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Boston Book Fest and other October Boston-area events

BBF logoSomehow it’s almost halfway through October already (how did that happen?!), but we want to make sure that you’ve got the Boston Book Fest and other upcoming book events on your calendar.

Here are just a few highlights; check out our events calendar for more details and additional events.

  • On Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:00pm, M. T. Anderson will deliver the 2015 Lowell lecture at the BPL’s main branch. The title of the lecture is “A Revolution within the Revolution: The African-American Struggle for Freedom” and will feature his Octavian Nothing books.
  • Gary D. Schmidt will discuss his newest book, Orbiting Jupiter, with HB editor in chief Roger Sutton on Saturday, October 17th. The event is free and begins at 7:00pm at Peabody School.
  • The Michelson Galleries will hold an opening reception for its Moser at 75: New, Recent, & Unexpected Works exhibit from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday, October 18th.
  • KidLit Drink Night, a casual meet-up for drinks and conversation among children’s lit lovers, will take place at Tavern in the Square (Porter Square) at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 22nd.
  • The Boston Book Festival kicks off at 7:30pm on Friday, October 23rd, with a keynote by Margaret Atwood, facilitated by Kelly Link. Events for all ages run throughout the day Saturday the 24th, beginning at 10:00am and wrapping up with a second keynote at 4:30pm by Amanda Palmer, hosted by Neil Gaiman. All events except the two keynote presentations are free. See the BBF website for a full schedule and author list. Don’t miss Roger Sutton’s conversation with Louis Sachar.
  • Picture book authors Nancy Tupper Ling, Josh Funk, Anna Staniszewski, Ammi-Joan Paquette, and Jane Sutcliffe will read from and sign their latest books for a special story hour at Wellesley Books on Saturday the 24th. The event is free and begins at 11:00am.
  • Also on Saturday the 24th, Erin Dionne will lead a Craft Chat on “The Art of Giving & Receiving Critique” at The Writers’ Loft. The discussion begins at 2:00pm; it’s free and open to the public.

See our monthly events calendar for all events and more details. Have a local event you’d like to see listed? Email the info to cbb (at)

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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