The Boston Book Festival is this weekend. It's a free city-wide event that includes all sorts of workshops and special events, including (but definitely not limited to) the following:
Discover the Magic of Children's Book Making
Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, Somerville-based independent children’s publisher Candlewick Press has become an industry leader in producing high-quality books for young readers. President and Publisher Karen Lotz (Meadowbrook parent!) and Creative Director and Associate Publisher Chris Paul will be in conversation with some of their acclaimed authors and illustrators.
Join the Search for Waldo!
It’s Waldo’s thirtieth birthday, and he just keeps getting better at hiding! This time he’s hiding at the Boston Public Library, and we need your help to find him. Pick up an entry form from one of our volunteers in Guastavino Hall, find the three Waldos hidden throughout the Boston Public Library, and return your completed form for a chance to win an amazing prize from Candlewick Press!
YA: Truth and Consequences
Growing up is all about making choices and dealing with the fallout, but for the protagonists in the latest novels by these three YA rockstars, the stakes are incredibly high. In A Line in the Dark, the latest novel by Morris Award and Lambda Literary Award finalist Malinda Lo, a young woman finds herself enmeshed in tangled loyalties and knotty secrets...and then the murders begin. In Printz Award and National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart’s cinematic thriller Genuine Fraud, a young woman decides to reclaim the roles available to her, no matter the personal toll her choices take. And Andre Norton and Morris Award finalist Kristin Cashore’s inventive, genre-defying standalone Jane, Unlimited is all about choices, taking its inspiration from classic Choose Your Own Adventure novels.
The Complete Works of James Joyce in 44 Minutes
The work of James Joyce, one of the most celebrated (but also most inaccessible) authors in English, comes to life with the Here Comes Everybody Players performance of excerpts from "Finnegans Wake" and "Ulysses," complete with audience participation and music.
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!
Major authors attending and speaking at the Boston Book Festival include Tom Perrotta, Jacqueline Woodson, Claire Messud, Maureen Dowd, Dennis Lehane, and M.T. Anderson.
Here's the complete schedule for the weekend. There's definitely something for everyone!