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#BBFBookHunt: Our City-Wide Book Scavenger Hunt is Going Regional!

The annual scavenger hunt will extend from Boston to the Berkshires. The Boston Book Festival will hold its annual book scavenger hunt on Thursday, October 1, and Friday, October 2, with some new twists. Just like the 2020 festival, the citywide scavenger hunt will extend beyond its Boston borders. Volunteers from across the Boston area […]

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BBF 2020: Full Lineup Now Live

In this most unusual festival year, we’ve been announcing our lineup in a different way, rolling out our presenter lineup over the last several weeks. Overall, the lineup for BBF 2020 consists of more than 140 authors and moderators who will participate in 55 live and prerecorded events. Just like our attendees, they’ll be tuning […]

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The Tenth Anniversary of One City One Story: how a decade has passed in a flash

Photograph by Nancy Connery and Judith Stone.   “It all started around ten years ago—with the appearance of flash mobs.” I’m sitting at a park in Brookline video conferencing with Judith Stone and Nancy Connery, wondering how the sudden appearance of a large group of people dancing in our current COVID-19 climate would look, and […]

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BBF 2020: Youth Programming

The Boston Book Festival has always featured talented creators of books for all ages, and this year is no exception! We’re bringing together authors and artists for a variety of creative and enriching sessions for young people—you’ll be able to take advantage of the interaction of a live session, or watch lively content on your […]

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BBF 2020: Fiction and Memoir

This week’s lineup announcement is all about writers who craft great stories—from hair-raising horror and suspense to tales of magic, from elaborate revenge plots to true stories that trace the patterns of a life. Get to know our fiction and memoir presenters, and make plans to join their fascinating conversations—on screen or through your headphones—this […]

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With Shelf Help Award, a first-year librarian aims to get English High “jazzed” about reading

America’s first public high school, Boston’s English High School, has a storied history and today it’s responding to the very diverse needs of its 21st-century student body.  In the hallways, languages from Spanish to Haitian Creole can be heard alongside many others with students coming from diverse Boston neighborhoods. For first-year librarian Dave Barry, the […]

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BBF 2020: Politics and Poetry

Quite some time ago, it sank in that the 2020 Boston Book Festival would take place just a couple of weeks before a crucially important presidential election. “What a wild time that will be,” we said, back in 2019 or 2018. Little did we know just how wild things would get. Even though this year’s […]

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BBF 2020: Announcing Our Headliners

This year, we’re rolling out our lineup gradually through the rest of the summer, along with blog posts, features, and more information about the dozens of creative authors and artists who will be joining us online this October. This week, we’re spotlighting the luminaries who will be joining us for solo/headlining sessions at the BBF: […]

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At Home Boston: Healthcare Workers Collection

Boston Book Festival has launched a community writing project to capture this moment in history. We asked residents to send us stories of their experiences during the pandemic, from the acts of kindness by neighbors to the challenges in our biggest hospitals. Many people told us about their experiences as healthcare workers on the front […]

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Shelf Help: Why Wondermore Believes School Author Visits Can be Game-changers

Earlier this week, the Boston Book Festival announced that the Rafael Hernández K-8 Dual Language School in Roxbury and the English High School in Jamaica Plain are the recipients of our highly competitive Shelf Help grant for 2020. The grant helps two school libraries fill their shelves with brand-new books of their choosing—many of which […]

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