October is a busy month with harvest festivals and other events planned for before the cold weather sets in. Here's another event that is happening this month, October 23-24--the Boston Book Festival. The annual festival takes place in the Boston Public Library area with speakers appearing at the library, Trinity Church, vendor exhibits at Copley Square, and activities at other venues.
For a listing of the events, click here.
Here are a short list of some of the presenters. I've also added one or two of each presenter's books in case you like to read the work before attending the festival.
M. T. Anderson, author of Whales on Stilts [J MYS AND] and Feed [YA AND, also ebook]
Margaret Atwood, who wrote the modern classic The Handmaid's Tale [F ATW, also ebook]
The award winning young adult writer, Libba Bray: Going Bovine [YA BRA, also ebook] and A Great and Terrible Beauty [YA BRA, also ebook].
Bill Clegg, a novelist whose Did You Ever Have A Family [F CLE, also ebook], has been recently released to great acclaim.
Edwidge Danticat, born in Haiti, and the author of many novels incorporating the culture and history of the island. Her Breath, Eyes, Memory [F DAN] was an Oprah Book Club selection.
Neil Gaiman, who has written books for all audiences--from children to adults. Two of his works are The Graveyard Book, a Newbery Award winner [J GAI, J AB/CD GAI, also ebook], and The Ocean at the End of the Lane [F GAI, AB/CD GAI, also ebook].
Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End [362.175 GAW, AB/CD 362.175 GAW, also ebook].
Patricia Reilly Giff, the writer of hundreds of books for children, including the ever popular "Kids of the Polk Street School" series [J GIF].
Lauren Holmes, whose book Barbara the Slut and Other People [F HOL, also ebook] has to have the most arresting title of this past summer's crop of books.
Emily St. John Mandel is the author of Station Eleven [F MAN], one of the most thought-provoking books I've read in the past year.
There are dozens more writers and media people who will be presenting at the festival, and, in case you're fearing the cost of attending will be astronomical, fear not, all daytime events are free. You read that right, FREE! Of course, donations and sponsorships are welcomed.