Copley Square was buzzing over the weekend as thousands gathered for the 2015 Boston Book Festival. The weekend kicked off Friday night with Margaret Atwood in conversation with Kelly Link at the Old South Sanctuary on Boylston Street. Big names on Saturday panels included “Once Upon a Time in Russia” writer Ben Mezrich; celebrated young adult author M.T. Anderson; “Station Eleven” author Emily St. John Mandel; musician-writer Amanda Palmer, who appeared with her husband, Neil Gaiman; and New Yorker and “Being Mortal” writer Atul Gawande, who gave the nonfiction keynote.
One timely panel, “Star Wars and D&D: Flights of Fancy or Serious Business?,” featured Chris Taylor, whose book, “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise,” is out in paperback, just in time for the release of “The Force Awakens.”