Margaret Atwood, Louis Sachar, and more are coming to the Boston Book Festival

Bookworms, rejoice!

The lineup of keynote speakers for the Boston Book Festival in October is out now.

The festival will be October 23-24 and takes place in Copley Square. Celebrated author Margaret Atwood will give the Kickoff Keynote at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23 at the Old South Sanctuary, in a discussion moderated by Kelly Link. The festival continues with speakers throughout the day on Saturday. Musician and first-time author Amanda Palmer will deliver the Memoir Keynote the following day at 5:30 p.m.

“We try to choose authors for our keynotes who are well-known and who we think will appeal to the BBF audience,’’ said Deborah Z. Porter, the founder and director of the festival.


The keynote selection process takes place mostly from a pool of authors who have new works coming out in the fall.

The speakers range from authors of children’s novels to architectural books. Porter noted that the increasingly popularity of memoir and young adult has prompted them to add more speakers from those genres.

The venue seats 800 people, but will likely be a packed house. When Salman Rushdie gave a keynote address in 2013, the event sold out, according to Porter. Those wanting to ensure a front-row seat may donate to BBF and receive a VIP pass. For more information on scheduling, times, and ticketing, visit their website.

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