Fiction (and Film) Set at World's Fairs and Expositions

This booklist of mostly fiction titles -- for children, young adults, and adults -- and a few films, all with World's Fair settings, was developed in 2008 with help from Fiction-L list members. It's arranged chronologically by Fair, then by date of publication. Some additions have been made since then, and additions and corrections are always welcomed.

A list of many nonfiction titles related to World's Fairs from 1851-1951 is available online at 'International Exhibitions, Expositions Universelles and World's Fairs, 1851-1951: A Bibliography,' by Alexander C.T. Geppert, Jean Coffey and Tammy Lau. (Also available here in pdf.)


1876 PHILADELPHIA Exposition

Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

Film


1889 PARIS International Exposition (L'Exposition Universelle de 1889)

Fiction

Children's Books

Film


1893 World's Columbian Exposition in CHICAGO

More info on this fair at World Columbian Expedition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath.

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

Children's Books


1898 Trans-Mississippi International Exposition in OMAHA

Fiction


1901 BUFFALO Pan-American Exposition

Fiction


1904 Louisiana Purchase International Exposition in ST. LOUIS

Fiction

Children's Books

Film


1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition

Fiction

Young Adult Fiction


1933-1934 A Century of Progress International Exposition in CHICAGO

Fiction

Young Adult Fiction


1939 NEW YORK World's Fair

Fiction

Children's Books


1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition in SAN FRANCISCO

Fiction


1962 Century 21 Exposition in SEATTLE

Fiction

Film


MONTREAL Expo 67: Man and His World

Fiction


Fictitious Fairs

Young Adult Fiction