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October 15, 2016

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions About Hubbub 2016

What ages is Hubbub best for?
The short answer is that we’ve designed the festival with activities geared toward kids ages zero to twelve. But the truth is that we hope our programs appeal to kids of all ages—and their parents and caregivers, too!

What are the festival hours?
Programming tents and vendor booths will be open and staffed from 9am-4pm. Other drop-in and scheduled programming takes place at different times between 9 and 4. Check out the full schedule here or download a printable grid here.

What’s the best way to get to Hubbub?
We do have a great parking deal with LAZ Parking that enables your family to park in one of two nearby parking garages all day. But consider taking the T—Copley Square is easily accessed by the green and orange lines as well as commuter rail … and even if the T means “sweaty commute” instead of “magical adventure” to you, your kids will still love riding on the train.

What’s your rain date?
You’re looking at it! Hubbub will take place June 4 rain or shine (but we’re strongly hoping for shine)! Don’t let a few drizzles deter you, either—we have tons of great programming planned both outdoors and in!

Do I need to buy tickets for the session with Jeff Kinney?
Nope! Jeff’s event is free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

So what time should we get there?
Jeff’s event is in a venue seating 800, so we hope there will be room for everyone. We plan to open the doors by noon at the latest for his 12:30pm event. Of course, it never hurts to get there early …

Your posters mention Rosemary Wells, but your website doesn’t. What gives?
Sadly, Rosemary had to cancel her appearance due to a family illness. But we have tons of other programming for the picture-book set, including author and illustrator presentations, costume character visits, and puppet shows!

Can I drop my kids off with you and go grab a latte?
Um, no. With the exception of a handful of drop-off writing, visual art, and storytelling workshops for older kids, Hubbub is a festival for the whole family to enjoy together!

Will food be available?
Yes! We will have two food trucks and other food vendors on the square. There are also family-friendly food options available in the Boston Public Library and at several quick-service restaurants along Boylston Street. You won’t go hungry, we promise!

Can I bring my burrito into the puppet show?
No! Because of the historic nature of our venues, food is not allowed in any programming venues, nor are strollers.

OK, then where should I leave my stroller?
We will have a designated stroller parking area on Copley Square, on the south side of the square next to St. James Ave. Look for the friendly stroller parking attendant, who can help you stash it safely away from the action. If you’re headed to programming at Old South Church please leave your stroller with a friendly volunteer right outside the building.

I see that you have events happening at the Boston Public Library—I thought that was closed for construction … ?
You’re absolutely right that parts of the BPL are under renovation, but we’re holding our events in the McKim courtyard and on the recently reopened 2nd floor of the Johnson Building, both of which are open to the public (and beautiful, too!). Getting around the BPL until they fully reopen later this summer can be challenging, though—pay attention to the program guide to know which entrance to use for easiest access to which programs, especially if you have a stroller!

Wait a minute—am I reading this right? Is this festival really FREE?
Absolutely! Thanks to generous individual donors and sponsors like the Highland Street Foundation, WBUR, the BPL, and the John W. Henry Family Foundation, the whole day of creative family fun is absolutely FREE. If your family has a blast at Hubbub and would like to help us build next year’s festival and keep it free, please consider becoming supporters!

Where can I find more information?
Visit the Hubbub website, for starters—it has all the tools you need to plan your day. Once you arrive in Copley, look for the Hubbub tent or talk with one of our friendly yellow-shirted volunteers to get a program guide and get all your questions answered. We can’t wait to see you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

IFF Boston, April 27–May 4

We at the Boston Book Festival are pleased to be screening sponsors again for the 2016 IFF Boston, taking place April 27–May 4. We will be sponsoring two films this year: Author: The JT LeRoy Story and High Rise. We are excited to see the films on the big screen!

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

An author spends a decade entrancing audiences with his prose, his evocative backstory, and his enigmatic presence. He becomes a celebrity, has friendships and affairs with other celebrities, and appears at fashion and rock shows. Yet it turns out this author did not exist at all! When, in 2005, New York magazine unmasked author JT Leroy as an avatar created by a woman named Laura Albert, the world was shocked. How did she pull off a stunt of such magnitude for so many years? Award-winning director Jeff Feurzeig explores the story and the person in his new documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy Story.

JT Leroy

Prior screenings of Author: The JT LeRoy Story have already received positive buzz. John Fink of The Film Stage calls the film “wildly entertaining and truly stranger than fiction, even perhaps the fiction Albert wrote as LeRoy.” Nigel M. Smith of the Guardian notes, “Albert gets offered the opportunity to redeem her actions, and make light of why and how she conned the world. Unsurprisingly, she’s a hell of a storyteller.”

Author is showing on Thursday, April 28 at 9:45pm at the Somerville Theater, Screen 5, and tickets can be purchased here.

High Rise

Acclaimed director Ben Wheatley tackles class wars in his newest drama, High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston. Using apartment location as a literal class metaphor, Wheatley plays with the concepts of high society and lower class. Hiddleston plays Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident in a luxury apartment skyscraper. His apartment’s location on one of the upper floors guarantees his upper class status. Yet, when foundations begin to crumble on the lower floors, conflicts emerge and the battle of the classes begins.

High Rise is showing on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm at the Somerville Theater, Screen 1. Tickets can be purchased here.

Our sponsored screenings are just a small sampling of the IFF’s programming. Check out the full lineup for IFF Boston—we’ll save some popcorn for you!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Applications Now Open for BBF Unbound 2016

2015’s series of BBF Unbound community-curated sessions was rich and diverse, focusing on such topics as: the new debate over religion in the schools; why YA is a genre for everyone; and ways to make your content stand out online. We love hearing your ideas for sessions and working with you to develop successful BBF presentations and workshops.

We’re now accepting proposals for 2016 BBF Unbound sessions, to be presented at the Boston Book Festival on October 15.

We are looking for outside groups/individuals who can introduce fresh voices and new ideas to the BBF. Be creative! The session can involve a debate, demo, workshop, literary improv, dramatic readings, panel discussion, literary games, etc. We are not looking for product promotions, plugs for businesses, or sessions featuring a single author publicizing his or her book.

You will be responsible for running your session, i.e., gathering participants, beginning and ending on time, and covering any expenses (beyond room rental and basic A/V). We will publicize your session on our website and in our Program Guide, and we will expect you to publicize it as well.

We will evaluate proposals based on: 1. Will the content appeal to the BBF audience? 2. Does the content offer something different from standard BBF fare? 3. Is the individual/group offering a plausible plan for implementing the session?

In your proposal, please tell us:

Who You Are (your name, name of organization [if applicable], your bio, your or your org’s website):

Title of Proposed Session:

Description of Session (150 words max):

Intended Audience:

Implementation Plan (400 words max, including answers to the following questions: If there are expenses associated, how will you fund your session? How will you guarantee your proposed participants' involvement? How will you communicate your plans and needs to BBF staff? Through what channels will you publicize your session?):

Participants:

Moderator/Emcee:

Audiovisual Requirements:

Deadline for Application: extended to July 6

Notification: late July

Questions?: Contact Norah Piehl, norah@bostonbookfest.org

Submit all materials (including samples of previous work, if applicable), to:

Norah Piehl, Deputy Director
Boston Book Festival
32R Essex St. Cambridge, MA 02139
norah@bostonbookfest.org

We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Help Wanted: BBF Interns for 2016

Like books? Interested in going behind the scenes at New England’s premier literary event? The Boston Book Festival is seeking interns to help us prepare and execute the eighth annual BBF, October 15, 2016.

We are looking for candidates who are capable and confident with general office tasks; copywriting and editing; devising and implementing a marketing strategy; creating, maintaining, and enhancing documents using Word, Excel, and Google Drive; communicating with media outlets and community organizations; and creating and distributing marketing collateral, but who can also rise to the challenge of unusual (and potentially hilarious) situations. Your tasks may range from working with authors both famous and infamous to tracking down missing costume characters (what’s a Frog without his Toad, anyway?). Also, we are a small office, so you may find yourself schlepping boxes upstairs, downstairs, and all over Back Bay in the runup to the Festival (possibly while wearing cocktail attire). The good news/bad news is: everyone does everything!

We hope that you have excellent written and oral communication skills, are highly organized, motivated, project-oriented, willing to work on a team, and knowledgeable about and/or interested in some or all of the following: literature, event production, logistics, and project management. We really hope that you are fun, friendly, and eager to work with a small, committed group of people in a casual office environment.

The ideal candidate will be able to join the team in May and work through mid-November 2016. Candidates can expect to work between 8-12 hours per week through May, and 12-15 hours per week through October. Hours and schedules are flexible; occasional evening hours for special events will be required (with plenty of advance notice). You will also be expected to check your BBF email daily and respond as needed, even when you are not in the office. Boston Book Festival offices are located in Somerville (in a chocolate factory!).

Please send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Parker, sarah@bostonbookfest.org, and please specify any restrictions. Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to provide a writing sample. Applications are due April 22nd.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Seeking a Hubbub 2016 Intern

The Boston Book Festival is seeking an intern to help us prepare and execute the second annual Hubbub (BBF children’s festival), to take place on June 4th, 2016.

We are looking for candidates who are capable and confident withgeneral office tasks; copywriting and editing; devising and implementing a marketing strategy; creating, maintaining, andenhancing documents using Word, Excel, and Google Drive; communicating with media outlets, sponsors, publicists, and community organizations; and distributing marketing collateral, but who can also rise to the challenge of unusual (and potentially hilarious) situations. Your tasks may range from working with authors both famous and infamous to tracking down missing costume characters (what’s a Frog without his Toad, anyway?). Also, we are a small office so there is a good deal of schlepping involved at certain points in the year. The good news/bad news is: everyone does everything!

We hope that you have excellent written and oral communication skills, are highly organized, motivated, project-oriented, willing to work on a team, and knowledgeable about and/or interested in some or all of the following: children’s literature, event production, logistics, and project management. We really hope that you are outgoing, fun, friendly, and eager to work with a small, committed group of people in a casual office environment.

The ideal candidate will be able to join the team in mid-January and work through mid-June 2016. Candidates can expect to work between 8-12 hours per week through March and 12-15 hours per week through the beginning of June. Hours and schedules are flexible; occasional evening hours for special events will be required (with plenty of advance notice). You will also be expected to check your BBF email daily and respond as needed, even when you are not in the office. Boston Book Festival offices are located in Somerville (in a chocolate factory!).

Please send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Parker, sarah@bostonbookfest.org, and please specify any restrictions. Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to provide a writing sample. Applications are due November 30th.