BBF 2022 Headliners & Presenters

Headliners

Wajahat Ali

Go Back to Where You Came From: and Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American
Nonfiction

Steve Almond

All the Secrets of the World
Fiction

B. B. Alston

Amari and the Great Game,
Kids Keynote

Michael Ansara

What Remains
Poetry

Jabari Asim

Yonder
Fiction

Dr. Deborah Birx

Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, Covid-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It's Too Late
Nonfiction

Peter Brown

The Wild Robot
Kids

Kristin Cashore

Seasparrow (Graceling Realm Series #5)
YA

Rabia Chaudry

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family
Nonfiction

Jason Chin

The Universe in You
Kids

Andrea Cohen

Everything
Poetry

Bryan Collier

Music is a Rainbow
Kids

Quintin Collins

Claim Tickets for Stolen People
Poetry

Ross Gay

Inciting Joy: Essays
Nonfiction/Poetry

torrin a. greathouse

Wound from the Mouth of a Wound
Poetry

Jennifer Haigh

Mercy Street
Fiction

Ekua Holmes

Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese-American Poet Khalil Gibran
Kids/Nonfiction

Tiffany D. Jackson

The Weight of Blood
YA

Gish Jen

Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories
Fiction Keynote

Patrick Radden Keefe

Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks
Friday Kickoff Keynote

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

The Evening Hero
Fiction

Yiyun Li

The Book of Goose
Fiction Keynote

Elizabeth Lim

The Dragon's Promise
YA

Malinda Lo

A Scatter of Light
YA Keynote

Ben Mezrich

The Midnight Ride
Fiction

Tochi Onyebuchi

Goliath
Fiction

Robert Pinsky

Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet
Nonfiction

Rory Power

In a Garden Burning Gold
Fiction

Raúl the Third

Team Up: El Toro and Friends
Kids

Moshe Safdie

If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture
Nonfiction

Tucker Shaw

When You Call My Name
YA

Traci Sorell

Powwow Day
Kids

Kate Spencer

In a New York Minute
Fiction

Katherine Stewart

The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism
Nonfiction

Tui T. Sutherland

The Flames of Hope (Wings of Fire #15)
Kids Keynote

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Nonfiction Keynote

Presenters

Dart Adams

Instead We Became Evil: A True Story Of Survival & Perseverance
Nonfiction

Allison Adair

The Clearing
Poetry

David Ambroz

A Place Called Home: A Memoir
Nonfiction

Jennifer Barber

Tree Lines: 21st Century American Poems
Poetry

Rachel Barenbaum

Atomic Anna
Fiction

Janet Costa Bates

Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend
Kids

DeMisty D. Bellinger

Peculiar Heritage
Poetry

Ruha Benjamin

Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want
Nonfiction

Rose Bousamra

Frizzy
Kids

Daphne A. Brooks

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound
Nonfiction

Roseanne A. Brown

Serwa Boatang's Guide to Vampire Hunting
Kids

Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
Nonfiction

Rebecca Caprara

Worst-Case Collin
Poetry

Alexis Castellanos

Isla to Island
Kids

Erica Chenoweth

Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know
Nonfiction

Rita Zoey Chin

The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern
Fiction

Lily Chu

The Stand-In
Fiction

Hillary Chute

Maus Now: Selected Writing
Nonfiction

Andrea Yaryura Clark

On a Night of a Thousand Stars
Fiction

Charles Coe

Memento Mori
Poetry

Martha Collins

Because What Else Could I Do
Poetry

Kayla Cottingham

My Dearest Darkest
YA

William R. Cross

Winslow Homer: American Passage
Nonfiction

John Della Volpe

Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America
Nonfiction

Alison Mariella Désir

Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn't Built for Us
Nonfiction

Margot Douaihy

Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr
Poetry

Kelly DuMar

girl in tree bark
Poetry

Federico Erebia

Pedro & Daniel
BBF Unbound

Sara Farizan

Dead Flip
YA

Sofia Fey

Decompose
Poetry

Christopher Finan

How Free Speech Saved Democracy: The Untold Story of How the First Amendment Became an Essential Tool for Security Liberty and Social Justice
BBF Unbound

Debbi Michiko Florence

Jasmine Toguchi: Brave Explorer
Kids

Alexene Farol Follmuth

My Mechanical Romance
YA

Lisa D. Foster

Bag Lady: How I Started a Business for a Greener World and Changed the Way America Shops
Nonfiction

Erica Funkhouser

Post and Rail
Poetry

Katalina Gamarra

Ben and Beatriz
Fiction

Tomer Gardi

A Round Thing
Fiction

Peter Gizzi

Now It's Dark
Poetry

Donna Gordon

What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me
Fiction

Danielle Greendeer

Keepunumuk: Weeachumun's Thanksgiving Story
Kids

Kerri K. Greenidge

The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family
Nonfiction

Andrea Hairston

Will Do Magic for Small Change
Fiction

Corinne Halbert

Acid Nun
Fiction

Mikko Harvey

Let the World Have You
Poetry

Liz Hauck

Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up—and What We Make When We Make Dinner
Nonfiction

Laird Hunt

Zorrie
Fiction

Justina Ireland

Rust in the Root
YA

Lucy Ives

Life Is Everywhere
Fiction

Meena Jain

Moderator

Claudia Kalb

Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers
Nonfiction

Joan Naviyuk Kane

Dark Traffic
Poetry

Lucy Keating

Ride With Me
YA

Kendall Kulper

Murder for the Modern Girl
YA

Chandreyee Lahiri

"Dumba Chora"
Fiction

Sacha Lamb

When Angels Left the Old Country
YA

Rajani LaRocca

Red, White, and Whole
Poetry

Lorien Lawrence

Unmasked
Kids

Deborah Leipziger

Tree Lines: 21st Century American Poems
Poetry

Sandra Lim

The Curious Thing
Poetry

Caroline Linden

All the Duke I Need
Fiction

Tina Lugo

The Changeling Vol. 1
Fiction

Crystal Maldonado

No Filter and Other Lies
YA

Mia P. Manansala

Blackmail and Bibingka
Fiction

Mathematics

BBF Unbound

Kit Mayquist

Tripping Arcadia
Fiction

Gail Mazur

Land's End: New and Selected Poems
Poetry

Joanna McClintick

Twas the Night Before Pride
Kids

Grant McCracken

Return of the Artisan: How America Went from Industrial to Handmade
Nonfiction

Christine McDonnell

Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie's Place, the Nation's First Shelter for Women
Kids

Juana Medina

Twas the Night Before Pride
Kids

Jennifer Militello

Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays
Poetry

Kayla Miller

Crunch
Kids

Lydia Moland

Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life
Nonfiction

Rita Mookerjee

Protection Rituals
Poetry

Rosemary Mosco

Expedition Backyard
Kids

Nora Lester Murad

Ida in the Middle
BBF Unbound

Ogi Ogas

This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You
Nonfiction

Porsha Olayiwola

i shimmer sometimes, too
Poetry

Zachary Paul

BBF Unbound

Jane Pek

The Verifiers
Fiction

Janet Pocorobba

The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me
Nonfiction

Ousmane K. Power-Greene

The Confessions of Matthew Strong
Fiction

Ann Powers

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music
Nonfiction

Dawn Quigley

Jojo Makoons: Fancy Pants
Kids

Ladette Randolph

Private Way
Fiction

Susan Rogers

This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You
Nonfiction

Natasha Lance Rogoff

Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia
Nonfiction

Anna V. Q. Ross

Flutter, Kick
Poetry

Alexandra Rowland

A Taste of Iron and Gold
Fiction

Joseph Sassoon

The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire
Nonfiction

Stephanie Schorow

The Great Boston Fire: The Inferno That Nearly Incinerated the City
Nonfiction

Kieran Setiya

Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way
Nonfiction

Ezra Shales

The Shape of Craft
Nonfiction

B.A. Shapiro

Metropolis
Fiction

Amy Singer

Moderator

Robyn Smith

Wash Day Diaries
Fiction

Alyssa Songsiridej

Little Rabbit
Fiction

Melissa Stewart

Tree Hole Homes
Kids

Lisa Stringfellow

A Comb of Wishes
BBF Unbound

Dariel Suarez

The Playwright's House
Fiction

Enzo Silon Surin

When My Body Was a Clinched Fist
Poetry

Matthew Teller

Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: A New Biography of the Old City
Nonfiction

Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie's Place, the Nation's First Shelter for Women
Kids

Lin Thompson

The Best Liars in Riverview
Kids

Dao X. Tran

Unheard Voices of the Pandemic: Narratives from the First Year of COVID-19
Nonfiction

Paul Tremblay

The Pallbearer's Club
Fiction

Dawn Tripp

Moderator

Ellen Warner

The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty
Nonfiction

Renée Watson

Ways to Share Joy
Kids

Kip Wilson

The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin
Poetry

Ashley Woodfolk

Nothing Burns as Bright as You
YA

Donald Yacovone

Teaching White Supremacy: America's Democratic Ordeal And The Forging Of Our National Identity
Nonfiction

Betty G. Yee

Gold Mountain
BBF Unbound