Boston Book Festival 2023
Saturday, October 14
Celebrating 15 years
Stay tuned for details about headliners and the full program!
Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, the Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.
Now Announcing Our 2022 Headliners
They’re creatives and change-makers, New York Times bestsellers award winners, storytellers and social commentators… Get to know our headliners for BBF 2022.
Patrick Radden Keefe
Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories
The Book of Goose
A Scatter of Light
Tui T. Sutherland
The Flames of Hope (Wings of Fire #15)
B. B. Alston
Amari and the Great Game
View the Full 2022 Headliners & Presenters List
We’re welcoming 200 authors, moderators, and more as we return to Copley Square on Oct. 28 and 29! Get to know them at our 2022 Festival page.
BBF 2022 Full Presenters List
Now live at our BBF 2022 Festival page: our full presenter list of 200 authors and moderators who will be joining us, across all genres: nonfiction, literary fiction, mystery, romance, comics, sci-fi/fantasy, poetry, YA, middle grade, chapter books, picture books, and more. Will your favorite author be there? Which new author will you discover?
Our #BBFBookHunt returns in a few weeks! Each year we hide books by our Festival presenters around Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods, with clues on our social media pages. Will you be able to find them? More details on the date and hiding spots will be coming soon!
BBF Prologue Oct. 22 – 27
Every great work need a prologue to set the stage, so join us for the BBF Prologue, a week of literary events around Boston in the week leading up to the Boston Book Festival on Oct. 28 and 29. You’ll get to hunt out books around town, win big in literary trivia, hear some great authors and storytelling, and more in neighborhoods around Boston.
Announcing our 2022 Shelf Help Winners
In 2017, we launched our Shelf Help partnership program, where two Boston-area school libraries to receive brand-new, high-quality, and culturally relevant books to fill their shelves and a memorable school visit by a celebrated children’s or YA author or illustrator. This year, we’re pleased to announce our 2022 recipients: UP Academy Holland and Malden High School. Learn more and donate to fill the libraries at the link.
Our annual Festival is free to attend—but we rely on donors at every level to ensure that it is. Donations keep our literary programing in the city of Boston going strong, like our annual Festival, our Shelf Help School Partnership program, Lit Crawl Boston, and other valuable initiatives. Visit our Donate page to learn more, and to start supporting the Boston Book Festival—and literacy and literary endeavors in your community—today.
Applications Now Open for Exhibitors
We’re returning to Copley Square on Saturday, October 29, 2022 — which means that the lively street fest returns with us. Will you be there? Applications are now open for 2022 exhibitors.
BBF 2021 Virtual Sessions
Catch up on our 2021 virtual sessions before the return to Copley Square this October. Over two dozens sessions for kids, fiction and non-fiction fans, middle grade and YA readers, and more are available on our Crowdcast channel.