The 10th annual Boston Book Festival was held on October 13 in Boston’s Copley Square. This year’s festival brought together between 25,000–30,000 attendees and more than 275 presenters—including 28 acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators, and 13 YA writers—for a day of panels, workshops, and more. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the events.
(From l.): Moderator Candace McDuffie with YA authors Sara Farizan (Here to Stay), Mark Oshiro (Anger Is a Gift), Kody Keplinger (That’s Not What Happened), and An Na (A Place Between Breaths), during the “Hard Truths” panel on confronting difficult realities through fiction. Photo: Mike Ritter.
A view of the storytime crowd. Photo: Hannah Harn-Latour.
Lauren Rizzuto (l.) of Simmons University introducing keynote speaker Kate DiCamillo (Louisiana’s Way Home). Photo: Mike Ritter.
Illustrator Ken Daley (Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings) gave a drawing demo. Photo: Hannah Harn-Latour.
Quiet time for reading. Photo: Susan Swirsley.
Cartoonist Cagen Luse led the “Comics in Color” workshop. Photo: Coco McCabe.
Actor-turned-author Sheetal Sheth (Always Anjali) with young readers. Photo: Mike Ritter.
Attendees at the “Youth Activism” session. Photo: Mike Ritter.
Book lovers of all ages joined the festival. Photo: Mike Ritter.
Molly Booth signed copies of her YA novel, Nothing Happened.
Young scientists explored the Brainstorm tent. Photo: Mike Ritter.
Author-illustrator Adam Rex presenting his new book, Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Photo: Susan Swirsley.
Scoping out the children’s collection at the Boston Public Library. Photo: Susan Swirsley.
A meet-and-greet with the Taco Dragon, star of the Dragons Love Tacos books by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Photo: Mike Ritter.