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Pocket guide to the Boston Book Festival

A selection of the more than 60 panels, readings, and appearances at this year’s fest.

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Thursday, Oct. 17

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Writing Terror: An Exploration of Fear

7:30 p.m. Back Bay Events Center

Tickets $6-$12

Valerie Plame Wilson, Mary Louise
Kelly, Wes Craven, Jessica Stern

Saturday, Oct. 19

Our Boston

11 a.m.-noon Trinity Church

Lesley Visser, Mike Barnicle, Leigh Montville, Madeline Blais

Synthetic Biology: Designing Life

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Back Bay Events Center

Craig Venter, Juan Enriquez, Emily Anthes

Islam and Pakistan

noon-1 p.m.

Boston Public Library,

Commonwealth Salon

Shahan Mufti, Shahla Haeri

Memoir: Descendants

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Boston Public Library, Abbey Room

Eileen Rockefeller, Najla Said, Monica Wood

Being and Becoming: Identity in Fiction

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall

Amity Gaige, Miriam Karmel, Jessica Keener

The Civil War

1-2:30 p.m.

Back Bay Events Center

Harold Holzer, Thomas Fleming,
Brenda Wineapple

Heroes and Antiheroes

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Old South Church Sanctuary

Gregory Nagy, Chuck Klosterman, Claire Messud

The Writing Life: Literary Biography

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Boston Public Library, Abbey Room

Rose Styron, J. Michael Lennon, David Margolick

Historical Fiction: Imagining the Past

2-3 p.m., Trinity Church Forum

Amy Brill, Michèle Forbes, Dennis
McFarland, Julie Wu

Fiction: Domestic Disturbances

2:30-3:45 p.m., Trinity Church

With Tom Perrotta, J. Courtney Sullivan, Ann Leary, and George Harrar, moderated by Robin Young


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The Great Gatsby: Revisualizing a 1920s Classic in 2013

3-4 p.m., Boston Common Hotel, Carver Ballroom

Sam Wolfe Connelly

Memoir: Fathers, Husbands, Sons

3-4 p.m., Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon

Anthony D’Aries, Kim McLarin, and Alysia Abbott

True Crime

3:45-5 p.m.

Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall

Kevin Cullen, Charles Graeber, Nancy Jo Sales, Mirta Ojito

Poetry: Voices of Cambridge

2:30-3:15 p.m., Cuffs Bar, Loew’s Boston Hotel

David Rivard, Stephen Burt, Lucie Brock-Broido

Fiction: Dirty, Crazy, Endless Love

4:30-5:45 p.m., Trinity Church Sanctuary

With Andre Dubus III, Nicholson Baker, Jamie Quatro

Poems and Pints

5:30-7 p.m., Charlesmark Hotel

Susan Donnelly, Charles Coe, Jan Schreiber, X. J. Kennedy

Kids’ Keynote

10:15-11:15 a.m., Old South Church Sanctuary

Tomie dePaola

YA: Legends Revisited

10:45-11:45 a.m., Boston Public Library, Abbey Room

Marissa Meyer, Maggie Stiefvater, Nancy Werlin

Middle Grade: Graphic (Non)Fiction (ages 8-12)

4:30-5:30 p.m., Boston Common Hotel, Hancock Room

Don Brown, Maris Wicks, Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple

BBF Unbound: The Boston Marathon — Telling Tragedy’s Story

3:30-4:30 p.m., Boston Common Hotel, Hancock Room

Carlos Arredondo, Kristen Daly, Sean Flynn, Scott Helman, Charles Krupa, Jenna Russell

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