Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Would you like a chance to curate a session at the Boston Book Festival on October 27, 2012? We are making two one-hour slots available to outside groups/individuals who can introduce fresh voices and new ideas to the BBF. Be creative! The session can involve a workshop, literary improv, dramatic readings, literary games, etc.
You will be responsible for running your session, i.e., gathering your participants, beginning and ending on time, and covering any expenses (beyond room rental and basic A/V) for the session. We will publicize your session on our website and in our Program Guide, and we will ask 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):
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?):
Deadline for Application: July 15
Notification: August 15
Submit all materials (including samples of previous work, if applicable), to:
Director of Communications
Boston Book Festival
2 Canal Park
Cambridge, MA 02141
Have fun, and good luck!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
An unforgettable evening was had by all who attended An Evening with Walter Isaacson at the MIT Media Lab on May 20. Isaacson memorably demonstrated on stage the storytelling skills that have made his biography of Steve Jobs such a runaway hit, regaling the audience with mesmerizing stories of a man who quite literally changed the world. The location of creativity at the intersection of science and the humanities was a major theme of Walter's presentation-what better place to celebrate this idea than at the MIT Media Lab, with a gathering of distinguished attendees who live out Steve Jobs's fearless embrace of innovation and passion for excellence every day? To enjoy more photos from the evening, please visit our Facebook album for the event.
A resounding thank you to all who came and contributed to the BBF, helping us to achieve our mission of celebrating literature and ideas and the people who create them with a free public event that enhances the cultural vibrancy of our city. If you'd like to help support the BBF's outstanding programming for 2012, please consider making a tax-deductible donation in any amount. It's easy to give online or by mail--click here for details.
The BBF was honored to be able to host Walter and his wife Cathy--on Walter's birthday, no less! Many thanks to them for participating. We are also very grateful to the MIT Media Lab for allowing us to use the beautiful space atop the Lab. The view from the outdoor terrace was particularly stunning on a near-perfect spring evening. We are very grateful to all who attended our event!
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