At the inaugural Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 24, 2009, more than 12,000 readers of all ages from across Greater Boston and New England came to Copley Square and The Boston Public Library, Old South Church and Trinity Church to attend talks and sessions by more than 90 world-renowned authors and presenters including Nobel, Pulitzer, Caldecott and Emmy award winners, and dozens of New York Times bestselling authors. More than 40 local booksellers, businesses and nonprofit organizations showcased their goods and services, and music groups – many from Berklee College of Music – performed live in the bustling Copley Square street fair. Boston Book Festival 2009 also featured many free participatory activities for festival-goers and their families including programming for children, writing workshops, open mic opportunities, and Writer Idol.
At the Teen Spoken Word Showcase, young Bostonians performed original works, participating in the long tradition of accomplished poetic expression in Massachusetts. In Old South Church’s Sanctuary, a rapt audience of over 1000 people listened to Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk deliver the keynote address, while in the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall, some of our country’s greatest thinkers – Michael E. Porter, David Gergen, Lani Guinier – discussed the first year of the Obama Presidency. At the 826 Boston Copley Square booth, children pounded away on typewriters and drew pictures of favorite words. In the E-Ink pavilion, festival-goers experienced the cutting edge in electronic paper and ereader technology including flexible and color displays.
At Boston Book Festival 2009, avid readers met authors and each other and exchanged thoughts, ideas, and book recommendations, aspiring writers received encouragement and direction from established masters, and children and their families interacted with book characters, authors and illustrators.
Video Production by: Paula Aguilera, Jonathan Williams, The Boston Phoenix, WGBH
Photography by: Norman Lang, Matt Teuten, Mike Ritter
“Awe-inspiring...how many times can you say you were in the same room as a Nobel Prize winner?
“Writer idol changed the way I look at my writing.”
“I am glad that the city of Boston finally has a festival. I saw a lot of people I have not seen in awhile. There was a wonderful mix of authors and topics. I think it was an amazing first year.”
“I just loved that so many people came out to be involved with books! It was nice just to meet and talk to so many interesting people brought together by the same passion.”
“Our family LOVED the Book Festival and cannot wait until next year!!!!
“Having an excuse to meet other local bibliophiles; we're a town of readers but never get together all at once. I loved the sessions, the star-studded talent, and grabbing all sorts of books at the booths outside. Holding the event at the Copley Square library was excellent! What a great excuse to visit our library! Also loved that events were free.”
“Correcting a long oversight. Getting a BPL library card. @bostonbookfest #bbf09”
“@AliciaSilv's talk about vegan eating may have just changed my life. I'm inspired to take the leap - finally. Thanks #bbf09”
Oct 29, 2009 - The Bay State Banner
First Boston Book Festival attracts both young and old
Oct 28, 2009 - Blue Rose Girls (Blog)
Boston Book Festival
Oct 27, 2009 - Phoenix Online
The PHlog - Podcast and accompanying article:
Boston Book Festival
Oct 26, 2009 - Boston Neighborhood Network News
Chris Harding of Boston's Neighborhood Network News captured the Festival feel, plus Spoken Word, Hodgman/Perrotta, children's events and storyteller Irene Smalls.
The wild Hodgman as seen in his natural habitat (Blog)
Vernacular, the Emerson College Writing, Literature & Publishing Graduate Student Blog
Boston Book Festival - Chris Van Allsburg
Oct 25, 2009 - Flyby Blog at Harvard Crimson
Boston Book Festival a Nerd's Paradise
Pink Apron (Blog)
Meeting Cookbook Authors at the Boston Book Festival
Culture Junkie (Blog)
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Oct 20, 2009 - Bostonist
Interview with Boston Book Festival Participant Nicholas Negroponte
Oct, 21 2009 - Boston Herald
Book it to Copley Square for literary fest
Oct 22, 2009 - Boston Globe
Don’t Miss the Boston Book Festival Saturday
Oct 23, 2009 - Boston Globe
Is this the end? Some people think book publishing is in its final throes. The Boston Book Festival begs to differ.
10/18/09 - Boston.com
Writers Out Loud
10/15/09 - Dorcester Reporter
Lehane to launch "Boston Noir" at Book Festival
10/15/09 - Bay State Banner
Prize-winning Authors to Grace Boston Book Festival
10/08/09 - HubArts.com
Boston Book Festival Schedule and Locations Announced
09/15/09 – Boston Globe
Kidd In Town
09/14/09 – HubArts.com
Boston Book Festival Highlights
06/25/09 – ArtsDaily.org
Chip Kidd to Design Poster for Inaugural Boston Book Festival
05/06/09 – Boston Globe “Off The Shelf” Blog
Marriage of Tech and Books In Boston
05/05/09 – "Survival of the Book" Blog
Boston IS a Literary City!
05/05/09 – Boston Globe
Technology Will Be The Subtext in Boston Book Festival This Fall
05/04/09 – Publishers Weekly
Boston Book Festival Slated For October
05/04/09 – HubArts.com
Boston Book Festival set for Oct. 24 in Copley Sq.
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Andre Dubus III
A. W. Flaherty
Mary Lou Jepsen
Bret Anthony Johnston
Michael Patrick MacDonald
Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Chris Van Allsburg
Jared T. Williams