It’s that time of year again: apples, pumpkin spice lattes, and the Boston Book Festival, which brings hundreds of presenters and vendors to places in and around Copley Square. If you’re unfamiliar with the Boston Book Festival, it’s a day-long celebration of reading and writing; according to their website, "The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.” It may sound cliché, but there is something for everyone, from slam poets to war memoir readers to budding fiction writers to kids looking to meet their favorite book character. There are panels, readings, workshops, keynotes, a bookfair, book signings, kids events, food trucks (you get the point!), and the whole event is free and open to the public. The BBF has been partnering with the French Cultural Center in past years to expand their literary offerings into another language.
In recent years, the BBF has added on a Friday evening component consisting of a few featured authors; this year’s Friday night even is entitled “The Book Revue: An Author Variety Show,” and will feature Krysten Hill, Marianne Leone, Leland Melvin, Eileen Myles, Chris Van Dusen, and hosted by Meredith Goldstein
Last year, the BBF expanded back another day to Thursday evening, hosting the Boston Lit Crawl up and down Newbury Street. Part pub crawl, part literature geek heaven, the Boston Lit Crawl will be taking place again this year, featuring readings, literary trivia and games, and improv featuring Edgar Allan Poe. New this year is an Emerson partnership featuring music and songwriting.
You can find out more information at the Boston Book Festival website. The Boston Lit Crawl begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 26; The Book Revue begins at 7:30pm on Friday, October 27; the Boston Book Festival begins at 10:00am on Saturday, October 28.