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A fortunate event

This coming Saturday, author Daniel Handler, in the persona of his alter-ego Lemony Snicket, delivers the "Kids' Keynote" address at the Boston Book Festival.

By STEPHIN MERRITT  |  October 26, 2012
PODCAST: A conversation with Chuck Klosterman, Gregory Maguire, Kate Beaton, and Karen Russell at #BBF11

PODCAST: A conversation with Chuck Klosterman, Gregory Maguire, Kate Beaton, and Karen Russell at #BBF11


Photo: BradKelly Photo via Flickr We're going to go out on a limb and bet that you'll never find yourself listening in on a conversation...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 18, 2011
Podcast: The Art of the Wire with Prop Joe, Marlo, Poot, and George Pelecanos

Podcast: The Art of the Wire with Prop Joe, Marlo, Poot, and George Pelecanos


There he was: DONNIE ANDREWS, whom most Wire-heads know as "the real Omar." (Even bigger Wire-heads will tell you that Omar is a composite, but...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 17, 2011
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Interview: Talking The Wire with Robert F. Chew

Like many cast members on HBO's The Wire, Robert F. Chew is originally from Baltimore and therefore has firsthand experience with much of the urban decay the show depicts.
A bold Proposition
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 14, 2011
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Interview: Chuck Klosterman Made Visible

Over the past decade, Chuck Klosterman's five books have earned a huge and devoted following — and a much smaller (though no less vocal) band of haters who feel he's biggest douchebag in the world.  
An interview with the essayist-cum-novelist
By STEVE ALMOND  |  October 14, 2011
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A conversation between Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III

The novelists Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III might have first met each other at the Newburyport Book Festival in 2006, but they might not have — they hit it off so well that neither of them can quite remember. They've been friends ever since.
Blue-collar poetry
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 14, 2011


Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III Have A Lot To Say To Each Other


Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III have a whole lot to say to each other. Here's some stuff they talked about last week that didn't...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  October 13, 2011
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Best of the Fest


 The Boston Book Festival kicks off tomorrow night. I've made an itinerary for you, you lucky ducks.On Friday at 7:30pm, head over to the Back...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  October 13, 2011
WE GOT TIX: Meet Prop Joe, Marlo Stanfield, Poot, and the Real Omar on Friday at "The Art of the Wire" in Boston

WE GOT TIX: Meet Prop Joe, Marlo Stanfield, Poot, and the Real Omar on Friday at "The Art of the Wire" in Boston


 It's no secret around here that we're huge fans of HBO's THE WIRE. And thanks to Harvard University, we've had a chance to see the...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 13, 2011
Richard Russo chosen for One City, One Story

Richard Russo chosen for One City, One Story


The Boston Book Festival organizers announced today that they've chosen Richard Russo's story, "The Whore's Child," for Boston's second-annual "One City, One Story" program. Russo...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  June 20, 2011

Nick Bilton, Kevin Kelly, David Kirkpatrick, and Nicholas Negroponte on "The Tendencies of Technology" at Boston Book Festival 2010 [podcast]


NICK BILTON is one of the people we listen to most closely on tech. Now the Times' lead technology writer, he's a veteran of New...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 29, 2010


Dennis Lehane and Tom Perrotta on taking novels "From Page to Screen" at Boston Book Festival 2010 [podcast]

Dennis Lehane and Tom Perrotta on taking novels "From Page to Screen" at Boston Book Festival 2010 [podcast]


Every book festival needs legendary dudes like DENNIS LEHANE and TOM PERROTTA -- the kinds of authors whose stories are famous even to people who...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 28, 2010

"My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: New Fairy Tales" with Kate Bernheimer, Kelly Link, Kathryn Davis, and Maria Tatar at 2010 Boston Book Festival [podcast]


Neil Gaiman presumably could not be torn away from his young goth bride, and Joyce Carol Oates had already been hired to give the keynote....
By Carly Carioli  |  October 27, 2010

Four Great Ideas: David Edwards on cultural incubation; Atul Gawande on checklists; Neri Oxman's futuro-naturalist design; and Steven Johnson on where good ideas come from [podcast]


Inspiration is seldom as easy as it seems. One of the lessons of STEVEN JOHNSON's Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 26, 2010
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Photos: Scenes from the Boston Book Festival 2010

A horde of book lovers get lit in Copley Square. (Sweet owl tat on slide #12.)
Tote bags, owl tattoos, and Tom Perrotta on parade
By JAMES CHOCA  |  October 22, 2010

Boston Book Fest 2010 Podcast: "Crimes and Misdemeanors" with Joan Parker, Andrew Gross, Raffi Yessayan, Hallie Ephron, and David Boeri


As promised, the Boston Phoenix will be podcasting every panel from this year's second annual BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL, yet another smashing success last weekend. (Don't...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 20, 2010


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Interview: David Rakoff

Nine years ago, Wellesley College psychology professor Julie Norem wrote a book in defense of negative thinking.
The author ponders the worst
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010

Play Boston Book Festival Bingo and win tickets to see Nick Zinner, Kristin Hersh, Dean Wareham, and more!


This week in the fishwrap, we've given you 33 REASONS NOT TO MISS THIS YEAR'S BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL, which takes place all day Saturday. Here's...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 14, 2010

PODCAST: 50th Anniversary “To Kill a Mockingbird” panel [MP3]


As our city girds itself for the tsunami of book boosterism that's about to sweep Copley Square this weekend (to refresh your memory on just...
By Steve Miller  |  October 14, 2010
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War of the Words


Antiquarians, consider this a call to arms! We are in the midst of a literary revolution, one that threatens to replace our gray matter's finest...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 04, 2010

Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Kristin Hersh, Dean Wareham, Joe Pernice added to Boston Book Festival nightcap


The second annual BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL lineup is already beyond ridiculous -- go check out the lineup -- but now we can release the details...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 23, 2010


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Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
Smartening up the seasonal transition
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2010
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Fall Books Preview: Getting booked

Two Sedarises, two New Yorker favorites, and a famous neurologist are among the highlights of this fall’s book events.
 Readings, festivals, and other seasonal literary events
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 17, 2010
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Now it can be told: Boston to read Perrotta

If you haven't read Tom Perrotta's short story "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," don't worry: there are 30,000 opportunities to do so coming to town very soon.
One City, One Story
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 27, 2010
Lineup announced for 2010 Boston Book Festival

Lineup announced for 2010 Boston Book Festival


She's going to rock your world, metaphorically speaking. Photo: Marion Ettlinger Last October, when the inaugural Boston Book Festival came to Copley Square, 12,000 people...
By Marianna Faynshteyn  |  July 01, 2010

PODCAST: Cornel West, Mary Gordon, and Harvey Cox on the answer to atheism


Click to play video, or download the mp3 after the jumpThis week in the Phoenix, Adam Reilly profiles  "atheist superstar" Greg Epstein, Harvard's Humanist chaplain...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 01, 2009


PODCAST: Happy Thanksgiving from Alicia Silverstone: Don't eat meat!

PODCAST: Happy Thanksgiving from Alicia Silverstone: Don't eat meat!


 It would be hard to imagine a pair of books about vegetarianism that are quite so different as Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals (which we...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 26, 2009

PODCAST: Scout Tufankjian on Making History with Barack Obama; Ken Burns on the Art of Documentary


VIDEO: Scout Tufankjian on Barack Obama's historic presidential campaignIt's been a year since that night in Chicago, which for photographer SCOUT  TUFANKJIAN was the end...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 04, 2009

PODCAST: David Gergen, Lani Guinier, Jack Beatty, and Michael E. Porter on Obama's First Year


A year ago tomorrow we woke up and elected the first-ever black President. A couple of weeks ago at the Boston Book Festival, a panel...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 03, 2009
PODCAST: Dennis Lehane on Boston Noir (from 2009 Boston Book Festival)

PODCAST: Dennis Lehane on Boston Noir (from 2009 Boston Book Festival)


Photo by Boston Book Festival via FlickrIt was hard not to feel cheerleaderish during Saturday's inaugural BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL, which crammed 90 authors into 40...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 27, 2009