Boston Book Festival

Since 2009, the Boston Book Festival has celebrated the power of the written word and brought world-class literary talent to Boston with its annual, free fall event. Now in its 10th year, the BBF will host its most exciting roster of literary luminaries yet, representing a range of genres including history, fiction, public affairs and children’s literature. Things kick off on Tuesday, October 9th when the inaugural #BBFBookHunt will challenge eager readers to find books hidden across the city by following clues shared by @BostonBookFest on Twitter. This year’s festival includes two must-see ticketed events, including a Friday evening lecture with famed food activist Michael Pollan (How to Change Your Mind; The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and a Saturday afternoon session with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin (Leadership: In Turbulent Times) and former senator and secretary of state John Kerry, author of Every Day is Extra. Tickets for both events will be available in early September via the BBF website:

Saturday’s keynotes and presenters include:

Oprah’s Book Club 2018 selection and instant New York Times bestseller…
Tayari Jones
An American Marriage

New York Times–bestselling author…
Steven Pinker
Enlightenment Now

Tulane University Professor and former CEO of the Aspen Institute…
Walter Isaacson
Einstein; Steve Jobs; and Leonardo da Vinci

Two-time Newbery Medal winner & one of the most celebrated authors in children’s literature…
Kate DiCamillo
Louisiana’s Way Home

Sports journalist, radio and TV personality…
Howard Bryant
The Heritage

Writer, director, producer and actor…
Justine Bateman

UMASS Lowell faculty member…
Andre Dubus III
Gone So Long

Boston Book Festival is also expanding to some of the most vibrant areas of the city with neighborhood festivals in East Boston and Roxbury.

Curley School Library, Closed in 2012, Reopening Thanks to Book Drive

The Curley K-8 School's library was forced to close in 2012 due to budget cuts, but a book drive led by the Curley Library Committee that began 18 months ago, will lead to the library reopening in February. The Curley Library Committee has actually raised an astonishing $97,000 during the last 18 months, said Pam Yosca, a parent of two Curley School students, who also happens to be a librarian (not in Boston Public Schools). "Donations of note include a JP resident who saw the 'Bring back the Curley Library' sign in the school yard, and expressed interest in donating $10,000, if we would design a matching fundraising campaign and market it throughout JP, not just within the Curley community," said Yosca to Jamaica Plain News. "We launched that in late June, to great success -- many JP residents contributed, often with notes citing their support for library services in BPS, or with dismay that the Curley libraries were shuttered." The Curley Library Committee was formed in the fall of 2015 when Principal Katie Grassa asked a group of teachers and parents to explore the possibility of reopening one central library to replace the school's two closed libraries.