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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!

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Saturday, October 15
 

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Author Christopher Castellani will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three literary agent judges: Sorche Fairbank, Katherine Flynn, and Amaryah Orenstein.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.

Moderators
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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... Read More →

Presenters
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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... 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... Read More →
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Amaryah Orenstein

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

Sponsors

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

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

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.

Presenters
avatar for Allison Adair

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

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

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