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Boston Book Festival announces presenters

Margaret Atwood (left) with John Lithgow in 2014, during an appearance at Harvard University.
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Margaret Atwood (left) with John Lithgow in 2014, during an appearance at Harvard University.

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman will be among the authors at this fall’s Boston Book Festival, which takes place Oct. 23-24 at venues around Copley Square. Announced Friday, the lineup for the event, now in its seventh year, includes Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood, whose novel “The Blind Assassin” won the Man Booker Prize in 2000; writer-researcher Atul Gawande; Harvard Law prof Lani Guinier; celebrated book designer Chip Kidd; “Primary Colors” author Joe Klein; rock critic Alan Light; Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award for his novel “Let the Great World Spin”; Claire Messud, author of “The Emperor’s Children”; Molly Bang, Caldecott-winning author and illustrator of books for young readers; Esquire’s Charlie Pierce; and renowned architect Moshe Safdie, among many others. Organizers said topics, locations, and times will be announced in late September.

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