Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

In-Person Events

Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Boston in 100 Words Awards Ceremony
Boston in 100 Words
Boston in 100 Words
Saturday, October 16 | Trident Booksellers and Café

Join Boston in 100 Words at Trident Booksellers and Café as they announce the winners of the 2021 Boston in 100 Words flash fiction writing contest! All thirteen winning authors will read their stories and see, for the first time, the original illustrations produced for each of them. Food and drink will be available for purchase at this celebratory event. Boston in 100 Words is an annual flash fiction writing contest co-produced by Inspired Masses, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Public Library. Anyone living, working or going to school in the city and some surrounding towns can submit 100-word stories about everyday life in Boston. Winning stories are displayed as large, illustrated posters in public spaces throughout the city. Boston is the first city in the United States to host this transnational urban writing project, founded in Santiago, Chile. 

Please abide by city and venue regulations with regard to mask wearing and social distancing for this in-person event.

Can't make it to Trident in person? Never fear! You can catch the livestream here.



Monday, October 18, 2021

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BBF Unbound: A Warming World and Your WIP: Facing Up to the Climate Emergency in Your Fiction
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Julie Carrick Dalton
Julie Carrick Dalton
Waiting for the Night Song, Monday, October 18 | ICA Boston Grandstand
Erica Ferencik
Erica Ferencik
Girl in Ice, Monday, October 18 | ICA Boston Grandstand

Registration for this session is now full. Thank you for your interest!

Pretty soon all fiction will be climate fiction. There is no escaping what’s happening to our big beautiful world and the fact that we are the cause of the climate emergency. But how do we as writers deal with this? Have you found the climate emergency—dark as it is—inspiring or hindering or in some ways both? Has your relationship with nature changed over the time you’ve been an active writer? How will that relationship affect your storytelling going forward? Join authors Julie Carrick Dalton and Erica Ferencik at the ICA Boston’s outdoor Grandstand, overlooking the Boston waterfront, to discuss the evolving role of nature and climate in literature. Attendees will leave with a diverse climate fiction reading list and some take-home writing prompts inspired by the outdoor setting of this timely conversation. After the session, please visit Porter Square Books’ brand-new Seaport location to shop for our presenters’ books, and get a free tour of GrubStreet’s new home at the Center for Creative Writing! Presented in partnership with GrubStreet and ICA Boston.

Please abide by city and venue regulations with regard to mask wearing and social distancing for this in-person event.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: Chalk Art
ZNT Arts
ZNT Arts
Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

Beginning at 11am, join visual artist and art educator Zahirah Nur Truth for a participatory chalk art activity for the whole family. Help make the new Roxbury Branch even more beautiful!


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BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: Ribbon-Cutting

We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey will preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony and make some brief remarks about the role of the library in the Roxbury community.


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BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: Dream Street Story Time
Ekua Holmes
Ekua Holmes
Dream Street, Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square
Tricia Elam Walker
Tricia Elam Walker
Dream Street, Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

At 1pm, two Roxbury natives—author Tricia Elam Walker and artist Ekua Holmes—will read their forthcoming picture book Dream Street, a love letter to growing up in this vibrant Boston neighborhood. The first 25 families to attend and sign up will receive a free copy of the book when it publishes next month! 


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BPL Roxbury Branch Reopening: BBF Unbound BEAT Tour
METCO
METCO
Saturday, October 23 | Nubian Square

We’re pleased to present a handful of interactive, family-friendly activities in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of their celebration of the newly remodeled and reopened Roxbury Branch, which recently won an ALA/AIA Library Building Award. These activities are made possible with the support of the Wagner Foundation.

At 1pm, celebrate the new Nubian Square HQ for Boston’s METCO program by taking a Boston Education Activism Tour (BEAT) of Nubian Square. High school students in METCO—the historic voluntary school desegregation program between Boston and the mostly white suburbs—travel between worlds every day when they ride their buses to school and back. Now they want to take everyone on a journey into Boston’s past to uncover the dynamic history of the Black community in Roxbury. These young people will use Nubian Square’s landmarks, from the Dillaway-Thomas House to Hibernian Hall, to uncover the stories of decades of artistry, activism, and achievement. They will introduce you to the brave organizers who envisioned a better world, like Ruth Batson, Ellen Jackson, Melnea Cass, Mel King and more. The tour will culminate at the brand new Nubian Square headquarters of METCO itself, whose founding story has many lessons for today.