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Thursday, October 26
 

6:00pm

Lit Crawl: City of Notions
In 2017, Boston's Office of Arts & Culture published "City of Notions," a collection of verse, edited by Boston poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges, touching on all aspects of life in Boston, from the Boston Marathon to the MBTA. As part of the Lit Crawl, the city is assembling some of the collection's best contributors for one bring-the-house-down poetry reading.

This event is brought to you, in part, by the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-notions-reading-two-tickets-38162542191


Presenters
avatar for Ed Barrett

Ed Barrett

Ed Barrett is author of more than ten books of poetry, including The Boston Trilogy: Rub Out (2003), Kevin White (2007), and Bosston (2008). His plays and libretto for opera include Rhapsody Antigone (1982) and Shaman (1987). Edward Barrett (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Senior L... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs, all published by Norton: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into fifteen languages, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment (2010), and The Reenactments (2013). Flynn is also the author of four books of poetry, all published by Graywolf Press: My Feelings (2015); The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands... Read More →
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Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges is a poet, writer, and professor at Lesley University. In 2014 she was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, a position from which she acts as an advocate for poetry, language, and the arts, and creates a unique artistic legacy through public read... Read More →
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is an author, lecturer, and literarymusician who has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Gibson competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in love jones, a feature film based on events in his life... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, including Full Moon Boat, The Looking House, and his most recent collection, Said Not Said, all from Graywolf Press. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and was recently re-issued in a 20th Anniversary Second Edition. He is the editor of Another World Instead, a selection of William... Read More →
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Anna Ross

Emerson College
Anna Ross is the author of If a Storm (Anhinga Press), winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry; Hawk Weather (Finishing Line Press), winner of the New Women's Voices Prize; and Figuring, forthcoming from Bull City Press. ... She is a reviewer and contributing editor in... Read More →
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Erick Verran

Erick Verran is a writer and poet based in Allston, Massachusetts.

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Downtown Boston BID

The BID is a private, non-profit corporation created and maintained by property owners. The BID serves the entire downtown community -- businesses, employees, residents, students, and more. Their mission is to transform and engage Downtown Boston through programs and supplemental... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


6:30pm

Lit Crawl: Trick or Trivia
Got an ex-partner, unrequited love, or nightmare relationship haunting you? You’re not alone when you have books! Join us and the many lovesick characters of fiction as we test our literary cred in a game of Spooky Lit Trivia, hosted by Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein. We can’t wait to raise a (Franken)stein with you to jilted love!

Come early! The first 20 guests receive free drink tickets! 

Moderators
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Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein covers entertainment and writes the advice column Love Letters for the Boston Globe. Her daily dispatch of comfort for the lovelorn turns nine in January, and inspired the memoir/essay collection, Can't Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions of a Modern Advice... Read More →

Sponsors
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826 Boston

826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury Street, Boston 02115

6:30pm

Lit Crawl: Erica Ferencik, author of the River at Night
A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, Erica Ferencik's The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction. 
 

Presenters
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Erica Ferencik

Now several years into her career as a novelist, polymath Erica Ferencik came to it by way of careers as a painter and a stand-up comedian. Ferencik started as a fine artist and painter and received her undergraduate degree from UMass Boston. She later spent ten years performing as a stand-up comedian, even doing some writing for David Letterman at the Late Show. Her first book was a satirical novel, Cracks in the Foundation, published in 2008. Her second novel was Repeaters, a contemporary fantasy novel that Kirkus called... Read More →

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

6:30pm

Lit Crawl: GrownUp StoryTime
Remember when Mom used to read you stories before bed? Well, this is just like that, only replace mom with a weird stranger, warm milk with craft brews, and your bedroom with public space. The best part is that you don't have to go to sleep afterward--'cause we're all grown-up now!

We take short short stories written by the community, hand them to performers, and usually hilarity and/or poignant storytelling ensues. Come enjoy a beer and listen to some great stories!

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room & Board 375 Newbury St.

7:30pm

Lit Crawl: The Complete Works of James Joyce in 44 Minutes
The work of James Joyce, one of the most celebrated (but also most inaccessible) authors in English, comes to life with the Here Comes Everybody Players performance of excerpts from "Finnegans Wake" and "Ulysses," complete with audience participation and music. Come and join in the fun!

Presenters
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The Here Comes Everybody Players

Boston's Here Comes Everybody Players bring the literary work of James Joyce to the stage for both academic and general audiences. Our performances celebrate the richness of Joyce's unique langauge and bring to vivid life the humor and humanity of his characters and stories.

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Barbershop Lounge 245 Newbury St.

7:30pm

Lit Crawl: A Taste of Boston Food Writing

The Readable Feast (thereadablefeast.com) is excited to host A Taste of Boston Food Writing along with co-sponsors, Santé Magazine (isantemagazine.com), and Pangyrus Literary Magazine (pangyrus.com). This session will celebrate the one thing every person on the planet has in common: food. While our panel of writers share short essays, attendees will sample morsels to add a tasty dimension to the stories. Anyone inspired to write their own story can submit to Pangyrus Literary Magazine for their first-ever food-writing contest.


Moderators
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Louisa Kasdon

Louisa Kasdon is the founder and CEO of Let’s Talk About Food, a Boston based organization that creates events to engage the public. A former owner of three restaurants, she happily made the transition from preparing food to writing about it. She is the food editor of the Bosto... Read More →

Presenters
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Crystal King

In her debut novel Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome, Crystal King expands on the story of the infamous gourmand and Roman patrician Apicius from the perspective of his slave chef Thrasius. Through Thrasius, King explores both the political and culinary world of ancient Rome. King also has a career in social media and marketing and teaches at GrubStreet. She has also taught classes on creative writing and social media at UMass Boston, the Harvard Extension School, Massachusetts College of Art, and Boston... Read More →
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Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of the novels The City Baker's Guide to Country Living and The Late Bloomers' Club, forthcoming in 2018. She is a professional pastry chef, an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs... Read More →
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Maria Speck

Maria Speck is the award-winning author of the new SIMPLY ANCIENT GRAINS, and ANCIENT GRAINS FOR MODERN MEALS. She has been interviewed on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Jamie Oliver’s website, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC), Wisconsin Public Radio, the Bost... Read More →
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Dariel Suarez

Dariel Suarez is Head of Faculty and Curriculum at GrubStreet (grubstreet.org). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and Southern Humanities Review.

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →
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Pangyrus

A new journal of arts and ideas based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

7:30pm

Lit Crawl: Improv Edgar Allan Poe
That's So Raven! Much-beloved poet and Boston native Edgar Allan Poe gets the experimental comedy treatment for one madcap night at LitCrawl Boston. Will that dead body keep quiet? How will the young man ever get over the loss of his beloved with that black raven yapping away? Audiences will enjoy tales of the gothic and the macabre in twisted situations featuring top Boston comedians in period costume. According to ‘Wheel of Austen’ creators, audiences can expect bombastic characters playing with the conventions of Edgar Allan Poe in unexpected ways. 

Presenters
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Wheel of Austen

Directed by John Herman, who has taught and performed improv comedy from New York to Tokyo, Wheel of Austen stars seasoned improvisers Michelle Boncek, Benjamin Scurria, Elyse Schuerman, John Herman, Sumeet Sarin, Lisa Cordner, and Jenna O'Brien.

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room & Board 375 Newbury St.

7:30pm

Lit Crawl: MassLEAP Youth Poetry Slam All-Stars
For the past several years, MassLEAP has brought together teen poetry performers from across Boston and beyond for an annual poetry contest where "the points are not the point – the point is the poetry." These amazing young voices cross neighborhood, town, and city lines, share their original stories, support one another, and engage the audience's attention with their dynamic, timely verse. www.massleap.org.

Presenters
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MassLEAP Youth Poets

For the past several years, MassLEAP has brought together teen poetry performers from across Boston and beyond for an annual poetry contest where "the points are not the point – the point is the poetry." These amazing young voices cross neighborhood, town and city lines, share th... Read More →

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Converse 348 Newbury St.

7:30pm

Lit Crawl: No Fixed Address
Since 2014, No Fixed Address Press has been publishing the work of writers from the homeless community of downtown Boston. In reportage, memoir, poetry, protest, and prayer, these writers give voice to the streets and shelters of the city. Join us as a not-to-be-missed lineup of No Fixed Address Press authors shares the wisdom.

Moderators
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James Parker

Contributing editor and culture columnist for The Atlantic. Founder of The Pilgrim and the Black Seed Writers Group.

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury Street, Boston 02115

8:00pm

Lit Crawl: Words and Music
Musicians inspired by writers and writers inspired by music. Don’t miss this evening of one of a kind appearances from the Throwing Muses’ founder and author Kristen Hersh, poet/memoirist Nick Flynn with his band Shaker (together = Shaker Flynn), Boston Globe rock critic and mystery writer Clea Simon, and poet/memoirist Kelle Groom. 

This event is brought to you, in part, by the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.

Please register for this event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-music-shakerflynn-kristin-hersh-clea-simon-kelle-groom-tickets-38258344739?aff=es2

Presenters
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs, all published by Norton: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into fifteen languages, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment (2010), and The Reenactments (2013). Flynn is also the author of four books of poetry, all published by Graywolf Press: My Feelings (2015); The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands... Read More →
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Kelle Groom

Kelle Groom's memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, Oprah O Magazine sele... Read More →
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Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh is the founding member of influential art­ punk band Throwing Muses and author of several books. Her most recent publication is the memoir "Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnut" (University of Texas Press). https://www.kristinhersh.com
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Clea Simon

Clea Simon is a music journalist whose latest suspense novel, World Enough, is set in Boston's music scene. Clea’s nonfiction books are Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings (Doubleday, 1997), Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads (Wiley, 2001), and The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats (St... Read More →

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Downtown Boston BID

The BID is a private, non-profit corporation created and maintained by property owners. The BID serves the entire downtown community -- businesses, employees, residents, students, and more. Their mission is to transform and engage Downtown Boston through programs and supplemental... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


8:30pm

Lit Crawl: A Night of Blackout Poetry with Ploughshares
Join Ploughshares for a night of blackout poetry and short poetry talks featuring Matthew Lippman, January Gill O'Neil, and Tim Suermondt, all stellar Ploughshares contributors.

Presenters
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Matthew Lippman

Matthew Lippman is the author of four poetry collections—The New Year of Yellow (winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, Sarabande Books), Monkey Bars, Salami Jew, and American Chew (winner of the Burnside Review of Books Poetry Prize). He is the Editor and Founder of the web based project... Read More →
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January Gill O’Neil

January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, Misery Islands and Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, Rewilding, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assi... Read More →
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Tim Suermondt

Tim Suermondt is the author of three full-length collections of poems—Trying To Help The Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007), Just Beautiful (New York Quarterly Books, 2010) and Election Night And The Five Satins (Glass Lyre Press, 2016)—along with three chapbooks. Pinyon Publishing will publish his fourth full-length collection, The World... Read More →

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →
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Ploughshares

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Best known for our award-winning Ploughshares literary journal, we also publish Ploughshares Solos—digital-first long stories and essays—and a lively literary blog. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in down... Read More →


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Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Emerson College Dining Room 10 Boylston Place, Boston, MA 02116

8:30pm

Lit Crawl: Four Stories

Four Stories is a literary series bridging Greater Boston’s nightlife and arts community (and now Tokyo's, too!). Each event is held in a club, bar, or lounge, and features appearances from some of the most acclaimed authors in the nation, reading their work under a unified theme and answering joke questions from the audience. In this special installment for Lit Crawl, we will be featuring Olivia Kate Cerrone, author of The Hunger Saint, a historical novella about the child miners of Sicily; E. Dolores Johnson, an essayist who focuses on inter-racialism; Whitney Scharer, whose forthcoming debut novel, The Age of Light, is based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller; and Courtney Sender, whose fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, American Short Fiction, and The Georgia Review. So come experience Four Stories. It’s like a nineteenth-century salon ― socializing, witty banter, corsets optional.


Moderators
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Steven Beeber

Author, THE HEEBIE-JEEBIES AT CBGB'S: A SECRET HISTORY OF JEWISH PUNK
Steven Lee Beeber is the author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, the editor of AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless, and the associate editor of the literary journal, Conduit. His work has appeared in Harpers, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Fi... Read More →

Presenters
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Olivia Kate Cerrone

Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017), a historical novella about the child miners of Sicily. The book was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale,” named a 2017 Fiction Bestseller by SPD Books, and won... Read More →
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E. Dolores Johnson

E. Dolores Johnson’s writing focuses on inter-racialism. Her essays have been published or are forthcoming in the Buffalo News, Narratively and the Writers of Color Anthology. She was a finalist in the 2017 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay contest. Her multigenerational memoir on mixed race life, Say... Read More →
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Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. For ten years, she was the Development and Communications Director at GrubStreet, and she now runs her own graphic design business. Her first... Read More →
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Courtney Sender

Courtney Sender's fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, American Short Fiction, The Georgia Review, among others, and has won the Glimmer Train fiction open, The Mississippi Review fiction contest, the Boulevard emerging writers contest, and the Tennessee Williams/New... Read More →

Sponsors
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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →



Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Salon Acote 132 Newbury Street

8:30pm

Lit Crawl: GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith Present Literary Balderdash
GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith present Literary Balderdash, a game show where all-star writers Marianne Leone, Stephen McCauley, Tom Perrotta, and Val Wang compete with the audience to rewrite works of literature and events in literary history. Hosted by Christopher Castellani.

Presenters
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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author and educator. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. His novels include A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004 Massachusetts Book... Read More →
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Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an actress and author known in particular for her role on the hit HBO television series The Sopranos. As an author, Leone has recounted the love and difficulties in her own Italian family in two memoirs, Jesse and Ma Speaks Up. The first is about her son, Jesse, who had severe cerebral palsy, was a quadriplegic who was unable to speak, and passed away suddenly at the age of seventeen. Ma Speaks Up is a memoir of... Read More →
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Stephen McCauley

Author, INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS
Stephen McCauley is a Cambridge-based award-winning author of four novels and numerous short stories, articles and essays.
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Tom Perrotta

Novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta was born in New Jersey and grew up playing baseball and football. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Syracuse University. He published his first book, the short story collection Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies, in 1994. The Wishbones, a comedic tale of a New Jersey wedding band, followed in 1997. In 1999 Perrotta published Election, several months before the film version, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, was released. Election was followed by Joe College in 2000, Little Children in 2004, The Abstinence Teacher in 2007, and The Leftovers in 2011. Little Children was adapted into a film; Perrotta cowrote the... Read More →
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Val Wang

Author, BEIJING BASTARD
Val Wang is an author of the memoir Beijing Bastard and a multimedia storyteller interested in the intersection between the personal and the global.

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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith, located in the heart of Coolidge Corner, is Brookline's premier independent bookstore & more since 1961.
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GrubStreet

GrubStreet, now in its 20th year, is a literary non-profit dedicated to making writers better writers, building literary careers, and creating audience for good work.
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →



Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Brooks Brothers 46 Newbury Street, Boston, 02116

8:30pm

Lit Crawl: Literary Mad Libs!
Join us for an hour of literary hilarity when the adjectives, verbs, and proper nouns you come up with are applied to treasured classics in a throwback game of Mad Libs. Your works will be read aloud for supreme audience enjoyment and from them, a winner will be selected by our esteemed judges, Ron MacLean and Cheryl Pappas, and awarded a free subscription to Journal of the Month. Who said the canon can't be improved?

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Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean is the author of Headlong, winner of the 2013 Indie Book Award for Best Mystery, and two previous books: Blue Winnetka Skies, and Why the Long Face? His short fiction has appeared in GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
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Cheryl Pappas

Cheryl Pappas is a writer from Boston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, SmokeLong Quarterly, Tin House, Essay Daily, and Mulberry Fork Review. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars. Her website is cherylpappas.net
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Jenn Scheck-Kahn

Jenn Scheck-Kahn is a prose writer, teacher, and founder of Journal of the Month, a service that delivers a different print literary magazine on a regular basis, located at journalofthemonth.com. Her prose has placed in contests hosted by the Atlantic Monthly and Glimmer Train, a... Read More →

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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
MiniLuxe 31 Newbury Street

8:30pm

Lit Crawl: Regie Gibson Live!
Poet, songwriter, author, and educator Regie Gibson will bring the Barbershop to its feet with his electrifying and unique mix of music and wordplay.

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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is an author, lecturer, and literarymusician who has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Gibson competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in love jones, a feature film based on events in his life... Read More →

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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Litquake

Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →



Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Barbershop Lounge 245 Newbury St.
 
Friday, October 27
 

7:30pm

The Book Revue: An Author Variety Show

Have you ever hankered to hear a football-playing astronaut read his own poetry? Or dreamed of learning to draw from a prize-winning illustrator? Come let our talented authors perform and entertain you at this literary variety show featuring music, monologues, and more! You'll see acts from poet and performer Krysten Hill, actress and author Marianne Leone, former NFL player and astronaut Leland Melvin, Guggenheim fellow and artist Eileen Myles, illustrator and native Mainer Chris Van Dusen, and other special guests. You won't want to miss this one-night-only special event, hosted by Love Letters advice columnist and entertainment reporter Meredith Goldstein. The Book Revue is made possible by the Boston Globe.



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Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein covers entertainment and writes the advice column Love Letters for the Boston Globe. Her daily dispatch of comfort for the lovelorn turns nine in January, and inspired the memoir/essay collection, Can't Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions of a Modern Advice... Read More →

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Chris Van Dusen

Born in Portland, Maine, Chris Van Dusen started drawing at an early age. Some of his first illustrations came from passing time with his brothers. He went on to study fine art at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and graduated with a BFA. Eventually he started drawing cartoons for a magazine for teenagers. For more than ten years, he worked as a freelance illustrator specializing in art for kids. His illustrations appeared in magazines like Nickelodeon, FamilyFun, and Disney... Read More →
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is... Read More →
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Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an actress and author known in particular for her role on the hit HBO television series The Sopranos. As an author, Leone has recounted the love and difficulties in her own Italian family in two memoirs, Jesse and Ma Speaks Up. The first is about her son, Jesse, who had severe cerebral palsy, was a quadriplegic who was unable to speak, and passed away suddenly at the age of seventeen. Ma Speaks Up is a memoir of... Read More →
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Hugh Macdonald

Hugh Macdonald is a twenty-year-old singer/songwriter, constantly on the move. Raised in Cape Town, London, and Paris, he currently lives in Boston, where he studies songwriting, production, and business at Berklee College of Music. From the age of five, when he played a shaky version of Yellow Submarine on guitar and voice, he has always loved performing. After being... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin is known on the Internet for his official NASA photo featuring his beloved dogs Scout and Jake, but in his memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances, he shares the story of his own fascinating life. Melvin started his career as a football player, playing for the University of Richmond before he was drafted in the eleventh round of the NFL college draft by the Detroit Lions. Hamstring injuries ended his career prematurely, and in 1991 he earned his masters in materials science engineering from the University of Virginia. Melvin began his career with NASA in 1989 at the Langley Research Center. Melvin reported for astronaut training in 1998, and eventually logged 565 hours in space over two space missions in 2008 and 2009. He retired from NASA in 2014 and now advocates for gender equality and representation of minorities in STEAM fields. Chasing Space is published in both an adult and young readers... Read More →
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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is a polymath artist, institution in contemporary poetry, and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. They have written poetry, fiction, criticism, plays, performance texts, and even a libretto. They are also known as the one-time “openly female” write-in candidate for the presidency in 1992. They moved to New York City in 1974 and became involved with the St... Read More →

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Friday October 27, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 
Saturday, October 28
 

10:00am

Story Time with Susanna Chapman
Graphic designer and illustrator Susanna Chapman reads from The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon (ages 4–8)

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Susanna Chapman

Susanna Chapman is all about the design and illustration of books. She is currently a senior designer at Candlewick Press. Before starting at Candlewick, she worked in the design department at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a variety of roles. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. She is the illustrator of The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon, by Frances Poletti and Kristina... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:00am

History of Halloween

Did you know that the way we celebrate Halloween in America today has its roots in Ireland? It’s true! When more than a million Irish natives migrated to the United States during the nineteenth-century potato famine, they brought their customs with them—and that includes many of their Celtic traditions. Cultured Kids will guide participants through the origins of many of our Halloween traditions, from trick-or-treating to carving spooky . . . potatoes? Find out much more, and decorate your very own Halloween spud, in this fascinating exploration of history, migration, and everyone’s favorite holiday.


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Cultured Kids

Cultured Kids is a nonprofit organization exposing children and communities to other world cultures through the arts (visual, culinary, performance, literary, musical), sciences, history, and geography. | | Cultured Kids website... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:00am

Writer Idol

Author Christopher Castellani will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three established agent judges who specialize in literary and commercial fiction as well as narrative nonfiction: Esmond Harmsworth, Ann Collette, and Amaryah Orenstein. When an agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, he or she will raise a hand. Castellani will keep reading until a second agent raises a hand. The agents will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer suggestions to the author. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously. At the end, a winner will be crowned and win a prize. Note to participants: Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or nonfiction only, please) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud. This session is not for the thin-skinned! Sponsored by GrubStreet.


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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author and educator. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. His novels include A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004 Massachusetts Book... Read More →

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Ann Collette

Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. In fiction, Ann represents literary, upscale commercial women's, crime, upscale western, historical, military and war, and horror. | | Rees Literary Agency... Read More →
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Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein is the founder of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency. Through her work, she aims to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, representing a wide array of fiction and nonfiction that tackles big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. She also serves as co-president of the Boston chapter of the... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

10:00am

Hubbub at the BBF
This year, Somerville-based children’s publisher Candlewick Press is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. We’re thrilled that they’re throwing an anniversary party here at the BBF by sponsoring “Hubbub at the BBF,” a full slate of expanded offerings for children and families taking place in the Boston Public Library’s beautiful Guastavino Hall. Take a look at the activities scheduled throughout the day, or just swing by anytime between 10am and 4pm to take a break in our book nook, explore the mini children’s book store provided by Belmont Books, and enjoy a fun and family-friendly space at the BBF!

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Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:00am

Join the Search for Waldo!

It’s Waldo’s thirtieth birthday, and he just keeps getting better at hiding! This time he’s hiding at the Boston Public Library, and we need your help to find him. Pick up an entry form from one of our volunteers in Guastavino Hall, find the three Waldos hidden throughout the Boston Public Library, and return your completed form for a chance to win an amazing prize from Candlewick Press!


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Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:30am

Appearance by Nutbrown Hare
How much do you love Nutbrown Hare? Show him and give him a hug!

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:30am

Readings: Short Stories

The short story form isn’t just a springboard to longer-form writing; for many authors, it’s the perfect small canvas on which to explore, experiment, and let imaginations run wild. In this session, we’ll hear from three skilled practitioners of the genre. Noy Holland has been perfecting her short story craft for the past two decades. Her new collection, I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, gathers a dozen previously published stories with thirty new ones, ranging in length from a single page to a novella, with lyrical language walking the line between poetry and prose. Debut author K. L. Pereira is also interested in the spaces between; her collection, A Dream Between Two Rivers, uses the tropes of fairy and folk tales to illuminate the experiences of those who inhabit the edges and the dark places. And Edie Meidav, the author of three novels, ranges widely in her collection Kingdom of the Young, which “glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance,” according to a starred review from Kirkus. Our host for this session is Marjan Kamali, author of the novel Together Tea and one of the curators of the Arlington Author Salon.


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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali’s debut novel Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from NYU. Her short stories appear in the... Read More →

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Noy Holland

Noy Holland was an accomplished educator and short story and novella writer before she published her debut novel, Birds, in 2015. She is the author of the collections The Spectacle of the Body (1994), What Begins with Bird (2005), and Swim for the Little One First (2012). In 2008 she was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council award and has also been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She teaches in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is on the board of directors of Fiction Collective Two. Her latest work is the story collection I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels... Read More →
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Edie Meidav

Edie Meidav is an award-winning author, educator, and editor. She currently teaches creative writing at UMass Amherst and is a senior editor at Conjunctions magazine. She is the author of The Far Field (2002), which tells of an “anti-missionary"’s travels in then Ceylon in the 1930s; Crawl Space (2005), which won the Bard Fiction Prize; and Lola, California (2011), the story of a daughter reuniting with her father who is on death row. In addition to the Bard Fiction Prize, Meidav has also been awarded the Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Young, a collection of short fiction... Read More →
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KL Pereira

KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves, was published by Deathless Press in 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in The Drum, Shimmer, Innsmouth Free Press, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Bitch, and other publications. She's a member of the New England Horror Writers... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:30am

Shadow Puppet Playground

Illuminate your imagination! Puppet Showplace Theater artists will demonstrate the many amazing ways you can bring classic stories and characters to life using light, shadow, and everyday materials. Visitors can drop in, make your own puppet character and bring it to life on stage!

Ages 5+ with an adult



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Puppet Showplace Theater

Boston’s premier puppetry destination, Puppet Showplace Theater, has presented outstanding professional performances, workshops, and community outreach activities for the diverse audiences of Boston over the past forty years. | | Puppet Showplace Theater website... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:45am

Kids' Keynote

Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Or just gotten a case of the crabbies? Anyone who’s ever been in a bad mood (and that’s pretty much everybody) can relate to Curly, who’s at the center of Lemony Snicket’s new picture book The Bad Mood and the Stick. When Curly’s bad mood prompts her to pick up a stick and poke her little brother with it, she sets into motion a whole series of events (which is something Snicket knows a lot about!) that vividly illustrates the sometimes surprising reverberations of a seemingly small action. Featuring Matthew Forsythe’s rainbow-hued watercolor illustrations, Snicket’s new book for young readers (and listeners!) is full of the humor and heart Snicket is famous for. We’re pleased to welcome back Lemony Snicket as this year’s BBF kids’ keynote, and we can’t wait for what’s sure to be a lively and unexpected start to families’ day at the Boston Book Festival!


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Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books, including the alleged bestsellers A Series Of Unfortunate Events (now a Netflix original series starring Neil Patrick Harris), the series All the Wrong Questions, and several picture books, including The Composer Is Dead (art by Carson Ellis), 13 Words (art by Maira Kalman), and The Dark (art by Jon Klassen). His most recent project, The Bad Mood and the Stick, with art by Matthew Forsythe, shows how a bad mood can wreak havoc--and stir up surprises... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:45am

BBF Unbound: The Joys and Realities of Small Press Publishing

Small presses offer unique advantages and challenges for writers. This panel seeks to help writers successfully navigate the world of indie publishing across genres, especially as additional work falls on writers’ shoulders, from hiring outside editors to generating publicity. Building and maintaining relationships with literary magazines can also serve as a crucial factor in establishing oneself as a professional author. Moderator Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor of Consequence magazine, will lead a conversation with novelist Olivia Kate Cerrone (The Hunger Saint), travel memoirist Jennifer Crystal (Et Voilà), short story author Courtney McDermott (How They Spend Their Sundays), and poet and publisher Enzo Silon Surin (A Letter of Resignation). These indie publishing experts will discuss the practices that helped them foster high-quality books and connect with readers while addressing the limitations of the small press world.


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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell is an independent consultant as well as an instructor at GrubStreet in Boston. She’s the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine. Her nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, explores the culture of war, and recent publications include interviews, essays and stories in Redivider, TSR: The Southampton Review, Spaces, Post Road, and The Baltimore Review, as well as various newspapers and newsletters... Read More →

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Olivia Kate Cerrone

Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017), a historical novella about the child miners of Sicily. The book was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale,” named a 2017 Fiction Bestseller by SPD Books, and won... Read More →
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Jennifer Crystal

Jennifer Crystal is the author of Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey From Foreigner to Francophile (2014). She specializes in travel writing, narrative medicine, and writing to heal. Crystal teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and at Middlebury College in Vermont, and she writes a weekly column for the Global Lyme Alliance. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, WBUR, Transitions Abroad Magazine, Abroad View Magazine, The Lyme Times, Spry Literary Journal, and other publications. Crystal holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. from Emerson College, and she completed a summer of study at the Bread Loaf School of English. She is working on her second memoir... Read More →
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Courtney McDermott

Courtney McDermott's debut collection of short stories, How They Spend Their Sundays (2013), was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Story Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and teaches in the Master's in Writing program at Southern New Hampshire Un... Read More →
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Enzo Silon Surin

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher, and social advocate. He is the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation (2017) and Higher Ground (2006), which was nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award. He is also co-author of The Next Verse Poets Mixtape - Volume One: the 4 X 4 (2016). His poetry has been featured in Interviewing the Caribbean, Pangyrus, jubilat, Soundings East, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Naugatuck River Review, sx salon, and Tidal Basin Review, among other publications. He was recognized as the 2015 PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry, and his manuscript, When My Body Was a Clinched Fist, was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize. Surin holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is currently an associate professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College and founding editor and publisher at Central Square Press... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place

10:45am

BBF Unbound: You Are a Writer
Have you spent months, even years dreaming about writing that novel (or short story or essay) but never seem to be able to get actual words down on paper? Join late-blooming novelist Louise Miller, author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, in this workshop designed to help you move past your blocks and fears, get your butt in the chair, and get writing. In the first half of the workshop we will engage in exercises designed to help you free up your thinking, brainstorm new ideas, work with your inner critic, and create a realistic writing schedule. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to short writing exercises with prompts to get that pen moving. Participants will leave with the beginnings of new writing projects, new tools to help you keep writing, and resources to help you find and create the writing life you always dreamed of.

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Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of the novels The City Baker's Guide to Country Living and The Late Bloomers' Club, forthcoming in 2018. She is a professional pastry chef, an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Story Time with Gaia Cornwall
Rhode Island writer and illustrator Gaia Cornwall reads from her debut picture book Jabari Jumps! (ages 4–8)

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Gaia Cornwall

Gaia Cornwall is a writer, illustrator, and designer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work can be seen in advertisements, on websites, and even in a couple of films. Most notably, Cornwall has recently illustrated and written her debut picture book, Jabari Jumps, about a little boy summoning up the courage to take his first leap from a diving board. In a starred review, the Bulletin of the Center for Children's... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy
During 2016/17 Shakespeare to Hiphop (literary performers and TED X Boston alumni Regie Gibson and Marlon Carey) partnered with the Boston Public Library to celebrate William Shakespeare. The result is The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy: an all-new presentation combining American jazz-funk-country-pop and hip-hop with poetry, song, storytelling, rap, and Shakespeare’s own words. The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy is a hip literary trip that explores the life, influence and mysteries surrounding the man reverently known as “The Bard.”

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Marlon Carey

Marlon Carey is a poet (published chapbooks: Giraffe Theory, Prolegomenon, and Lazarus) who has been a member of both the Boston Poetry Slam and Boston Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Teams. He is also a proud member of the Providence-based poetry troupe Brother’s Keeper. Carey is also an educator, actor, communicator, and entertainer. Carey earned his BFA degree in creative writing at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and is proud to be a New England poet, with nuff respect to his Jamaican immigrant... Read More →
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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is an author, lecturer, and literarymusician who has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Gibson competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in love jones, a feature film based on events in his life... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:00am

Middle Grade: Solving Problems

You solve problems every day, from what to eat for breakfast to how to finish your homework before bedtime. The kids in the books we read face problems, too—from everyday hurdles like these to huge obstacles we hope we’ll never encounter. In this session, we’ll hear from four authors whose characters tackle problems—and we might even learn about what challenges the authors faced while writing about them! In The Perfect Score, school story specialist Rob Buyea writes about how a group of students approach a familiar predicament: taking standardized tests. In her latest middle grade novel, Saturdays with Hitchcock, Printz Award–winning author Ellen Wittlinger writes about Maisie, a tween facing a pair of problems: her grandma’s growing dementia and her own messy love triangle—something she’s not sure she even wants. Norah, the heroine of Barbara Dee’s Halfway Normal, just wants to put her big problem (overcoming leukemia) behind her and start middle school like a normal kid. And in Michelle Cuevas’s wildly inventive The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole, Stella’s problems of loss and grief take on cosmic significance, manifesting as a black hole named Larry. Do you have a problem—in writing or in life—you’d like a creative solution to? Bring your questions to this session, hosted by educator and former BPL writer-in-residence Jennifer De Leon.

Ages 7–12



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Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is a writer and educator whose focus has been social justice and the immigrant experience. Her short story “Home Movie” was selected as the 2015 One City One Story for the Boston Book Festival. She was named the tuition scholar in fiction at the Bread Loaf... Read More →

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Rob Buyea

Rob Buyea is an educator who transcribed his teaching in the classroom to teaching through middle-grade fiction. Buyea taught third and fourth grade for six years before teaching high school biology and eventually giving that up to write full-time. He has written three books about his character Mr. Terupt and his students: Because of Mr. Terupt (2010), Mr. Terupt Falls Again (2012), and Saving Mr. Terupt (2015). Because of Mr. Terupt was named an E. B. White Honor Book and won state book awards in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, Nebraska, Indiana, and Iowa, and was nominated in a number of other states. His newest book is The Perfect Score, about the stress of standardized test... Read More →
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Michelle Cuevas

Michelle Cuevas is an author of picture books and novels for young people. Her 2016 picture book The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (featuring artwork by Caldecott medalist Erin E. Stead) was critically acclaimed and a national bestseller. She is also the author of Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier (soon to become an animated... Read More →
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Barbara Dee

Barbara Dee began writing books for children after spending time as an English teacher, a (happy) stay-at-home mom, and a (less happy) lawyer. Her first book, Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life, has been followed by several other beloved and critically acclaimed novels for middle-grade readers, including Solving... Read More →
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Ellen Wittlinger

Ellen Wittlinger is a celebrated author of young adult literature who has been writing for over twenty years. Before beginning her career in young adult literature in 1993, Wittlinger was a children’s librarian, a journalist, a poet, and playwright. Her first published book was a poetry collection titled Breakers (1979). She had a play, One Civilized Person, produced in New York City, and a number of others were given staged readings in Boston. In 1993 she published... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Discover the Magic of Children's Book Making

Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, Somerville-based independent children’s publisher Candlewick Press has become an industry leader in producing high-quality books for young readers. President and Publisher Karen Lotz and Creative Director and Associate Publisher Chris Paul will be in conversation with some of their acclaimed authors and illustrators. Ekua Holmes was already a celebrated visual artist, curator, and arts educator before illustrating her first picture book. Voice of Freedom (words by Carole Boston Weatherford) went on to win a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award and was recognized with a Caldecott Honor. Holmes has continued to develop her mixed-media illustrations in Kwame Alexander’s Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Mira Bartók has also pivoted toward children’s books, having previously published a memoir, The Memory Palace, before penning the new middle-grade fantasy novel The Wonderling. Baseball-loving Matt Tavares has written and illustrated picture book biographies of Babe Ruth, Pedro Martinez, and Hank Aaron, but his latest project is Red and Lulu, an illustrated love story about cardinals (the birds, not the baseball team!) and Christmas miracles. Book lovers will get a behind the scenes look at the publishing process, from editorial and design collaboration all the way through to the finished bound books you see on store and library shelves. Here is a chance to ask some of the most talented creators in the children’s book industry about how they craft the incredible stories and books that become the fabric of our childhood. Sponsored by Candlewick Press.


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Mira Bartók

Mira Bartók is a writer and artist whose New York Times-bestselling memoir, The Memory Palace, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. The Wonderling is her first novel for young readers and is currently being adapted for feature film. She lives in western M... Read More →
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Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is a fine artist whose work explores themes of family, relationships, hope, and faith. The first children’s book she illustrated is Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and f... Read More →
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Karen Lotz

Karen Lotz is group managing director of Walker Books Ltd (London, England), and also serves as president and publisher of Candlewick Press, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick Press is the U.S. subsidiary of the Walker Books Group, which also includes Walker Books UK and Walker Books Australia. Under... Read More →
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Chris Paul

Chris Paul is the creative director and associate publisher for Candlewick Press, where she has worked for the past eighteen years. Paul directs a talented staff of art directors and designers creating high-quality children's books, ranging from picture books for the very young through sophisticated young adult... Read More →
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Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro, as well as Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball. He is the illustrator of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River and Through the Wood, Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, and Jubilee! by Alicia Potter. Matt Tavares has been publishing with Candlewick Press for over fifteen years and lives in Ogunquit, Maine. His latest picture book is Red and... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

The Beatles
As the music world fragments into ever-narrower niches, by some miracle The Beatles are still finding new listeners every day who go on to soundtrack their entire lives to the Fab Four’s small clutch of timeless albums (and some of the solo work, too­—maybe). In Dreaming the Beatles, Rob Sheffield explores why, out of all the sights and sounds that emerged from the wild ferment of the ’60s, it’s these four mop-topped Liverpudlians who continue to hold us rapt. But even if love for The Beatles is nigh universal, everyone has their own history with the music, and in the new anthology In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, nearly thirty writers explain which tracks have resonated with them through the years. The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik argues for the richness of the thematic interplay between the two songs on the landmark “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields” single; longtime music journalist and biographer Alan Light sees deep currents within early hit “I Saw Her Standing There”; and Touré, author most recently of I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, tackles the other end of The Beatles’ short, magnificent time together by looking at the globe-trotting “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” the band’s final song to reach number one in the UK. The moderator and Fifth Beatle (Fan) for this discussion is WBUR’s Shira Springer.

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Shira Springer

Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for NPR and WBUR. She also writes a regular column on women’s sports for the Boston Globe and features for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She has written for the Globe for twenty years, covering the city’s four major professional teams, including seven years on the Celtics beat. Springer contributed to the essay collections Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love and A History of Jewish Connecticut: Mensches, Migrants and Mitzvahs. Her writing will also be published in the upcoming anthology Upon Further Review: Great Sports Minds Imagine How the World Would Change if a Play, Trade, Injury or... Read More →

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Adam Gopnik

For more than thirty years, Adam Gopnik has written about artistic culture from every angle in the pages of the New Yorker and of his own books. After graduating from McGill University, Gopnik moved to New York City in 1986 and began his career at the New Yorker. He served as the... Read More →
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Alan Light

Alan Light dedicated his career to writing about music and has become a leading voice in contemporary music criticism. He has written and edited for some of the biggest music publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin (where he was editor-in-chief), and Vibe (where he was both the founder and editor-in-chief). He has also contributed to music journalism in longform and is the author of a five nonfiction works about some of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years. He is the author of The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys (2005); The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of... Read More →
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Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a bestselling writer and music journalist who has written for Rolling Stone for two decades. He is perhaps best known for his two books Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time (2007) and Talking to Girls about Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut (2011). He has also written Turn Around Bright Eyes; Rituals of Love and Karaoke (2013) and On Bowie (2016). His latest book is Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World (2017), which Mashable called... Read More →
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Touré

Touré is a writer, podcaster, television host who has focused on music and popular culture, as well as social problems. He is the host of the television show Bingeworthy and of the podcasts Love City and The Touré Show. He is the former host of The Cycle (2012–2015) on MSNBC and of Hip Hop Shop on Fuse. His writing has been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and other national outlets, and is the author of several books. These include I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (2013) and... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

The Biker, the Baker, and the Dumpling Maker

We plan on having some culinary fun with three top chefs and cookbook authors—each of whom influences the food world in her own way. Avid cyclist Joanne Chang is beloved for her Flour Bakery and restaurant Myers+Chang, which turns ten this year. To celebrate, Myers+Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery combines recipes with gorgeous photos that are almost good enough to eat. Chang will share the stage with her coauthor and restaurant executive chef/partner Karen Akunowicz, whom the James Beard Foundation has nominated three times for best chef in the Northeast. Akunowicz also competed in Season 13 of Bravo’s TV series Top Chef and was included by Marie Claire magazine among “21 Badass Women Changing the Food World.” Finally, award-winning baker and Serious Eats editor Stella Parks is a CIA- (that’s Culinary Institute of America) trained pastry chef whose new cookbook, BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts, shares the secrets to baking classics like cherry pie, angel food cake, and lemon meringue pie. But also Snickers, Cracker Jack, and Fauxreos. The book is filled with food lore, photos of food, and vintage food ads, not to mention a forward by past BBF presenter Kenji Lopez-Alt. Come meet the cookbook authors, hear their stories, and salivate over their food photos. Your culinary host is Steve Holt, a food writer whose work has appeared in Boston Magazine, Edible Boston, and Best Food Writing 2011 and whose food politics writing appears at Civil Eats.


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Steve Holt

Steve Holt covers food and beverage, nutrition policy, and urban issues for several local and national publications, including the Boston Globe, Edible Boston, and the Atlantic. His writing has been featured in the annual Best Food Writing anthology. Holt makes his home in East Boston... Read More →

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Karen Akunowicz

Karen Akunowicz is a James Beard-nominated chef known for the food she cooks in the kitchens of Boston’s top restaurants and on television as a contestant on the thirteenth season of the Bravo competition show Top Chef. Currently, Akunowicz is the executive chef at the South End staple, Myers + Chang. She was nominated for a James Beard Award as the best chef of the Northeast In 2015, 2016, and 2017. She was named among Marie Claire magazine's... Read More →
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Joanne Chang

James Beard Award-winning baker, chef, and author Joanne Chang has spent the better part of the last two decades delighting Boston palates with everything from decadent cupcakes to bokkeumbap. She opened her now-famous Flour Bakery in 2000, after leaving a career in management consultation and working her way around kitchens and bakeries in Boston and New York City... Read More →
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Stella Parks

Award-winning pastry chef Stella Parks plays with chocolate every day and, if Food & Wine magazine is to be believed, she’s very good at it. Food & Wine named her one of the best new pastry chefs of 2012, and her work with the Serious Eats food blog, where she is a senior editor, has earned her a James Beard Award nomination. Parks graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked in kitchens and bakeries before moving to Japan to learn Japanese. When she came back to the United States, she dove back into baking and in 2010 started her own blog, called BraveTart. BraveTart was first a partnership with photographer Stephen... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

YA: Truth and Consequences

Growing up is all about making choices and dealing with the fallout, but for the protagonists in the latest novels by these three YA rockstars, the stakes are incredibly high. In A Line in the Dark, the latest novel by Morris Award and Lambda Literary Award finalist Malinda Lo, a young woman finds herself enmeshed in tangled loyalties and knotty secrets...and then the murders begin. In Printz Award and National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart’s cinematic thriller Genuine Fraud, a young woman decides to reclaim the roles available to her, no matter the personal toll her choices take. And Andre Norton and Morris Award finalist Kristin Cashore’s inventive, genre-defying standalone Jane, Unlimited is all about choices, taking its inspiration from classic Choose Your Own Adventure novels. If you choose to attend this session (and trust us, you should!), you’ll hear a lively conversation moderated by Simmons College’s Lauren Rizzuto. Sponsored by Simmons College.


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Lauren Rizzuto

Lauren Rizzuto is a writer, reviewer, and a graduate of Simmons College’s Children’s Literature MA program, where she now teaches. She also works as a bookseller at the Children’s Book Shop in Brookline and reviews books for the Horn Book Guide.

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Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore became a beloved young-adult author by introducing readers to the world of the Graceling Realm in her fantasy trilogy. In each book, Graceling (2008), Fire (2011), and Bitterblue (2012), young women—some “Graced” with extreme talent, some not—fight for power and survival in a magical and chaotic world. Cashore holds a... Read More →
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Malinda Lo

From her award-winning books to her website Diversity in YA, Malinda Lo has become a strong voice for the underrepresented in young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Ash, a lesbian retelling of the Cinderella tale, was named a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens and was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Prior to publishing Ash, she was a managing editor for the queer... Read More →
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E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of gripping and relatable fiction for young adult readers. Her 2008 book, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, was a Printz Award winner and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her 2014 novel, We Were Liars, was a New York Times bestseller. Some of her other books are Dramarama (2007), Fly on the Wall (2006), and the Ruby Oliver quartet. She holds a PhD in English literature (with a focus on the nineteenth century British novel) from Columbia University, and she currently teaches writing for children at Hamline University. Her latest book is a psychological suspense novel, Genuine... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

The Safe House

Journalist and author Christophe Boltanski will discuss his latest novel, The Safe House,which draws heavily on Boltanski’s family history and the legacy of the Paris mansion where they sheltered during the Nazi occupation. Newly translated into English, The Safe House (La Cache) won the Prix Femina in 2015. Boltanski will be interviewed by Côme de la Bouillerie of the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard University.


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Christophe Boltanski

Christophe Boltanski is a French journalist and author steeped in French artistic history. His memoir La Cache—or rather, true novel, as the book has been described—is about the history of his family under the German occupation of France and beyond. Boltanski is descended from an illustrious family of... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Where We Find Ourselves: Record Your Story

Stop by the portable recording booth of The Drum Literary Magazine and tell us how you answer this question. Is it about your vision of today's world? Is it about your vision for today's world? Or is it about that place in the world where you find your truest self? Step into The Drum's blue booth to add your voice to the conversation.



Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Passport to Imagination

Here’s a great way to see the sights at the BBF! Pick up a Passport to Imagination at the BBF  Pavilion and travel through Copley Square taking part in fun activities. Have your passport stamped at each participating exhibitor, and return the completed passport to the BBF Pavilion. Kids who return a completed passport will get a prize, donated by Candlewick Press, while supplies last!

Ages 5+


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Copley Park Lawn Copley Square, Boston MA

11:15am

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Guilt and innocence. Virtue and vice. Truth and lies. The story of Adam and Eve has it all. Harvard professor, Shakespeare scholar, Pulitzer Prize winner, and founder of the school of literary studies known as New Historicism Stephen Greenblatt gives a riveting analysis of one of the foundational myths of Western civilization. In The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, Greenblatt shows how historical figures, from Augustine to Milton to Darwin, grappled with the story’s meaning and traces its journey from allegory to revealed truth before its ultimate debunking by Darwin. After his talk, Greenblatt will be interviewed by human rights expert, law professor, and former dean of Harvard Law School Martha Minow. Stephen Greenblatt has described his lifelong goal as “opening literary studies to the historical, cultural, and, in the broadest sense, anthropological energies that course through great works of art.” Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the world’s leading scholars of literature and the Renaissance discuss the amazing history of Adam and Eve. This session is brought to you by the Plymouth Rock Foundation and Jim and Cathy Stone.


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Martha Minow

Martha Minow is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard University Law School, where she served as dean from 2008 to the spring of 2017. She has been part of the law school’s faculty since 1981. Throughout her career as an educator and researcher, she has become an expert on advocacy and human rights and has published widely; some of her recent titles include The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints ( 2015); and In... Read More →

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Stephen Greenblatt

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary historian Stephen Greenblatt has made a career out of the study of William Shakespeare and the cultural output of the early modern era. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley for nearly thirty years before taking a position at Harvard University in 1997, where he is currently the Cogan University Professor of the Humanities. He is the author of Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980), Marvelous Possessions (1991), Hamlet in Purgatory (2001), Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004), Cultural Mobility (2010), and... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:30am

Appearance by Olivia
Come strike a pose with everyone's favorite vivacious piglet!

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Readings: Coming of Age

Three debut novelists will read from their recently published works, all of which focus on the turbulence and transformation endemic to growing up and coming of age. In Cottonmouths, Kelly J. Ford’s protagonist has a bit rockier journey than most, contending with meth labs, intolerance, and unrequited love following a return to Arkansas after dropping out of college. The title character in Gabe Habash’s novel Stephen Florida is, if anything, too driven by his desire to become an NCAA wrestling champion during his senior year of college. Habash’s novel, according to the Atlantic, “captures how competitiveness and masculinity can unravel those who blindly follow its codes.” And Simeon Marsalis’s As Lie Is to Grin, which was recently shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, also uses college as the backdrop for his protagonist’s self-discovery, as he attempts to find his place at the largely white University of Vermont while immersing himself in black literary history. Our host for this session of fiction readings is Whitney Scharer, one of the curators of the Arlington Author Salon.


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Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. For ten years, she was the Development and Communications Director at GrubStreet, and she now runs her own graphic design business. Her first... Read More →

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Kelly J. Ford

Author, COTTONMOUTHS
Kelly J. Ford is the author of the novel Cottonmouths, which Lambda Literary calls “a tale of resentment, venomous betrayal, and the wounds hidden beneath familiar surfaces.” Kelly is an instructor for GrubStreet Writing Center, and her fiction has appeared in Black Heart Mag... Read More →
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Gabe Habash

Gabe Habash’s debut novel, Stephen Florida, about a college wrestler (and unreliable narrator) in his final year of college, was called “not just one of the best novels of the year, it's one of the best sports books to come along in quite a while” by NPR. Habash holds an MFA from New York University and has worked at Publishers Weekly since 2011. He is currently the deputy reviews editor and fiction reviews editor at Publishers... Read More →
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Simeon Marsalis

As Lie Is to Grin is Simeon Marsalis’s debut novel, which has been longlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. In 2013, Marsalis graduated from the University of Vermont, which is the setting for his story of self-discovery, as protagonist David struggles to find his place as a black man in a primarily white school. Author Zachary Lazar (I Pity the Poor Immigrant) praised the book, saying that As Lie Is to Grin is... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Memoir Keynote

Eileen Myles is a renowned, prolific, and award-winning poet, novelist, performer, and memoirist. Poems written by—and a character based on—Myles appeared on the Emmy Award–winning show Transparent. Myles’s new memoir, Afterglow, is a portrait of their relationship with Rosie, a pit bull chosen by Myles from a litter on the street. The memoir, experimental in substance (Myles offers Rosie’s thoughts as well as their own) and structure, is an exploration of what it means to be a dog, but also what it means to grieve for a pet who becomes central to the owner’s life. According to the the starred review in Kirkus, “Myles’ work is a perfect example of what happens when you mix raw language with emotion, pets with loss, and sexuality with socioculturalism.” Myles will give a brief talk, followed by a conversation with Boston Public Library president and dog owner David Leonard.


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David Leonard

David Leonard is the president of the Boston Public Library. He first came to the the organization in 2009 as the chief technology officer. Before taking over as president, Leonard was the director of administration and technology; he also served as the acting director of administration and finance and the acting chief financial officer. Throughout his career, Leonard has worked in academia, in nonprofits, and spent a decade in private IT consulting. Leonard was born in Ireland and earned his... Read More →

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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is a polymath artist, institution in contemporary poetry, and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. They have written poetry, fiction, criticism, plays, performance texts, and even a libretto. They are also known as the one-time “openly female” write-in candidate for the presidency in 1992. They moved to New York City in 1974 and became involved with the St... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:45am

One Land, Two Peoples: The Kingdom of Olives and Ash

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, a group of American writers took a field trip to observe the tragic consequences of Israel becoming an “occupier.”  The volume of essays that resulted, The Kingdom of Olives and Ash, offers a moving and personal account of the daily humiliations, violence, and hopelessness of the Palestinians living in the occupied territories and the distrust and hatred that exists on both sides. Ayelet Waldman and her husband, Michael Chabon, edited the volume in partnership with Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO. Waldman, author of several novels including the Mommy-Track Mysteries and, most recently, the memoir A Really Good Day, was born in Jerusalem. She is joined today by two other contributors to the volume, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks, and Newbery Medalist and author of Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson. Libby Lenkinski, Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund, will moderate the discussion around this difficult and seemingly intractable situation.


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Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski is an activist and speaker dedicated to promoting equality and democracy in Israel. She is currently the vice president for public engagement at the New Israel Fund. Before working with the New Israel Fund, she lived in Israel for several years, where she served as the director of international relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) in Tel Aviv and, before that, as director of international outreach for Yesh Din. She holds a... Read More →

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Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks has won awards both for writing the hard-hitting truth and for spinning fiction. For the first half of her career, she was a journalist and foreign correspondent, primarily for the Wall Street Journal. She and her husband, Tony Horwitz, won the 1990 Overseas Press Club Award for their coverage of the Gulf War. She published her first... Read More →
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Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is an editor, lawyer, and the author of seven books. Her latest book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, is about her struggle with mental health and the ways that LSD helped her heal. She is also the author of Love and Treasure (2014), Red Hook Road (2010), and Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace (2009), and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons (2017) and of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017). Waldman is a former Federal public defender... Read More →
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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the award-winning author of works for children and young adults. Her memoir in verse for young readers, Brown Girl Dreaming, was the 2014 winner of the National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor Book. Brown Girl Dreaming also won the NAACP Image Award and the Coretta Scott King Award and was named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. In 2015 the Poetry Foundation named her the Young... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Ammi-Joan Paquette book signing
Come meet Candlewick author Ammi-Joan Paquette, author-illustrator of Ghost in the House!


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Story Time with Matt de la Peña
YALSA honoree and Newbery award winner Matt de la Peña reads from Miguel and the Grand Harmony (ages 5–8) 

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. De la Peña holds a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MFA from San Diego State University. His 2015 book for young readers, Last Stop on Market Street, won the 2016 Newbery Award. His other books, such as Ball... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Nativa
Nativa is a singer-songwriter, bassist, and guitarist born in Medellín, Colombia. She embarked on a wild journey toward North America that enriched her inner power. She is now surfacing to embrace her tribe with the power of music and song.

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Nativa

Nativa is a singer-songwriter, bassist, and guitarist born in Medellín, Colombia. She embarked on a wild journey toward North America that enriched her inner power. She is now surfacing to embrace her tribe with the power of music and song.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Boston By Foot Tour
The Boston Book Festival and Boston By Foot were meant to be together! These two BBFs are teaming up to offer a free walking tour of Copley Square’s literary neighborhood. This mini-tour dips briefly into the Back Bay neighborhood to taste Boston’s rich literary heritage. From the filling of the actual back bay about 1860 through today, connections with literature and writers of all flavors have flourished here. This sampling aims to whet your appetite for more!

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

BBF Unbound: Literary Never Have I Ever

Watch a panel of agents, editors, and authors reveal their literary achievements and faux pas as they play the popular game, “Never Have I Ever.” Join host Stephanie Gayle (Idyll Fears, Idyll Threats) and a panel composed of literary agent Ann Collette (Rees Literary Agency), YA author Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue), New York Times–bestselling author B.A. Shapiro (The Art Forger and The Muralist), and Houghton Mifflin editor Timothy Mudie as they divulge whether a romantic partner’s book taste has given them second thoughts or if they’ve ever claimed to read a classic that, in truth, they have not. With a bonus audience participation round at the end! Learn, laugh, and play along!


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Stephanie Gayle

Author, IDYLL THREATS
Stephanie Gayle writes the Chief Lynch mystery series, including Idyll Threats and Idyll Fears, and is the author of My Summer of Southern Discomfort. She's twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Stephanie graduated Grub Street's Novel Incubator program and she co-founded the... Read More →

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Ann Collette

Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. In fiction, Ann represents literary, upscale commercial women's, crime, upscale western, historical, military and war, and horror. | | Rees Literary Agency... Read More →
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Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee is an author burning bright in young adult fiction. Her latest novel, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, won the 2017 New England Book Award, was both a New York Times and ABA bestseller, was a #1 Indie Next Pick, and garnered five starred reviews. Her debut novel, This Monstrous Thing (2015), won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom... Read More →
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Timothy Mudie

Tim Mudie is an associate editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he has worked since 2009. He started at HMH as an editorial assistant for cookbooks and guidebooks, but later transitioned to the Mariner paperback list. Among the authors he edits are Amy Gentry (Good As Gone), J. D. Barker (The Fourth Monkey), and Oliver Potzsch (the bestselling Hangman's Daughter series). He also works extensively on backlist titles and with estates, including those of J. R .R. Tolkien and Philip K. Dick... Read More →
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B. A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro is the award-winning author of seven novels, several screenplays, and a work of nonfiction. Among her novels are The Muralist (2015), The Art Forger (2012), The Safe Room (2001), and Blind Spot (1998). The Art Forger, Shapiro’s book following up on the infamous 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, was a bestseller and won several awards, including the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction, the 2012 Boston Authors Society Award for Fiction, and the 2012 New England Society of New York Award for... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Fiction: Strangers in a Strange Land

Migration between cultures, countries, and continents has for centuries defined individual life stories and shaped the narratives of human history. Climate change and environmental disasters, genocide and civil war, and political debates and policies have brought renewed attention to real-life stories of migration; in this session, three fiction writers will share work that vividly captures the struggles of rootlessness and the desire for home. Leading off the session will be a presentation by architect, engineer, artist, and Twitter phenom Jonny Sun, whose graphic novel Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too follows the adventures of a gentle alien among the animal and plant life of Earth. Joining Sun in conversation are novelists Hala Alyan and Lisa Ko. Alyan is a psychologist and acclaimed poet whose debut novel, Salt Houses, traces the legacy of displacement through the stories of a single Palestinian family in exile since the Six-Day War. Ko, whose debut novel The Leavers won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction and is a finalist for the National Book Award, also delves into issues of identity, reinvention, and instability in her story of a mother and son separated by heart-wrenching circumstances. This all-too-relevant session will be hosted by WBUR’s Simón Rios, a newsroom reporter who has covered immigration, business, and the environment.


Moderators
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Simón Rios

Simón Rios is a newsroom reporter at WBUR. Before WBUR, Rios worked for two years at the Standard-Times in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he covered business and immigration. A graduate of Emerson College, Rios worked as a carpenter, a cab driver, and a musician before freelancing as a reporter in New Hampshire and landing at the Standard-Times. He has been awarded three first place awards from the New England Newspaper and Press... Read More →

Presenters
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Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is a clinical psychologist, poet, and novelist who has garnered praise and awards for her work. Alyan is Palestinian American and has lived in Kuwait, Lebanon, Texas, Maine, and New York. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Alyan has published three volumes of poetry: Atrium (2012), Four Cities (2015), and Hijra (2016). Atrium was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry and Hijra won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Her newest book is her debut novel, Salt Houses, which is about a displaced Palestinian family. The Los Angeles Book Review... Read More →
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Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko’s debut novel, The Leavers, had the rare honor of entering the world with accolades already to its name. In 2016 the manuscript for the book won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. The award is given to unpublished authors and often includes a book contract. Ko received, and missed, a phone call from author Barbara Kingsolver to tell her that... Read More →
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Jonny Sun

Jonny (or Jomny) Sun is a not-so-regular polymath, an engineer, architect, playwright, and author who became famous as a spelling-challenged alien on Twitter. Or, more accurately, an aliebn. After earning his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto, he pursued his... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

The Magic of Pop-Up Books

Ever wonder how pop-up books are made? Do you like to color? How would you like to take your coloring project and make it pop off the page? Join us for a hands-on interactive workshop where we will color and create a charming pop-up project for you to take home. It might inspire you to transform your (or your child’s) written stories by adding the interactive magic of pop-ups. Sponsored and conducted by Denise Price, award-winning paper engineer, book artist, and author of Boston’s only pop-up book, The Freedom Trail Pop Up Book of Boston. Appropriate for all age levels, from kids to coloring connoisseurs.  

Ages 7+



Presenters
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Denise Price

Denise Price is an award-winning, self-taught paper engineer and illustrator who crafted the city of Boston's first-ever historical pop up book. Integrating her passion for architecture, the history of Boston, accuracy, and design, the Freedom Trail Pop Up Book of Boston features three-dimensional, dynamic illustrations of sixteen nationally significant historical sites along Boston's Freedom Trail. In this book, Price brings the rich history of beloved Boston to life--in three dimensions... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Good Leaders

What qualities constitute a good leader? Are leaders born or made? In Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, historian, Harvard Business School professor, and frequent television commentator Nancy Koehn looks at five wildly different leaders: Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson. One of the things they have in common? The ability to inspire others to do good. Entrepreneur and CEO of The Cue Ball Group, Tony Tjan draws on his own experience as well as on interviews with almost one hundred executives, innovators, artists, academics, and teachers to determine what’s important in leadership. His conclusion, for leaders and the people they choose to work with, is goodness itself. In Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters, Tjan argues that competence is necessary but not sufficient; values and character matter just as much, if not more. Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter at WBUR, will moderate. Join the discussion in this timely session on leadership.


Moderators
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Anthony Brooks

Anthony Brooks’s voice is familiar to legions of Bostonians as a deliverer of news and commentary on the airwaves of WBUR and NPR for over thirty years. He has cohosted Radio Boston, served as a political correspondent for campaigns from the Al Gore presidential campaign of 2000 to the 2016 presidential election, and as a Boston-based correspondent for NPR. His work has earned him many awards, including the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Award for best radio feature for his documentary piece... Read More →

Presenters
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Nancy Koehn

Nancy Koehn is an expert in business leadership and administration past and present, and she spreads that expertise through her writing and teaching. She is currently the James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, often contributes to American Experience and other television programs, and writes for the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the Washington Post, among others. She is the author of The Story of American Business: From the Pages of the New York Times (2009); Ernest Shackleton... Read More →
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Anthony Tjan

Anthony Tjan is an industry leader and experienced entrepreneur in Internet media. He was the youngest person to become a senior partner at the Parthenon Group and served as vice chairman at that company for fifteen years, all while working as a consultant to other companies. In 1996 he founded his own Internet services company, ZEFER, and later served as an advisor at Thomson Reuters. His venture capital company, Cue Ball, was founded in 2007. He is now the CEO and managing partner. As an author, Tjan has lent his years of expertise to writing about leadership and entrepreneurial culture. His first book, Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck (2012), written with Richard J. Harrington and Tsun-Yan Hsieh, defines the qualities needed for successful entrepreneurs and was a bestseller. His newest book is Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters, which makes the argument that kindness is key to success in leadership and... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Blinkie Paper a Favorite Book Scene: Family Paper Electronics!
Each parent and child pair will work together to create an "electrifying" scene from their favorite book using LEDs, 3D Printed diffusers and coin cell batteries with the help of teen youth teachers from Boston's Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program!

Ages 6-11, with an adult 

Presenters
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South End Technology Center

The South End Technology Center @ Tent City (The Tech Center) is a collaborative venture between the Tent City Corporation (TCC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Its fundamental purpose is to enable people to become producers of knowledge and sharers of ideas and information. The organization's scope and methods are as diverse as the people it... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:15pm

BBF Unbound: The How and Why of Feminist Romance

Do you love romance novels and wish they were more feminist? Do you hate romance novels and think they can’t be feminist? Do you write or want to write romance novels and need to know how to make them more feminist? Boston area–based Jackie Horne has been running the blog Romance Novels for Feminists since 2012 and is the president of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is joined by Aya de Leon, author of the Justice Hustlers feminist heist series of urban romances to discuss what qualifies and disqualifies a book from being feminist and how writers can dig deeper into making the books they want to see in the world.


Presenters
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Jackie C. Horne

Jackie C. Horne has been involved in publishing in a variety of capacities for more than thirty years. She's worked as a children's book editor, a book reviewer, a literary scholar, and an author of both academic books and historical romance novels (under the pen name Bliss Bennet). She is the creator of the blog Romance Novels for Feminists, where she muses about the intersections of gender and genre and reviews romance novels with a decidedly feminist bent. She is currently the president of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America... Read More →
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Aya De Leon

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. In 2016, Kensington Books published her debut feminist heist novel Uptown Thief, which won a first place Independent Publisher Award and is a finalist for International Latino Book Awards in two categories. The Justice Hustlers series continues with The Boss in 2017 and The Accidental... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Appearance by Maisy
Let Maisy's colorful personality brighten your BBF day!

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Readings: Past and Present

Three novelists whose writing vividly brings the past to life will read from their work. Crystal King takes readers all the way back to ancient Rome in Feast of Sorrow, her debut novel that whisks together an irresistible blend of power, intrigue, and sensuous descriptions of opulent food. Julie Lekstrom Himes offers a glimpse of more recent history in Mikhail and Margarita, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Against the backdrop of 1930s USSR and its hostility to art and artists, Himes traces the real-life genesis of satirical novelist Mikhail Bulgakov’s most famous work. Finally, Ellen Herrick sets Forbidden Garden, a sequel to The Sparrow Sisters, in the present day, but her protagonist soon recognizes echoes of the past in her own life and work when she is assigned to restore a walled Shakespeare garden. This session of fiction readings will be hosted by Robin Kall, curator of the Point Street Reading Series and host of the radio program Reading with Robin.


Moderators
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Robin Kall

Robin Kall has always been an avid reader. From sneaking copies of Judy Blume from her childhood librarian to developing her own radio program, Reading With Robin, in 2002, Kall is a literary influencer and book pusher in her own right. Over the past fifteen years Kall has built a devoted and passionate following both in her local Rhode Island, online, and wherever there are readers. In addition to her talk show, Kall has hosted countless... Read More →

Presenters
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Ellen Herrick

Once upon a time, Ellen Herrick was a publishing executive in New York City. Then she moved to the UK for what was supposed to be two years, but turned out to be twenty. Since then, she has returned to the United States and become a novelist. Her first novel was The Sparrow Sisters, a story of the enchanted and cursed life of the sisters who capture magic, and through that, the ire of the people of Granite Pointe. Her second novel, The Forbidden Garden, focuses on the eldest sister, Sorrel, who is hired to restore a garden in an aged estate in England. In both the garden and in certain members of the family of Kirkwood Hall, she finds more than she bargained... Read More →
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Julie Lekstrom Himes

Julie Lekstrom Himes’s debut novel, Mikhail and Margarita, explores the life of another writer, the beloved Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. In his most celebrated novel, The Master and Margarita, the devil visits Moscow and galavants with the passionate woman Margarita. Bulgakov himself led a fascinating life as a country doctor and later a writer in Moscow who was often censored under... Read More →
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Crystal King

In her debut novel Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome, Crystal King expands on the story of the infamous gourmand and Roman patrician Apicius from the perspective of his slave chef Thrasius. Through Thrasius, King explores both the political and culinary world of ancient Rome. King also has a career in social media and marketing and teaches at GrubStreet. She has also taught classes on creative writing and social media at UMass Boston, the Harvard Extension School, Massachusetts College of Art, and Boston... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

BBF Unbound: Defining Diversity

Twenty-four students from Lowell High School in Massachusetts set out to understand the meaning of diversity and equity in America. They wrote Defining Diversity, a book of essays, charting a concise journey through a century and a half of seminal moments in American history. The students’ hope is to help peers across the country understand key ideas, federal laws, constitutional amendments, and Supreme Court decisions that have shaped our society. Defining Diversity has special resonance—Lowell High was the first integrated high school in the U.S.—open to all from its founding in the 1830s. Today, it is one of the most diverse in the nation with students from sixty-six countries across five continents. Defining Diversity has been shared with schools in all fifty states. Teacher Jessica Lander, author of Powerful Partnerships and Driving Backwards, will be accompanied by her students Carla Duran, Monineth Hang, Jackson Kokeh, Onotse Omoyeni, Sam Ramsden, and Stephane Silva. The student authors will speak about writing the book and their ideas about engaging young people in conversations about diversity and equity. Lecturer, documentary filmmaker, and diversity champion Teja Arboleda will host this inspiring session about engaging young people in our democracy.


Moderators
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Teja Arboleda

Teja Arboleda is a man of many ethnicities who has made it his life’s work to champion diversity in his lectures, teaching, books, and documentaries. Arboleda, who is himself African-American/Native-American-Filipino-Chinese and German-Danish, grew up in Japan, lived in Germany, and has settled in the United States. Since 1992 he has advocated for diversity and inclusivity through his company Entertaining Diversity, where he is president and creative director. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director who directed Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians (2008) and Model Minority: Do the Math (2013) for PBS. He is the author of several books for adults and for children, including The Shadow of Race (1996), Jeni So Many (2013), and Mixed Feelings; Mixed Feelings: An Illustrated Guide for Biracial and Multiracial Kids and Their Families (2016). His latest publication is In the Shadow of Race . . . Again, in which Arboleda mines his experience and revisits the themes of The Shadow of Race twenty years... Read More →
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Jessica Lander

Jessica Lander is a teacher and writer living in Cambridge. Over the past six years, she has taught students in middle grade, high school, and university in the United States, Thailand, and Cambodia. As a practicing journalist, she writes op-eds about education policy for the Boston... Read More →

Presenters
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Carla Duran

Carla Duran is a sophomore at Middlesex Community College. She likes to help others and her community. She hopes to run for political office in Massachusetts and to work in civil rights law. Carla immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2014... Read More →
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Monineth Hang

Monineth Hang is a junior at Lowell High School. She immigrated from Cambodia when she was fourteen years old. She is interested in computer science and hopes to make the world a better place.
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Jackson Kokeh

Jackson Kokeh is a freshman at Middlesex Community College. He dreams of helping people and making a difference in his community. Jackson immigrated to the United States from Liberia in 2013.
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Onotse Omoyeni

Onotse Omoyeni is a freshman at Howard University, where she is studying English, political science, and Arabic. She has spent her life practicing the art of the in-between, learning to build the bridge between the Yoruba tongue spoken by her father and her mother’s Lebanese heri... Read More →
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Sam Ramsden

Sam Ramsden is a freshman at Fitchburg State University. She loves activism work and hopes to be an LGBT activist in the future. Ramsden works for an LGBT organization called History Unerased.
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Stephane Silva

Stephane Silva is a freshman at Bay Path University. She is a dreamer and wants to help as many kids as possible in the future. Silva came from Brazil in her freshman year of high school.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Orientation Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Middle Grade: Reimagination

It’s fun to make up stories out of thin air, but it can be even more fun to start with an existing story and ask yourself “what if this happened instead?” That may be how the three authors in this session started their latest books—but then they let their own imaginations run wild! Elizabeth Eulberg, in The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, imagines what might happen if Sherlock Holmes was a nine-year-old girl solving mysteries in her Harlem neighborhood. Debut novelist Karuna Riazi, in The Gauntlet, takes her Bangladeshi American heroine on a magical steampunk board game adventure inspired by Jumanji. And in Kekla Magoon’s latest Robyn Hoodlum adventure, Reign of Outlaws, a merry band of outlaws—led by a girl named Robyn—rebels against social injustice in a futuristic society. What story would you reimagine—why and how? Bring your ideas to this session, hosted by Elissa Gershowitz, executive editor of the Horn Book.

Ages 7–12


Moderators
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Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is the executive editor at the Horn Book, one of the foremost journals in children’s literature. Gershowitz holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children’s LIterature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College. She has worked at Horn Book since 2006... Read More →

Presenters
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Elizabeth Eulberg

Elizabeth Eulberg always dreamed of working in music and went to school for PR at Syracuse University, but she wound up working in New York publishing for ten years before writing her own young adult books. Her first book was The Lonely Hearts Club (2011), inspired by the Beatles&rsquo... Read More →
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Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is a writing professor, speaker, and author of works for young adult readers. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she currently teaches creative writing. Her books have received an NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, and been longlisted for the National Book Award. Her books are The Rocks and the River (2009), Camo Girl (2012), X: A Novel (2015), and Shadows of Sherwood (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure) (2016). Her latest book is another Robyn Hoodlum Adventure, Reign of... Read More →
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Karuna Riazi

Book blogger and online activist for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement (as well as the brain behind #YesAllWomen), debut author Karuna Riazi is making strides with her book for middle grade readers, The Gauntlet. Inspired by the now-classic Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg, The Gauntlet follows twelve-year-old Bangladeshi American Muslim Farah as she journeys to find her younger brother, Ahmad, who becomes lost in the board game, The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. Riazi was pursuing her undergraduate degree in English at Hofstra University when wrote the novel and was signed to a publishing contract. She graduated in May 2017. Riazi blogs about books at... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Memoir and True Crime: The Prison of the Self

In this session, three memoirists investigate the destructive impulses that reside in the human psyche and the tremendous toll they exact. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, was hailed by Vogue Magazine as a “true-crime masterpiece” for its “moments of profound revelation” in exploring twin events in the author’s life: working as a law student on the death penalty case of a pedophile and her own molestation at the hands of her grandfather. The stories become entwined, and the results are riveting. Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, recounts the painful history of her beloved cousin, Michael, whose fateful entanglement with gangs, drugs, and the federal prison system eventually led to his murder. Allen’s book, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A, is a cri de coeur over her cousin’s tragic life and her inability to help him. In After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search, Sarah Perry describes how, as a twelve-year-old, her own life was shattered by her mother’s murder and how she struggled to understand her mother’s life and death. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly calls Perry’s memoir a “fascinating small-town mystery with breathtaking revelations at the end.” This not-to-be missed discussion will be moderated by author and critic Ethan Gilsdorf, whose essay entitled “The Day My Mother Became a Stranger to Me” was included in The Best American Essays for 2016. 


Moderators
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Ethan Gilsdorf

The most succinct way to describe Ethan Gilsdorf is as a nerd who writes a lot. He is a journalist, critic, essayist, memoirist, poet, and teacher. A lifelong lover of Dungeons & Dragons, Gilsdorf began his writing career as a travel writer out of Paris. He returned to the United States five years later, and since then has written for an exhaustive list of magazines and newspapers, from the New York Times Book Review and the Boston Globe to Reykjavik Grapevine Magazine and Emirates Inflight Magazine. He has written many features, essays and op-eds, but is notably a movie critic for the Globe and Art New England and a book reviewer for the Globe and the New York Times. His book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic... Read More →

Presenters
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Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author... Read More →
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

As a law intern in Louisiana, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich worked on the case of murderer and pedophile Ricky Langley, convicted of killing a six-year-old boy. The process of researching the case shook Marzano-Lesnevich’s judicial beliefs and forced her to confront events from her past that paralleled the case. She has now developed this story into a true crime memoir, The Fact of a Body, which... Read More →
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Sarah Perry

When Sarah Perry was twelve, her mother was murdered in their Maine home by an unknown assassin. Her mother’s death was a defining event in Perry’s life; she grew to adulthood without her mother, waited twelve years for the murderer to be caught, and spent years after delving deeper into the person her mother had been. In her harrowing debut memoir, After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search, she recounts these experiences... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Atlas Obscura

Whether your travels take you to the far reaches of the globe or are more of the armchair variety, Atlas Obscura is your essential traveling companion. Begun as a collaborative online project and “guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places,” Atlas Obscura has since engendered an Obscura Society with chapters nationwide (and coming soon to Boston!) that organize real-world events and explorations, as well as a gorgeously illustrated book and newly released Explorer’s Journal. Ella Morton, senior editor for Atlas Obscura and one of the coeditors of the book, will be our guide through some of the world’s most incredible, often awe-inspiring (although sometimes cringe-inducing) places. She’ll highlight some of her favorite Obscura tidbits from our own backyard (perhaps including the Boston Public Library’s “car wash” for books or the Boston Athenaeum’s anthropodermic volume—look it up) and also share some quirky and spectacular sites worldwide, complete with the stunning photography for which the website and book are renowned. This session will open your eyes to the world’s wonders—and maybe provide inspiration for your own adventures and discoveries. The session will be introduced by Zeninjor Enwemeka, digital reporter at WBUR. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.


Moderators
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Zeninjor Enwemeka

Zeninjor Enwemeka is a digital reporter at WBUR, covering all things relevant to people in Greater Boston on wbur.org. Before joining WBUR, she worked as a breaking news writer for Boston.com and spent several years as a homepage producer for the website. Enwemeka was part of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Boston Globe's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Boston University, where she teaches a class on multimedia and online journalism. Enwemeka is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University... Read More →

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Ella Morton

Ella Morton is the senior editor of the website Atlas Obscura, which presents readers with “a different way of looking at the world,” exploring unusual global destinations. Morton was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. She began her career writing about consumer technology for the Sydney-based CNET before moving to New York City to host and produce Rocketboom NYC. She started writing for Atlas Obscura in 2011. She and Atlas Obscura founders Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras wrote a companion book for their website, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders. A reviewer for the Ploughshares website called the book... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Geopolitics
person to discuss the current geopolitical situation. Former director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Graham Allison poses the question: is war between America and China inevitable? In Destined for War: Can American and China Escape Thucydide’s Trap? Allison argues that it will take some doing to avoid a centuries-old pattern in which an established power is challenged by a rising power, and war ensues. Meghan O’Sullivan, professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, analyzes how energy markets shape politics and predicts that a new age of energy abundance will have an enormous impact on strategic alliances and power in her new book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power. Nicholas Burns, whose lengthy resume includes his current position as professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and founder and director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, as well as his previous career in the Foreign Service as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and US Ambassador to NATO, will moderate an exciting and important conversation on the state of the world.

Moderators
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Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a twenty-seven-year veteran of the of foreign service for the United States government. From 2014 to 2017, he served on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board for the Department of State under Secretary of State John Kerry; from 2005 to 2008, he served as under secretary of state for political affairs and was a leader in negotiations for the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement. At the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Burns founded and serves as faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and is also the faculty chair for the programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. Burns also serves on the board of several companies and nonprofits. Burns has been given many accolades for his service and accomplishments, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of... Read More →

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Graham Allison

Graham Allison has had a significant impact, both in higher education and in Washington, on the way that we look at and handle foreign affairs in the United States. He is considered one of the top US analysts in defense policy and national security. Allison served as a special advisor to the secretary of defense under the Reagan administration, and later as assistant secretary of defense during the first Clinton administration. He was awarded the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service twice, the only person to have received such a distinction. His career in academia has been no less successful. During his tenure as dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, from 1977 to 1989, he developed the curriculum into the robust program that it is today. He is currently the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of a number of books, among them Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe (2004) and Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand... Read More →
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Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is an expert in national security, geopolitics of energy, and foreign policy. During the Bush administration, she held a number of advisory and leadership positions maintaining national security, from special assistant to President Bush to deputy national security advisor to Afghanistan and to Iraq. She later served the National Security Council in Southwest Asia. She is an advisor to the National Intelligence Council and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently serves as the Evron and Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of the practice of international affairs and the director of the geopolitics of energy project at Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism (2003). Her latest book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power, makes the case for America to invest in new... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Our Digital Future

Will machines replace humans? Are our brains being colonized by tech companies? Is the pace of technological change outstripping our ability to adapt? Are we harnessing our digital future or merely surviving it? These questions crop up more and more these days, and we want answers. Jeff Howe, coauthor with Joi Ito of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, is the program coordinator for Media Innovation at Northeastern University, a long-time contributing editor at Wired magazine, and a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab. Andrew McAfee is the codirector of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and  coauthor of the bestselling Second Machine Age. Of his new book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, The Economist declared, “for an astute romp through important digital trends, (it’s) hard to beat.” They will be joined by Nicholas Negroponte, author of the classic book on the digital future, Being Digital. Bring your questions and concerns for a penetrating conversation about our digital future hosted by WBUR’s Asma Khalid, who leads BostonomixX, covering the people and companies driving the innovation economy.


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Asma Khalid

Asma Khalid is a seasoned political reporter and the leading reporter of WBUR’s BostonomiX team, which investigates business and innovation in the city. Khalid refers to herself as a “recovering NPR politics reporter”; she spent the last two years covering the 2016 election for NPR, following the campaigns across the country. She was also one of the reporters that started the NPR Politics podcast. Although she no longer covers politics, she has continued to speak and write about her experience covering the election, particularly the Trump campaign, as a Muslim woman. Earlier in her career, Khalid reported extensively on the Boston Marathon Bombing and the trial of James... Read More →

Presenters
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Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe is a journalist and professor of journalism at Northeastern University. He is also a former Harvard University Nieman fellow (2009–2010). He was a longtime contributing editor for Wired magazine (where he coined the term “crowdsourcing”) and also wrote for the Atlantic. His writing has also been featured in a number of other publications, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. His is the author of Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business, which the TImes of London called "an informed and enthusiastic guide to the new collaborative creativity." More recently, he was a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab, where he worked with the Media... Read More →
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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a scientist, writer, and researcher at the forefront of exploring how the digital world impacts our present and our future. He is the codirector of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, as well as principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His 2014 book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson, was shortlisted for... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Vegas: Architecture, Urbanism and the American Dream
Note:  This takes on different meaning after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We dedicate this session to those who lost their lives and to the hope of an end to the madness of gun violence. 

What happens in Vegas does not, as it turns out, stay in Vegas. The capital of kitsch and glitz has influenced American culture and values in many ways, perhaps most spectacularly in the election of a real estate developer as president, but also notably in relation to architecture and urbanism. In The Strip, Stefan Al, associate professor of urban design at the University of Pennsylvania, argues that Las Vegas’s many metamorphoses—from faux Western saloons and giant neon signs to Disney-like theme parks and today’s fancy casinos built by famous architects—mirror transformations in American society at large. The seminal book on architecture in Vegas, Learning from Las Vegas, published in 1972, was a treatise on symbolism in architecture and is available again in a revised version from MIT Press. That work is the subject of Aron Vinegar’s I Am a Monument. Vinegar, assistant professor in the Department of History of Art at Ohio State, takes a deep look into that iconic and controversial text to investigate its meaning today. Robert Wiesenberger, critic at the Yale School of Art, is the coauthor of Muriel Cooper, about the pioneering graphic designer of the MIT Press colophon and the first woman to receive tenure at the MIT Media Lab. Cooper’s design of Learning from Las Vegas was nearly as controversial as the text itself. This fascinating discussion about the meaning of  Las Vegas in the American landscape will be moderated by Lauren Jacobi, Class of 1942 Career Development Assistant Professor of Architectural History in the History, Theory + Criticism section of the Department of Architecture, MIT.

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Lauren Jacobi

Lauren Jacobi is a scholar and educator whose research focuses on history of late medieval through pre-industrial Italian architecture and urbanism of the Mediterranean during that period. In 2015, she was the winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies for her project... Read More →

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Stefan Al

Stefan Al is a renowned architect and urban designer, as well as an expert and educator in urbanization and high-density cities. Among his many projects are his redesign of Opera Square in Cairo, Egypt, his design of the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, and his design of Art Square in Hong Kong, China. A native of the Netherlands, Al holds degrees from the Barcelona School of Architecture, the Delft University of Technology, University College London, and the University of California, Berkeley. From... Read More →
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Aron Vinegar

Aron Vinegar is a scholar and author whose areas of expertise and study are the history and philosophy of art, architecture, and design, as well as photography. Vinegar holds a BA and an MA in art history from McGill University, and a PhD in art history from Northwestern University. Vinegar held several postdoctoral fellowships at McGill University and has taught at Ohio State University, the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and the University of Houston. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art, and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway. He coedited Heidegger and the Work of Art History (2014) and wrote Relearning from Las Vegas (2009). His most celebrated work, however, is I Am a Monument (2008), which rereads and reinterprets the now-classic 1972 text Learning from Las Vegas. Simon Sadler of the University of California, Davis called the book... Read More →
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Robert Wiesenberger

Robert Wiesenberger is in many ways a student of modern art, architecture, and design; all of his work, from his doctoral research and beyond, allows him to delve deeper into the history and the future of these art forms. He holds a BA in history and Germanic studies from the University of Chicago. He served as the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Reading Like a Writer: Poetry

Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he selected just the right word to create an unforgettable poetic moment? In these four sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of poetry, in conversation with the poets themselves: Stephanie Burt (Advice from the Lights), Myronn Hardy (Radioactive Starlings), and Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons in Expulsion). Our host is Alicia Anstead, associate director at the Office for the Arts at Harvard.


Moderators
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Alicia Anstead

Alicia Anstead is a journalist, editor, and educator. She is currently the associate director for programming at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University and is the editor-in-chief of Inside Arts Magazine, produced by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Anstead cofounded the Harvard Arts Beat blog and is a contributor to both WGBH radio and NPR. Anstead has also served as the editor-in-chief of The Writer, one of the... Read More →

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Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt is an expert in American poetry, both in its composition and its critique. She has been called “one of the most influential poetry critics” of her generation by the New York Times. Burt also teaches at Harvard University, sharing with students not only her expertise in poetry, but also LGBTQ literature and graphic novels and comics. She is the author of several texts on poetry, including Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (2009), The Forms of Youth: Twentieth-Century Poetry and Adolescence (2007), and The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (2016). Her essays have been featured in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. She has also published collections of poetry, Belmont (2013), and her latest, Advice from the... Read More →
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Myronn Hardy

Myronn Hardy is an award-winning poet. His poetry collection Approaching the Center (2001) was awarded the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, while The Headless Saints (2008) won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His 2012 collection, Catastrophic Bliss, won the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry. He is also the author of Kingdom (2015). Additionally, his poems have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, FIELD, Indiana Review, Versal (Amsterdam), Rattle, and Callaloo, among others. His newest collection is Radioactive Starlings... Read More →
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Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez may not be a perfect Mexican daughter, but she is an accomplished poet, essayist, and novelist. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, she traveled to Madrid on a Fulbright Scholarship. She also earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place

12:45pm

The End of Eddy

Édouard Louis will present his bestselling book, The End of Eddy—an autobiographical novel that captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Louis will be interviewed by Bruno Perreau, the Cynthia L. Reed Professor of French Studies at MIT.


Moderators
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Bruno Perreau

Bruno Perreau is the Cynthia L. Reed Associate Professor of French Studies at MIT. | Perreau started his career in France at the University Paris 1 and Sciences Po. He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the University of Cambridge (Jesus College) and Stanford (Humanities... Read More →

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Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis, who is not yet twenty-five, is a quickly rising star in the French literary scene. His debut, an autobiographical novel titled The End of Eddy (originally En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule) was a bestseller in France and retold Louis’s experience growing up gay and under the poverty line in a rural, working-class French town. He eventually escaped to Paris with acceptance to the... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Jamie Harper book signing
Come meet Candlewick Press author Jamie Harper, author-illustrator of Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm!

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Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Story Time with Aram Kim
Aram Kim was born in Ohio, spent her childhood in South Korea, and now lives in New York. She reads from No Kimchi for Me! (ages 3–7)

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Aram Kim

Aram Kim is a children’s author and illustrator who brings a distinctly South Korean flair to her work. Born in Ohio, Kim and her family moved back to South Korea when she was a child. She returned to the United States to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2006. Her debut book was Cat on the Bus (2016). The book was inspired by a picture of a street cat finding shelter on a bus in South Korea in the winter. Her second book is No Kimchi for Me!, which is a Junior Library Guild Selection. The book is about a young girl who... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Maro
Maro is a singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal. She began studying music at the age of four, receiving her Conservatory Piano Diploma and a High School certificate in Science and Technologies at the age of nineteen. Currently in her last semester at Berklee College of Music, Maro is getting ready to release her first album by the end of the year, while working on other side projects.

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Maro

Maro is a singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal. She began studying music at the age of four, receiving her Conservatory Piano Diploma and a High School certificate in Science and Technologies at the age of nineteen. Currently in her last semester at Berk... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Boston By Foot Tour
The Boston Book Festival and Boston By Foot were meant to be together! These two BBFs are teaming up to offer a free walking tour of Copley Square’s literary neighborhood. This mini-tour dips briefly into the Back Bay neighborhood to taste Boston’s rich literary heritage. From the filling of the actual back bay about 1860 through today, connections with literature and writers of all flavors have flourished here. This sampling aims to whet your appetite for more!

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Politics: Where We Find Ourselves

Two of America’s most perceptive observers of the political scene join us today for a look at the election that was and the mess that is. For more than two decades, Maureen Dowd has been skewering the political class as a New York Times op-ed columnist, and her keen observations, rapier wit, and penchant for psychologizing earned her a Pulitzer Prize. In The Year of Voting Dangerously, she chronicles what is undoubtedly the most bizarre presidential election and post-election period in history. Journalist and political correspondent Jared Yates Sexton’s coverage of Trump campaign rallies reveals something entirely new in modern American politics: raw, unfiltered, and aggressive rage. Sexton’s own background is not different from that of the average Trump supporter, and his book, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, has been called a leftist counterweight to Hillbilly Elegy. Post-election, Sexton uncovered the anti-Semitic source of Donald Trump’s animated CNN tweet and received numerous death threats when the source was revealed. This unparallelled insider view of our rapidly disintegrating political culture and the dangers that could ensue will be moderated by Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR’s On Point, which airs on more than 290 NPR stations. This session is generously sponsored by G. Barrie Landry.


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Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook is best known as the host of the nationally syndicated NPR program On Point, but Ashbrook had a varied and fascinating career before turning to radio. Ashbrook was a journalist for two decades, both as a foreign correspondent (primarily in Eastern Asia) and as an editor for the Boston Globe. He has also worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in oil fields in Alaska and was also a TV personality in Hong Kong and a producer on kung fu films while he was abroad. In 1996 he left the Boston Globe to try to become an Internet entrepreneur. This venture lasted for four years and was chronicled in... Read More →

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Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd has been an important voice for the New York Times and in American political discourse for decades. Before winning a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her writing on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1999, she started her career in journalism in the 1970s at the Washington Star, where she held various titles, such as sports reporter, metropolitan reporter, and feature writer. In 1983 she joined the staff of the New York... Read More →
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Jared Yates Sexton

Political correspondent, short story writer, and academic Jared Yates Sexton is a man with a lot to say about the world around him. His debut story collection, An End to All Things (2012), was an ode to small-town desperation. His two subsequent collections, The Hook and the Haymaker (2015) and I Am the Oil in the Engine of the World (2016), are sharp and bitingly observant. His career and audience began to take a new shape when he started covering the presidential election for Atticus Review and when, in June 2016, he attended and live-tweeted a Trump rally in North Carolina that went viral. Within days, he became the subject of praise and ire for exposing the rhetoric at the rally. He poured his thoughts and experiences of the 2016 election into his newest book, The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. He is also an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:00pm

YA Keynote

If anyone could write a satirical science fiction novel (for teens!) that draws its inspiration from (the shortcomings of) free market economics and the scathing absurdities of economic inequality, it would be M. T. Anderson. Winner of the National Book Award, Anderson has also received numerous Printz Honors as well as Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Honors, and his books for children and teens have tackled topics as diverse as Revolutionary War–era race relations, Shostakovich’s resilience during the Siege of Leningrad, the wacky worlds of 1950s sci-fi novels, and a dystopian vision of a future governed by consumerism and nonstop connectivity. Anderson’s latest, Landscape with Invisible Hand, is a slim novel but is nevertheless packed full of ideas, all delivered with Anderson’s precision and sly wit. He explores what happens when Adam, an aspiring artist, attempts to depict the truth about life under the vuvvs, Earth’s new alien overlords, even as the new economic realities are literally destroying him from the inside out. Like the best speculative fiction writers, Anderson uses a seemingly outlandish premise to comment on current realities; hear about his inspirations and influences in a presentation and conversation with Cathryn Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College.


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Cathryn Mercier

Cathryn Mercier is the director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and a professor of English at Simmons College. She has contributed to the scholarship on children’s literature and children’s authors and served on numerous award committees.

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M. T. Anderson

M. T. Anderson is a nationally recognized and award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. His first novel for young adults, Thirsty, was published by Candlewick Press in 1997. Anderson’s first major success came in 2002 with the publication of Feed, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adults and was a Boston... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

1:15pm

Gumshoes to Cyber Sleuths
In the world of crime fiction, almost anyone can be a detective or end up in a situation that requires some serious sleuthing. Six authors whose detectives cover a spectrum of professions and backgrounds reveal how they adapt their characters’ particular skills to solving mysteries. In his latest mystery, The Right Side, Peter Abrahams (writing as Spencer Quinn) shows how a wounded veteran finds redemption—and a canine companion—while searching for a missing girl. Avid outdoorsman Ray Anderson sets his Awol thrillers (most recently Sierra) on America’s long-distance hiking trails. Edith Maxwell’s unconventional sleuth is a Quaker midwife, featured most recently in Called to Justice. Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor by day, but her forthcoming award-winning thriller The Vanishing Season centers on a small-town cop who also happens to be the sole survivor of a serial killer. Dave Zeltserman’s protagonist in Small Crimes is also a cop—one whose past corruption and violence leave him with something to prove, especially to himself. And Hallie Ephron’s most recent suspense novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear, offers a very personal sort of investigation, as a family wrestles with a mystery in its midst. Get ready to marvel at the creativity of these mystery writers during this interactive session; with assistance from the audience, they’ll also create some new sleuths with unusual occupations. This session is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America–New England chapter and hosted by its president, Mo Walsh.

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Mo Walsh

Mo Walsh’s first published mystery story, “Roadside Roulette,” won the Mary Higgins Clark Short Mystery/Suspense Contest. Since then she has published crime stories in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, Woman’s World, Spinetingler, Flash Bang Mysteries, Fish Out of Water (anthology) and five editions of Best New England Crime Stories. She coauthored the... Read More →

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Peter Abrahams

Peter Abrahams is the Edgar Award-winning author of thirty-six novels. Among his acclaimed crime thrillers are Oblivion and The Fan (filmed starring Robert De Niro). Under the name Spencer Quinn, he writes the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mysteries and the middle-grade Bowser and Birdie series. The Right... Read More →
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Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson is a hiker and writer. So far, he has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, hiked all of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. Anderson's abiding interest in hiking developed more than thirty-five years ago when he began climbing the 4000+ foot mountains of New Hampshire, followed by New England's other 4000-footers. He also hopes to tackle the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Anderson's debut novel was a thriller... Read More →
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Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron grew up in a family of writers in a house filled with books. Her parents were Hollywood screenwriters, Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Carousel, The Deskset, and more.) She writes standalone suspense novels, all of which have been honored as finalists for the Mary Higgins Clark award. Her novels have made the New York Times, Amazon, and USA Today bestseller lists. Ephron teaches writing at writing conferences. Her how-to book, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel, was an Edgar and Anthony finalist and has recently been reissued in an expanded edition. For more than a decade Ephron reviewed crime fiction for the Boston Globe, and she won the Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing. Ephron's latest novel of... Read More →
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Edith Maxwell

National bestselling author Edith Maxwell is a 2017 Macavity and Agatha Award nominee for her historical mystery, Delivering the Truth. Her short story “The Mayor and the Midwife” was also nominated for an Agatha. She writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, set in Amesbur... Read More →
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Joanna Schaffhausen

Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor who spends her days immersed in research on potential new therapies for cancer, addiction, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, she worked as an editorial producer for ABC News, where she advised and wrote for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning... Read More →
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Dave Zeltserman

Dave Zeltserman is an award-winning crime, horror, and mystery writer. His novel Small Crimes was made into a film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Jacki Weaver, and Robert Forster. It was released in April 2017 as a Netflix original film. Two other novels, The Caretaker of Lorne Field and Outsourced, are currently in film development, both now casting with the plan to go into production in the fall of 2017. His crime and horror novels have been named by... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Appearance by Elephant and Piggie
Their book series might be over, but this dynamic duo is still going strong!

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Readings: Relationships

The richness, complexity, and evolution of human relationships are the stuff of most fiction, of course, but the three novelists featured in this session place complicated relationships at the very heart of their work. In Sarah Healy’s The Sisters Chase, the bonds of sisterhood take on new urgency when two newly homeless young women embark on a cross-country road trip in the wake of their mother’s death. More than fifteen years ago, Sylvia Brownrigg traced the heady course of a first love affair in her Lambda Award–winning Pages for You; now in Pages for Her, two women who feel like they’ve lived a lifetime since they last met have the opportunity to rekindle their relationship. Finally, if there’s ever a time when family relationships loom large, it’s Thanksgiving; in his latest novel, Start Without Me, Joshua Max Feldman imagines a Thanksgiving-morning encounter between two strangers en route to potentially fraught family gatherings. This session of fiction readings will be hosted by Robin Kall, curator of the Point Street Reading Series and host of the radio program Reading with Robin.


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Robin Kall

Robin Kall has always been an avid reader. From sneaking copies of Judy Blume from her childhood librarian to developing her own radio program, Reading With Robin, in 2002, Kall is a literary influencer and book pusher in her own right. Over the past fifteen years Kall has built a devoted and passionate following both in her local Rhode Island, online, and wherever there are readers. In addition to her talk show, Kall has hosted countless... Read More →

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Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg is an author who has garnered critical acclaim for her works of fiction. The Delivery Room (2008) won the Northern California Book Award, and Pages for You (2001) won a Lambda Award. She is also the author of the novels The Morality Tale (2008) and The Metaphysical Touch (1998), as well as the short story collection, Ten Women Who Shook the World (2001). Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and literary journals and her essays and critical writings have been widely published. Brownrigg has also taught at the American University in Paris. Her latest novel is Pages for Her, which follows the reunion of lovers Flannery and Anne (the protagonists of Pages for You) twenty years after they ended their initial affair... Read More →
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Joshua Max Feldman

Joshua Max Feldman made a literary name for himself with his debut novel, The Book of Jonah, which revisits the religious awakening of the biblical Jonah through through a modern lawyer living in New York City. Feldman himself now lives in New York City, but has lived in Massachusetts, England, Russia, and Switzerland. He holds a degree from Columbia University. His latest book is Start without Me, about a chance meeting in an airport before the Thanksgiving... Read More →
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Sarah Healy

Sarah Healy is a marketing consultant by day and an author whose fiction explores the complexities of women’s lives and families. Her debut novel, Can I Get an Amen?, follows a recent divorcee who moves in with her born-again Christian parents, who urge her to turn to Jesus as she tries to find herself again. Her second novel, House of Wonder (2014) is similarly a story of a return home, this time confronting the family members who are still there. Her latest novel is The Sisters Chase, about two young girls made homeless by the sudden death of their mother. Publishers Weekly called the novel... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Reading Like a Writer: Perspective
Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he selected just the right word to create an unforgettable poetic moment? In these four sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of the work of authors whose recent fiction offers strong and sensitive narrative perspectives: Rachel Kadish (The Weight of Ink), Brendan Mathews (The World of Tomorrow), and Paul Yoon (The Mountain). Our host is Dawn Tripp, author most recently of the novel Georgia.

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Dawn Tripp

Dawn Tripp is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and author of three novels set in New England: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. Her most recent work, Georgia--a national bestseller and Indie Next pick--is a historical novel of Georgia... Read More →

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Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish is an award-winning novelist beloved by critics and readers alike. She is the author of From a Sealed Room (1998) and Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story (2006), as well as the novella I Was Here (2014). Her stories and essays have been widely published, featured in outlets like Ploughshares, Tin House, and the New York Times. She has also been a National Endowment for the Arts and a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow, as well as a writer in residence at Stanford. Kadish is a graduate of Princeton University and currently teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University. Her latest novel is The Weight of Ink, which Kirkus called "chock-full of rich detail and literary... Read More →
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Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews is a writer and scholar who has taught on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University College Cork. Stateside, he has taught at Bard College at Simon’s Rock since 2007. In addition to the Fulbright, Mathews has received a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant (2015), a Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant (2015), and an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2012), among others. His work has been published in... Read More →
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Paul Yoon

Paul Yoon is an O. Henry Award-winning and celebrated author and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University. Yoon’s debut novel Once the Shore (2009), was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut of the Year by NPR and won a 5 under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. His novel, Snow Hunters (2013), won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award. He is a former fellow at the New York Public... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Find Your Story, Draw Your Story

In fabulous graphic novel adventures like Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, Raúl Gonzalez (aka Raúl III) conjures up creative characters and takes them up into space and down to the underworld—all with just the power of his imagination and a few ballpoint pens. In this workshop, Raúl III will help kids find the stories they already have inside them, and guide them through the process of creating a character or scene that will get them started on their own wild storytelling ride. 

Ages 8+


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Raúl the Third

Raúl the Third is a prominent Latinx artist and children’s comic book artist. He won the 2017 Pura Belpre illustration award, and has been named a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and a 2015 Brother Thomas Fellow. He is best known for the graphic novel Lowriders in Space, with Cathy Camper... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home

“Home” is a loaded word, a complex idea. Imagining home, creating home, staying home, and leaving home—whether to go to work for the day or leaving a household or homeland for good—are all political acts for women. And the choices we make about the homes we create define us as women, mothers, partners, and citizens. In This Is the Place, thirty women writers explore the theme in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, space, immigration, gentrification, geography, and more. In this session, select contributors will read from their essays and discuss the question that runs throughout the book: What makes a home? Margot Kahn, coeditor, is the author of the biography Horses That Buck. Kelly McMasters, coeditor, is the author of the memoir Welcome to Shirley and is an assistant professor of English at Hofstra University. Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas and was the One City One Story pick for the 2015 Boston Book Festival; she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Framingham State University. Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones and Long for This World; she teaches at Skidmore College. Is home the place where you “find” yourself? Join in the discussion with contributors to This Is the Place


Moderators
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Margot Kahn

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck, the biography of world champion rodeo cowboy Bill Smith and his changing American West. The book won the High Plains Book Award and was named a New West Best Book of 2008. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in nonfiction, her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared... Read More →

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Sonya Chung

Literature of all kinds is Sonya Chung’s trade. She published her debut novel, Long for this World, in 2010 and has had her hands in the founding and writing of several journals and the publication of essays. She is a founding editor of Bloom and a staff writer for The Millions. Her work has also been published in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, and Short: An International Anthology. She is currently a professor at Skidmore College and has taught at Columbia University, NYU, Gotham... Read More →
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Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is a writer and educator whose focus has been social justice and the immigrant experience. Her short story “Home Movie” was selected as the 2015 One City One Story for the Boston Book Festival. She was named the tuition scholar in fiction at the Bread Loaf... Read More →
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Kelly McMasters

Kelly McMasters is a writer and memoirist whose book Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (2008) is the basis for the documentary The Atomic States of America (2012), which was a select film at the Sundance Film Festival and was also chosen as one of Oprah’s top five summer books. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, the Paris Review, Columbia Magazine, and Tin House, among others. Her work has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and an Orion Book Award. She currently teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and has also taught... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:45pm

BBF Unbound: Ecological Writing

Ecological writing is both a process aimed at learning to connect with our voice, stories, and truth and a means to create authentic work. The notion of the ecological model is inspired by the life of a forest (relational, chaotic, intertwined, inside-out, ever-changing) as opposed to the more standard “architectural” model of writing (pre-designed, outside-in, concrete, static, finite, separate). The architectural model of writing focuses almost exclusively on writing skills and creating product. The ecological model of writing focuses on skills, but also works to empower writers to locate and write in their own voices, from their own lives. Through a process of working with text, prompts, questions, and conversation, facilitators Katie Mather and Tamara Ellis Smith hope to access participants’ creative ecosystem (experience, memory, people, text, art, life) —connecting with each other and, ultimately, ourselves.


Presenters
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Katie Mather

Katie Mather is related to a Salem judge and a Salem witch. She has a filthy mouth, an obsessive love for [select parts of] David Foster Wallace's oeuvre, a habit of reading Watership Down multiple times a year, and a driving need to make the world a better place. She writes books to help dismantle the Patriarchy, but you know, not... Read More →
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Tamara Ellis Smith

Tamara Ellis Smith’s debut middle grade novel, Another Kind of Hurricane, was a Summer 2015 Kids Indies Next List pick, a 2015 Indies Introduces Top Ten Pick, one of Bank Street's Best Books of the Year, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist, and a Vermont Book Award finalist. Smith helped found the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) Young Writers Network, an arts-in-education organization that brings graduates of... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:45pm

Memoir: Arrivals and Departures

We are excited to pair two captivating storytellers for an exploration of life’s arrivals and departures. Beloved New Yorker magazine writer and bestselling author of Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik chronicles his early days in NYC his latest work, At the Stranger’s Gate. Gopnik transports readers to New York in the 1980s, when the ascent of greed colored everything, including and especially the art world, where Gopnik and his soon-to-be wife hoped to make their mark. His memoir, called “incandescent” by Booklist in its starred review, discusses creativity, character, style, and the ethics of ambition. Kristen Radtke, managing editor of Sarabande Books and film and video editor of TriQuarterly Magazine, will present her beautiful visual memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This, a meditation on loss, grief, and the impermanence of life told through the exploration of abandoned ruins from the American Midwest to an Icelandic town covered in ash. Praised for both her astounding illustrations and her masterful prose, Radtke’s debut has been heralded by starred reviews in Kirkus, Library Journal, and elsewhere. Join these masters of memoir for a presentation and conversation with the host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, the effervescent Meghna Chakrabarti.


Moderators
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Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond. She is also host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaborative digital production between WBUR and the New York Times. Chakrabarti also serves as the primary fill-in host... Read More →

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Adam Gopnik

For more than thirty years, Adam Gopnik has written about artistic culture from every angle in the pages of the New Yorker and of his own books. After graduating from McGill University, Gopnik moved to New York City in 1986 and began his career at the New Yorker. He served as the... Read More →
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Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is a photo-based illustrator, designer, and writer who is also the art director and New York editor of The Believer magazine. Her illustrations are often featured in national publications such as the New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Electric Literature, and others. She has also designed the covers of a number of books, including Kingdom of the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Kids Groove

Time for a dance break! We’re not just about exercising our minds here at the Boston Book Festival. In this fun and free intro class, the award-winning teaching artists of Urbanity Dance in the South End will introduce children to the fundamentals of hip hop, ballet, and modern dance.

Ages 5+

Presenters
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Urbanity Dance

Urbanity Dance exists to inspire, engage, and empower communities and individuals of all ages through the art of dance and movement. Advocating for a fresh and imaginative approach to dance, Urbanity Dance builds on a rich foundation of classical ballet and modern dance to create an exciting experiment in physical expression. In its ongoing work with Boston Public Schools, Urbanity fosters the enrichment of young... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Copley Park Lawn Copley Square, Boston MA

2:00pm

Scott Magoon book signing
Come meet Candlewick Press illustrator Scott Magoon, illustrator of Big Mean Mike!

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Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Story Time with Bryan Collier
Multi-winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott Medal Bryan Collier reads from an Elephant and Piggie Like Reading Book: It’s Shoe Time! (ages 6–8)

Presenters
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Bryan Collier

If awards are any indication, illustrator and children’s author Bryan Collier’s work has been more than just appreciated: it is loved. From the first book he wrote and illustrated, Uptown (2000) to Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, his career is littered with Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. He has also been awarded Caldecott Medals for Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (2010) and Trombone Shorty. He has also lent his distinctive style of collage and watercolor to Rosa (2005) by Nikki Giovanni, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, and I, Too, Am America with words by Langston Hughes. His latest is... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Tyson Jackson
Tyson Jackson first discovered his love for music at the age of 3, sitting in church beating on hymnals within the pews at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. It makes sense that Gospel remains one of his favorite styles to play, alongside R&B and jazz. Tyson’s goal is to graduate Berklee College of Music with his degree in jazz composition.

Presenters
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Tyson Jackson

Tyson Jackson first discovered his love for music at the age of 3, sitting in church beating on hymnals within the pews at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. It makes sense that Gospel remains one of his favorite styles to play, alongside R&B and jazz. Tyson’s goal is to gradu... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Boston By Foot Tour

The Boston Book Festival and Boston By Foot were meant to be together! These two BBFs are teaming up to offer a free walking tour of Copley Square’s literary neighborhood. This mini-tour dips briefly into the Back Bay neighborhood to taste Boston’s rich literary heritage. From the filling of the actual back bay about 1860 through today, connections with literature and writers of all flavors have flourished here. This sampling aims to whet your appetite for more!


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

BBF Unbound: Rhyme Time

It’s time to really unleash the power of your words! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at spoken word poetry or rapping, here’s your chance to do so in a friendly, fun, positive environment. Hip hop emcee and break dancer Oliver “SydeSho” Arias will offer a brief presentation on the art of spoken word performance. Then attendees will participate in team rhyme-making on "Why Words Matter,” and finally, they’ll get inspired by a freestyle rap demo by two diverse spoken word artists. The session will be hosted by Michele Simos, executive director of the Dignity Institute, which teaches kids and teens values like authenticity, respect, trust, and empathy by coupling those concepts with positive hip hop.


Moderators
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Michele Simos

Michele Simos is the co-founder and executive director of the Dignity Institute, a nonprofit organization that empowers underserved youth & families with life and leadership skills that build strong communities, create a new narrative, and improve the world. Her work teaches kids values like authenticity, respect... Read More →

Presenters
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Oliver "SydeSho" Arias

Oliver "SydeSho" Arias is a hip hop performer/educator reigning out of Providence, RI. Engaged in the hip hop arts for six years, SydeSho has one solo project, M.U.S.I.C., and a collaborative project with his band, The Funk Underground. Apart from being a hip hop emcee, SydeSho also specializes in the art of... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BPL Orientation Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Fiction: The Naughty Bits
Writing about sex in fiction is notoriously difficult; the UK’s Literary Review even acknowledges this conundrum with their annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award (which, for the record, is the one prize we’re sure none of this year’s BBF authors will win!). But what happens when novelists use sex not just to titillate, but as a jumping-off point to explore issues of gender, freedom, creativity, coming of age, or (gasp) love? Three accomplished novelists will discuss their latest work in a session that’s definitely rated PG-13. Local favorite Tom Perrotta (now a bona fide celebrity thanks to the success of The Leftovers on HBO) pens what’s been called a “coming of middle age” novel with Mrs. Fletcher, about an empty-nester whose online sexual awakening plays out in parallel with her college-aged son’s sexual frustrations. In Made for Love, Alissa Nutting traverses questions of intimacy and definitions of deviance in a quasi-absurdist novel that explores the needs of mind, body, and heart and that the New Yorker calls “a total joyride, dizzying and surprising.” And Daniel Handler, in a novel aptly titled All the Dirty Parts, employs the unapologetically raunchy musings of a sex-crazed high school boy to consider the nature of consent, the fluidity of sexual identity, and the development of empathy. No need to dog-ear the steamy passages here—you won’t want to miss a page of these novels, or a moment of the discussion, moderated by romance novelist and author most recently of Wilde in Love Eloisa James, the nom de plume of Fordham University English professor Mary Bly.

Moderators
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Eloisa James

Eloisa James (the nom de plume of Mary Bly) has a successful dual career as a Shakespearean scholar and a best-selling romance novelist. As Mary Bly, she is a literature professor at Fordham University and teaches courses in Shakespeare and early modern English theater. As Eloisa James, she has written more than two dozen historical romance novels, many drawn from the works of Shakespeare, and a memoir, Love in Paris (2012). She has written a fairy tale series, the Desperate Duchesses series, the Ladies Most series, the Pleasure series, the Duchess in Love series, and the Essex Sisters series, as well as some stand-alone novels. Her latest novel is... Read More →

Presenters
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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is a man of many collaborations. He has worked with celebrated artist and illustrator Maira Kalman on a number of picture books, such as Weather, Weather and Girls Standing on Lawns. Their young adult novel, Why We Broke Up, was named a 2012 Printz Honor Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and among the best fiction for young adults by the ALA. As an accordion player, he has collaborated with Stephen Merritt and is a part-time member of the Magnetic Fields. But mostly, he just writes books by himself. He is the author of Watch Your Mouth (2002), The Basic Eight (2006), Adverbs (2007), and We Are Pirates (2015). His latest book is All the Dirty Parts, which... Read More →
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Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting has emerged as a provocative new voice in American literature. Her story collection, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (2010), won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. Her debut novel, Tampa (2013) unflinchingly told the story of a twenty-six-year-old middle school teacher who starts an illicit relationship with a student. Her writing has also appeared in The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House... Read More →
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Tom Perrotta

Novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta was born in New Jersey and grew up playing baseball and football. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Syracuse University. He published his first book, the short story collection Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies, in 1994. The Wishbones, a comedic tale of a New Jersey wedding band, followed in 1997. In 1999 Perrotta published Election, several months before the film version, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, was released. Election was followed by Joe College in 2000, Little Children in 2004, The Abstinence Teacher in 2007, and The Leftovers in 2011. Little Children was adapted into a film; Perrotta cowrote the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Fiction: War and the Home Front

For better or for worse, stories of wartime are inherently dramatic. In this session, we’ll hear from three novelists who consider war’s repercussions even on those who might be thousands of miles away from the front lines. Stephen P. Kiernan and Jessica Shattuck set their novels during and after World War II. The titular heroine of Kiernan’s The Baker’s Secret uses her vocation to sustain her fellow villagers in German-occupied Normandy and to enact her own quiet but effective form of resistance. Shattuck’s novel, The Women in the Castle, also explores the legacy of resistance, as a group of resistance widows, women whose overlapping stories exemplify the moral costs of war, come cautiously together in the wake of the conflict that killed their husbands. Finally, playwright and novelist Laura Harrington’s A Catalog of Birds brings to light the wounds—both seen and unseen—that devastate not only a Vietnam veteran but also the family and rural community to which he returns. Guiding their conversation is moderator Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor of Consequence, a literary magazine focusing on the culture of war. 


Moderators
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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell is an independent consultant as well as an instructor at GrubStreet in Boston. She’s the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine. Her nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, explores the culture of war, and recent publications include interviews, essays and stories in Redivider, TSR: The Southampton Review, Spaces, Post Road, and The Baltimore Review, as well as various newspapers and newsletters... Read More →

Presenters
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Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington is a literary polymath who has spent much of her career writing for the stage and teaching others to do the same. She has written plays, librettos, lyrics for musicals, and classical musical compositions. Her productions have been staged in Europe, Canada, and in twenty-eight states in the US. Among her plays are Hallowed Ground, N (Bonaparte), Fifteen Minutes at Midway, The Book of Hours, and Free Fall; while some of her notable musicals are Crossing Brooklyn, Martin Guerre, The Perfect 36, and Marathon Dancing. Her newest musical, Alice Unwrapped, is based on her debut novel about a family dealing with the Iraq War, Alice Bliss. Harrington currently teaches playwriting at MIT. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants; she was also a Briggs-Copeland Fellow at Harvard, the 2014 Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and receipient of the 2008 Kleban Award for... Read More →
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Stephen P. Kiernan

Author and journalist Stephen P. Kiernan has won more than forty awards during his career. His journalism career writing for the Burlington Free Press and the Boston Globe spanned more than two decades. He is now an author and a speaker, giving talks on hospice and palliative care, health care, ethics, and the green economy, among other topics. His two books of nonfiction tie directly into the topics he often speaks about: Authentic Patriotism; How to Restore... Read More →
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Jessica Shattuck

Jessica Shattuck’s 2001 debut novel, The Hazards of Good Breeding, is an exploration into the veneers and true lives of New England aristocracy. It was a named a best book of the year by the Boston Globe, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award in 2003. She is also the author of Perfect Life (2009), and her short fiction has appeared in Glamour, the New Yorker, and Open City, among other publications. Shattuck has had nonfiction published in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and Wired. In her latest novel, The Women in the Castle, she... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Reading Like a Writer: Debuts

Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he selected just the right word to create an unforgettable poetic moment? In these four sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of the work of debut novelists: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (Eden), Annie Hartnett (Rabbit Cake), and Weike Wang (Chemistry). Our host is Michelle Hoover, author most recently of the novel Bottomland and facilitator of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program.


Moderators
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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and i... Read More →

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Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg had a successful career in finance and in US Squash before embarking on a new career as an author. A graduate of Smith College, Blasberg spent much of her career on Wall Street and the management of Macy’s. She also rose to prominence as a nationally recognized squash player, later serving as the first female board chair of the US Squash association. Always a writer and journal writer, Blasberg eventually decided to enroll in memoir and fiction classes at GrubStreet. Her first novel is Eden, which tells the story of multiple generations of the family that summers at their summer home called Eden as each generation tries to escape the patterns and failures of the generations... Read More →
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Annie Hartnett

Annie Hartnett’s debut novel Rabbit Cake—a darkly comic tale of young Elvis Babbitt’s battle with grief—has garnered a lot of critical attention. The book was the subject of starred reviews in Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly and was picked as an Indie Next Pick and an Indies Introduce selection, as well as being longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Hartnett was the... Read More →
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Weike Wang

Weike Wang’s debut novel is Chemistry, which the Washington Post called “the most assured novel about indecisiveness you’ll ever read.” Apparently Sherman Alexie agreed, since he recently named Wang to the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" list. Wang holds a doctorate in public health from Harvard University and an MFA from Boston University, where she also taught. Wang is a senior consultant for China Educational Development and Consulting Associates. Her fiction has been featured in Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The Journal, Ploughshares, Redivider, and SmokeLong Quarterly... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place

2:00pm

Bosch, Bruegel, and the Depiction of Extreme Conditions

One of the world’s top art historians, a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, and an accomplished painter will team up for an enthralling exploration of art and the extreme conditions of life. Renowned art historian and Senior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard Joseph Koerner’s latest is Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life. This gorgeous work has been described as magisterial, gripping, erudite, and shatteringly poetic by a variety of enthusiastic critics. Koerner argues that Bosch, whose paintings depict contempt for the world and the apocalyptic folly of human existence, conceived of everyday life as “enemy territory.” Bruegel portrays all the same pitfalls, but shows the enemy isn’t diabolical. It’s human folly that undoes us. These two artists invented “genre” painting and paved the way for modern art. Koerner packs his work with details that underscore the social and political relevance of art in his analysis of painting in a “state of emergency.” Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard professor Jorie Graham will begin this session with a piece from her new volume of poems, Fast, which, while deeply personal, also reminds us of our interconnectedness in the face of environmental, social, and political crisis. Moderator Peter Sacks, professor of English at Harvard, author of five books of poetry, and an internationally recognized painter whose work blends myth, memory, and history, will tie together a fascinating session on art and meaning-making in the extreme conditions of life. This session is generously sponsored by the John and Cynthia Reed Foundation.


Moderators
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Peter Sacks

Peter Sacks is a South African poet and scholar and the John P. Marquand Professor of English at Harvard University. His poetry often focuses on the dichotomy of life and conflict in South Africa, particularly during the apartheid period in which he grew up. He has published several collections of poetry, including Necessity (2002), Oh Wheel (2000), and Natal Command (1997). Sacks holds a masters from Oxford University (earned on a Rhodes Scholarship) and a doctorate from Yale University. Sacks is also an artist and has been the subject of several exhibitions, including at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York... Read More →

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Jorie Graham

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham crafts boundary-pushing work that explores art, history, and concepts of femininity and masculinity. Graham had a European upbringing and a cosmopolitan French education, studying philosophy at the Sorbonne before earning a BA in film from New York University in 1973 and an MFA in writing from the University of Iowa in 1978, where she later taught. She served as the chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. Her first collection of poetry, Hybrids of Plants and of... Read More →
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Joseph Leo Koerner

Joseph Leo Koerner is a respected scholar and art historian and is currently the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. For nearly three decades, he has taught art history and studies in modern art at Harvard University, the University of Frankfurt, University College London, and Courtauld Institute of Art. He has organized numerous exhibitions at Harvard and has produced several documentaries. Koerner has received numerous fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

YA: Fantasy Worlds

Authors don’t create fantasy worlds in a vacuum; they draw from centuries of history and tradition to devise new and original premises or whole fantastic realms. In this session, three authors of fantasy novels for young adults will discuss their stories’ origins and inspirations. Tochi Onyebuchi draws on Nigerian folklore and hero legends in his BEA Buzz Book debut, Beasts Made of Night, which Kirkus calls “a paean to an emerging black legend.” In her debut, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao reinterprets a character inspired by Snow White’s evil queen, setting her rise in an East Asian landscape. And YA fantasy juggernaut and Printz Award winner Libba Bray looks to the Roaring Twenties in New York City as the backdrop for the thrilling third installment in her Diviners quartet, Before the Devil Breaks You. Their conversation will be moderated by literary agent and debut YA novelist Lana Popović, whose Wicked Like a Wildfire is a magic-laden story set in Montenegro.


Moderators
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Lana Popović

Lana Popović looks for the mysterious and fantastical in the young adult books she represents as an agent, and now she has put the things she values into her own debut novel, Wicked Like a Wildfire. In Wicked Like a Wildfire, two girls with powers of magical perception must untangle the curse that hangs over their family to save their mother as she hangs in between life and death. Popović is an agent at Chalberg... Read More →

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Libba Bray

Libba Bray is a best-selling and terrifically quirky author of books for young adults. Her first books were the Gemma Doyle trilogy of fantastical gothics. All three books were bestsellers and landed on a number of best book of the year lists. Her 2009 novel, Going Bovine, is notable for several reasons: it won the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, it was widely praised by critics, and Bray once appeared in a full cow costume for a video interview about the book. She is also the author of Beauty Queens (2011), as well as The Diviners (2012) and its sequel, Lair of Dreams (2015). Her newest book is the third installment of the Diviners series, Before the Devil Breaks You, which Entertainment Weekly called... Read More →
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Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao is a debut author but has spent years blogging about the writing process and the struggles of finding an agent. She studied medicine at her parents’ request, but found out the hard way that she didn’t quite have the stomach for it. After school, she worked in science news and research while writing fiction at night. She released a self-published, middle-grade novel, Pumpkin Patch Princess, in 2015 on the platform Wattpad. It was a Wattpad Featured Book and garnered a significant readership, but Dao still sought traditional publication. Her first book is the young adult... Read More →
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Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi is an Ivy League-educated lawyer who focuses on international and domestic human rights and organized crime. And he also happens to be a debut science-fiction author. Onyebuchi holds a BA in political science from Yale, an MFA in screenwriting from New York University (NYU), and a JD from Columbia. Onyebuchi is also a screenwriter and short-story writer. His work has been featured in Nowhere Magazine... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Fiction Keynote

“At some point, all of this, everything and everyone, became memory,” writes National Book Award–winning author Jacqueline Woodson at the end of her novel Another Brooklyn. “Someday I’ll look back and ‘then’ will be a speck on the horizon,” notes the narrator of bestselling novelist Claire Messud’s latest book, The Burning Girl. The mutability of memory, the swift passage of time, the use of stories to make sense of experience, the treacherous landscape of female adolescence, and the simultaneous vitality and volatility of teenage girls’ friendships—these are common threads that run through these narratives, as both writers draw perceptive, unsentimental portraits of young women growing up and growing apart. This year’s unconventional take on the BBF’s annual fiction keynote brings these two visionary artists together in conversation about their latest work, in a session hosted by UMass Boston English professor Sari Edelstein, whose research addresses the literature of coming of age.


Moderators
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Sari Edelstein

Sari Edelstein is an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches courses in US literature and culture. She is the author of Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women’s Writing and is currently at work on a book about age and maturity in nineteenth-century American... Read More →

Presenters
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Claire Messud

Claire Messud, "a novelist of unnerving talent" according to the New York Times, published her debut novel, When the World Was Steady, in 1995. That was followed by The Last Life in 1999 and The Hunters in 2001. In 2006 she released her most commercially successful and critically debated novel, the comedy of manners The... Read More →
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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the award-winning author of works for children and young adults. Her memoir in verse for young readers, Brown Girl Dreaming, was the 2014 winner of the National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor Book. Brown Girl Dreaming also won the NAACP Image Award and the Coretta Scott King Award and was named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. In 2015 the Poetry Foundation named her the Young... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Natural and Unnatural History

In this astounding session, two authors will each tell a very different but equally incredible story about the natural world. Kathryn Miles’s latest, Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, was referred to by Time magazine as the “the fall book that will take your mind off politics.” She travelled across the country to investigate the risk of seismic disasters. Her conclusions? We’ll let her tell you herself. Ben Mezrich has an even weirder story to tell. His latest, already snapped up by Hollywood and coming to a screen near you in the not-too-distant future, is Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures. Mezrich’s tale focuses on two scientists, Harvard Medical School’s Dr. George Church, who is attempting to genetically engineer synthetically sequenced woolly mammoth genes, and Dr. Sergey Zimov, a Russian scientist who studies the Arctic permafrost. The scientists hope to recreate the ecology of the late Pleistocene and help save the world from ecological disaster. These presentations will keep you on the edge of your seat. The session will be emceed by Vicki Croke, cohost of The Wild Life on WBUR and author of the bestseller Elephant Company.


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Vicki Croke

Vicki Croke has made a career out of reporting the life and time of animals for a variety of media. Croke currently reports on animal issues for Here & Now on NPR and for The Wild Life on WBUR. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Elephant Company, which tells the story of J. H. Williams and the company of elephants he commanded for the Allied Forces in World War II. Croke wrote... Read More →

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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich has built his career chronicling young genius. Mezrich can only be called prolific, producing a book for almost every year of his near two-decade writing career. He is perhaps best known for The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009), which was turned into the Oscar-winning film The Social Network, adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. Among his other bestselling titles are Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs―A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder (2015), The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway (2016), and the novel Seven Wonders (2014). Mezrich has also made many television appearances, including hosting his own show, High Stakes with Ben Mezrich. His newest book is Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of... Read More →
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Kathryn Miles

Kathryn Miles’s writing career has always focused on uncovering and preserving the odd or unknown story. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Delaware and started her career as a cub reporter writing stories on the quirky and novel. She has since shifted her attention to writing books on a range of such stories. Among her books are Adventures with Ari (2009), All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship (2011), and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (2014). Her latest book is Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake, which author Nathalia Holt called... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Incest

Novelist, short story writer, and playwright Christine Angot’s most recent novel, Un amour impossible (newly available in English translation with the title Incest) was awarded the Prix Décembre 2015, was successfully adapted for the stage in 2017, and is currently in pre-production as a film. Angot will discuss the book with moderator Annabel Kim, an assistant professor of French at Harvard University.


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Annabel Kim

Annabel Kim is an assistant professor of French in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. Her research interests center on feminist writing and theory, the novel (in particular, the contemporary novel), and, more broadly, the ethical and political implications of writing and reading fiction. Her first... Read More →

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Christine Angot

Novelist, short story writer, and playwright Christine Angot is acclaimed for her unselfconscious, insistent prose style, which, although deceptively direct, elaborates, often in fragmented form, her intensely personal, often traumatic experiences. She is one of France’s boldest and most distinctive contemporary writers. Angot co-authored Claire... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Appearance by Waldo
If you can find him, you can give him a handshake or a hug!

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Readings: Memoir

The loss of family is a theme uniting the three recent memoirs we’ll hear in this session. At the age of twenty-six, Jessica Berger Gross made the courageous decision to cut ties with her family, which was publicly perfect but secretly abusive. She chronicles the events leading up to her difficult choice, as well as the inspiring new beginning it brought about, in Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home. Similarly, in her memoir The Book of Separation, the novelist Tova Mirvis recounts the frightening, exhilarating first year following her decision to leave not only her marriage but also her lifelong Orthodox Jewish faith that had previously guided all her decisions. Finally, sociologist Mindy Fried writes thoughtfully and compassionately about serving as her elderly father’s long-distance caregiver in her memoir Caring for Red, which tells her father’s colorful life story and also offers fellow caregivers strength and practical advice. The host for this session of heartfelt memoir readings is BBF board member Christine Mastrangelo.


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Christine Mastrangelo

Christine Mastrangelo is Partner at Cue Ball Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm where she works closely with their women-focused investments. Prior to Cue Ball, she taught creative writing and wrote for Papercut Magazine. She sits on the board of the Boston Book Festiva... Read More →

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Mindy Fried

Mindy Fried is a sociologist, author, and educator with thirty years of experience conducting research, teaching, and doing policy analysis on work and organizational issues. Her latest book is Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir, a memoir of caring for her father in the last year of his life. She is also the author... Read More →
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Jessica Berger Gross

In the mold of Jeannette Walls, Jessica Berger Gross has begun her career as a memoirist with Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home, in which she retells her experience growing up in an emotionally and physically abusive home before extricating herself from her family as an adult. She is also the editor of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope (2006) and the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer (2009). Her writing has appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines, including Salon, The Cut, and New York Times... Read More →
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Tova Mirvis

Tova Mirvis’s writing, both fictional and autobiographical, grapples with the responsibilities of identity and family. Her newest book, The Book of Separation, is Mirvis’s first memoir, in which she recounts her decision to both divorce her husband and to leave Orthodox Judaism, which had been her lifelong faith. She has also written three novels: Visible City (2014), The Outside World (2004... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Memoir: Strange Journeys

Life’s a journey for all of us, but these memoirists have found themselves on some very unusual travels indeed. Holly FitzGerald describes her honeymoon trip from hell in Ruthless River. After their plane crashed in Peru, the newlyweds saw no other option but to build a raft to ride the fast-moving Rio Madre de Dios to Brazil. They lived to tell the tale...but only barely. Leland Melvin’s first career involved catching passes as an NFL wide receiver, but he had loftier ambitions. He went on to serve as mission specialist on the space shuttle Atlantis and on the International Space Station. His journey to outer space is thrillingly described in Chasing Space. Andrew Forsthoefel, upon graduating from college, decided to walk across the United States as a “graduate program in the human experience.” Carrying little money and a sign reading Walking to Listen (also the title of his book), Andrew encountered incredible kindness from strangers. His walk served as a journey of discovery through the stories told to him by others and the radical acceptance that he receives and learns to give. Novelist Ayelet Waldman’s efforts to heal herself involve taking a different kind of trip. In A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, she describes using tiny doses of LSD in an effort to treat drastic mood swings after all other therapies fail. Her fascinating and at times hilarious memoir chronicles her journey down the rabbit hole of LSD use, as well as the history and mythology of the drug. These extraordinary memoirists will amaze you with their tales. Moderated by WBUR ARTery reporter Maria Garcia.


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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia is a former political reporter and an arts journalist for The ARTery at WBUR. She started her career as an intern at KVIA-T ABC-7 in El Paso, Texas, which became her home for a decade. During that time, she was an anchor and public policy reporter, as well as an anchor for the... Read More →

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Holly FitzGerald

Holly FitzGerald has spent her career in psychotherapy and social work, but all along she had a story to tell. In 1973 she and her husband, Fitz, took a backpacking journey around the world that went horribly wrong. Five months in, their plane crashed in Peru and they built a raft to continue their journey down the Madre de Dios River. Faced with lightning storms, starvation, and a river filled with piranhas and alligators, the two tested their endurance and their marriage in their fight for survival. Over forty years later, FitzGerald has now recounted that experience in her debut book, Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios, an... Read More →
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Andrew Forsthoefel

In 2011, after graduating from Middlebury College, Andrew Forsthoefel didn’t know what his next step should be. So he left his mother’s house in Pennsylvania for an eleven-month walking tour of the continental United States to seek advice. Walking with a sign on his backpack reading... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin is known on the Internet for his official NASA photo featuring his beloved dogs Scout and Jake, but in his memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances, he shares the story of his own fascinating life. Melvin started his career as a football player, playing for the University of Richmond before he was drafted in the eleventh round of the NFL college draft by the Detroit Lions. Hamstring injuries ended his career prematurely, and in 1991 he earned his masters in materials science engineering from the University of Virginia. Melvin began his career with NASA in 1989 at the Langley Research Center. Melvin reported for astronaut training in 1998, and eventually logged 565 hours in space over two space missions in 2008 and 2009. He retired from NASA in 2014 and now advocates for gender equality and representation of minorities in STEAM fields. Chasing Space is published in both an adult and young readers... Read More →
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Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is an editor, lawyer, and the author of seven books. Her latest book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, is about her struggle with mental health and the ways that LSD helped her heal. She is also the author of Love and Treasure (2014), Red Hook Road (2010), and Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace (2009), and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons (2017) and of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017). Waldman is a former Federal public defender... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Identity Crowns and Shields

Who are you? Where do you come from? What are your dreams? What do you want the world to look like—today and in the future? In this activity, Boston-based social justice project Wee the People will provide collage materials and inspiration for kids to create crowns and/or shields that reflect, celebrate, and elevate their identity, culture, community, and hopes for change in the world.


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Wee the People

Wee The People is an arts-based series of programming and events for kids exploring social justice and the power of protest. | | Profile from Metro Boston... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:45pm

The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks is the acclaimed author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. An early memoir, Foreign Correspondence, describes how, as a girl growing up in Australia, her international pen pals opened up the world to her and prefigured her career as a journalist and war correspondent. Her fiction includes the international bestseller Year of Wonders and the Pulitzer Prize–winning March. Brooks’s most recent historical novel, The Secret Chord, reimagines the story of the biblical King David. As the review in the New York Times put it, it makes a “masterly case for the generative power of retelling.” Brooks will discuss The Secret Chord and her writing life with Christopher Lydon, host of Open Source on WBUR. This session is sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book.

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Christopher Lydon

Christopher Lydon is an author and media personality, best known as the original host of WBUR’s The Connection and creator and host of Open Source. | | Open Source

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Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks has won awards both for writing the hard-hitting truth and for spinning fiction. For the first half of her career, she was a journalist and foreign correspondent, primarily for the Wall Street Journal. She and her husband, Tony Horwitz, won the 1990 Overseas Press Club Award for their coverage of the Gulf War. She published her first... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:45pm

Racism in America: It's a Crime

Join the incredibly erudite and engaging MSNBC host and editor-at-large of the Nation, Chris Hayes, for an important conversation about inequality in America. In his book, A Colony in a Nation, Hayes describes how black and brown people (and, increasingly, working-class whites) live in a territory that is not free, but rather is controlled from outside, where the law is a tool for constraint and limitation rather than a foundation for freedom and prosperity. The American criminal justice system, he argues, is not one system applied differently to different people, but two distinct systems. Hayes will be joined by two powerhouse voices whose recent work highlights the structural issues underpinning racial inequality. Yale Law School professor and former public defender James Forman Jr.’s book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, was described by the New York Times as “superb and shattering.” Carol Anderson’s shocking and timely White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, describes the disturbing efforts throughout American history to disadvantage blacks and the shameful failure of the courts, including the Supreme Court, to remedy those efforts. This essential discussion of where we are on race in America will be moderated by Kim McLarin, novelist and frequent guest on WGBH’s Basic Black


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Kim McLarin

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun, as well as the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, and Midlife. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with Ilyasah Shabazz. Jump at the Sun was chosen as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The novel was also nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book. McLarin's nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, Slate, The Root and other publications. She is a former staff writer for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Greensboro News... Read More →

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Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson has become  an important voice in the American discourse on race with her writing, her work in academia, and, most recently, her award-winning book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. The 2016 book was a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016, and a Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights... Read More →
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Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes is the award-winning MSNBC news anchor of All in with Chris Hayes and a bestselling author and political writer. He has received an Emmy for his MSNBC show and is a former fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, the New America Foundation, and In These Times. Hayes has been an editor-at-large at The Nation since 2007, and his own writing has been featured in... Read More →
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James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. comes from a family of civil rights fighters, a torch he has carried on in his work as a public defender, educator, and advocate for the incarcerated and disadvantaged in the African American community. Early in his career, Forman served as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Peter H. Reynolds book signing
Come meet Candlewick Press author Peter H. Reynolds, author-illustrator of The Dot!


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Story Time with Javaka Steptoe
Javaka Steptoe is the recipient of the 2017 Caldecott Medal, Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, and Coretta Scott King Award. He reads from Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (ages 6–9)

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Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and children’s author. His latest book, which he wrote and illustrated, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, won the 2017 Caldecott Medal and the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. In Radiant Child, Steptoe created vibrantly colored collages out of paint and found materials, among other media, to tell the story of a young boy discovering the power of art. His debut work as an illustrator, released two decades earlier, In... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Mayah Dyson
Mayah Dyson is a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and model. She discovered her musical talents early and began performing at the age of seven. She is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music. She was selected for Kelly Rowland's first season of “Chasing Destiny” in 2016. Dyson was also given the opportunity to perform with Solange during her first appearance on Saturday Night Live and performed as a solo artist at the 2017 Essence Festival.

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Mayah Dyson

Mayah Dyson is a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and model. She discovered her musical talents early and began performing at the age of seven. She is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music. She was selected for Kelly Rowland's first season of “Chasing Destiny” in 201... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Boston By Foot Tour

The Boston Book Festival and Boston By Foot were meant to be together! These two BBFs are teaming up to offer a free walking tour of Copley Square’s literary neighborhood. This mini-tour dips briefly into the Back Bay neighborhood to taste Boston’s rich literary heritage. From the filling of the actual back bay about 1860 through today, connections with literature and writers of all flavors have flourished here. This sampling aims to whet your appetite for more!


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Voices of America: The Immigrant Experience Through a Writer’s Eyes

The number of people who have left their homeland, either by necessity or choice, has reached its highest level since World War II. As the numbers continue to grow, the process of settling in new environments, both friendly and unfriendly, has never been more challenging. What happens to families and individuals who forsake all that is familiar? What is it like to try to make a home in unfamiliar territory and language? How long does it take before a new country feels like home? The Christian Science Monitor is bringing together contemporary novelists and memoirists who have tackled these challenges in their work. Writer and educator Grace Talusan immigrated to the United States from the Philippines as a child, and she recounts that experience—and other aftershocks of trauma—in her forthcoming memoir The Body Papers, which won the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Ha Jin, recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his 1999 novel Waiting, immigrated to the United States from China as an adult and is currently a professor in the Creative Writing Department at Boston University. His most recent novel is The Boat Rocker, which Kirkus called “laugh-out-loud funny while being as illuminating as ever.” And Marjan Kamali, whose family immigrated to the United States from Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, addresses generational attitudes toward tradition and assimilation in her novel Together Tea, a Massachusetts Book Award finalist. Their conversation will be moderated by the Monitor’s Simon Montlake. Sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.


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Simon Montlake

Simon Montlake is a reporter at the Monitor in Boston covering economic inequality and social mobility. He's a former Monitor correspondent in Jakarta, Bangkok, and Beijing, where he covered political upheavals, civil wars, economic crises, natural disasters, and the Beijing... Read More →

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Ha Jin

Ha Jin was born in China in 1956. Xuefei Jin (Ha Jin is his pen name) was a teenager when China entered the Cultural Revolution. He became a member of the People’s Liberation Army at the age of fourteen. His novel Waiting, which won him the National Book Award in 1999 and the PEN/Faulkner in 2000, was based on his experiences during his five-year service in the Red Army. He was awarded the PEN/Faulkner again in 2005... Read More →
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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali’s debut novel Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from NYU. Her short stories appear in the... Read More →
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Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan is a writer and writing teacher. As a child, she immigrated to the United States from the Philippines with her parents. She has published essays, longform journalism, fiction, and book reviews in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and many others. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and she has been awarded residencies to Hedgebrook, Ragdale, and the Dune Shacks in Provincetown. She is a graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. At Tufts University, she teaches in the English Department and The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Talusan is a longtime member and teacher at Grub Street, an independent creative writing center, and she lives outside of Boston with her husband. Her debut... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Dinosaurs Alive

From crocodile-like Crystal Palace monsters to our modern birdlike pals, our idea of what dinosaurs looked like has changed a lot since we first dug them up. In this hands-on workshop, led by cartoonist and author of the new book Dinosaur Empire! Abby Howard, you'll learn all about the fossils that changed the face of dinosaurs, learn how paleontologists decide what these animals looked like using old bones, and draw your own interpretation of an ancient beast using a skeleton and your own imagination! 

Ages 7–12


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Abby Howard

Abby Howard is a graphic novelist and cartoonist known for her humorous and whimsical webcomics. Howard studied evolutionary biology at McGill University until she had the opportunity to appear on the cartoonist reality show Strip Search. After the show, she started a Kickstarter to fund a year of cartoon work, and she has been doing that ever since. She has two running webcomics, Junior Scientist Power Hour!, about herself and her cat Spoons, and The Last Halloween, about a girl named Mona and her friends defending their neighborhood against spooky monsters. Dinosaur Empire! is her debut graphic novel... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:15pm

Keep Us in Suspense
It’s a good thing this session takes place in the expansive Old South Sanctuary, because these three brilliant suspense novelists take readers to some pretty dark and claustrophobic places. Local favorite turned Hollywood A-lister Dennis Lehane returns to Boston with his latest novel, Since We Fell, about a journalist whose history of trauma leaves her vulnerable and afraid to leave the house. This unconventional psychological thriller (already optioned for film, of course!) is Lehane’s first written from a woman’s point of view. Peter Swanson’s Her Every Fear is also written from a woman’s perspective, this time from a panic attack–prone visitor to Boston; her fatalistic outlook seems validated when a woman is murdered down the hall the very night she arrives on Beacon Hill. And, from all the way across the Atlantic, Malin Persson Giolito offers a very different sort of lockdown in Quicksand—this one an account of a school shooting from the perspective of its female perpetrator, in a tense novel that also comments on issues of race and class in contemporary Sweden. Their conversation is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats--and it'll be moderated by essayist and author of the novel Tethered, Amy MacKinnon.

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Amy MacKinnon

Amy MacKinnon is a former congressional aide whose commentaries have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and on NPR and This American Life. Her debut novel, Tethered, was described by Booklist as a “haunting” and “gracefully rendered” mystery revolving around its compelling protagonist--an undertaker who... Read More →

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Malin Persson Giolito

Malin Persson Giolito is an award-winning writer and lawyer based in Brussels, Belgium. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, she first worked for the largest law firm in the Nordic region. Later, she relocated to Brussels and worked for the European Commission. Her thriller about a school shooting in Stockholm was first published in Swedish as... Read More →
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Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is a novelist and screenwriter whose name has become inextricably linked with his hometown of Boston. He held a variety of jobs, including counseling mentally ill and abused children, before publishing his first book in 1994. That book, A Drink before the War, won the Shamus Award and was the first in the six-installment Kenzie and Gennaro series. The fourth book in this series, Gone, Baby, Gone (1998), was later adapted into a successful movie of the same name by Ben and Casey Affleck. Two of his other novels, Mystic River (2001) and Shutter Island (2004), were also adapted into films; the latter starred Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by Martin Scorsese... Read More →
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Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson's first novel, the thriller The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His next novel, The Kind Worth Killing (2015), won the New England Society Book Award. His work has also appeared in Strand Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, the Atlantic, Measure, and the Guardian. His most recent novel, Her Every Fear, was published in January. In a starred review, Booklist writes that in Her Every Fear... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:15pm

Reading Like a Writer: Setting

Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he selected just the right word to create an unforgettable poetic moment? In these four sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of the work of authors whose recent fiction conjures up a particularly evocative sense of place: Brunonia Barry (The Fifth Petal, which is set in Salem), Jessie Chaffee (Florence in Ecstasy, set in Florence and Boston), and Erica Ferencik (The River at Night, set in the Maine wilderness). Our host is Henriette Lazaridis, whose novel The Clover House is set largely in Greece.


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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and i... Read More →

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Brunonia Barry

Author Brunonia Barry blazed her own unconventional path to literary stardom with her first novel, The Lace Reader. The self-published debut gained local acclaim after Barry submitted her drafts to area book clubs for feedback; the finished novel gained enough buzz that it was given a starred review in Publishers Weekly and eventually signed to a major publishing house. Although she published her debut novel well into adulthood, Barry has always pursued writing and the arts. After studying creative writing and literature at Green Mountain College and the University of New Hampshire, Barry ran promotional campaigns for several major Chicago theaters and worked in Hollywood for a decade before returning to Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. In addition to writing novels, Barry is now an accomplished speaker. Her second novel, The Map of True Places (2011), was widely praised. Her newest novel is The Fifth Petal--like Barry's earlier novels, it is set in evocative, mystery-infused Salem... Read More →
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Jessie Chaffee

Florence in Ecstasy, a tale of finding oneself in Florence, Italy, is Jessie Chaffee’s debut novel. Prior to completing the novel, Chaffee was a 2014–2015 Fulbright scholar and spent time in Italy completing her debut novel and serving as a writer-in-residence at the Florence University of the Arts. She is currently the blog editor of Words Without Borders, and her writing has been featured in The Rumpus, Bluestem, Global City Review, and Big Bridge, among... Read More →
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Erica Ferencik

Now several years into her career as a novelist, polymath Erica Ferencik came to it by way of careers as a painter and a stand-up comedian. Ferencik started as a fine artist and painter and received her undergraduate degree from UMass Boston. She later spent ten years performing as a stand-up comedian, even doing some writing for David Letterman at the Late Show. Her first book was a satirical novel, Cracks in the Foundation, published in 2008. Her second novel was Repeaters, a contemporary fantasy novel that Kirkus called... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

3:15pm

Hush/Shut Up/Please Be Quiet

Dialogue is the jewel in the crown of much fiction. Why is it so hard to make that jewel shine? Drawing on her most recent book, The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing, the novelist Margot Livesey will discuss the difficulties of writing natural seeming dialogue that both reveals character and advances plot, and she’ll suggest some strategies for making scenes more resonant. Good dialogue shows the reader what cannot be told, but how do authors make the choice to dramatize, or summarize? Bring a scene from something you’ve written to re-examine in the light of her suggestions.


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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is both an award-winning and bestselling author of literary fiction. She has written eight novels, including Mercury (2016), The Flight of Gemma Hardy (2012), and The House on Fortune Street (2008), which won the 2009 LL Winship/PEN New England Award. Margot Livesey has shared her stories in her novels, but also in workshops at universities across the United States. Livesey is currently a professor of fiction at the Iowa... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

Music with Ms. Wyndy

Don’t worry about being quiet in the library! Everyone—from babies to big kids to grownups—gets to raise their voices in this fun event! Participants will sing and use their bodies for dancing and body percussion. Children will also explore some hand-held instruments, finger plays, and much more. Children will even have a chance to play Ms. Wyndy’s djembe drum and strum Cindy, her guitar.


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Gwyndolyn Jones

Gwyndolyn Jones, affectionately known as Ms. Wyndy by the children and families that she has worked with since 2008, is an artist and educator in the Greater Boston area. She has worked with a number of early childhood music programs in schools, churches, and communities. She has... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
BPL Guastavino Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

Readings: Essays and Musings

This session of readings brings together three authors whose works celebrate the vitality and sheer variety of writings drawn from real life. Native New Englanders love to talk about the weather; Boston writer Will Dowd likes to write about it, too, in his debut essay collection Areas of Fog, which also offers allusive meditations on history, literature, and the changing seasons. In Landslide, writer and translator Minna Zallman Proctor employs interconnected personal essays to make sense of her life’s relationships, from the complicated one with her mother to her own marriages and motherhood. Writer and artist Leslie Stein, whose comics diary regularly appears on Vice.com, collects her perceptive and bittersweet observations of life in New York in the beautiful and delicately illustrated collection Present. Our host for this session of thoughtful and eclectic essays is Anjali Mitter Duva, author of the novel Faint Promise of Rain and one of the curators of the Arlington Author Salon.


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Anjali Mitter Duva

Anjali Mitter Duva is an Indian American writer raised in France. She is the author of the bestselling Faint Promise of Rain. She is also a co-founder of Chhandika, a nonprofit organization that teaches and presents India's classical storytelling kathak dance. Educated at Brown U... Read More →

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Will Dowd

Will Dowd is a burgeoning poet and artist. He has been a national Jacob K. Javits Fellow in poetry, a creator of biographical broadside art pieces, and has written a meditative book of essays about New England weather patterns. That book, Areas of Fog, is his debut book, although his poems have been published in The Rialto, Barrow Street, 5 AM, Post Road, 32 Poems, Eclipse, and Boston College Magazine. In 2010 he was selected as the recipient of the Scotti Merrill Memorial Scholarship at the Key West Literary Seminar by Paul Muldoon. Dowd holds a BA from Boston College, an MS from MIT, and an MFA in creative writing from New York University... Read More →
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Minna Zallman Proctor

Minna Zallman Proctor is a writer, translator, and educator who began her publishing career in 1995. She is the editor-in-chief at The Literary Review and the author of Landslide: True Stories (2017) and Do You Hear What I Hear? (2004), as well as the Italian translator of several works, including Love in Vain, Selected Stories of Federigo Tozzi, which won the PEN Poggioli Prize in 1998. She wrote I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music (2017) with Bethany Beardslee. Proctor has served as the editor of Colors and the managing editor of Bomb, and her work has been published in publications such as Aperture, Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Guilt... Read More →
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Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician who has made a splash with her uniquely stylized pen and ink and watercolor art. Her 2015 book, Bright Eyed at Midnight, was the compilation of a year-long project of creating a daily comic. She is also the author of the three-volume comic, Eye of the Majestic Creature. Stein is also a member of the band Prince... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

BBF Unbound: Writing from Privilege

After the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, Toni Morrison wrote in the New Yorker that “the comfort of being 'naturally better than,' of not having to struggle or demand civil treatment, is hard to give up. The confidence that you will not be watched in a department store, that you are the preferred customer in high-end restaurants—these social inflections, belonging to whiteness, are greedily relished.” So what does it mean to write from a position of privilege? How should white writers navigate their privileged positions? Are writers-of-colors exempt, or are all writers inherently privileged by way of having the opportunities to pursue a literary career? In this panel, writers of a diversity of backgrounds and formats will discuss the question of who has permission to write what, and how it influences their willingness to write outside the confines of their race, gender, economic class, and so on. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of the memoir Fact of a Body, Shuchi Saraswat, whose essays combine photography and prose, Laura van den Berg, author most recently of the novel Find Me, and Hasanthika Sirisena, author of the short story collection The Other Ones, will discuss these pressing issues with moderator Kaitlin Solimine, author of the debut novel Empire of Glass. Whether you’re a writer yourself or just want to think more deeply and critically about the roles and responsibilities of writers, these session will offer opportunities for reflection and debate.


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Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine’s 2017 debut novel, Empire of Glass, was short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. An earlier draft won the Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Award, judged by Colson Whitehead. For twenty years, Kaitlin has lived off and on in China, where she has been a Fulbright Fellow, singer in a rock band, and an English language TV host. Her... Read More →

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Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me, a Time Out New York and NPR “Best Book of 2015,” and two story collections, most recently The Isle of Youth, which received the Bard Fiction Prize and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her next... Read More →
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

As a law intern in Louisiana, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich worked on the case of murderer and pedophile Ricky Langley, convicted of killing a six-year-old boy. The process of researching the case shook Marzano-Lesnevich’s judicial beliefs and forced her to confront events from her past that paralleled the case. She has now developed this story into a true crime memoir, The Fact of a Body, which... Read More →
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Shuchi Saraswat

Shuchi Saraswat's writing and photographs are concerned with landscape, place, and the spaces we call home. In the fall of 2016, she traveled to Palestine with an interfaith peace delegation, and she's currently working on a photo essay about her travels. Her other work has appeared or is forthcoming... Read More →
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Hasanthika Sirisena

Hasanthika Sirisena’s debut short story collection The Other One was released in 2016. She is currently an associate fiction editor at West Branch literary magazine and a visiting assistant professor at Susquehanna University.


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place

3:30pm

Welcome to Night Vale: It Devours!

Their wildly popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, has been described variously as Prairie Home Companion crossed with Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, or the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have proved that the peculiar happenings of the fictional desert town of Night Vale can play out on the book page as well. Their first Night Vale novel became an instant bestseller, and this fall, they’re publishing its eagerly awaited follow-up: It Devours! When an aspiring scientist and Night Vale newcomer investigates a religious sect on the outskirts of town, her growing attraction to one of the movement’s adherents sets off a personal and philosophical crisis, as they jointly investigate the intersections of faith and reason. In a starred review, Kirkus calls It Devours! “a compelling drama that shows people coming together in a world that feels like it’s coming apart—which isn’t the worst message to broadcast these days.” Leading the conversation with Fink and Cranor is journalist and fellow podcaster Virginia Prescott, who hosts Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio. Come with your own burning questions about podcasting, audio storytelling, and what’s next for the intrepid citizens of Night Vale.


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Virginia Prescott

Virginia Prescott is the host of Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). Before she became a part of New Hampshire Public Radio, she was editor, producer, and director for NPR programs On Point and Here & Now and directed interactive media for New York Public Radio. She has been recognized with awards for her work by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (who gave her a Gracie Award). She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University and was a member of the Peabody Award-winning production team for Jazz from Lincoln Center with Ed... Read More →

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Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor is one half, along with Joseph Fink, of the duo behind the popular podcast drama and accompanying novelizations of Welcome to Night Vale. In all its iterations, Welcome to Night Vale broadcasts the odd happenings from the fictional town of Night Vale. The podcast began in 2012. Cranor is also a playwright; he and his choreographer wife, Jillian Sweeney, have produced several shows together, such as Vulture-Wally and This Could Be It. He is also heavily involved in productions with the New York Neo-Futurists, with whom he has written, directed, and performed a number of plays. The first Night Vale novel, Welcome to Night Vale, was published in 2015 and was both critically and commercially successful. The newest Night Vale Novel is It... Read More →
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Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink is a virtuoso of fictional podcasting, as one half of the team behind Welcome to Night Vale, as well as a creator of Alice Isn’t Dead. Fink started the small press Commonplace Books when he was in his mid-twenties. Later, he met his Welcome to Night Vale partner, Jeffrey Cranor, and began writing with him, producing and performing in the play What the Time Traveler Will Tell Us. The pair started their dramatic podcast inspired by Orson Welles and The War of the Worlds broadcast, Welcome to Night Vale. Five years later, the podcast has led to a live show, several books, and the establishment of a podcast network, Night Vale Presents, which produces Fink's other podcast Alice... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

#LookItUP: Knowledge Matters

In a time when doubt is cast on people with expertise in their given field, and “fake news” is on the rise, what value do facts still have in our society? The answer: a lot. Books have always stood as a bulwark of truth in a world that sometimes abuses facts. University press publishers stand at the forefront of the fight against fake news—believing in the value of accurate, peer-reviewed knowledge and publishing approximately fourteen thousand books each year from the world’s leading thinkers, writers, and scholars. As our world seeks to understand what is at stake in daily confrontations of politics, culture, and personal values, historians and other scholars provide the documentation and expert analysis that helps shape our public debate. This panel—made up of authors Tom Nichols (The Death of Expertise, Oxford University Press) and Marilynn Johnson (The New Bostonians, UMass Press), along with Brian Halley of UMass Press and moderator Amy Brand, director of MIT Press—will discuss why scholarship and research are more important than ever before in book publishing, how following the facts as an author or scholar might lead you to different conclusions than you expected, and why these qualities are being questioned by some today. Join us for a dialogue in conjunction with the Association of American University Presses and University Press Week (November 6–11) and share your thoughts using the hashtag #LookItUP.


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Amy Brand

Director, MIT Press
Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communicat... Read More →

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Brian Halley

Brian Halley is senior editor at the University of Massachusetts Press, based at UMass Boston. He acquires in American studies, gender and sexuality studies, environmental studies, literary studies, and regional titles. He just finished a three-year term on the Board of Directors... Read More →
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Marilynn Johnson

Marilynn Johnson is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches modern US urban and social history. She received her PhD in history at New York University and has taught at Southern Methodist University and the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT.  Her research focuses on migration, urban social relations, and violence. Her books include The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II (1993) and Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City... Read More →
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Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols is a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and a professor at the Harvard Extension School. He is also an adjunct professor in the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and at the Harvard Extension School. Previously, he taught international relations and Soviet/Russian affairs at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. In Washington, Nichols was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, and was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is currently a senior associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

YA: It's Getting Real

Fiction can be a means of escape...or it can serve to illuminate real-world events and engage readers with issues that affect their lives. In this session, we’ll hear from four writers who ingeniously incorporate contemporary issues in their novels while also telling stirring stories. In Shadowhouse Fall, the followup to his bestselling novel Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older examines gentrification and state-sponsored violence through the prism of urban fantasy. In her debut novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a finalist for the National Book Award, Erika L. Sánchez writes about the tensions between her protagonist’s ambitions and her undocumented Mexican parents’ expectations. In her buzzworthy debut, Dear Martin, Nic Stone experiments with form and honors Civil Rights Movement history while fearlessly addressing issues of police violence and social injustice. Finally, former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr turns his pen to YA with Trell, a hard-hitting narrative inspired by Lehr’s journalistic background and a Roxbury murder and wrongful conviction that has stayed with him since he reported on the story decades ago. These books—and this discussion, moderated by the Boston Public Library’s Laura Koenig—will inspire new ways of thinking about the real world we live in.


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Laura Koenig

Laura Koenig is the Team Leader for Children’s Services at the Central Library of the Boston Public Library, where she was an integral part of the redesign of their award-winning children’s and teen spaces. She is an active presenter and committee member for the Association for L... Read More →

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Dick Lehr

Writer and journalist Dick Lehr is perhaps best known as the author of Black Mass (2000), with Gerard O’Neill. The pair wrote the book from their experience as Boston Globe reporters during many of the events in the Whitey Bulger FBI case. Lehr worked at the Globe for almost two decades in a number of roles, though he was primarily an investigative reporter. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in investigative journalism. Lehr is currently a journalism professor at Boston University. He has written a number of other books about crime and murder in Boston, as well as The Birth of a Nation (2014), an examination of the infamous 1915 silent film about the Ku Klux Klan. His newest work is a young adult novel called Trell, based on a 1980s Roxbury case of wrongful imprisonment for a murder that Lehr investigated while on the Boston Globe... Read More →
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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older, a Latino author who has taken all reading levels by storm with his gritty approach to fantasy literature, spent the first decade of his career as an EMT in Manhattan. His first novel, Half-Resurrection Blues, an urban fantasy and the first in his Bone Street Rumba series, was published in 2015. Later that same year, his young adult... Read More →
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Nic Stone

Nic Stone is a young adult author who, although she is now herself an adult, has a deep understanding of the teenage brain and experience. A trained psychologist, she holds her BA from Spelman College and gained considerable experience mentoring teenagers. This experience gives her a unique vantage point from which to write her fiction. Born and raised just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Stone lived in Israel for several years before returning to the United States to focus on her writing. Dear Martin is her debut novel, and details the experience of Justyce McAllister as he journeys through his teenage years and struggles with being black in twenty-first-century... Read More →
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Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez may not be a perfect Mexican daughter, but she is an accomplished poet, essayist, and novelist. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, she traveled to Madrid on a Fulbright Scholarship. She also earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:45pm

Fiction: Missed Connections

“Only connect,” E. M. Forster famously wrote as the epigraph to his novel Howards End. The imperative to connect and the challenges of doing so meaningfully are perhaps even more crucial today. In this session, we’ll hear from three astute novelists who write with urgency about the interconnectedness of human lives. Celeste Ng, whose second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is a New York Times bestseller, examines the uneasy tensions between an affluent community and the disruptive newcomers in their midst, in a novel Kirkus calls “mesmerizing.” In Three Floors Up, bestselling Israeli novelist Eshkol Nevo employs a Tel Aviv apartment building as a microcosm of wider society, by profiling its inhabitants and their struggles to form genuine relationships. And in National Book Award winner Lily Tuck’s slight but intense novel Sisters, she portrays a narrator who feels an oppressive connection to her husband’s first wife, despite her desires for a fresh start. Connecting these three insightful authors is moderator and novelist Dawn Tripp, author most recently of the national bestseller Georgia.


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Dawn Tripp

Dawn Tripp is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and author of three novels set in New England: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. Her most recent work, Georgia--a national bestseller and Indie Next pick--is a historical novel of Georgia... Read More →

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Eshkol Nevo

Eshkol Nevo is is one of the major forces driving modern Israeli literature. A successful author in his own right, he is also the owner and manager of a major private creative writing school in Israel and is helping to mentor the next generation of Israel’s writers. Although Nevo writes in Hebrew, his work has been translated extensively and has proven successful internationally. He has received literary awards in France and Italy as well as in Israel. Some of his most popular novels are Homesick (2004), World Cup Wishes (2007), and Neuland (2011). His 2015 novel Three Floors Up was a bestseller in Israel and has been adapted to the stage. It is also his latest work in translation in English and is released this... Read More →
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Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the author of the book that took 2014 by storm, Everything I Never Told You, which tells the story of an Asian American family dealing with the fallout from the death of their beloved middle daughter. The novel was the recipient of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Medici Book Club Prize, the... Read More →
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Lily Tuck

Lily Tuck is a National Book Award-winning author whose novels explore the lives of women at different stages of life and love. Born in Paris, Tuck has lived in many different countries and on several different continents; her international experiences have also informed her fiction. Tuck is the author of Interviewing Matisse or The Woman Who Died Standing Up (1991); The Woman Who Walked on Water (1996); Siam or the Woman Who Shot a Man: A Novel... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:45pm

One City One Story

When most people show up to work, they don’t expect to receive a meatloaf. But for Robert, that’s just par for the course. Through Robert’s job as an end-of-life care provider for Holocaust survivors, and the recent death of his daughter, Somerville author Daphne Kalotay explores themes of loss, community, and rejuvenation in this year’s One City One Story selection, “Relativity.” Kalotay, who currently teaches at Princeton, is the author of two novels and a short story collection. The session will be hosted by associate director for programming at Harvard’s Office for the Arts and facilitator extraordinaire Alicia Anstead. Tweet her your questions and thoughts ahead of time at @1city1story! If you haven't already, be sure to pick up your copy of this touching story at the information tent. Sponsored by BookBub.


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Alicia Anstead

Alicia Anstead is a journalist, editor, and educator. She is currently the associate director for programming at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University and is the editor-in-chief of Inside Arts Magazine, produced by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Anstead cofounded the Harvard Arts Beat blog and is a contributor to both WGBH radio and NPR. Anstead has also served as the editor-in-chief of The Writer, one of the... Read More →

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Daphne Kalotay

Daphne Kalotay is a writer and educator who in her work has explored the lives of Boston artists. Kalotay holds an MFA and a PhD in modern and contemporary literature from Boston University. She later taught in the MFA program at BU and at UMass Lowell, and she currently teaches creative writing at Emerson College. Kalotay is also a visiting writer at UMass Boston. She has been the recipient of a number of fellowships, including one from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her first book was the collection Calamity and Other Stories (2005). Her next effort, Russian Winter (2011) was the winner of the 2011... Read More →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:45pm

Memoir: Ties that Bind

Three acclaimed memoirists tackle the subject of relationships: husbands, lovers, parents, children, love, and loss. And through it all, the project of finding oneself. Amy Dickinson, known for her advice column, “Ask Amy,” uses wry humor to chronicle her experiences with marriage, step-parenting, divorce, the loss of a parent, and finding love again in Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home. Melissa Febos’s new memoir, Abandon Me, is a follow-up to her first memoir, Whip Smart. In Abandon Me, Febos examines her history with addiction and recovery, her work as a dominatrix, and her origins as the child of two fathers: her birth father, a Native American, and the one who raised her, a sea captain. Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro turns her attention to her marriage in Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage. In this poignant memoir, Shapiro reflects on the shapeshifting nature of love in a marriage that survives the traumas of a child’s life-threatening illness, the loss of parents, and the more mundane but no less stressful day-to-day challenges of financial solvency and home repair. Our discussion  of the ties that bind and those that break will be led by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, author of Bending Toward the Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir about the generational reverberations of the Holocaust.  


Moderators
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Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a human rights lawyer, philanthropist, and writer. She has worked for the betterment of children in the Los Angeles area and around the world. She is the cochair of the Human Rights Watch’s Los Angeles Committee. She also is a founding board member, past president, and cochair elect of the Alliance for... Read More →

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Amy Dickinson

Columnist and author Amy Dickinson is better known by the title of her nationally syndicated Chicago Tribune column, “Ask Amy.” She has been the Tribune’s primary advice columnist since 2003. Before that, she wrote for Time magazine, contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered, and was a producer for NBC News. Since 2006, Dickinson has been a regular panelist on the NPR show Wait... Read More →
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Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos garnered attention with her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart (2011), a memoir recounting the four years she spent as a professional dominatrix in New York City. After earning her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, Febos began a career in academia. She has taught at Utica College and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University and a part of the MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Her essays have been published in many journals and magazines, including Salon, the New York Times, Tin House, Granta, Kenyon Review, and the Rumpus. She has received essay prizes from Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and the Center for Women Writers, and has received a number of fellowships, including one from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She serves on the board of directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her latest... Read More →
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Dani Shapiro

Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro has made a career plumbing the depths of her own romantic and family relationships as well as those of her fictional characters. She has thoughtfully and fearlessly explored the many tragedies and triumphs of her own life in her memoirs, Slow Motion (1998) and Devotion (2010). She is the author of five novels exploring the complexities of love and family relationships: Playing with Fire (1992), Fugitive Blue (1992), Picturing the Wreck (1997), Family History (2004... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

4:00pm

Story Time with Julia Denos and E.B. Goodale
Friends Julia Denos (words) and E.B. Goodale (pictures) read from the book they made together: Windows (ages 3–7)

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Julia Denos

Julia Denos’s career in illustration and design has been a celebration of color in her favorite medium, wild watercolor. She has been a designer and illustrator for a decade, bringing to life the writing of authors as diverse as country star Tim McGraw and biographer Margaret Cardillo. Always a secret writer, Denos illustrated her own picture book debut, Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. In this exuberantly colored and whimsical book, Swatch, the young color tamer, wants to collect all of the colors that run free. The book was named an ALA Notable Book. Denos has also provided artwork for... Read More →
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E.B. Goodale

E. B. Goodale is a designer and illustrator with a strong background in stationery. Windows, written by Julia Denos, is her debut picture book. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. | | E. B. Goodale's Website... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

4:00pm

Martin Tamisier

Martin Tamisier is a singer, songwriter and drummer from a very small town close to the ocean in France. His music is a blend of pop, jazz, and African music with French lyrics inspired by society, self-understanding, and the nature that surrounded him in his early life.


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Martin Tamisier

Martin Tamisier is a singer, songwriter and drummer from a very small town close to the ocean in France. His music is a blend of pop, jazz, and African music with French lyrics inspired by society, self-understanding, and the nature that surrounded him in his early life.


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

4:00pm

Muhammad Ali: Conscience of a Fighter

Muhammad Ali was the greatest. He was a sports icon who stood up for his beliefs at a time when being an outspoken black man was not acceptable. One can imagine that the athletes who have taken a knee this season have been inspired by Ali’s example. The authors of two new, groundbreaking books about Ali join us to examine the life of a courageous fighter. Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of books about Jackie Robinson and Lou Gehrig, used conversations with Ali’s former wives, new material gleaned from thousands of pages of FBI and Justice Department files, and hours of recently discovered audiotaped interviews to write Muhammad Ali: A Life. Eig is working with Ken Burns to turn his book into a documentary. Former Boston Globe columnist and senior writer at Sports Illustrated Leigh Montville focuses on Ali’s refusal to serve in the US military during the Vietnam War and the social and cultural implications of that decision in Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966–1971, which Kirkus Reviews referred to as a “dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights." The inimitable Bill Littlefield, commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, host of Only a Game on WBUR, and author of Take Me Out, will moderate. 


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Bill Littlefield

Bill Littlefield is known to sports enthusiasts and NPR and WBUR listeners alike at the host of Only a Game, which brings Littlefield’s insightful storytelling to the world of sports. Littlefield has hosted the weekly, hour-long show since 1993, but has been on the air with WBUR and NPR since 1984. In addition to his lengthy radio career, Littlefield is the author of a handful of books and taught English at Curry College for thirty-nine years. Among his titles are Take Me Out (2014), Only a Game (2007), Circus in the Woods (2002), and Baseball Days (1993). He has edited and been featured in Houghton... Read More →

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Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig is a writer who has spent his career covering the fascinating lives of famous figures, but in so doing has had a fascinating life of his own. Eig was a feature writer for Chicago magazine and a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and the New Orleans Times-Picayune before becoming a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. His writing has been featured in a number of other magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, and the Washington Post. Eig has taught writing at Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago, has traveled as a speaker, and appeared in documentaries and television. His book Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005) won a Casey Award for best baseball book. He is also the author of Opening Day; The Story of Jackie... Read More →
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Leigh Montville

Leigh Montville knew he wanted to be a sports writer at the age of ten; decades later and in his seventies, Leigh Montville is a respected elder statesman of sports journalism and still living out his childhood dream. He began his career as a reporter for the New Haven Journal-Courier, and later beginning his twenty-one-year first stint as a columnist for the Boston Globe. He left the Globe for a position as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, which he held for twelve years. He stopped writing for Sports Illustrated in the early 2000s and shifted his focus to writing books, although he rejoined the Boston Globe staff in 2013. Some of his titles are The Altar of Speed (2001), The Mysterious Montague (2008), Evel (2011), and The Big Bam (2006). His 2004 biography of the famous Red Sox player, Ted Williams, won the CASEY Award for best baseball book of the year. His latest is Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. The United States of America... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

4:00pm

BBF Unbound: Writing in Paris

There are wonderful programs for Anglophone writers in France, particularly in Paris, with several originating from the Boston area. In this session, we’ll hear about the lure of French travel for writers and the benefits of immersing in a writing project in Paris from some writers who've done just that: novelist Lauren Grodstein, author most recently of Our Short History; journalist and author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go Marcia DeSanctis; and frequent writer-in-Paris Stacey Resnikoff. And if this session sparks your own esprit d'aventure, they'll share some resources, too! Moderated by writer/comedian Kelly MacFarland.


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Kelly MacFarland

Kelly MacFarland is a Boston-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actress. Her well-rounded resume includes comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals, television appearances, and entertaining U.S. troops overseas. She has performed with the Funny or Die Oddball Festival 2015, on the Comedy Stage at the 2016 and 2017 Boston Calling, and as a featured headliner for the Women in Comedy Festival since its inception in 2009. MacFarland has appeared on the TV Guide Channel, Comedy... Read More →

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Marcia DeSanctis

Marcia DeSanctis writes for Vogue and Town & Country magazines and is the author of the New York Times bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Creative Nonfiction, Departures, Tin House, and Off Assignment. Her travel essays have been widely anthologized, including five consecutive years in Best... Read More →
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Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein’s latest novel is Our Short History; she is also the author of the New York Times bestselling A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything, among other novels. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and her writing has been translated into languages including French, Turkish, and... Read More →
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Stacey Resnikoff

Stacey Resnikoff is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer in the Boston area, as well as a multi-year senior writing fellow of the Paris American Academy. Her stories and essays have been published in various literary journals, including The Drum (2015 MuseFlash winner) and Hippocampus, and... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

4:15pm

Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

Literary critic, poet, and former Granta editor John Freeman embarked on a new project recently, an eponymous biannual anthology publication bringing together fresh perspectives from established names and new voices. Prior issues of Freeman’s have focused on themes of “Arrival,” “Home,” and “Family,” but in the newly released fourth issue, instead of focusing on a theme, Freeman instead turned to recommendations from editors, critics, translators, and authors worldwide to compile a list of 29 international authors whose works embody “The Future of New Writing.” Freeman likens the selection process to “the fashion by which literature travels in general...hitchhiking from one fellow-traveler to another.” The BBF is pleased to host one of the launch events for this exciting new issue of Freeman’s, featuring Freeman himself in conversation with three contributors to the issue: Garnette Cadogan, an essayist at work on a book on walking; Édouard Louis, author of the bestselling novels The End of Eddy and History of Violence; and Tania James, author most recently of the novel The Tusk that Did the Damage. Come get to know these authors and more whose work will sustain—and perhaps even define—the future of literature.


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John Freeman

John Freeman is an award-winning author, editor, and book critic. He has served as the president of the National Book Critics Circle and, until 2013, was the editor of Granta. He is currently an executive editor at Literary Hub and an educator at the New School in New York City. In 2015 he began his own literary journal anthology with the publisher Grove Atlantic, called... Read More →

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Garnette Cadogan

Garnette Cadogan is a journalist, essayist, and editor whose work explores culture and art through the lens of history. He is an editor of and contributor to Nonstop Metropolis; A New York City Atlas (2016) and has received research fellowships from Yale University, the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and New York... Read More →
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John Freeman

John Freeman is an award-winning author, editor, and book critic. He has served as the president of the National Book Critics Circle and, until 2013, was the editor of Granta. He is currently an executive editor at Literary Hub and an educator at the New School in New York City. In 2015 he began his own literary journal anthology with the publisher Grove Atlantic, called... Read More →
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Tania James

Tania James's debut novel, The Atlas of Unknowns, was named a Best Book of 2009 by both NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her collection of short stories, titled Aerogrammes (2012), was called “deftly drawn” in a Washington Post review. Her second novel, The Tusk that Did the Damage (2015) dives into the studying, hunting, and killing of elephants in India from three different perspectives, including that of an elephant. The novel was longlisted for the Financial Times/Oppenheimer Award and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. In addition to her writing, she is also an associate professor of writing at George Mason University. James started her career in documentary filmmaking and has been a fellow of Ragdale, Macdowell, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fulbright... Read More →
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Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis, who is not yet twenty-five, is a quickly rising star in the French literary scene. His debut, an autobiographical novel titled The End of Eddy (originally En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule) was a bestseller in France and retold Louis’s experience growing up gay and under the poverty line in a rural, working-class French town. He eventually escaped to Paris with acceptance to the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

4:45pm

The State of Affairs

Esther Perel’s first book, Mating in Captivity, her podcast Where Should We Begin?, and her 2013 TED talk entitled “The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship” (which was viewed by two million people in the first two weeks it was posted) have catapulted her to the status of couples therapist rock star. Now, Perel has turned her attention to infidelity in her new book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. When it comes to desire within marriage, she notes that when there’s nothing left to hide, there’s nothing left to seek, and that can lead to people straying. Perel points out that people often cheat not because they are looking for another person, but because they are looking for another self. She wants to change the discourse around infidelity in America from one that emphasizes betrayal and trauma to one that emphasizes healing. You won’t want to miss this remarkable, compelling talk by Esther Perel. After her talk, Esther will be interviewed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and cohost of WBUR’s Here & Now, Robin Young.


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Robin Young

Robin Young brings more than twenty-five years of broadcast experience to her role as co-host of Here & Now, a WBUR-produced daily newsmagazine that airs on NPR stations nationwide. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Young has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable's Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio's regional Edward R. Murrow award... Read More →

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Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a master of navigating the perils of long-term romantic relationships and has helped many couples the world over through her private practice, her talks, and her writing. Born in Belgium, she earned degrees in Jerusalem and in the United States. In the first two decades of her career as a... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Old South Church Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

5:30pm

Poems and Pints

Wind down your day at the BBF by kicking back with a frosty beverage or two and a heaping helping of poetry. Join fellow poetry fans at Copley Square Hotel’s cozy and convivial XHALE Lounge to hear new work by three terrific poets: Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor of Memorious.org and author most recently of the collection Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country; Krysten Hill, a poet and performer who was the recipient of a 2016 St. Botolph Club Award; and Natalie Shapero, whose latest collection is entitled Hard Child. This laid-back evening of poetry is sponsored by Mass Poetry.


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Rebecca Morgan Frank

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of three collections of poetry: The Spokes of Venus, Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, and Little Murders Everywhere, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her next manuscript in-progress received the Poetry Society of... Read More →
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is... Read More →
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Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child and No Object. Shapero's writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Granta, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Kenyon Review Fellowship, and a Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award. She lives in Somerville... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
XHALE 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA