Governor Deval Patrick, whose deeply personal memoir, "A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life,'' was published in April, will be one of the headline names to be featured at this year's Boston Book Festival in October.
Event organizers on Friday released an impressive list of about 80 authors, spanning a variety of genres, such as literary fiction, history, autobiography, sports, cooking, mystery, and children's books. Besides Patrick, some of the other luminaries slated to attend include Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Egan, author of the novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad,'' and Siddhartha Mukherjee, whose debut book, "The Emperor of All Maladies,'' explores the history of cancer treatment; Jennifer Haigh ("Faith''); Chuck Hogan ("Prince of Thieves'' and "The Town''); Ha Jin ("Nanjing Requiem''); Andre Dubus III ("Townie''); Drew Gilpin Faust ("This Republic of Suffering''); Walter Isaacson ("Profiles in Leadership"); Michael Ondaatje ("The Cat's Table"); Karen Russell ("Swamplandia!''); Richard Russo ("The Whore's Child''); Sherry Turkle ("Alone Together''); and Isabel Wilkerson ("The Warmth of Other Suns").
The Boston Book Festival, now in its third year, drew an estimated 25,000 people to last year's event, at which 130 writers and scholars participated in 40 presentations and panels.