Writers, scholars, critics, and commentators present readings, panels, seminars, and more at the Boston Book Festival. Most events are free, but a few (including Salman Rushdie's keynote) are ticketed. The festival opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with "Writing Terror: An Exploration of Fear" at the Back Bay Events Center featuring former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson ("Blowback"), Mary Louise Kelly ("Anonymous Sources"), Wes Craven ("Nightmare on Elm Street"), and Jessica Stern ("Denial: A Memoir"). The keynote will be delivered Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Old South Sanctuary. Salman Rushdie's talk covers topics including his memoir, "Joseph Anton."
The extensive line-up of writers includes Monica Wood, Alan Dershowitz, Paul Harding, Chuck Klosterman, Rose Styron, Tom Perrotta, Lucie Brock-Broido, Megan Marshall, Elizabeth Graver, Robert Pinsky, Andre Dubus III, and Nicholson Baker. In addition to author appearances, there will be writing workshops, open mikes, and programming for kids and teens including a keynote by Tomie dePaola.
Boston Book Festival, Oct. 17-20 in and around Copley Square. See www.bostonbookfest.org for full schedule.
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