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Friday, October 14
 

8:00pm

Storytelling for Page and Screen: Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, and Tom Perrotta
A good story, well told, is the aim of screenwriters and novelists alike. This year, we’re kicking off the BBF with an exploration of storytelling in these different modes, as told by three pros who have seen both sides. Hometown favorite Tom Perrotta is no stranger to Hollywood, having seen several of his books adapted for the big screen; these days, he’s busy creating the third and final season of HBO’s The Leftovers, based on his own bestselling novel. One-time television writer turned current bestselling author Maria Semple’s structurally playful new novel, Tomorrow Will Be Different, has been called “achingly funny” by Kirkus. Meanwhile, Semple’s beloved novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette is also under development as a feature film. And Emma Donoghue, whose latest historical novel, The Wonder, grapples with faith and trust, has also tackled the task of adaptation, transforming her award-winning novel Room into an equally decorated film, earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best adapted screenplay. Joining these three talented and versatile storytellers is Robin Young, cohost of WBUR’s Here & Now and also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Sponsored by Hachette.

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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 news magazine 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... Read More →

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Emma Donoghue

Kickoff Presenter
Emma Donoghue is an award-winning writer of novels, plays, short stories, and nonfiction whose bestselling 2010 novel Room--along with her adapted screenplay for the 2015 film directed by Lenny Abrahamson--is a striking depiction of parenthood and love in the midst of the horror of confinement. Many of Donoghue’s novels are contextualized by the contemporary Irish experience, including Stir-fry, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; Hood... Read More →
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Tom Perrotta

Kickoff Presenter
Tom Perrotta is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and screenwriter whose articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Guardian, and GQ. He is the author of five novels, including Election, The Abstinence Teacher, The Wishbones, and Little Children, whose 2006 film adaptation earned Perrotta Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best screenplay. In 2014, Perotta and co-creator Damon Lindelof debuted... Read More →
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Maria Semple

Kickoff Presenter
Maria Semple debuted as a novelist in 2008 with the publication of This One is Mine, followed in 2012 by the nationally-bestselling epistolary novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which won the 2013 American Library Association Alex Award and was a 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee. Her most recent work, Today Will Be Different, features a twelve-page graphic novel illustrated by Eric Chase Anderson and is described by Semple as a... Read More →

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Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 
Saturday, October 15
 

10:00am

Appearance by Maisy
Meet colorful and loveable mouse Maisy!

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

10:00am

Story Time with Deirdre Sullivan and Maja Löfdahl
Deirdre Sullivan and Maja Löfdahl read from Ming Goes to School (ages 3-6).

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Maja Löfdahl

Maja Löfdahl is a Cambridge-based illustrator. She studied painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and has since illustrated Ming Goes to School, a children’s book by Deirdre Sullivan, which Publishers Weekly calls a “cozy portrait of everyday discoveries and accomplishments that school can bring” in a starred review. Links: More About Ming Goes to School
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Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan lives in Boston. Her debut picture book is Ming Goes to School, which Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, calls “a cozy portrait of the everyday discoveries and accomplishments that school can bring.” | | Links: Publishers Weekly review

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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
BPL Children's Library 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 literary agent judges: Sorche Fairbank, Katherine Flynn, and Amaryah Orenstein. When one agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, she will raise her hand. The reader will keep reading until a second agent raises her 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. 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, educator, and recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country’s leading nonprofit creative writing centers, 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 Award; The Saint of... Read More →

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Sorche Fairbank

Sorche Fairbank established Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002 and has since represented best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and debut authors. She is a member of AAR, the Author’s Guild, and The Agents’ Roundtable. Her clients can be found with major publishers, as well as in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, Best American Short Stories, and more. Links: More About Fairbank Literary... Read More →
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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is a partner at the Kneerim & Williams Agency and has previously worked for the Sanford Greenburger Agency, taught literature and composition, and edited history textbooks. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Brown and represents history, biography, current affairs, science, business, and narrative nonfiction. Links: More About Kneerim & Williams Agency
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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 Women’s National Book Association. Links: More About GO Literary

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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:00am

Big Picture Photography Contest

Come marvel at the creativity and vision of the pint-sized photographers who captured a kid’s eye view of our Hubbub Festival back in June! Their award-winning work will be on display at the Boston Public Library’s DeFerrari Hall throughout the BBF. Sponsored by Cronin Hill Photography.


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
BPL DeFerrari Hall 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA

10:00am

Passport to Imagination
Here’s a great way to see the sights at the BBF! Pick up a Passport to Imagination at the Character Connection tent 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 Character Connection tent. Kids who return a completed passport will get a prize, donated by Candlewick Press, while supplies last! 

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

10:30am

BBF Unbound: Not Your Grandma's Romance
Romance fiction is both a multi-billion-dollar business and a savvy sisterhood. In this session, three local romance authors (Judith Arnold, Caroline Linden, Myretta Robens, and Cecilia Tan) working in different subgenres will be joined by Laurie Kahn, a filmmaker who recently made Love Between the Covers, a feature-length documentary about the romance community. Together, using video excerpts from the film and fun outtakes, the group will explore the wide range of romance subgenres, the future of romance fiction in the digital age, and the ways in which the romance genre is unique.

Moderators
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Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn’s films have won major awards, been shown on PBS primetime, broadcast around the world, and used widely in university classrooms and community groups. Her first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and it won an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction. Her film TUPPERWARE! won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for the Emmy for Nonfiction Directing. Her most... Read More →

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Judith Arnold

USA Today bestselling author Judith Arnold knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was four. With one hundred published novels to her name, she has been able to live her dream. Four of Judith's novels have received Reviewers Choice awards from RT Book Reviews, and she's been a multiple finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Her novel Love In Bloom's was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, and her... Read More →
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Caroline Linden

Caroline Linden is the bestselling author of twenty romances. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Golden Leaf Award, and the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, and have been translated into seventeen languages. Links: More about Caroline Linden
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Myretta Robens

Myretta Robens is the president of the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. She began writing historical romance novels in 2003 and created the Jane Austen website The Republic of Pemberley in 1997. Robens was first published in 2005, with Once Upon a Sofa. Her second book, Just Say Yes, was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s top award, the RITA. She has also written a short story inspired by Jane Austen in... Read More →
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Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is an award-winning author of passionate fiction. RT Book Reviews awarded her Career Achievement in Erotic Romance in 2015, and her novel Slow Surrender won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She has been publishing Daron's Guitar Chronicles as a web serial since 2009, and her Secrets of a Rock Star series (Taking the Lead, Wild Licks) is published by Hachette/Forever. In 2017 Tor Books will begin... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

10:30am

Kids' Keynote: Jon Klassen

Two turtles find one fantastic hat. “But there is only one hat. And there are two of us.” So what happens next? With his trademark deadpan humor and understated style, award-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen tops off his beloved “Hat” trilogy with the thoroughly satisfying We Found a Hat, sure to delight preschoolers and parents alike. After providing a brief introduction to those charismatic turtles and a glimpse at how he works, Klassen will talk with the Horn Book’s Elissa Gershowitz—and with you! So bring your questions, and wear your favorite hat! Sponsored by Simmons College. Sponsored by Simmons College.


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Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is senior editor of the Horn Book Magazine and online content editor for The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. Links: More About The Horn Book

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Jon Klassen

Kids' Keynote
Jon Klassen is a bestselling illustrator and author of children’s books who earned a 2013 Caldecott Medal for his book This is Not My Hat, as well as the 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Book award for its sequel I Want My Hat Back. Combined, both books have spent more than ninety weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and have been translated into twenty-two languages. His collaborative works with children’s writer Mac... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

10:45am

Reading Like a Writer: Social Commentary
Have you ever wondered how an author blended real-life concerns with a fictional world, why she chose to push the envelope of structure or sense, or how he selected details to bring a character to life? In these three 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, adn 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 engages with social issues past, present, and (near) future. Suzanne Berne (The Dogs of Littlefield), Meg Little Reilly (We Are Unprepared), and Anna Solomon (Leaving Lucy Pear). Our host is novelist Michelle Hoover, author most recently of the novel Bottomland. Sponsored by The Drum.


Moderators
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Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is a novelist, writer, teacher, and founder and current head of the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet. She was a 2014 NEA Fellow, Writer-In-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, winner of the PEN / New England Discovery Award, and current Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Her writing has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, StoryQuarterly, and... Read More →

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Suzanne Berne

Suzanne Berne is a writer of essays, novels, and short stories whose first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, won the 1999 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her work includes the novels The Ghost at the Table and A Perfect Arrangement, as well as the memoir Missing Lucile. She currently teaches creative writing at Boston College and is part of the MFA faculty at Rainier Writing Workshop. Berne serves as the fiction editor for the Harvard... Read More →
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Meg Little Reilly

Meg Little Reilly is a writer and environmentalist who has worked previously in public radio, as Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, and as a spokesperson at the US Treasury. Her debut novel, We Are Unprepared, examines the impact of extreme weather on a Vermont town, engaging with tensions and anxieties surrounding questions of climate change. Links: More About We Are... Read More →
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Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon's whose short fiction has appeared in publications including One Story, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and Missouri Review and has won two Pushcart Prizes, the Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize, and been nominated for the National Magazine Award. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel Little Bride and, most recently, Leaving Lucy Pear, a story of motherhood, class, and freedom that the Boston Globe... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Appearance by Pancake Pig
Give our pig a pancake (or a hug) and see what happens!

Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:00am

Joaquina Mertz

Joaquina Mertz was born in Mexico City, where she started music lessons at the age of five and continued her classical studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts. After graduating from high school she attended a small music school in Mexico City, where she discovered her love for blues, soul, and jazz and, soon after, began her studies at Berklee, where she got in touch with her Mexican and Latin musical roots.


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Joaquina Mertz

Joaquina Mertz was born in Mexico City, where she started music lessons at the age of five and continued her classical studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts. After graduating from high school she attended a small music school in Mexico City, where she discovered her love for blues, soul, and jazz and, soon after, began her studies at Berklee, where she got in touch with her Mexican and Latin musical roots.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:00am

Fiction: My First Time

Three debut novelists gather to talk about their disappointments, surprises, and expectations for their first times—publishing, that is! Following brief readings from their new books, these three first-time novelists will tell all, from polishing the manuscript and securing an agent to surviving the tour and (ahem) book festival circuit. Representing a diverse range of styles and subjects are former Car Talk producer Louie Cronin, whose locally-colored, radio-infused debut is Everyone Loves You Back; baker-turned-novelist Louise Miller, whose first novel is The City Baker's Guide to Country Living; and Hirsh Sawhney, whose debut novel South Haven tackles topical issues of faith, family, and migration. Guiding their conversation will be Jabari Asim, Emerson College professor and author most recently of Only the Strong. Come hear some great new voices--and maybe get inspired yourself!


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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a multidisciplinary journalist, editor, and critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and fiction for both children and adults. His nonfiction works, including What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life, explore imperative questions of race, politics, and justice in modern American culture. Asim’s writing has also been published in... Read More →

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Louie Cronin

Louie Cronin is a writer and member of PRI’s The World team whose career in public radio has included producing The Connection and the long-running show Car Talk. A graduate of Boston University’s creative writing program, she has published in the Princeton Arts Review, the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, and Newsday, and has been a finalist for Glimmer... Read More →
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Louise Miller

Louise Miller has been a baker for over twenty years and currently lives and works in Boston as the pastry chef of The Union Club. She received a 2012 scholarship to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. Library Journal calls her debut novel, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, a “rich and warm romance.” Links: More About The City Baker’s Guide to Country... Read More →
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Hirsh Sawhney

Hirsh Sawhney is a writer and novelist whose articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Indian Express, the Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, and Outlook. He is also the editor of Delhi Noir, a critically acclaimed anthology of original fiction, and serves on the advisory of Wasafiri, a London-based magazine of international writing. His debut novel South Haven... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

11:00am

Middle Grade: The Power of Friendship

From group selfies to sleepovers, part of growing up is forming strong friendships—some of which can last for a lifetime! In this session, we’ll hear from three novelists whose latest books vividly illustrate just how powerful friendship can be. In Ali Benjamin’s moving, award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfish, a girl retreats into her imagination after losing her best friend. In Jo Knowles’s Still a Work in Progress, friendships help sustain a boy whose family life is in crisis. And in Paul Griffin’s When Friendship Followed Me Home, a scruffy four-legged friend leads a lonely boy to his first real friendship, and all the humor and heartbreak that accompanies it. Bring your best friends to this session, hosted by our friend Cathryn Mercier of 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. Links: Simmons Center for the Study of Children’s Literature

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Ali Benjamin

Ali Benjamin’s debut novel, The Thing About Jellyfish, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is the co-author of HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl’s memoir Positive and Tim Howard’s New York Times-bestseller The Keeper. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Boston Globe Magazine and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and she served as story researcher and... Read More →
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Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin is an author of novels for middle grade and young adults. His work includes Ten Mile River, Adrift, Burning Blue, Stay with Me, and The Orange House, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association’s 2010 Notable Book for a Global Society, Chicago Public Library’s Best Book of 2009, and an Amelia Bloomer Project award winner. Griffin is also a teacher; he began working... Read More →
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Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is a teacher in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and recipient of a 2005 PEN literary award. She is the author of middle-grade and young adult books including Lessons from a Dead Girl, See You at Harry’s, Jumping off Swings, and Read Between the Lines. Her most recent book, Junior Library Guild selection Still a Work in Progress, follows its young narrator as he struggles for normalcy in the midst of his older... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Poetry: The Poem Is You
Poet and critic Stephen Burt’s The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them is an extraordinary accomplishment. According to Publishers Weekly, Burt’s “formidable breadth of knowledge about the practice of poetry, from Virgil up to 2015, allows him to make nimble connections among the authors and establish an ars poetica for current American lyric poetry.” Join the inimitable Stephen Burt in a discussion of contemporary poetry with poet and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Erica Funkhouser.

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Erica Funkhouser

Erica Funkhouser is the author of several collections of poetry, including Earthly, Pursuit, Sure Shot and Other Poems, and Natural Affinities. She was a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation grant for poetry, and her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. She has also worked as a playwright. Locally, you can find one of her poems sandblasted into the wall of the Davis Square... Read More →

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Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is an influential poet and critic whose work seeks to identify new and emerging movements in the form. A professor of English at Harvard University, his critical works demonstrate a passion for the classical and the contemporary, including The Art of the Sonnet, with David Mikics, and Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of acclaimed... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

YA Keynote: Kami Garcia Talks with Samantha Lane

As author of Unbreakable and as one-half of the writing duo that brought teen readers Beautiful Creatures and its phenomenally popular sequels, Kami Garcia has become one of the most successful authors of YA contemporary fantasy. Now, with The Lovely Reckless, Garcia is turning her pen in a new direction: contemporary realistic fiction, with a gritty romance set in the world of street racing that Kirkus Reviews calls “a wild and enjoyable ride.” In this session, Garcia will talk candidly about inspiration, crossing genres, and writing for a variety of YA audiences, in conversation with popular booktuber Samantha Lane, host of YouTube channel “Thoughts on Tomes.” Sponsored by the Boston Teen Author Festival.


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Samantha Lane

A Midwestern girl currently living on the East Coast, Samantha Lane has been uploading bookish videos on her channel, Thoughts on Tomes, three times a week since 2014.  She is currently the moderator for Top 5 Wednesday. When not discussing fictional characters online, Samantha can be found playing video games, marathoning episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or napping with one of her pets. Links: Thoughts on Tomes Top 5 Wednesday

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Kami Garcia

Young Adult Keynote
Kami Garcia is an author of novels and short stories for young adults. A teacher for seventeen years, she debuted as a writer in 2009 with the #1 New York Times-bestselling novel Beautiful Creatures, originally written on a dare from her students with her best friend and co-author Margaret Stohl. Since, the pair has worked together on the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series, and Garcia has embarked on solo series The Legion... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

De Père a Père

Pierre Simenon will present his latest book, De père à père—an autobiographical story and a posthumous dialogue with his late father, renowned Belgian novelist Georges Simenon.


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Liliane Duséwoir

Liliane Duséwoir is a senior lecturer in romance studies at Boston University. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in translation and interpretation in Belgium, Duséwoir specialized in the field of linguistics and pursued her graduate studies as a Fulbright scholar at Boston University. In the US, Duséwoir has taught at Brown University and at the College of the Holy Cross. Her specialties include... Read More →

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Pierre Simenon

The son of Belgian novelist Georges Simenon, Pierre Simenon worked as a financial analyst and portfolio manager in a private bank in Geneva before leaving for the United States in 1987, where he became an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles. A diving instructor as well as a shark enthusiast and a history buff, Simenon currently lives in New England with his wife and two children. Following his first novel, Au nom du sang versé... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Architecture Keynote: Frank Gehry Talks with Paul Goldberger
Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain was declared “the greatest building of our time” by none other than Philip Johnson. Gehry’s work has been described by another great architect, Renzo Piano, as being “like an explosion. It’s about energy; it’s about joy. It’s frozen movement.” Gehry will be joined by Pulitzer Prize winner and leading architecture critic Paul Goldberger, author of the critical biography Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. We are privileged to have the opportunity to hear this great architect and artist and his biographer speak about his life, his work, and his legacy. Hosted by Nicholas Negroponte, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab. Sponsored by Ann and Graham Gund.

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Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder (with Jerome B. Wiesner) of the MIT Media Lab, which he directed for its first twenty years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as thirteen since. He is author of the 1995 bestseller Being Digital, which has been translated into more than forty languages. In 2005 he... Read More →

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Frank Gehry

Architecture Keynote
Frank Gehry is an award-winning architect and designer whose sculptural designs often subvert traditional expectations of building material and architectural form. Gehry, who was born in Canada, immigrated to the United States in 1947 and studied architecture at the University of Southern California and city planning at Harvard University. After working for several other architecture firms, he founded his own firm, Frank O. Gehry &... Read More →
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Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger is a Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic who is currently a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. He was the architecture critic for the New Yorker from 1997 to 2011 and, before that, the architecture critic for the New York Times, and he holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Architecture and Design at the New School. Goldberger is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters and Up from Zero: Politics... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:15am

Crime Fiction: Cold Comfort

Crime fiction often explores themes of loss: loss of life, humanity, and, perhaps most terrifying, one’s mind. What is it about meeting characters on the worst day of their lives that has intrigued readers for centuries? Find out from masters of the craft. New York Times bestseller Joseph Finder explores how a powerful person’s life can spiral out of control in an instant in Guilty Minds. The shadowy world of a terror plot drives Red Right Hand, by award-winning author Chris Holm. And in Say No More, Agatha Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan’s tough reporter Jane Ryland tries to unravel the truth about a date rape and a hit and run crash. Join them in a conversation about the novels of murder and mayhem that we love, where truth is the only comfort. Moderated by Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered. Sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book.


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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 doesn’t believe in God. Links: More About Tethered MacKinnon’s... Read More →

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Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is a bestselling thriller writer and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct, and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for Company Man. In addition to his fiction, Finder does occasional work for Hollywood, is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and Council on Foreign... Read More →
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Chris Holm

Chris Holm is the author of the Collector Trilogy and award-winning short stories that have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and the Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His novels also include the Michael Hendricks thrillers series, the first of which, The Killing Time, was nominated for multiple awards and was named a Boston Globe best book of 2015. His most recent work, Red Right... Read More →
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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and is a thirty-three-time Emmy award winner. She is also an author of nine mystery novels and works of nonfiction, including Truth Be Told, What You See, and Writes of Passage. Ryan’s work has earned her five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne award, and a Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also a founder of MWA University and served as... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:15am

Life Without Envy
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In Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People, Camille DeAngelis writes that many artists feel frustrated and unfulfilled because they’ve pinned their sense of worth to the recognition their work has (or hasn’t) received. The book is a practical and compassionate guide to processing those feelings of jealousy and inadequacy to create a happy and inspired life with zero regard for external circumstances. In this workshop In this workshop, DeAngelis will offer writing exercises designed to spark powerful paradigm shifts in the way you see yourself and your creative ability: from “starving artist” to prolific world-builder, from proving yourself to making a contribution, from obsessing over what you haven’t achieved to reveling in the force and vigor of your own imagination.

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Camille DeAngelis

Camille DeAngelis is the author of Immaculate Heart, the Alex Award-winning Bones & All, Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker, and Mary Modern, as well as a first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland. She is a graduate of New York University and the National University of Ireland, Galway. DeAngelis is a board member of the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her latest book is a work of... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Story Time with Christian Robinson
Christian Robinson reads from School’s First Day of School (ages 4-8).

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Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is an award-winning picture book illustrator and animator from San Francisco. As an animator he has worked with Pixar and Sesame Workshop. His illustration credits include Josephine, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, Gaston, Leo: A Ghost Story, and the Newbery Medal-winning and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña. His newest book is School’s First Day of School... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Fiction: Creative Lives
The thoughtful and creative novelists featured in this session all chose as their inspiration the lives of other creative people—artists and writers—thereby shedding light not only on historical figures but also on the creative process. Dawn Tripp, author of the national bestseller Georgia, vigorously imagines the visual artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s early career and her tumultuous relationship with Alfred Stieglitz. Dinitia Smith, in The Honeymoon, offers a complex portrait of genius in her book based on the later life of Victorian novelist George Eliot. And, in Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hatton portrays the novelist John Steinbeck as a vivid character, set amid the environs of Cannery Row. Christina Thompson, editor of the Harvard Review, will lead a discussion about fiction, inspiration, and the complex, fiction-worthy lives of artistic visionaries. Sponsored by Other Press.

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Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is the editor of the Harvard Review and author of the memoir Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier’s Prize. Thompson is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe whose articles and essays have appeared in Vogue, American Scholar, the Journal of Pacific History, and Australian Literary Studies, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the... Read More →

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Lindsay Hatton

Lindsay Hatton holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She is the author of the debut novel Monterey Bay, a evocatively imagined historical novel set in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row whose precise descriptions are informed by Hatton’s youth in Monterey, California, where she spent summers working behind the scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In a starred review, Kirkus describes the novel as a... Read More →
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Dinitia Smith

Dinita Smith is a writer, teacher, and novelist whose work includes The Illusionist, chosen as a New York Times notable book of the year. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, she has also taught writing at Columbia University and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and served as a cultural correspondent for the New York Times. Her most recent novel, The Honeymoon, is a... Read More →
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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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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
BPL Abbey 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Being Creative
Creativity and innovation are among the most overused buzzwords in circulation today.  But let’s face it: some people truly are more creative and able to innovate. Why? Alexa Clay, coauthor of The Misfit Economy, asserts that we can learn a lot about creativity from observing drug runners, computer hackers, con artists, Amish entrepreneurs and other outsiders and outcasts. In Inventology, Pagan Kennedy explores some characteristics of the highly inventive and outlines four main paths to discovery. Do you have what it takes to be creative? Find out and learn some tricks of the trade in this creative and innovative session moderated by BBF Fellow and digital reporter at WBUR, Zeninjor Enwemeka.

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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... Read More →

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Alexa Clay

Alexa Clay is a writer, strategist, and leading expert on social innovation. She is cofounder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within big business; founder of Wisdom Hackers; and cofounder / director of the collective The Human Agency, a global nonprofit that aims to create communities of purpose and encourage the development of breakthrough ideas. Her writing has appeared in Dazed and Confused, Harvard Business... Read More →
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Pagan Kennedy

Pagan Kennedy is a writer, journalist, and creator of the popular New York Times Magazine column Who Made That? She is the author of eleven books, including Black Livingstone, a New York Times notable book, and The First Man-Made Man, an acclaimed biography of transgender pioneer Michael Dillon. Her fiction and journalism has also appeared in journals and magazines including the Boston Globe, Dwell, Newsday, Salon, and The Village Voice. She is a... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

11:30am

Industries of the Future
Robots, drones, and genomes, oh my! Join an all-star panel for a discussion of which industries we can expect to thrive in the future and what they will mean for job and economic growth in general and Boston in particular. Alec Ross, former senior innovation advisor to Secretary Clinton, is the author of the “riveting and mind-bending” The Industries of the Future. Beth Comstock, vice chair of business innovation at newly Boston-based GE, has responsibility for the “industrial internet,” the confluence of big data collection with traditional heavy industrial products like jet engines, power turbines, and medical devices. Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter, author of On Competition, lends his expertise about industries. Joi Ito, who heads the MIT Media Lab and is coauthor of the forthcoming Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Futures, casts a technologist’s eye on the issue. MIT’s Andrew McAfee, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, will moderate. Get in on this wide-ranging conversation with world-renowned experts. Sponsored by GE.

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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson) was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey business book of the year award. His writing has appeared in... Read More →

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Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock was named Vice Chair of General Electric in August 2015. In this capacity, she leads GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth and operates GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets, and service models. From 2008 to 2015, Comstock served as GE’s chief marketing and commercial officer. From 2006 to 2008, she was President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, overseeing ad revenue and the company’s... Read More →
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Joi Ito

Joi Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and director of the MIT Media Lab. An early investor in web companies including Twitter, Flickr, and Kickstarter, he is an advocate for emergent democracy, privacy, and internet freedom. He holds an honorary D.Litt from The New School, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tufts University, and received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institution. Having... Read More →
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Michael E. Porter

Michael E. Porter is widely recognized as the father of modern business strategy. He is a University Professor at Harvard Business School, where he is the head of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Porter’s work applies the language of economics to corporate strategy, governments, and social policy, including healthcare and the environment. He has served as an advisor and consultant to top management in numerous leading U.S... Read More →
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Alec Ross

Alec Ross is a leading expert on innovation. He is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets, and increasingly disruptive network technologies. Ross served for four year as senior advisor for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Appearance by Madeline
Form two straight lines to greet Madeline with a hearty "Bonjour!"

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Lesley Mok
Lesley Mok, a native of the Bay Area, is an accomplished drummer and recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. She has been a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute for the past two years, where she studies under artistic director Danilo Perez, along with artists-in-residence including John Patittucci, Joe Lovano, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She has recently performed and taught at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and the Panama Percussion Festival.

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Lesley Mok

Lesley Mok, a native of the Bay Area, is an accomplished drummer and recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. She has been a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute for the past two years, where she studies under artistic director Danilo Perez, along with artists-in-residence including John Patittucci, Joe Lovano, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She has recently performed and taught at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and the Panama... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 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 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

BBF Unbound: Behind One Writers' Group Curtain
The initial spark of a novel and putting words to paper is a solitary thing—but even introverted authors need a band of brothers or sisters. Many turn to writers’ groups for critique, support, and fellowship, while also working to keep the green monster of envy from taking a seat at their table. Come hear the secrets of one writing community that has balanced isolation and creative collaboration for eight years—and has a lot to show for it! Between them, Nichole Bernier, Kathy Crowley, Juliette Fay, Randy Susan Meyers, and E. B. Moore have twelve published books (with five more in the works), many published short stories and articles, a literary blog, awards and residencies, and (coming soon) a big bricks-and-mortar local bookstore. Pull up a chair and see what it’s like to be part of this rigorous yet supportive writing circle.

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Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers is the author of three novels, including The Murderer’s Daughters and Accidents of Marriage, both of which were finalists for the Massachusetts Book Awards. She teaches writing at GrubStreet. Meyers’s next novel, The Widow of Wall Street, will be published in early 2017. Links: Interview with Meyers Meyers’s web site

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Nichole Bernier

Nichole Bernier is a journalist, editor, and author whose novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D spent eight weeks on the Boston Globe bestseller list and was a finalist for the New England Booksellers fiction award. A contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler magazine for fourteen years, Bernier appeared frequently on programs including CNN, CNBC, and Good Morning America to discuss travel trends and safety. She received her master's... Read More →
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Kathy Crowley

Kathy Crowley is a physician at Boston Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her short stories have appeared in Ontario Review, Fish Stories, The Literary Review, New Millenium Writings, and The Marlboro Review. She has won awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for both her fiction and nonfiction, and she was a founder and editor of the literary blog Beyond the Margins... Read More →
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Juliette Fay

Juliette Fay’s first published novel, Shelter Me, was designated as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2009 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. It was also named to the Indie Next List of the American Booksellers Association, was chosen as one of six novels for Target’s 2009 Bookmarked Club, and was a Good Housekeeping featured Book Pick. Her second novel, Deep Down True, was shortlisted for the Women’s Fiction... Read More →
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E. B. Moore

E. B. Moore is a retired sculptor, novelist, and poet whose poetry has appeared in journals including The Drum and Inkwell and been collected in New Eden: A Legacy. She is the author of An Unseemly Wife--based on family stories from her Amish roots in Lancaster, Pennsylvania--which earned her full fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Her most recent work, Stones in the Road, centers around her grandfather’s flight... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Paper Doll Portraits

When civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer was a child and was not feeling good about herself, her mom gave her a doll to inspire her to love herself and believe that she was beautiful and valued. The doll was most likely made by someone in their neighborhood using bits and scraps of fabric, ribbon, and yarn. It was made to look like Fannie Lou and wore a dress in her signature sunflower yellow. This story and others from Fannie Lou’s life are brilliantly illustrated by Ekua Holmes in the Caldecott Honor Book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Now, with Holmes’s help, it’s your turn! If someone were to make a doll or action figure that looked like you, what would it look like? Let’s find out. Make a figure or doll that looks like you using bits and scraps of paper. What colors, clothes do you like to wear? What is the shape of your nose and eyes? What is the color and style of your hair? If you like to read, add a book. If you like sports or music find some way to convey those activities. Using cut shapes and colors, create a Paper Doll portrait of YOU!

Ages 7-12.

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Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is an award-winning artist whose work in Boston earned her a 2013 Brother Thomas Fellowship from the Boston Community. She is a painter and collage artist who uses news clippings, photographs, and found ephemera to construct vibrant new images that convey a sense of community unity both individual to Holmes’s early life experiences and representational of a larger cultural narrative. Holmes serves as assistant director and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

The Way Things Work Now: David Macaulay
David Macaulay, award-winning author of beloved works such as Cathedral, City, Castle, and Mosque, has, with humor and precision, depicted everything from buildings to machines to the human body. His worldwide bestseller The Way Things Work has now been updated to include machines of our modern era like 3D printers, touchscreens, and WiFi. The Boston Globe noted in its review of the original: “The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths.” Meet David Macaulay as he discusses The Way Things Work Now with educator, computer scientist, musician, and photographer Michael Hawley. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

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Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley is the director of Special Projects and founder of MIT’s Go Expeditions program and has been on the faculty of MIT for nearly a decade, working on a wide array of creative projects with students in electrical engineering and in the Media Lab, where he held the Alex W. Dreyfoos professorship. Hawley is the co-founder of Things That Think, founder of Toys of Tomorrow, and Counter Intelligence, all of which function to explore... Read More →

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David Macaulay

David Macaulay is a visual storyteller and self-described “explainer” whose illustrated books demonstrate the origins, makeup, and workings of objects--from everyday utilitarian items to great engineering accomplishments--in a way that is accessible and entertaining for all ages. He is the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship and the author of more than twenty-five books, including Black and White, which won the Caldecott Medal... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Biography: Extraordinary Lives

This session examines the lives of two amazing individuals whose rise in their respective fields was unlikely, to say the least. Daniel Bergner’s subject, Ryan Speedo Green, went from a childhood marked by poverty and violence to international opera star. Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for its moving portrait of success in the face of huge personal and societal obstacles. The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act, by Child’s great-nephew Alex Prud’homme, relates how the publication of Julia Child’s  Mastering the Art of French Cooking propelled her to instant stardom in the US, exerting great pressure on her to accept the mantle of America’s first lady of French food. Each author will give a presentation about his subject, followed by conversation and audience Q&A. Moderated by BBF Fellow and associate producer of WBUR’s Here and Now, Erica Morrison.


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Erica Morrison

Erica Morrison is a producer for WBUR's Here & Now. Prior to joining the WBUR staff in 2014, Erica worked at NPR on a variety of shows, including weekend All Things Considered, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and Morning Edition. Morrison also spent time as a print journalist writing for the South Bend Tribune and the Washington Post. Morrison received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and graduate degree from American... Read More →

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Daniel Bergner

Daniel Bergner is a writer and journalist whose work includes What Do Women Want?; In the Land of Magic Soldiers, winner of the Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage; and God of the Rodeo, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, Mother... Read More →
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Alex Prud'homme

Alex Prud’homme is a journalist who has been a staff writer for Talk magazine, TIME, and People, among other publications. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. Prud’homme is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Forewarned, The Ripple Effect, and The Cell Game. Prud’homme helped his great-aunt, Julia Child, write the memoir My Life in France, which served as partial inspiration... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

12:00pm

Poems on the Spot
Come get a poem of your very own! Noted Boston poets Allison Adair and Howard dePass Jr. take up residence at the Civic Table outside the Boston Public Library, where they'll be writing custom poems for festivalgoers. Give them a subject or chat with them for a few minutes to discover a topic. Armed with manual typewriters and their vivid literary imaginations, they will create a poem just for you to keep for free.

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Allison Adair

Allison Adair’s recent poems appear or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2015, Boston Review, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review, Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), Shenandoah, and Southwest Review, among other journals. Winner of the Fall 2015 Orlando Prize and the 2014 Fineline Competition, Adair is on the faculty at Boston College and has taught poetry workshops at GrubStreet since 2002.
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Howard dePass Jr.

Howard dePass Jr. is a spoken word poet and part of the art collective Caretakers of Humanity. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, he came to Boston for college and graduated from Boston University in the spring of 2014. Writing spoken word poetry for roughly four years now, Howard's work touches on spirituality, racial injustice, economic/social disparities, and love.


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:15pm

Readings: New Takes on Fantasy

Just like the best imaginary worlds, the realm of fantasy literature is vast, varied, and exciting to navigate. The three authors in this session will read excerpts from their new novels, each of which offers a dramatically different approach to the genre. Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms, informed by Chinese history and folklore, is the much-anticipated follow-up to his ambitious epic fantasy debut The Grace of Kings. Katie Schickel’s The Mermaid’s Secret imagines a woman who discovers an alternate reality beneath the waves off the coast of Maine. And Keith Donohue’s The Motion of Puppets blends elements of fantasy and reality, circus folk and marionettes, into a wholly original perspective. Helping us find our way through this fantastic session is writer and BBF Fellow Boyah J. Farah, who teaches at Bunker Hill Community College.


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Boyah J. Farah

Boyah J. Farah is a writer who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia but grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts. He holds a graduate degree from University of Massachusetts Boston and he is now an educator at Bunker Hill Community College. Links: Article by Farah for Transition Magazine Article by Farah for the Guardian

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Keith Donohue

Keith Donohue is an acclaimed writer of novels and nonfiction whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Holding a PhD from the Catholic University of America with a specialization in modern Irish literature, he is the author of nationally bestselling novel The Stolen Child, inspired by the Yeats poem of the same name, as well as The Boy Who Drew Monsters, Centuries of June, and... Read More →
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Ken Liu

Ken Liu is a writer, translator of speculative fiction, lawyer, and software engineer. His debut novel The Grace of Kings won the Locus Best First Novel award and was a Nebula Finalist. His stories, collected in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, have appeared in various publications including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, and Strange Horizons, and have won Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards for... Read More →
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Katie Schickel

Katie Schickel is obsessed with the ocean and with writing, and she’s made a career out of both, serving as an editor and as a scuba instructor, a first mate and a novelist. Her debut book, Housewitch, earned her a place on Booklist’s list of Top 10 Women’s Fiction in 2015, and her most recent novel, The Mermaid’s Secret, is a fresh and captivating read about choice, forgiveness, and the call of the sea. Links: More... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Story Time with Katrina Goldsaito
Katrina Goldsaito reads from The Sound of Silence (ages 5-8).

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Katrina Goldsaito

Katrina Goldsaito is a journalist, producer, and writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, the Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and the Japan Times. Goldsaito previously worked in Tokyo as an on-camera TV journalist and producer for NHK-World, and her first children’s book, illustrated by Julia Kuo, brings the sounds and scenes of Tokyo evocatively to life. The Sound of Silence is an engaging and meditative story that draws... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Fiction: Turning Classics Inside Out
Crafting a new work of fiction based on beloved plots, characters, and themes poses a unique challenge for the author—and an undeniable pleasure for the reader. In this session, three novelists serve up refreshing takes on classic works of literature, with plenty of undeniably modern twists. In Nelly Dean, novelist and English professor Alison Case gives the narrator of Wuthering Heights a new compelling story to tell: her own. In Even in Paradise, Elizabeth Nunez infuses Shakespeare’s King Lear with all the cultural richness, beauty, and complexity of the postcolonial Caribbean. And in Roses and Rot, debut novelist and Neil Gaiman protégé Kat Howard puts a new (and frankly sinister) spin on the evil stepmother trope so common in fairy tales. Helping us bridge the classic and the contemporary is moderator Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House.

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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 identity. Links: | Lazaridis’s writing for Huffington Post | The Drum

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Alison Case

Alison Case is a professor of English at Williams College, specializing in Victorian literature and the novel. Author of the respected text Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel and coauthor of Reading the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Austen to Eliot, Case’s academic work is rooted in narrative theory and gender studies. Her debut work of fiction, Nelly Dean, is a compelling and... Read More →
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Kat Howard

Kat Howard is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror whose short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, published in anthologies, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel, a dark and compelling novel of sisterly ties that Publishers Weekly says “will resonate with readers long after the last page.” Links: More About Roses and Rot Howard’s Twitter Howard’s Tumblr
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Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez is a bestselling and award-winning author, distinguished professor of English, and co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, which she directed for eighteen years with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her novels include Boundaries, a New York Times editor’s choice and winner of the 2012 NAACP Image Award, and Anna In-Between, winner of the 2010 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Middle Grade: Strange Creatures, Fantastic Voyages
In the pages of a book, you can encounter wild landscapes, crazy creatures, and dangers galore—all from the safety of your comfiest chair. Kate Milford’s historical adventure The Left-Handed Fate depicts a nineteenth-century search for a mythical superweapon said to stop war. Elise Broach sets her latest novel, The Wolf Keepers, in magnificent Yosemite National Park. And Jennifer Weiner, in her middle-grade debut, The Littlest Bigfoot, explores an unexpected friendship between two outsiders—only one of whom is human. Our tour guide on this adventurous journey is Lauren Rizzuto of Simmons College.

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Lauren Rizzuto

Lauren Rizzuto is a writer, reviewer, and a graduate of Simmons College’s Children’s Literature M.A. 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. Links: The Horn Book Online More About Simmons College

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Elise Broach

Elise Broach is a New York Times-bestselling author of picture books and novels for children and young adults, including Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret, Desert Crossing, and Missing on Superstition Mountain. Her works have been selected as ALA Notable Books and Junior Library Guild selections, and have earned an E.B. White Read Aloud Award as well as an Edgar Award nomination. Her most recent novel, The Wolf Keepers, is a high-stakes... Read More →
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Kate Milford

Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her work includes The Bone Lands, The Kairos Mechanism, Bluecrowne, and Greenglass House, which was a nominee for the National Book Award and winner of an Edgar Award for young adult mystery. She has also written for stage and screen and writes a travel column for the metafictional website of the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture, which... Read More →
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Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author whose novels have spent over five years on the bestseller list, with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. Her novels include Good in Bed; In Her Shoes, now a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes; Goodnight Nobody; Fly Away Home; All Fall Down; and Who Do You Love. Her writing has also been published in... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Super Women
This session features a trio of some of the smartest, most outspoken, and perceptive women writing today.  And did we mention funny? Lindy West writes movingly and hilariously about fat shaming, internet trolls, and her own journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance in Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Luvvie Ajayi, popular and influential blogger, culture critic, and head of what her fans call “LuvNation,” uses a dash of humor to discuss serious topics like racism, sexism, homophobia and more in I’m Judging You. And Moira Weigel, in Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, explains that market forces have always shaped the search for love and that dating is the equivalent of an unpaid internship. Expect a wide-ranging, possibly hard-hitting, but always interesting conversation as they mix it up with the fabulous Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR’s host of Radio Boston.

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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 for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR's national midday... Read More →

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Luvvie Ajayi

A versatile writer, speaker, and self-described “professional troublemaker,” Luvvie Ajayi is a thirteen-year blogging veteran whose pop culture and entertainment blog Awesomely Luvvie draws in five hundred thousand readers a month. More recently, she’s expanded her online voice by starting Awesomely Techie, an educational resource for anyone seeking to more efficiently utilize technology in their professional and/or personal... Read More →
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Moira Weigel

Moira Weigel, who graduated with a B.A. from Harvard in 2007, is a PhD candidate in the Film and Media Studies Program at Yale University. Her first book, Labors of Love: The Invention of Dating, is a feminist history of dating and how it overlaps with other kinds of gendered labor. Publishers Weekly calls Labors of Love “a smart, refreshing take on the history of dating.” Links: New York Times piece by Weigel The Toast interview... Read More →
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Lindy West

Lindy West is a columnist at the Guardian, a contributor to This American Life, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, The Stranger, and others. She is the founder of I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Author Camp: Library as eBook Discovery Platform
According to recent data, over 80 percent of the bestselling eBooks on Amazon.com are from indie authors and presses. In this informative session, hear from indie authors LJ Cohen, Gledé Browne Kabongo, and PJ Sharon about their success with creating strong partnerships with libraries as the book world continues to become more indie. Find out how authors are using platforms like Library Journal's SELF-e and the Commonwealth eBook Collections program in Massachusetts to obtain recognition, work with libraries, and gain critical exposure to new readers. BookSurge and Bibliolabs founder Mitchell Davis will host this session that’s essential for any author considering going indie. Sponsored by Commonwealth eBook Collections.

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Mitchell Davis

Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. He was the founder in 2000 of BookSurge, the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company, which was sold to Amazon.com in 2005 and re-branded as CreateSpace. Since 2008, he has been founder and chief business officer of BiblioLabs, the creators of BiblioBoard. He is also an indie producer and publisher who has created several award-winning indie books... Read More →

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LJ Cohen

LJ Cohen is a novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist, and relentless optimist. After twenty-five years as a physical therapist, Cohen now uses her clinical skills to injure characters in science fiction and fantasy novels. Derelict, the first book in her Halcyone Space series, was chosen as a Library Journal SELF-e select title and a top book of 2016. Dreadnought and Shuttle, the third book in the series, is available now. Links: LJ... Read More →
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Gledé Browne Kabongo

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers. She is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before book clubs became popular. She holds both an... Read More →
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PJ Sharon

PJ Sharon is an award-winning author of young adult books, including Pieces of Love, Heaven Is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Holt Medallion winner Savage Cinderella. The third book in her YA dystopian trilogy, Healing Waters, completes The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Series, which RT Book Reviews calls “an action-packed read with a strong female lead.” In her “real life” job as a massage therapist, personal trainer, and... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

12:45pm

Fiction Keynote: Colson Whitehead Talks with Saeed Jones

Colson Whitehead’s latest work of fiction, The Underground Railroad, imagines the metaphorical underground railroad as a real railroad shuttling slaves to freedom. With this imaginative leap into fantasy, Whitehead also lays bare the cruel reality of slavery. Praise for this highly original novel has been universal, with Kirkus Reviews declaring that Whitehead executes his “inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank” and Publishers Weekly calling it “literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric.” Join Fiction Keynote and Oprah pick Colson Whitehead as he talks with poet and executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed, Saeed Jones.


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Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones’s debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was also a finalist for 2015 awards from the Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle. Jones’s poetry and essays have appeared in publications like the New York Times, NPR... Read More →

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Colson Whitehead

Fiction Keynote
Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. He is the author of seven novels, most notably The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry Days, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Sag Harbor, finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and Zone One, a New York Times... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

12:45pm

The Art of Perspective
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After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.  
The success of any work of fiction or narrative nonfiction depends almost entirely on its narrative strategy. Not only which character(s) tell(s) the story, from what vantage point, in the past or present, but why those choices are optimal and how they contribute to the overall effect the author is aiming for. In this session, we will begin by defining narrative strategy, then discuss its relationship to an author's choice of perspective and his/her manipulation of narrative distance. Presented by Christopher Castellani, artistic director of GrubStreet and author of The Art of Perspective.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author, educator, and recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country’s leading nonprofit creative writing centers, 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 Award; The Saint of... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Appearance by Wild Thing
Let the wild rumpus start when you meeet Wild Thing!

Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Samuel Batista
Samuel Batista is an alto saxophone player born in Panama City. In 2009, Batista won a full scholarship through the Panama Jazz Festival to participate in Berklee’s summer program and later moved to Boston to study at Berklee on a prestigious Presidential Scholarship. At Berklee, Batista has gained admission to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and is currently bandleader of the Third Land Quintet.

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Samuel Batista

Samuel Batista is an alto saxophone player born in Panama City. In 2009, Batista won a full scholarship through the Panama Jazz Festival to participate in Berklee’s summer program and later moved to Boston to study at Berklee on a prestigious Presidential Scholarship. At Berklee, Batista has gained admission to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and is currently bandleader of the Third Land Quintet. | | Links: | | Batista's website 

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Saturday October 15, 2016 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 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Graphic Nonfiction: Telling the Story with Words and Pictures
Drawings have been used to great effect by artists like Francisco Goya to describe history and, especially, the horrors of war. Much later, powerful comics like Art Spiegelman’s Maus transformed our view of what is possible for graphic nonfiction. Hillary Chute, the foremost scholar of the form, delves deeply into the history of graphic narrative as well as modern nonfiction comics and comics journalism in her revelatory Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form. Sarah Glidden’s graphic Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, describes how she and her journalist friends traveled through the Middle East exploring the effects of the Iraq War. Library Journal’s starred review calls this work “quiet but challenging, plain yet beautiful” and praises Glidden’s “skillful, sensitive reportage.” The two authors will give presentations on their work before they field questions from the audience. Moderated by Alexander Danner, author of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present.

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Alexander Danner

Alexander Danner is a writer, teacher, and co-creator / producer of Greater Boston, a serial audio drama. His fiction has appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Event: Poetry & Prose, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine, as well as in the anthologies Machine of Death and The Girl at the End of the World. He currently teaches Writing the Graphic Novel and other courses at Emerson College, and is co-author of the textbooks Comics: A Global History... Read More →

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Hillary Chute

Hillary Chute is a leading expert on comics whose scholarship aims to provide understanding of comics’ merged visual/graphic language as a literary form. A professor of English and art, media, and design at Northeastern, Chute was a visiting professor in English at Harvard for the Spring 2016 term. She is the author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary... Read More →
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Sarah Glidden

Sarah Glidden is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work centers on nonfiction reporting and acts as visual witness, appearing in various newspapers and magazines. After studying painting at Boston University in 2006, she self-published the first few chapters of what would become her first published graphic novel, How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, a retelling of her time on a Birthright trip to Israel, which earned Glidden a 2008... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

Life Is Good + Not Impossible: The Power of Optimism

Two extraordinary motivational speakers and sensational doers in the world speak about the power of optimism and the refusal to accept the words “that’s impossible.” Mick Ebeling, author of Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, describes how he has put together teams of hackers, artists, and inventors and empowered them to create low-cost solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. John Jacobs, who, with his brother Bert, went from selling t-shirts out of a car trunk to running a thriving, socially conscious business, tells his story in Life Is Good: The Book. What they have in common is an undying optimism and belief in the essential goodness of people. Each will give a presentation about their work, followed by Q&A. Prepare to be inspired. Hosted by BBF Fellow Erika Lantz, who leads the Kind World series on WBUR.



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Erika Lantz

Erika Lantz is an associate producer in WBUR’s iLab. She leads and produces the Kind World project, a WBUR radio show and podcast which tells intimate stories about people whose lives have been profoundly affected by another. Share your story of kindness--email: kindworld@wbur.org. Links: More About WBUR’s “Kind World” “Kind World” on Twitter Lantz’s Twitter

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Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling is a career producer and filmmaker as well as founder and CEO of the Not Impossible Foundation, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company whose mission is “changing the world through technology and story.” His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing... Read More →
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John Jacobs

John Jacobs is co-founder and Chief Creative Optimist of Life is Good, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. John and his brother Bert launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand. Early on, John and Bert were inspired by stories of people, mainly... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:00pm

The American Dream—A Dream Turned German: Immigration, Integration, and Citizenship in Germany

Prizewinning author and essayist Jagoda Marinić, whose latest book is Made in Germany. What's German in Germany?, will speak about the progress of integration in Germany, an issue becoming increasingly urgent. Marinić will be in conversation with WBUR’s Shannon Dooling, touching on debates relevant not only to Germany but also to the rest of Europe and beyond.

 


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Shannon Dooling

Shannon Dooling is a reporter representing WBUR on a team of public radio station journalists in the New England News Collaborative. The NENC focuses on issues of regional interest including energy, transportation, immigration and the environment. She joined WBUR full time in 2013 as the field producer for WBUR's Morning Edition. Links: Dooling’s recent stories

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Jagoda Marinić

Jagoda Marinić is a prize-winning speaker, writer, and novelist whose work focuses on themes and questions of identity, migration, citizenship, and integration. Holding a degree from Heidelberg University in political science and German and American literature, she is the founding director of the Interkulturelles Zentrum Heidelberg, which has since become a model structure for welcoming and integrating new citizens to Germany and Europe. Her... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Goethe-Institut Boston 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

1:00pm

The Art of Experience

This session features three takes on the artistic expression of experience. Sarah Lewis, who guest curated an amazing special issue of Aperture magazine entitled Vision & Justice, explores black experience as depicted by black photographers in arresting images that capture both injustice and humanity. Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense, edited by Caroline Jones and Rebecca Uchill, offers a reading experience like no other: a heat-sensitive cover by Olafur Eliasson, endpapers that contain human pheromones, colorful margins and edges. The physical book produces experience while functioning as a container of ideas around cultural and sensory realms of experience. Artist Clifford Ross works to reconcile realism (he invented a super-high-resolution camera) and abstraction in his representations of nature. His books, Seen & Imagined and Hurricane Waves, offer augmented reality and virtual reality experiences through a free downloadable app. A highly visual session covering a spectacular range of experience will be hosted by art historian Robert Wiesenberger.

 


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Robert Wiesenberger

Robert Wiesenberger is a doctoral candidate in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University focused on twentieth-century art, architecture, and design. He is also a critic at the Yale School of Art, where he teaches an MFA seminar on the history and theory of graphic design. Robert was the 2014–16 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, where he worked on the museums' Bauhaus... Read More →

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Caroline A. Jones

Caroline A. Jones is a scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker, and professor of art history in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT, with a focus on modern and contemporary art and its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. Trained at Harvard and the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, she holds a PhD from Stanford University and has previously worked in museum administration and... Read More →
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Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a curator, teacher, critic, art historian, and author of The Rise, a celebration of creativity and success through failure. She has held curatorial positions at Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art New York, served as a curatorial advisor for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and on President Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee, and been selected for Oprah’s “Power List.” A critic at the Yale... Read More →
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Clifford Ross

Clifford Ross is a multimedia artist who began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale University in 1974. In the mid-1990s, Ross became interested in photography, beginning his well-known Hurricane series and pioneering breakthrough techniques. In 2002, Ross invented and patented the revolutionary R1 camera, which allowed him to produce some of the highest resolution, large-scale landscape photographs in the world. His... Read More →
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Rebecca Uchill

Rebecca Uchill is an activist and writer who has worked as an independent curator and curatorial consultant for institutions including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Mass MoCA. Cofounder and codirector of Experience Economies, her academic work focuses on the institutional conditions for art production, display, and dissemination and has received fellowship support from the Social Science Research... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

1:15pm

Memoir: The Personal Is Political
Juliette Kayyem shares many of the concerns of the voting bloc known as soccer moms, but as a former Homeland Security advisor, CNN analyst, and gubernatorial candidate, she possesses a different level of knowledge regarding terrorism, pandemics, and other catastrophes. In her memoir, Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home, she brings new meaning to the term domestic security. Nina Willner was an army intelligence officer who led sensitive operations in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. But her connection was also personal: her mother had escaped East Germany, leaving behind parents and eight siblings. In Forty Autumns, Willner describes the shifting allegiances of the period and the difficult, in some cases tragic, lives of her relatives in East Germany. Join these two extraordinary women in an exploration of the personal and political. Moderated by Cathryn Clüver, executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Sponsored by Maisie Houghton.

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Cathryn Clüver

Cathryn Clüver is the founding executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the twenty-first century. She is also the executive director of the India and South Asia Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her areas of expertise include EU-US relations--including trade and security policy--and digital public... Read More →

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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem has spent over fifteen years managing government responses to major crises at the federal and state levels, most recently serving as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She has also served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Homeland Security Advisor, as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, as a trial attorney and counselor in... Read More →
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Nina Willner

Nina Willner is a former US Army intelligence officer who was stationed in Berlin during the Cold War. Since, she has gone on to promote human rights and education internationally, serving in the US State Department, various NGOs, and charitable organizations. Her debut memoir, Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall, pieces together the moving tale of Willner’s family, divided by the... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
BPL Abbey 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Story Time with Jabari Asim
Jabari Asim reads from Preaching to the Chickens (ages 5-8).

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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a multidisciplinary journalist, editor, and critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and fiction for both children and adults. His nonfiction works, including What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life, explore imperative questions of race, politics, and justice in modern American culture. Asim’s writing has also been published in... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

"X" Marks the Adventure
Where will you go today? With stories, the possibilities are endless! Building from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, “Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere,” Michelle LeBlanc, the Map Center’s director of education, and Dory Klein, education and outreach coordinator, will take participants on a journey to the many settings of William Shakespeare’s plays. Using The Tempest as a launching point, children will explore the culture and events that informed Shakespeare’s choice of setting and think about the roles that place, identity, and travel play in stories. Then the group will work together to create a story of an epic journey and then work individually to creatively map the group’s story. After the workshop, head to the Map Center to continue exploring Shakespeare’s world!

Ages 7-12.

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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the fifteenth century to the present. In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the collection, and makes its resources available to the public through its website, exhibitions, publications, lectures, and other programs. The Center... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Memoir: On the Margins
Four fascinating memoirs describe life lived on the edge, whether by choice or by necessity. Howard Axelrod’s deeply moving and much-lauded memoir, The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, tells how a freak accident that left him blind in one eye prompted him to retreat to the woods to regain a sense of identity. Jerald Walker, whose The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult, earned a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, tells an astounding story of isolation and redemption. In Dreaming of Lions, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas recounts a life spent studying the people and, especially, the animals of Africa in what Shelf Awareness describes as an “undeniably powerful narrative.” William Giraldi’s The Hero’s Body explores, in “lucid, vibrant prose” (PW), his quest to meet his family’s stringent standards of masculinity, despite his own fondness for classical literature. Moderated by Kelly Horan, editor of WBUR’s Cognoscenti.

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Kelly Horan

Kelly Horan is an award-winning public radio producer and journalist, as well as the editor of WBUR’s ideas and opinion page Cognoscenti. She has also produced special series for WBUR, including an oral history project produced for the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing; “November 1963,” commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination; and “Who Killed Gail... Read More →

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Howard Axelrod

Howard Axelrod’s essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Arizona, and currently teaches writing at Loyola University in Chicago. His debut book, The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, evocatively chronicles his experience of retreating into nature... Read More →
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William Giraldi

William Giraldi is a critically acclaimed author and editor whose criticism has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Oxford American, Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, The Daily Beast, Virginia Quarterly, and the New Criterion. He is the author of two novels, Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and currently serves as the fiction editor for AGNI at Boston University and as a contributing editor at the New Republic. His... Read More →
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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is an anthropologist, naturalist, and author of The Hidden Life of Dogs, a groundbreaking work of animal psychology that spent ten months as a New York Times bestseller. Throughout her long and varied career, Thomas has been the recipient of grants that allowed her opportunities for anthropological research, including a Guggenheim fellowship to study in Uganda and funds from the New Yorker to travel to Nigeria. Her... Read More →
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Jerald Walker

Jerald Walker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a professor of creative writing at Emerson college. His writing has been published in journals including the Harvard Review, Missouri Review, the Oxford American, Iowa Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has been anthologized in four collections of the Best American Essays. He is the author of two books: Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

Watchdog: The Role of the Journalist in a Democracy
The press has often been called the "fourth estate" for its vital role keeping the other branches of government in check. Without a free press there's no public sphere, no informed citizen, and thus no democracy. But in times when newspapers are shuttering and budgets for investigative teams are shrinking, is this function still needed, and, if it is, how do we preserve it? We'll be talking with Dick Lehr, author of Black Mass, and Mitchell Zuckoff, author of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, about the role of the press as watchdog in stories ranging from the downfall of Whitey Bulger, the infamous Dartmouth murders, and the original Ponzi scheme. Moderated by Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland and director of Boston's Literary District. Sponsored by the Boston Literary District.

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Alysia Abbott

Alysia Abbott is the director of Boston’s first-in-the-nation Literary District. A graduate of the New School’s Writing Program, she instructs memoir and essay at GrubStreet. She is also the author of the memoir Fairyland, named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times, awarded the Prix de Madame Figaro, and now being made into a movie produced by Sofia Coppola.

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Dick Lehr

Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. From 1985 to 2003, he was a reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting and won numerous regional and national journalism awards. He served as the Globe's legal affairs reporter, magazine and feature writer, and as a longtime member of the newspaper's investigative reporting unit, the Spotlight Team. Before that, Lehr, who is also an... Read More →
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Mitchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University and the author of seven nonfiction books. His most recent book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. His two previous books, Frozen in Time and Lost in Shangri-La, also were New York Times bestsellers. Lost In Shangri-La received the Winship/PEN Award for Nonfiction. As an investigative... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:30pm

True Story
This session features four very different but utterly fascinating true stories, told one at a time. In Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, Nathalia Holt explains how a team of young women mathematicians, using pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design in the early days of our nation’s space program. Daniel Korschun’s We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business, tells the incredible, local story about how workers and customers joined forces in support of an ousted CEO. Eric Jay Dolin sheds light on the poignant story of lighthouses and their role in American history in Brilliant Beacons. And John Kaag, in his highly praised American Philosophy: A Love Story, explains how he stumbled on a rare book collection and found both meaning and love. Discuss these amazing works with host Lisa Pierpont, editor in chief of Boston Common Magazine.

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Lisa Pierpont

Previously a three-time Emmy Award-winning producer for Chronicle on WCVB-TV, Lisa Pierpont is the founder and editor in chief of Boldfacers.com, as well as the current editor in chief of Boston Common magazine. An expert on style, events, and people, Pierpont is also a contributing writer for various publications, including DailyCandy.com, Boston Common magazine, Improper Bostonian, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Globe, where she writes the Ask... Read More →

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Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin is a bestselling author of American history and a graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in Environmental Policy. His acclaimed nonfiction work includes Fur, Fortune, and Empire, winner of the James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association; Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was named a Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe best book of the year; and When America First... Read More →
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Nathalia Holt

Nathalia Holt is a science writer and New York Times bestselling author of Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV. She was trained as a fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Slate, Time.com, and Popular Science. Her most recent work, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to Moon to Mars, is a... Read More →
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John Kaag

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, specializing in aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and American philosophy. He is the author of Idealism, Pragmatism, and Feminism and Thinking Through the Imagination: Aesthetics in Human Cognition, and his writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In... Read More →
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Daniel Korschun

Daniel Korschun is a scholar, award-winning writer, and an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University, where he is also a fellow of the Institute for Strategic Leadership and the Center for Corporate Governance at the Lebow College of Business. His current research focuses on corporate social responsibility the reaction of employees, customers, and stakeholders to companies taking stances on politically divisive issues. His latest... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

1:45pm

Your Book as a Business
Whether you self-publish or go a more traditional route, the minute you decide to publish a book, you’re running a business. A-List authors like Stephen King can count on some hand-holding from their big publishers, but independent publishers are a different story. If you decide to “go indie,” either with a company or on your own, you’ll need to get up to speed on best business practices and the existing business models available to you. That’s where this session comes in. Independent publishers Charlotte Pierce, Deidre C. Randall, and Eddie Vincent will outline various routes to indie publishing success and answer your questions. Sponsored by Independent Publishers of New England and moderated by Karen Einstein, IPNE’s vice president.

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Karen Einstein

Karen Einstein is a contributing editor of the Peeragogy Project and the vice president of Independent Publishers of New England. She has been working in the field of education for over three decades. Einstein worked for the British Council and lived in Barcelona from 1994 to 2013. She is particularly interested in creating a classroom/working environment in which the skills of active listening, critical thinking, and supportive constructive... Read More →

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Charlotte Pierce

An indie publisher and freelancer since 1989 when she started Pierce Press after moving to the Boston area from New York City, Independent Publishers of New England president Charlotte Pierce is an advocate for the collaborative economy, both inside and outside of IPNE. She is the former managing editor for Home Office Computing Magazine in New York and started in publishing as a regional editor for Outdoor Empire Publishing in... Read More →
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Deidre C. Randall

Deidre C. Randall is the Publisher CEO of Peter E. Randall, Publisher. She received a M.Ed. in business administration from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1999, following thirteen years of direct service to literacy programs; grant preparation, teaching, college instruction, and project coordination. She worked closely with her father, Peter Randall, from 1998 to 2008, learning publishing from the ground up. Randall has consulted with and... Read More →
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Eddie Vincent

IPNE member Eddie Vincent, co-owner of Encircle Publications LLC, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for over thirty years. His company specializes in complete book production and is home to the Aurorean poetry journal. Vincent works with publishers and independent authors, helping them with all their design needs and all facets of bringing a book to life. Links: Encircle Publications

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Saturday October 15, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:45pm

YA: Give Me the Creeps
October’s dark and chilly evenings are the perfect time to put on a big sweater, grab a pumpkin latte, and open up a book that’s guaranteed to scare the living daylights out of you. How do writers create settings, plots, and characters that terrify? We’ll find out from Kim Savage, whose After the Woods makes the Middlesex Fells seem positively sinister; Dawn Kurtagich, whose And the Trees Crept In might also make you think twice before your next woodsy hike; and Margot Harrison, whose psychological thriller The Killer in Me will keep you guessing (and jumping at strange noises) late into the night. Don’t be too scared, though! The Boston Public Library’s Laura Koenig is here to guide the discussion—and hopefully keep us safe, too.

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Laura Koenig

Laura Koenig is the team leader for children’s services at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library. In addition to reading children’s and young adult fiction (and blogs about the same), Koenig enjoys baking, contra dancing, traveling, watching Cardinals baseball, and playing the banjo very poorly. | Links: Simmons College interview with Koenig Interview with Koenig about BPL renovations

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Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison reviews films and books for Seven Days, a Vermont-based independent newspaper, and is also a movie critic for the film site Rotten Tomatoes. With a self-described “lifelong habit” of creeping herself out, Harrison focuses particularly on thriller and horror genres. With The Killer in Me--described in a starred review from Publishers Weekly as an “expertly shap[ed]” “standout mystery”--Harrison... Read More →
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Dawn Kurtagich

Dawn Kurtagich is an author of psychologically sinister young adult novels, including The Dead House. She writes for YA Scream Queens, a blog for all things horror and thriller in young adult, and vlogs about books and writing on her YouTube channel, WritaholicDK. Her newest novel, And the Trees Crept In, is a darkly compelling gothic that Kirkus says “will easily sweep fans up into its creeping sense of... Read More →
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Kim Savage

Kim Savage is the author of After the Woods, an acclaimed thriller for young adults that Booklist calls a “remarkable, engrossing debut about what it means to be a survivor and the many ways to take control of your own destiny.” Links: More About After the Woods Savage’s Twitter Interview on WBUR Interview with MTV on After the Woods’s heroine


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Appearance by Pete the Cat
Wear your favorite shoes to meet the coolest cat around!

Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

2:00pm

Stephanie James

Stephanie James blends the soul and sass of Amy Winehouse with the storytelling of Sara Bareilles. Based in Boston, singer-songwriter Stephanie James aims to bring people together with her music. She is known for her powerful live performances as she combines her skilled vocals with great emotion and vulnerability through her storytelling.


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Stephanie James

Stephanie James blends the soul and sass of Amy Winehouse with the storytelling of Sara Bareilles. Based in Boston, singer-songwriter Stephanie James aims to bring people together with her music. She is known for her powerful live performances as she combines her skilled vocals with great emotion and vulnerability through her storytelling. | | Links: | | Website 

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Saturday October 15, 2016 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 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

France, Story of a Childhood

Zahia Rahmani will talk about France, Story of a Childhood, recently released in English. An autobiographical novel, the book tells the story of an Algerian family’s exile to France, drawing inspiration from Rahmani’s childhood as the daughter of an accused Harki. Rahmani will be interviewed by Maria Koundoura, a scholar of transnationalism and chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, & Publishing at Emerson College.


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Maria Koundoura

Maria Koundoura is chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. She is the author of The Greek Idea: The Formation of National and Transnational Identities and Transnational Culture, Transnational Identity: The Politics and Ethics of Global Culture Exchange. She has written articles and book chapters on nationalism, multiculturalism, postcolonial cultures, and globalization. Her next book project, for which... Read More →

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Zahia Rahmani

The Algerian-born academic and author Zahia Rahmani is one of France’s leading art historians and writers of fiction, memoirs, and cultural criticism. She is the author of Moze, "Musulman" and France, Récit d'une enfance (France, Story of a Childhood). The French Ministry of Culture named her Chevalier of Arts and Letters and as a member of the College of the Diversity. As an art historian, Rahmani is director of the Research Program... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Fiction: War and Its Aftermath
War forces us to confront humanity’s strengths and profound shortcomings. Four authors powerfully and poignantly address the upheaval of war and its rattling aftershocks in their new novels. Deni Ellis Béchard jumps right into the modern-day war zone in Kabul in Into the Sun, exploring the lives of aid workers, journalists, and mercenaries who flock there. The artists and intellectuals in Kathleen Spivack’s Unspeakable Things have fled from war, finding refuge in New York City during World War II. In Jonathan Rabb’s Among the Living, a Holocaust survivor encounters both culture shock and unexpected kinship in the American South. And in Bottomland, Michelle Hoover takes readers to the time of the Great War, examining how xenophobic attitudes stoked by a far-away war affect the lives of German-Americans in Iowa. Leading the conversation is Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor for Consequence magazine, which focuses on the culture and consequences of war. Sponsored by Other Press.

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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell is an author, writing coach, and consultant who currently serves as the senior associate editor for the literary journal Consequence Magazine. Her reviews and short stories have appeared in publications including TSR: The Southampton Review, Post Road, Baltimore Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Previously a lecturer on English literature at University of Massachusetts-Boston and Suffolk University, she now teaches creative... Read More →

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Deni Ellis Béchard

Deni Ellis Béchard is a photojournalist, writer, and activist whose work focuses on human rights, politics, and the environment. His work includes the novel Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize; the memoir Cures for Hunger, an IndieNext pick; and Of Bonobos and Men, winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Investigative Journalism and overall Grand Prize. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon... Read More →
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Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is a novelist, writer, teacher, and founder and current head of the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet. She was a 2014 NEA Fellow, Writer-In-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, winner of the PEN / New England Discovery Award, and current Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Her writing has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, StoryQuarterly, and... Read More →
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Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb is a novelist and essayist. He is the author of five novels, including The Berlin Trilogy (Rosa, Shadow and Light, and The Second Son), a critically acclaimed series of historical thrillers. Rosa won the 2006 Director’s Special Prize at Spain’s Semana Negra festival and was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books of 2005. Rabb has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the 92nd Street Y, and is... Read More →
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Kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack is an award-winning poet, short story writer, and memoirist whose work has been published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Paris Review, and Agni. In 1959, she came to Boston on a scholarship with Robert Lowell, an experience which resulted in With Robert Lowell and His Circle, an intimate and empathetic look into the lives, thoughts, and writing process of some of the most influential poets of the... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Reading Like a Writer: Experimentation
Have you ever wondered how an author blended real-life concerns with a fictional world, why she chose to push the envelope of structure or sense, or how he selected details to bring a character to life? In these three 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, adn 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 is experimental in substance or style: Christopher Boucher (Golden Delicious), Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations), and Liz Moore (The Unseen World) will discuss experimentation and the writer’s craft with Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House. Sponsored by The Drum.


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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 identity. Links: | Lazaridis’s writing for Huffington Post | The Drum

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Christopher Boucher

Christopher Boucher is a writer, teacher, editor, and author of the acclaimed debut novel How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive. After receiving his MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, he went on to teach writing and literature at Boston College, and he currently serves as the managing editor of Post Road magazine. His most recent novel, Golden Delicious, is a story of family, love, and memory that Publishers Weekly calls an “odd... Read More →
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Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman is a writer of fiction and nonfiction whose work has appeared in publications including the Paris Review, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Guernica, Zoetrope: All-Story, and n+1. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded grants and scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of... Read More →
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Liz Moore

Liz Moore is the author of The Words of Every Song and the acclaimed novel Heft, which was longlisted for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in publications including Tin House, the New York Times, and Narrative Magazine, and she has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, University of Pennsylvania’s ArtsEdge residency, and the... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Memoir Keynote: Susan Faludi Talks with Christopher Lydon
Susan Faludi had been, for twenty-five years, out of touch with her photographer father, a Hungarian Jew who had returned to Hungary, when she received a message from him notifying her of his sex reassignment surgery. The news set in motion both a reconciliation and an investigation. Faludi set out to understand her complicated father, whose gender identity issues were matched by his ambivalence about his identity as a Jew and his baffling identification with the very same Hungarians who had wanted him dead. Faludi’s masterful memoir, In the Darkroom, is a riveting examination not only of her father, but also of the wider cultural, historical, and identity issues at play in the formation of his character. The always inquiring Christopher Lydon, host of WBUR’s Open Source, will moderate the session. Sponsored by WBUR.

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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. | | Links: | Open Source website

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Susan Faludi

Memoir Keynote
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of several books, including Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man and Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Faludi's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Nation, among other publications. Faludi won the Pulitzer Prize for... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Writing with Risk
Limited Capacity filling up
You need this (free) ticket from Eventbrite to reserve your spot: Poetry workshop with Kirun Kapur 10/15 2:15-3:15pm at BPL Exchange

After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.  

Poet Kirun Kapur was named an Asian-American poet to watch in 2015 by NBC News. You can join her at this poetry workshop for writers of all levels who want to create poems that leap, move, buzz, and take risks. Kapur will focus on generating fresh ideas, experimenting with structure, and shaking up your revisions. Whether you have a drawer full of abandoned drafts or a collection of lines in your head, this workshop will help your words and ideas find a new form and come alive on the page.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, Prairie Schooner, Christian Science Monitor, and many other journals. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and at Brandeis University. During the 2016-17 academic year, she is a visiting writer at Amherst... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Story Time with Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker reads from Return (ages 4-8).


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Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker is the award-winning illustrator and author of the wordless children’s picture book trilogy the Journey. With evocative and fantastical watercolor illustrations, the Journey series follows its adventuring protagonist through Caldecott Honor winning Journey (2013), acclaimed follow-up Quest (2014), and the anticipated finale Return (2016). In a starred review, Kirkus describes the series as a “wordless testament to the... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Memoir: Character Studies
We think you will agree: these two memoirists are characters. Brimming with personality and hugely successful, they are not without self-awareness that is revealed, with a healthy dose of humor, in their respective memoirs. Faith Salie, journalist, actor, comedian, and Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me panelist, reveals all in Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much. Jennifer Weiner, the unapologetic bestselling writer of “chick lit” and an outspoken critic of sexism and snobbery in the publishing world, tells her story in Hungry Heart. Come engage with these two incredible and charismatic women as they open up to moderator Lisa Mullins, anchor of All Things Considered on WBUR.

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Lisa Mullins

Lisa Mullins began her career in journalism at WBUR in 1985, as host of Morning Edition. She went on to serve for more than fifteen years as anchor of PRI’s The World, during which time she interviewed such notable figures as Kofi Annan, Colin Powell, and Hamid Karzai. In 2012, Mullins earned the prestigious Gracie Award honoring women who have made major contributions to the fields of programming and journalism. She has also been a... Read More →

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Faith Salie

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning television and radio host, comedian, journalist, actor, and Rhodes scholar. She is a regular contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, and host of PBS’s Science Goes to the Movies. A commentator on everything from politics to pop culture, she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, HLN, Bravo, and VH1. In Approval Junkie... Read More →
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Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author whose novels have spent over five years on the bestseller list, with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. Her novels include Good in Bed; In Her Shoes, now a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes; Goodnight Nobody; Fly Away Home; All Fall Down; and Who Do You Love. Her writing has also been published in... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:30pm

Nonfiction Keynote: James Gleick Talks with Tom Ashbrook
The notion of time has fascinated scientists, philosophers, novelists and poets for, well, for a long time, if not forever. The acclaimed and influential science writer James Gleick’s new book, Time Travel: A History, is an engaging cultural, literary, and scientific exploration of time travel that seamlessly weaves discussions of the works of, among others, H. G. Wells, Ursula Le Guin, Vladimir Nabokov, Daphne du Maurier, William Gibson, and Woody Allen with the theories of Newton, Einstein, Gödel, Hawking, and Schrödinger. Come hear James Gleick discuss the history and, perhaps, the future of time travel with the timeless Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point on WBUR. Sponsored by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation/Plymouth Rock Foundation.

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Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook has been the host of WBUR’s On Point since 2001. Prior to radio work, Ashbrook spent ten years in Asia, starting his journalistic career at the South China Morning Post and later becoming the foreign editor for the Boston Globe. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1996, and during that time, he left the Globe to begin an Internet startup which eventually became homeportfolio.com. His journey in entrepreneurship is... Read More →

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James Gleick

Nonfiction Keynote
James Gleick is a bestselling science writer who served for ten years as a reporter and editor for the New York Times. His first book, Chaos, was a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist and inspired Nature’s Chaos, a collaboration with photographer Eliot Porter, and Chaos: The Software, created with developers at Autodesk. He is also the author of Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, a “tour de force&rdquo... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

2:45pm

One City One Story
What’s in your handbag? If you’re Grandmother Zofia, it could be literally the entire world. That’s the premise of Kelly Link’s charming, evocative, and just slightly sinister story “The Faery Handbag,” which is this year’s One City One Story selection. Come discuss the story’s themes of family history, secrets, everyday magic, and belief in the unknown with other Boston-area readers, and with Link herself. Inside Arts editor and facilitator extraordinaire Alicia Anstead will lead the discussion; tweet her your questions and thoughts ahead of time at @1city1story! Haven’t picked up your copy of the story yet? Swing by the BBF info tent to pick one up—they’re the perfect size to slip into a pocket or, yes, a handbag. Sponsored by BookBub.

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Alicia Anstead

Editor in chief of the national magazine Inside Arts, Alicia Anstead is a reporter, editor, consultant, and educator. She teaches journalism at Harvard Extension School, supervises the Harvard Arts Beat blog, and was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Anstead co-founded Shake Stonington, an arts and media project at the Stonington Opera House in Maine, and she acts as their Shakespeare in... Read More →

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Kelly Link

Kelly Link is an author and editor of short stories for adults and teens. She has won a Hugo award, three Nebula awards, and a World Fantasy Award, among other honors, for her fiction. She and her husband Gavin Grant co-founded and now manage Small Beer Press, and together they also edit and publish a zine, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. She has taught or visited at many colleges and workshops including Bard College, Smith College, and New... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

2:45pm

Injustice, Incarceration, Invisibility
From shootings of unarmed black men to mass incarceration, this session will take on some urgent and divisive issues, including deep outrage over whether black lives really matter equally in our society. Join some of today’s smartest and most authentic voices for this important discussion. In Democracy in Black, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. argues that the black community remains in crisis as a result of the 2008 recession and that radical change is required to bridge the “value gap.” In From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Elizabeth Hinton traces the roots of the problem of mass incarceration to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Shaka Senghor has firsthand experience: having served nineteen years in prison for murder, he is now an activist and author of Writing My Wrongs. Finally, Mychal Denzel Smith, in Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, tells what it was like to be a young black man coming of age during the Obama presidency. A no-holds-barred discussion moderated by Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH radio. Sponsored by G. Barrie Landry.

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Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is a broadcast journalist, media commentator, and radio and TV host at WGBH, where her latest show is Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. Crossley previously hosted and moderated on Boston Public Radio and hosted and executive produced The Callie Crossley Show, on which she interviewed prominent individuals involved in various professions, from politics to filmmaking. Crossley contributes to CNN, NPR, Fox 25 TV’s The... Read More →

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Elizabeth Hinton

Elizabeth Hinton is an assistant professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the twentieth-century United States. Her new book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, is, according to the New York Times, “more than an argument; it... Read More →
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Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Glaude has appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, Fox TV’s Hannity & Colmes Show, CNN, and C-SPAN. Along with Dr. Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, he also appeared in the documentary Stand, produced and directed by Tavis Smiley. His first book, Exodus! Religion, Race... Read More →
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Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the Director of Strategy for #Cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce the prison population by 50 percent by 2025. Senghor’s 2014 TED Talk has been viewed more than 1.2 million times; TED featured his talk in its “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of the year. Senghor is the recipient of numerous awards... Read More →
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Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith is a contributing writer at The Nation, a blogger at TheNation.com, and an Alfred Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is also a freelance writer and social commentator who has appeared frequently on radio and television programs. His work on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity has appeared in various publications, including the Guardian, Ebony, Salon... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Neo Gcabo

Neo Gcabo is an R&B and neo-soul vocalist from Pretoria, South Africa. She is a recent graduate of Berklee with a music business degree. Fusing traditional South African styles, Gcabo is heavily influenced by the likes of Miriam Makeba. Gcabo has toured internationally with the University of Pretoria Youth Choir and since had the opportunity to perform with Grammy Award–winning artists Esperanza Spalding and John Oates.

 


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Neo Gcabo

Neo Gcabo is an R&B and neo-soul vocalist from Pretoria, South Africa. She is a recent graduate of Berklee with a music business degree. Fusing traditional South African styles, Gcabo is heavily influenced by the likes of Miriam Makeba. Gcabo has toured internationally with the University of Pretoria Youth Choir and since had the opportunity to perform with Grammy Award–winning artists Esperanza Spalding and John Oates.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 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 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
BPL Civic Table 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

In My Brother's Shadow

Uwe Timm is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany, having published more than twenty books. Six are available in English translation, among them The Invention of Curried Sausage (Die Entdeckung der Currywurst) and In My Brother’s Shadow (Am Beispiel meines Bruders), in which he approached his relationship with his father and brother. Uwe Timm was the youngest son in his family. His brother, sixteen years his senior, was a soldier in the Waffen SS and died in Ukraine in 1943. This autobiographical novel is the point of departure for a conversation with Sabine von Mering, a professor of German and the director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University, about Germany’s past in the present.


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Sabine von Mering

Sabine von Mering teaches German language and culture at Brandeis University, where she is also a member of the core faculty in women, gender, and sexuality studies. As director of the Center for German and European Studies, she organizes lectures, conferences, and cultural events in the interest of promoting transatlantic dialogue. Her most recent scholarship focused on right-wing extremism, and she is currently researching climate change as a... Read More →

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Uwe Timm

Uwe Timm is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany, having published more than twenty books. Six are available in English translation, among them The Invention of Curried Sausage (Die Entdeckung der Currywurst) and the autobiographical novel In My Brother’s Shadow (Am Beispiels meines Bruders). Links: More About In My Brother’s Shadow Timm on Goodreads

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Goethe-Institut Boston 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

My Bad Bad Dog
After many tellings, master storyteller Norah Dooley wrote a picture book about her dog's well-earned reputation. Using the process and story of her recently published picture book My Bad Bad Dog, participants will create stories using prompts to remind us of our best friend's canine adventures. This one-hour storytelling workshop is for dog-lovers of all ages. They may be storytellers who write or writers who want to be able to tell better stories. Fun oral storytelling games and exercises will be followed by a share out of stories. Storytelling is a great pre-writing strategy but not a writing workshop, and written work will be minimal.

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Norah Dooley

Norah Dooley is a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed children’s author, and creator of StoriesLive®, a high school storytelling curriculum and story slam program. She is the co-founder of massmouth.org and the Greater Boston Story Slam series. Dooley also wrote the picture book Everybody Cooks Rice and its companion volumes, as well as her new book, My Bad Bad Dog, illustrated by Alex Gerasev. Links: StoriesLive


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BPL Rey Room 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Sports in Context
Buzzer-beaters, world record times, and walk-off home runs are all thrilling, but what do amateur sports really mean to their players, fans, and communities? Two distinguished writers consider this question. Sports Illustrated writer S. L. Price ponders whether high school football can be the salvation of a once-thriving Pennsylvania steel town after the demise of its primary industry, in Playing Through the Whistle. And in Black Gods of the Asphalt, Onaje X. O. Woodbine (who was once a shooting guard for Yale) explores how street basketball serves as a ritual act of healing and connection for black youths devastated by loss and dehumanized by systemic racism. Guiding us through this exploration of sports and their cultural context is Bill Littlefield, host of Only a Game on WBUR.

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Bill Littlefield

Bill Littlefield is the host of NPR’s Only A Game and a columnist for the Boston Globe. He served as the guest editor for The Best American Sports Writing 1998, has published several other books, and most recently wrote the introduction for and edited The Top of His Game, a collection of W.C. Heinz's best sportswriting. Links: Only a Game

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S.L. Price

S. L. Price has been a senior writer at Sports Illustrated since 1994. He is the author of several books, including Heart of the Game; Pitching Around Fidel, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Far Afield, which Esquire named one of the top five reads of 2007. His most recent book is Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town, which Kirkus calls “an artful mix of history, economics... Read More →
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Onaje X.O. Woodbine

Onaje Woodbine currently teaches philosophy and religious studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. A former streetball player on the hard courts of Roxbury, Woodbine went on to become an all-star Ivy League player at Yale with NBA aspirations--until he quit, answering the call to put himself on a path to “help the most people.” His first book, Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball, returns... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Start Making Sense: Solutions to Intractable Problems
Why can’t we just cut through the partisan bull***t and apply a little common sense to our country’s problems?  The authors in this session bring a mountain of wisdom and credentials to bear in their efforts to do just that. James M. Stone, in Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America’s Greatest Economic Challenges, proposes solutions to seemingly intractable issues like the affordability of healthcare and widening income inequality. Philip K. Howard, in The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government, faults a governing system that has replaced leadership with overly specific rules and regulations that are followed mindlessly by bureaucrats.  And MIT’s Zeynep Ton takes on the practice of companies investing too little in their employees in pursuit of profits in The Good Jobs Strategy. Join these thoughtful and articulate authors for a discussion of what makes sense with Shelley Metzenbaum, former Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration.

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Shelley H. Metzenbaum

Shelley H. Metzenbaum is a catalyst for better government and an independent consultant. As Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the US Office of Management and Budget during the first term of the Obama administration, she developed and led the federal government’s efforts to use and communicate goals, data, analytics, and measured trials to improve government outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and accountability... Read More →

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Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard is the founder and chair of Common Good, a nonpartisan drive to enact legal reform and simplify government. His books includes the bestselling The Death of Common Sense, The Collapse of the Common Good, and Life Without Lawyers, and he writes for various publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NewsHour, Today, Good Morning... Read More →
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James M. Stone

James M. Stone is a business leader, esteemed economic thinker, and Founder and CEO of Plymouth Rock. Holding a PhD in economics from Harvard, he has previously served as the Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner and as chairman and commissioner for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commision. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to Americ’as Greatest Economic Challenges, which... Read More →
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Zeynep Ton

Zeynep Ton is an adjunct associate professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a former assistant professor at Harvard Business School. She is currently focused on examining how organizations can design sustainable competitive strategy and manage operations in a way that satisfies everyone--customers, employees, and investors--simultaneously. This research is the drive behind her first book, The Good Jobs... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BPL Abbey 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:00pm

Make Your Own Monster Puppet

Join our friends from Puppet Showplace Theater for a hands-on monster-making extravaganza! Kids engage their imaginations as they create their very own monster mouth puppet using construction paper, scissors, and glue. Scary or silly—it's all up to you!

Ages 5-10; drop in with an adult.

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Character Connection Tent Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:15pm

The Mind of an Author
Mystery and thriller authors weave character, setting, plot, language, and theme into stories that grab us and keep us reading. Authors Linda Barnes, William Landay, Gayle Lynds, William Martin, and Paula Munier will work with the audience to gather inspiration and create stories, giving you an inside view of how your favorite author may have built that novel that you couldn't put down. Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, New England and hosted by MWA president Ray Daniel.

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Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short stories “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Daniel’s short fiction has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies Thin Ice, Blood Moon, Stone Cold... Read More →

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Linda Barnes

Born in Detroit, where she learned a lot about crime, Linda Barnes began her writing career as a playwright.  After publishing four well-received mysteries featuring Boston area actor/detective Michael Spraggue, she tried her hand at a short story, “Lucky Penny,” which was nominated for all four major mystery awards, including the Edgar and Shamus. Her next twelve novels starred Carlotta Carlyle, the 6’1” red-headed... Read More →
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William Landay

William Landay’s latest novel is the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. His previous novels are Mission Flats, which won the Dagger Award as best debut crime novel of 2003, and The Strangler, which was a Los Angeles Times favorite crime novel and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of 2007. Links: More About Defending Jacob Landay’s Website Landay’s Twitter
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Gayle Lynds

New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels, including The Book of Spies, The Last Spymaster, and Masquerade, which Publishers Weekly lists among the top ten spy novels of all time. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, the first of which was a CBS miniseries.  A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, she is also co-founder (with David Morrell... Read More →
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William Martin

William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of ten historical novels, including the popular Peter Fallon series. His book reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe and the Washington Independent Book Review. He was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum and the 2005 recipient of the New England Book Award. He has also taught fiction writing at the Harvard Extension School... Read More →
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Paula Munier

Paula Munier, a senior literary agent and content strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, has created and marketed exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She is the author of several books, including the Amazon bestseller Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene, Writing with Quiet Hands, and Fixing Freddie. Her new book, Beginnings, is forthcoming later this... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

3:15pm

Reading Like a Writer: Character
Have you ever wondered how an author blended real-life concerns with a fictional world, why she chose to push the envelope of structure or sense, or how he selected details to bring a character to life? In these three 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, adn 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 latest novels are propelled by memorable, thoroughly realized characters: Anne Korkeakivi (Shining Sea), Margot Livesey (Mercury), and Justin Tussing (Vexation Lullaby). Leading these inquiries into craft and character development is author Dawn Tripp, whose latest novel is Georgia. Sponsored by The Drum.


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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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Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novel An Unexpected Guest and a Hawthorndon Fellow whose short fiction has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, the Yale Review, Consequence Magazine, and the Bellevue Literary Review. She has also written nonfiction work for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Times (UK), TIME, and Travel and Leisure. Publishers Weekly describes her newest novel, Shining Sea, as “fluidly... Read More →
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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is a New York Times bestselling author of short stories and eight novels, including The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The current fiction editor at Ploughshares, Livesey has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Story, American Short Fiction, North American Review, and TriQuarterly. She has also taught writing at various institutions, including Boston University, Brandeis University... Read More →
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Justin Tussing

Justin Tussing is a novelist, graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and current director of the University of Southern Maine’s low residency MFA program in Portland. In addition to his Ken Kesy Award-winning novel The Best People in the World, Tussing has published short fiction in the New Yorker, Triquarterly, and A Public Space. His most recent novel, Vexation Lullaby, is an offbeat and emotionally intelligent work that Publishers... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:15pm

Art History Keynote: Sebastian Smee Talks with Sarah Lewis
When Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2011, the Pulitzer committee cited him for “his vivid and exuberant writing about art.” Join Smee in an enthusiastic presentation of The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art. Learn about the friendly and sometimes fraught relationships between Picasso and Matisse, Manet and Degas, Bacon and Freud, and Pollock and de Kooning in a revelatory talk with illustrative slides. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly notes: “This ambitious and impressive work is an utterly absorbing read about four important relationships in modern art.” Moderated by Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of art and architecture and African and African American studies at Harvard. Sponsored by Cynthia and John Reed.

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Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a curator, teacher, critic, art historian, and author of The Rise, a celebration of creativity and success through failure. She has held curatorial positions at Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art New York, served as a curatorial advisor for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and on President Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee, and been selected for Oprah’s “Power List.” A critic at the Yale... Read More →

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Sebastian Smee

Art History Keynote
Sebastian Smee is an art critic for the Boston Globe whose work earned him a 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Working as an art writer and critic based in London, Smee developed a close friendship with the artist Lucian Freud and went on to write essays accompanying four books of Freud’s work. He is also the author of Side By Side, a story of Matisse and Picasso’s creative rivalry, and the popular Boston Globe column Frame by... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:15pm

YA: It's Complicated
Especially when you’re a teenager, relationships—whether with parents, siblings, or friends—are rarely straightforward. But the best stories reside amid the messiness, as these four accomplished novelists demonstrate with their latest works. In bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz’s Something in Between, an ambitious young woman discovers her parents have been keeping a monumental secret that may destroy her future. In Rebecca Podos’s debut, The Mystery of Hollow Places, a teenage girl also suspects her mystery-writer father is keeping something from her. Jordan Sonnenblick finds both humor and pathos amid the chaos of family life in Falling Over Sideways. Finally, Jennifer Niven pens an unconventional love story in Holding Up the Universe, about two young people whose life stories are anything but simple. Helping us make sense of these sticky situations is Ellie Moreton, who blogs about YA literature at By Ellie M.

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Ellie Moreton

Ellie Moreton is a YA novelist and blogger. She went to college for media arts and animation, where she got her bachelors degree before she found a job in accounting (yeah, weird) and also started to seriously read and write. She still doodles and draws on random scraps of papers, sticky notes, and whatever else is around. She currently resides right outside of Boston. Links: By Ellie M.

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Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is a bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages, including the #1 bestseller The Isle of the Lost, inspired by beloved Disney movies. Cruz is the author of the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), the Beach Lane series, the Ashleys Project series, the Heart of Dread series, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. She is also the editor... Read More →
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Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling author of eight books, including All the Bright Places, which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, won the Goodreads 2015 Choice Award for best young fiction, and was named best book of the year by publications including TIME magazine, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. She is also the founder and publisher of Germ, a web-based magazine for teens. Holding Up the Universe is her second... Read More →
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Rebecca Podos

Rebecca Podos is a graduate of Emerson College’s MFA Writing, Literature, and Publishing program and represents young adult and middle grade fiction at Boston-based Rees Literary Agency. Her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, Bellow American Review, and Smokelong Quarterly, and she’s won prizes for her work including the Helman Award for Short Fiction and the Hillerman-McGarrity scholarship for creative writing... Read More →
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Jordan Sonnenblick

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of critically acclaimed novels for teens and young readers, including Notes from the Midnight Driver, Zen and the Art of Faking It, and the Doger and Me series. His first novel, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie, was published in 2005 as part of the “Go the Distance” literacy initiative, a collaboration between Muhammad Ali and Scholastic. His most recent work, Falling Over Sideways, earned starred... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

Story Time with Jef Czekaj
Jef Czekaj reads from Dog Rules (ages 4-8).

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Jef Czekaj

Jef Czekaj writes books, draws cartoons, and also DJs. His picture books include Hip and Hop, Don't Stop!, Oink-a-Doodle-Moo, and Austin, Lost in America. Hilarity and adventure flood his comic Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters, which ran in Nickelodeon Magazine for over ten years. Most recently, Czekaj released Dog Rules, a companion to his earlier book Cat Secrets. Links: Profile of Czekaj

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
BPL Children's Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:30pm

Page and Stage: Spoken Word

A presentation of Boston area young slam and performance poets showcases their page and stage skills. And, in honor of the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death, veteran performance poets Regie Gibson and Marlon Carey will present an epic poetic smackdown between two of Shakespeare's most sinister characters. The audience will judge by applause!


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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... 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. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy and has been a... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
BPL New & Novel 700 Boylston Street, Boston

3:45pm

BBF Unbound: Eating Our Words

Food is an important cultural touchstone in literature, representing more than just full bellies; food brings characters together and highlights the differences between communities. It can be used metaphorically or as a way to define place and time. Exploring the use of food as a tool in their own writing and the writing of others are Jennifer S. Brown, whose Modern Girls shows how food can represent the assimilation of Jewish immigrants in the early twentieth century; Louise Miller, who uses food in her novel The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living as a way for her protagonist to connect to a rural community; and Dawn Lerman, who links food to physical and emotional well-being in her memoir My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes. Setting the table will be our host, Lori Galvin, an agent at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and former editor at America’s Test Kitchen.


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Lori Galvin

Lori Galvin is a literary agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Prior to joining ZSH, she was executive editor at the multimedia publisher America's Test Kitchen, where she helped lead a team that produced dozens of landmark cookbooks. Galvin was also an editor at Houghton Mifflin, cooked in restaurant kitchens, and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Maine. She earned her B.A. in English literature from Northeastern University and completed the... Read More →

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Jennifer S. Brown

Jennifer S. Brown writes, runs, and mothers in Arlington. She has a BFA in filmmaking from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. She has published fiction and creative nonfiction in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The Southeast Review, and Bellevue Literary Review, among other places. Kirkus called her debut novel, Modern Girls, a “cleareyed view of the sharp, difficult choices facing... Read More →
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Dawn Lerman

Dawn Lerman is a nutritionist, bestselling author of My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family with Recipes, and a contributor to the New York Times Well blog. She has been featured on NBC, NPR, and HuffPost TV as well as several other news outlets. Her company Magnificent Mommies provides nutrition education to student, teachers and corporations. Lerman counsels clients on weight... Read More →
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Louise Miller

Louise Miller has been a baker for over twenty years and currently lives and works in Boston as the pastry chef of The Union Club. She received a 2012 scholarship to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. Library Journal calls her debut novel, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, a “rich and warm romance.” Links: More About The City Baker’s Guide to Country... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

3:45pm

Fiction: Coming of Age
The transition between girlhood and womanhood can be rocky at best—but maybe that’s why it can make for such raw and compelling fiction. In this session, two novelists explore the power, potential, and vulnerabilities of adolescent girls and discuss how coming-of-age novels can dramatize the divide between innocence and experience. Robin Wasserman offers a searing exploration of the potency and bruality of teenage girls' friendships in Girls on Fire. And Caroline Leavitt poignantly and suspensefully delves into issues of first love, disillusionment, and the intense and complicated bond between sisters in Cruel Beautiful World. Guiding their conversation is BBF Fellow Sari Edelstein of UMass-Boston, an expert in coming-of-age narratives.

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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 literature. Links: Edelstein’s profile at UMass Boston

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Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist, screenwriter, editor, critic, and teacher. She is the author of eleven novels, including Pictures of You, listed as a best book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, and Kirkus Reviews; This is Tomorrow, an Indie Next Pick; and Into Thin Air, which earned Leavitt a 1990 New York Foundation of the Arts Award for fiction. Her essays and short... Read More →
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. A recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten novels for young adults and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

3:45pm

Sound Advice: Storytelling for Audio
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You need this (free) ticket from Eventbrite to reserve your spot: Sound Advice workshop 10/15 3:45-4:45pm at BPL Exchange

After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.  

Writing for audio isn’t a new animal, but it’s one that’s evolved over the years since the inception of radio. In this session, join Aaron Mahnke—the creator and writer of the hit podcast Lore—as he walks us through how Lore was born, how he writes for it on a daily basis, and how it functions as a thriving business. Whether you are simply a fan of the show, are curious about how the podcast business model works, or want to see a socially awkward writer discuss his intimate creative process, this session should mildly satisfy you. Maybe.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

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Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, a critically acclaimed podcast about true scary stories from history that won the Best of iTunes award in 2015. The podcast is now in development for television with Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment, the producer behind The Walking Dead. Mahnke is also author of the supernatural thrillers Indian Summer, Consumed, and Grave Suspicion and is a self-proclaimed nerd for anything... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

4:00pm

luhx.

Formed in Boston, luhx. pairs their undeniable groove with melancholy lyrics to create haunting tunes. The voices of luhx. are strikingly unique guaranteeing each song leaves you hungry for the next. Their passion for soul comes from listening to artists like Jack Garratt, Allen Stone, and Oh Wonder.


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luhx.

Formed in Boston, luhx. pairs their undeniable groove with melancholy lyrics to create haunting tunes. The voices of luhx. are strikingly unique guaranteeing each song leaves you hungry for the next. Their passion for soul comes from listening to artists like Jack Garratt, Allen Stone, and Oh Wonder. Links: | | luhx. website 

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Saturday October 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Berklee Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA

4:00pm

Having Presence and Being Present
Forget your online identity: it’s time to think about how you move through the real world with two superstar authors whose bestselling books make a case for enhancing our experience of ourselves and each other. In Presence, Amy Cuddy expands on her spectacularly popular TED talk about how we can stop being anxious about the impression we make on others and build our self-confidence from the inside out through our posture and mindset. MIT’s Sherry Turkle, in Reclaiming Conversation, argues that our devices have taken us away from others and from ourselves, destroying both our ability to have intimate relationships and our capacity for introspection. Join this essential conversation with two compelling thinkers. Moderated by Robin Young, cohost of WBUR’s Here and Now. Sponsored by the Cue Ball Group.

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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 news magazine 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... Read More →

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Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor specializing in power and influence, leadership, and decision-making. Her 2012 TED Talk “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” is the second-most viewed in TED history and was dubbed one of the “Twenty Online Talks that Could Change Your Life” by the Guardian. Named a “Game Changer” by Time magazine and a 2014 Young Global Leader by the... Read More →
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Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle is a media scholar, psychologist, and social researcher who has studied digital culture for over thirty years. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and is also the founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Her work, including The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit; Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet; and Alone... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

4:00pm

Politics: Is This Any Way to Elect a President?
This election season has been quite a ride. From unease, if not outright horror, over the candidates to structural issues with our democracy, four scholars and commentators will try to make sense out of our political process in general and this election in particular. Join Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency; Joy-Ann Reid, author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide; Alexander Keyssar, author of the forthcoming Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?; and McKay Coppins, author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House, for an intelligent and spirited conversation. Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter at WBUR, will moderate, with ample opportunity for audience involvement. Sponsored by WBUR.

Moderators
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Anthony Brooks

Anthony Brooks is WBUR’s senior political reporter. Previously, Brooks was co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s local news and talk show. For many years, Brooks worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice and urban affairs. During the 2000 presidential election, he was one of NPR’s lead political reporters, covering Vice President... Read More →

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McKay Coppins

McKay Coppins is a senior writer for the BuzzFeed News politics team. In 2012, he was named one of Forbes’s “30 Under 30” media pundits and one of Politico’s ten “breakout reporters.” Prior to joining BuzzFeed to cover the 2012 presidential campaign, Coppins wrote for Newsweek. He is the author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the... Read More →
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Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick is a scholar of modern American intellectual and political history and a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. Her work includes Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation, a New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a documentary film by Bill Coutrurie; History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past 1880-1980; and Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform. She... Read More →
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Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, specializing in the relationship between historical dynamics and contemporary policy decisions. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts and The Way of the Ship: America’s Maritime History Reenvisioned... Read More →
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Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid is an author, journalist, and political commentator. Now a national correspondent for MSNBC, she was previously host of The Reid Report, a daily program analyzing the day’s news, as well as managing editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to representing perspectives and stories that impact African-American audiences. Reid was a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow, and her... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

4:00pm

Boston: Le nez en l’air
Blogger Mathilde Piton will discuss her guidebook to Boston from a French perspective: Boston: Le nez en l’air. This sesison will be moderated by Christianne Beasley, Library Director at the French Cultural Center.

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Mathilde Piton

Mathilde Piton moved from Paris to Boston in January 2012 and started to tell stories on a blog, Le blog de Mathilde, about her new life in the USA. A few months later, Michelin contacted her to work on their travel guide Boston et la Nouvelle-Angleterre. As her blog grew bigger, Piton started her own company guiding tours of Boston in French, for French tourists wanting to know more about Boston from a French perspective. She has compiled her... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

4:15pm

The Book Revue

At the Book Revue, authors strut their hour upon the stage. And they sing, and they show slides, and they play guitar, and they tell stories. Richard Russo, Ann Hood, Ben Mezrich and Faith Salie, joined by Berklee singer songwriter Jennah Bell, will entertain, challenge, and move you with a series of presentations inspired by their recent work. Ann Hood will talk about writing in the context of her latest novel, The Book That Matters Most. Ben Mezrich tells a compelling (and true!) tale about the hunt for UFO’s in his nonfiction The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway. Richard Russo displays talents you didn’t know he had when he presents his latest, Everybody’s Fool. And Faith Salie tells a story from her memoir, Approval Junkie. Join us at this unconventional author event, part Moth, part TED, part cabaret and 100% bookish fun.Hosted by Henriette Lazaridis, founding editor of The Drum and author of The Clover House. Sponsored by the Boston Globe.


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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 identity. Links: | Lazaridis’s writing for Huffington Post | The Drum

Presenters
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Jennah Bell

Jennah Bell is an Oakland-grown singer/songwriter who pulls from a colorful palette of folk, soul, R&B, hip‐hop, and bluegrass. In 2005, while still in high school, Bell auditioned for a summer program hosted by the Grammy Foundation, where Jimmy Jam, Paul Williams, and David Foster got a taste of her unorthodox writing style. This experience was the catalyst for her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In 2011, Bell... Read More →
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Ann Hood

Ann Hood is a bestselling author of nonfiction, novels, and short stories including The Knitting Circle, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, The Red Thread, and An Italian Wife. She served as editor for the collection Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, and her writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Paris Review, O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Bon Appetit, Tin House, Atlantic Monthly, and Real Simple. She is the... Read More →
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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich has authored seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction, with a combined printing of over four million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over two million copies in fifteen languages. Bringing Down the House was adapted into the hit film 21. Mezrich also... Read More →
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Richard Russo

Richard Russo is a novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, and recipient of a 1990 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the author of seven novels and two collections of short stories, including Empire Falls, which earned the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and which he adapted into an HBO miniseries, and Nobody’s Fool, also adapted as a film starring Paul Newman. His most recent work, Everybody’s Fool, is a sequel to Nobody’s... Read More →
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Faith Salie

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning television and radio host, comedian, journalist, actor, and Rhodes scholar. She is a regular contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, and host of PBS’s Science Goes to the Movies. A commentator on everything from politics to pop culture, she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, HLN, Bravo, and VH1. In Approval Junkie... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Old South 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 poem or several. Join fellow poetry fans at Copley Square Hotel’s cozy and convivial XHALE Lounge to hear new work by four terrific poets: Liam Day, whose first collection, Afforded Permanence, was nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award; Jeffrey Harrison, whose most recent book is the Dorset Prize–winning Into Daylight; Jennifer Markell, whose debut collection Samsara was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award; and Rose Styron, whose fourth volume of poetry, Fierce Day, is her first in more than a decade. This laid-back evening of poetry is sponsored by Mass Poetry and hosted by Sara Siegel, Mass Poetry’s program director.

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Sara Siegel

Sara Siegel is a lifelong writer and crafter based in Somerville. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and working at women's health organizations in New York City, she moved to Burlington, Vermont, to earn a master’s degree in public administration at UVM. While there she worked at Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, a grantmaking organization working with prevention programs throughout the state. Siegel moved to... Read More →

Presenters
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Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, coach, school administrator, public health professional, political campaign manager, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared in Slow Trains, Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His essays and op-eds have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Annalemma, and The Good Men Project, where he has served as sports editor. His first poetry collection, Afforded Permanence, was... Read More →
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Jeffrey Harrison

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection; Feeding the Fire, winner of the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008; and, in 2014, Into Daylight, winner of the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in 2015. His honors include fellowships from the... Read More →
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Jennifer Markell

Jennifer Markell’s first poetry collection, Samsara, was named a “Must Read Book of Poetry” by the Massachusetts Book Awards and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Markell won the Barbara Bradley award in 2016 for her poem “Blue Johnnies” from the New England Poetry Club. Her poem “Facing the Enemy” was a finalist for the 2016 Rita Dove Prize in Poetry sponsored by the Salem College... Read More →
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Rose Styron

Rose Styron is a poet, journalist, and human rights activist whose poetry has been published in four volumes: Summer to Summer, Thieves’ Afternoon, By Vineyard Light, and, most recently, Fierce Day. At the forefront of the field of international human rights, she has served on the board of NGOs including Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation. Her articles on foreign policy have appeared in... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
XHALE 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

6:00pm

Lore
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You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up:  LORE Special Event 10/15 6pm-7pm at Storyville

Lore is an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.

Come join author Aaron Mahnke live and in-person as he presents three hand-picked stories guaranteed to entertain, educate, and thrill. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Tickets are $20 and attendees must be 21+. Tickets guarantee admission to the venue, but not seating--some tickets are standing room only. Arrive early for the best seat selection! 


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Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, a critically acclaimed podcast about true scary stories from history that won the Best of iTunes award in 2015. The podcast is now in development for television with Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment, the producer behind The Walking Dead. Mahnke is also author of the supernatural thrillers Indian Summer, Consumed, and Grave Suspicion and is a self-proclaimed nerd for anything... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Storyville 90 Exeter Street, Boston, MA