The fifth anniversary edition of the Boston Book Festival launches later this week, and we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of your day(s)—whether you’re a first-time attendee or your wardrobe is already full of near-vintage BBF tees.
This year, the BBF isn’t the only game in town.
We’ve known for months that Boston (or, more precisely, the River Chuck) will be chock-full of rowers from around the country competing in the Head of the Charles Regatta this Saturday. But now, it looks like there’s a decent chance that the Red Sox will be playing at Fenway on Saturday afternoon, too. The upshot? Allow extra time to get through town, especially if you’re driving or taking the MBTA Red Line from Cambridge or the Green Line from the west—-oh, and if you just can’t keep from “multitasking” during, say, our “Obsessives” session, please don’t shout out any score updates!
Speaking of driving, have we got a deal for you.
If you’re coming to town for any of our kickoff events on Thursday or Friday, or if you plan to spend the day with us on Saturday, don’t pay full price (or feel the need to dash out of the “Our Boston” session to go feed your City of Boston meter). Just download and print out our handy parking pass-—as long as there’s room in the garage, you’ll park for only $10!
You might not get discovered at the BBF, but you will get inspired.
Aspiring authors, rejoice! We’ve got a full day of seminars (register in advance!) and interactive programs designed to get the creative juices flowing or to give you your fifteen (or three) minutes of fame. And if you want to talk with those who have “been there, done that,” swing by our Indie Alley exhibitor area outside the John Hancock tower—-you’ll meet more than two dozen independent authors who have made their publication dreams a reality.
Celebrate with us.
It’s our birthday, and we’re finding all kinds of nifty ways to celebrate—from our FlashLit pop-up theatre project to two days of kickoff events for kids and grownups to a multimedia art installation on Saturday to some surprises (pssst—follow us on Twitter if you want the inside scoop on the fun). And if you snap any great photos of the event, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The fun’s not over when the sun goes down.
Some might think that our bookish crowd will head straight home from the BBF, eager only to hunker down with Tom Perrotta or Andre Dubus III (or signed copies of their new story collections, at least). But we know better—-which is why we’re offering three different “BBF After Hours” options: a taping of You’re the Expert, a screening of The Bling Ring featuring a Q&A with author Nancy Jo Sales, and the return of our popular Poems & Pints event. Who knows? You might even find a date for next year’s BBF!
We can’t wait to see all your smiling, inquisitive, book-loving faces in Copley Square this weekend!
Posted by Norah Piehl on 10-16-2013 at 12:00am