Boston Book Festival

This afternoon I went down to Copley Square to check out the Boston Book Festival. As a lover of books, it seemed like the place to be.

Part of the book festival is the One City One Story program, which is a project to promote literacy among the teens and adults of Boston. This year’s selection was The Lobster Mafia Story by Anna Solomon. I really enjoyed the story, but I didn’t get to the festival early enough to hear the discussion about the story.

I did go to a session called The Brain: Thinking About Thinking. Neuropsychiatrist, Eric Kandel, and quirky author/inventor/futurist, Ray Kurzweil both spoke at this session. I had high hopes, but honestly they were both a little too academic/dry for me. It felt a little bit like a grad school lecture. I’m more likely to read Kandel’s book than Kurzweil’s, but honestly, I probably won’t read either.

The Trinity Church Sanctuary, where the session took place, was absolutely stunning. Here’s a picture of the inside, but it really doesn’t do it justice.

There were several bookstores selling books.

And lots of publishing companies selling books. Of course MIT Press was there :).

And guess who was there, chatting, signing, and giving out free hugs?

Of course, it’s Junot Diaz!

Here’s the line to get a hug from Junot. I passed on that one. Been there, done that.

The Boston Public Library, looking gorgeous, as always.

It was another beautiful day in Boston and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


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