Have you heard about the Boston Book Festival? It’s a free event in Copley Square with a ton of author events, live music, and booksellers. The 2013 Festival is October 18 (with a few events on Friday and Sunday as well.) Check the Kids & Teens page here, as well as the full Saturday schedule here. I think you’ll see some authors’ names you’ll recognize!
Some of the sessions are with just a single author, such as the Kids’ Keynote with Tomie dePaola, but most are panel discussions with several authors. There’s one on historical fiction with Amy Brill (who wrote The Movement of Stars, which was really good), Dennis McFarland, Michele Forbes, and Julie Wu. Another session, which I’m sure will be popular, is with George Harrar, Ann Leary, Tom Perrotta, and J. Courtney Sullivan. There’s also a session about The Great Gatsby, one about sports writing, another about true crime – really, there is something for every reader!
One feature of the Boston Book Festival is the One City, One Story which is sort of a Community Read for Boston. This year author Rishi Reddi will be at the Festival speaking about her short story “Karma.” The BBF makes free copies of the story available ahead of time, and we have some here at the Robbins Library. Just stop by the Reference desk to pick up a copy while supplies last!