Boston Book Festival: Saturday, October 27th 2012

August 25, 2012

The Boston Book Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 27th in the Copley Square area of Boston. The event showcases a wide variety of author discussions and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. It spans over the night of the Friday October 26th into Saturday the 27th. This year’s schedule, which is still being created, already features an impressive array of speakers.

A full listing of events along with information about the speakers is available on the Boston Book Festival Website: http://www.bostonbookfest.org. The Book Festival blog is another source for information about authors, books, and reading-related local events. Of particular interest is the summer reading list created by the Book Festival staff in June 2012, it features a unique list of selections: Summer Reading from the BBF.

Some information about this year’s main events and speakers is below, book titles available through the Newton Public Library are linked to the Minuteman Catalog.

2012 Presenters:

Keynote address: Richard Ford “Richard Ford is a Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner who has taught at Williams College and Princeton University. He is most noted for the Frank Bascombe series, comprising The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), which won the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award, and The Lay of the Land (2006). His most recent novel, Canada, tells of how Dell Parsons’ life changes after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank. Richard currently lives in Maine with his wife Kristina.”

Kids’ Keynote: Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books, most recently Who Could That Be At This Hour?, the first volume in his new series, All The Wrong Questions, which chronicles his suspicious childhood and his childhood suspicions. His other books include the alleged bestsellers A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and 13 Words, a collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman. When inconvenience or the treachery of his enemies prohibits him from making an appearance, Mr. Snicket is represented by Daniel Handler, author of four novels, most recently the Printz honor-winning Why We Broke Up, coincidentally also in collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman.

Page to Screen: “Book lovers and cinephiles alike love to argue the merits of film adaptations of beloved books. But who’s more invested in this process than the book authors themselves? The Boston Book Festival kicks off BBF 2012 on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 pm with a very special conversation among five authors whose book-length works have been turned into films and television shows.”

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Local Author wins Pulitzer

April 15, 2010

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Massachusetts author, Paul Harding, for his debut novel Tinkers.

The April 15, 2010 edition of the Boston Globe featured a page one article on the unlikely success of the novel.   The author, a former drummer for a rock band who grew up in the town of Wenham, has set his story in pre-industrial Massachusetts.

Overwhelmingly praised for its poetic prose, Tinkers is the first  novel published by a small independent house (Bellevue Literary Press) to be awarded a Pulitzer since 1981.