Salman Rushdie will be the keynote speaker for the 5th annual Boston Book Festival October 17 through 19. The childrens' keynote speaker will be Tomie dePaola The various locations for the festival include the Old South Church, the Boston Public Library, Boston Common Hotel, Trinity Church, Charlesmark Hotel and Back Bay Events Center. A number of outdoor events will be held at Copley Square.
Rushdie's keynote will take place at 7:30 p.m Friday October 18 and dePaola's kids' keynote will take place on Saturday, October 19 (with time to be announced.)
Award-winning novelist and essayist Rushdie's novels include The Satanic Verses and the Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children. His most recent work is Joseph Anton: A Memoir which, according to the new York Times, "reminds us of his fecund gift for language and his talent for explicating the psychological complexities of family and identity" Tickets for Rushdie's October 18 presentation and conversation with Harvard's Homi Bhabha are available on the Boston Book Festival website, www.bostonbookfest.org. for $10.
Tomie dePaola, one of the most respected picture book authors and illustrators, is known for his iconic trega Nona, one of the most beloved characters in children's literature and a 1976 Caldecott Honor Book. Now everyone's favorite "Grandma Witch" is back in her latest adventure, Strega Nona Does it Again. It is said that Strega Nona herself may appear at this event, which is free and open to the public.
Festival events include presentations and panels featuring internationally known writers, scholars, critics and commentators, programming for children, teens and families, writing workshops and competitions, outdoor booths, and poetry and music performances. Most events are free and open to the public.
Among the children's events will be Stories on Stage, when teens who make up Hyde Square Task Force's Youth Literacy Theatre will perform a series of short and funny plays based on children's books. Then the audience can get in on the act with games and craft projects that children ages 4 to 8 can take home
Kids who pick up a Passport to imagination at the BBF tent and travel through Copley Square taking part in activities can have their passport stmped at each participating exhibitor and return the completed passport to the tent. The first 250 children to return a completed passport will receive a prize donated by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This event is sponsored by NSTAR.
The three ticketed events are Rushdie's address, "Writing Terror" and "You're the Expert"
Among the Friday events will be "Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love" at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Church sanctuary. In a tribute to the fallen, the survivors and the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing, sports journalist Lesley Visser, journalist and political commentator Mike Barnicle, bestselling author Leigh Montville and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Madeleine Blais, will discuss what Boston means to them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate proceeds from book sales to the One Boston Fund
At noon in the Commonweath Room of the library, Pakistani author Shahan Mufti, referred to by Kirkus Reviews as "an undeniable visionary," tells the story of Pakistan through the lens of the family's history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to Muhammad's inner ciecle.
Happiness and Success will be discussed at 3 p.m. in the Old South Church sanctuary, in a session called Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. Harvard Business School's Michael Norton argues that money actually can buy happniess, if you use it the right way. Entrepreneur Anthony Tjan shows that success hinges on the possession of the right attributes in Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck. In Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan, psychlogist and Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino reveals the forces that cause us to go off track.
The Boston Book Festival is produced by the nonprofit organization of the same name and is made possible with he support of individual donors and sponsors including Presenting Partner 90.9 WBUR, Amazon, the Biogen Idec Foundation, Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center, Chitika, Copley Square Hotel, Dunkin Donuts, Plymouth Rock Asurance, Target and others.
In the book festival's annual One City One Story program, 30,000 copies of Rishi Reddi's "Karma" are being distributed in public locations all over Boston. Reddi will participate in a town hall-style discussion of her story of the festival during the event.