I may be done with literary conferences for the year, but not with literary events in general. Two are on my radar for this fall, and I thought I’d spread the word in case anyone lives near or is planning to be in the Boston area soon. Plus, both events are free! So there’s no need to worry about the cost of admission. 🙂
Boston Teen Author Festival – Saturday, September 26th @ Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge, MA)
I had no idea this event existed until I checked out Leigh Bardugo’s tour schedule for her upcoming book, Six of Crows. My reaction? Um, I MUST GO! 😀
The fourth annual Boston Teen Authors Festival features a wide range of YA authors on four different panels (two held during each time slot) discussing story inspirations, writing groups and critique partners, and how each author approaches their craft. Besides Leigh Bardugo, this year’s guests include Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn), Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing), Sarah Raasch (Ice Like Fire Trilogy), and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Den of Shadows series, Maeve’ra Trilogy), among many others. Fans of all ages are encouraged to attend, and – best of all – all authors will be around for a book signing that closes the event. All in all, this seems like a great event to not only meet the authors and buy their books, but also learn more about how they write, which always fascinates me.
Boston Book Festival – Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th @ Copley Square (Boston, MA)
Attending this event has become an annual tradition for me and one of my best friends. And now in its sixth year, the Boston Book Festival is a dream come true for bookworms and writers who also love the city itself. The festivities sprawl all over Copley Square – literally! The outdoor garden and walking paths host a live music stage and exhibitor booths for local and regional magazines, literary journals, bookstores, MFA and creative writing programs, and festival sponsors. Sessions are held indoors at the neighboring buildings (Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, etc.), and range from author readings and “flash” open mics, to writing workshops and seminars about publishing and literary genres. And that still doesn’t cover everything! The only way to truly know how sweeping BBF is in scope and size is to be there.
As of right now, only the keynote schedules have been announced, with the main schedule to follow soon. (In the past, most of the public events are scheduled on Saturday.) Click here to learn more about the Boston Book Festival.
Are you planning to attend the Boston Teen Authors Festival or the Boston Book Festival? If you don’t live in the Boston area, how about any literary events in your local area this fall?