Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Heartland Book Festival

The first-ever HEARTLAND BOOK FESTIVAL presented in partnership with Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Humanities, and Missouri Center for the Book took place in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, on October 6th-7th, 2023.  

There were panel discussions featuring national and local authors, musical and theater performances, creative pep talks, writing, tarot, collage, print-making workshops, photography exhibitions, food trucks, featured presentations, and face time with celebrated children’s authors and illustrators. There were also be spots for quiet playing, reading, resting, and reflecting.  

The event was FREE for general audiences. Next year’s festival is already in the works!

Stay up-to-date on events by joining the Heartland Book Fest Facebook page or going to!