn out. So many book lovers were packed in Shed 5 of the Eastern Market browsing through boxes and shelves of new, vintage, and rare books.
Customers browse through boxes of books at Detroit Festival of Books in Detroit, Michigan.
Book vendors from all over the state and out-of-state participate in the event selling new, vintage, and rare finds.
Two women look through a mobile bookshelf at the Detroit Book Fest.

DETROIT BOOK FEST OFFERED AN IMPRESSIVE MIX OF READING OPTIONS

While perusing literary selections, I discovered an impressive mix of reading options– comics and graphic novels, first edition classics, African American books from past and present, and Detroit history books.

There were even vintage records, rare finds, and collectibles. 

Michigan authors were also on-site to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and sell their latest work. 

One cool discovery I learned about the book festival– it was open to vendors who are book collectors and don’t necessarily own a brick-and-mortar bookstore.

When I asked one vendor for his business card, he told me he didn’t own a store. Instead, he’s a passionate book collector who keeps his finds at his house. Pretty cool!

If you love books just as much as I do, then check out the photos I captured from the Detroit Festival of Books!


EVENT PHOTOS: DETROIT FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 2023

Detroit Festival of Books in Detroit, Michigan. A customer looks through vintage records at the book festival.
There were quite a few vendors selling vintage records at the Detroit Festival of Books.
First edition classic literature books such as Team of Rivals, The Charity of Charles Dickens, A Life in the 20th Century at the Detroit Festival of Books.
Many booksellers had first edition books available for sale at the book festival.
Detroit Festival of Books in Detroit, Michigan. Book patrons search through stacks of books at the Detroit Festival of Books.
Detroit Festival of Books. A stack of books by the Michigan author I.S. Berry entitled The Peacock and the Sparrow.
Michigan authors were also on-site to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and sell their latest work. 

Did you go to the Detroit Book Fest this summer?

I hope to attend the Detroit Festival of Books again next year. I will definitely make sure I come prepared with a little more spending money (and water to drink because of the heat!) because I saw so many books and records I wanted to take home with me!

Visit https://detroitbookfest.com/ for more information about the Detroit Festival of Books.

All photographs were taken by Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit. 


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Jennifer Hamra

Freelance creative Jennifer Hamra created her blog Good Life Detroit in 2015 after relocating from Tennessee to Southeast Michigan.

Inspired by her love for personal blogging and photography, Jennifer likes to share her favorite Detroit things, from cool places to visit (the hidden gems are her favorite!) to the amazing people she has connected with over the years.

When she's not busy juggling family life and her creative projects, you can find her at an art gallery, community event, farmers market, or spending quiet time at home with a good book and cup of tea.

Jennifer lives in the metro Detroit area with her husband Travis and their six children.

Connect with Jennifer on social media @goodlifedetroit on all social media platforms or via email at [email protected].