Some answers to your questions about BBF 2023:
Q: When and where will the Boston Book Festival be this year?
A: The Boston Book Festival takes place in person in the Copley Square neighborhood on Saturday, October 14. Sessions and events will be located in and around Copley Square, including the Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Church of the Covenant, Trinity Church, the Goethe-Institut, the Boston Architectural College, and Room & Board. You can see the map of venues here.
Q: Can I meet the authors and get my book signed?
A: Yes! In most cases, authors will be signing books after their sessions at the bookseller on-site. You can purchase a copy, or bring your own, and ask your favorite author to sign it. Please note that Rick Riordan will not be available to meet but you can purchase autographed copies of his new book.
Q: Will there be any virtual sessions?
A: For this year, all our sessions are live, in-person. There will be no virtual programming. Soon after the Festival, we will post on our website the audio recordings of the sessions.
Q: Which booksellers will be there selling books?
A: This year we’re welcoming Wellesley Books, Belmont Books, Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, Papercuts JP, Brookline Booksmith, and Trident Booksellers and Cafe.
Q: Will the Copley Square Street Fair return?
A: Yes! While Copley Square park is under construction, we have a festive street fair located on Dartmouth Street together with the Plaza right in front of the Boston Public Library. We are welcoming over 30 vendors, including literary organizations, publishers, booksellers, resources for writers, kids organizations, and other fun organizations to discover! Take a look at the map and exhibitors here.
Q: Will there be live music?
A: Yes! The Berklee Stage on Dartmouth Street presents six lively acts to set the soundtrack for the Boston Book Festival. Find out who will be there here.
Q: What COVID protocols are there?
A: We’re abiding by venue masking protocols; masking is recommended but not required in all venues. And if you don’t feel well, please stay home!
Q: Are there food options at the BBF?
A: Yes! This year, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Zinneken’s Waffles will be our featured food trucks. There are also beverages, sandwiches, and pastries in the Newsfeed Cafe in the Boston Public Library, as well as food options located up and down Boylston Street.