After an impressive turnout last year the Boston Book Festival is back with a day jam packed with events and an impressive list of authors and presenters. Following the great success of the first year of having a major Book Festival in Boston organizers expect twice the number of attendees at this free event than last year. Last year’s attendance was estimated at 12000 while this year’s is forecast to be around 24000.
It is taking place in Copley Square in Boston. Though some events will be taking place in the Boston Public Library’s Main Branch on Boylston Street events are happening in other close venues as well. I highly recommend printing out the Schedule at the Official Boston Book Festival website which includes a map so that you can plan to go to the right place. It is even color coded by category( fiction, non-fiction…) to help you pinpoint which events you might be interested in. I have found with events that have so many things going on, planning in advance will help you not miss that special thing you sadly didn’t know about.
Though the event has many events tailored to older audiences it also has plenty for kids and teens. The highlight there may be Jeff Kinney who has become wildly popular nowadays because of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books but there plenty of other authors and activities that would keep the children busy and entertained. An event like this could also show reluctant readers how fun the world of reading really is.
The schedule of events range from 10am to 9pm so you can definitely make a full day of it. There is one paid event at the end of the day, The Book Revue that is only $10 if you have any energy left. There is also going to be music from some performers many from the Berklee School of Music.
Deborah Z. Porter was interviewed yesterday on Fox 25. She is the powerhouse behind this great event that is destined to be an annual tradition for many Bostonians. Here is the interview, please note the Boston Book Festival is this Saturday October 16th, 2010 (the reporter makes a small mistake with the date in the interview):