Wonder, by R. Palacio 4. The Book of Dust, by Philip Pullman 5. I don't have much else to say.
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It was fun putting these together! Whether tis nobler to go with one list or suffer the slings and arrows of numerous slicings and dicings. In the end, I went with two lists, one for birth to about age 7 the picture books and one for age 8 and up the chapter books. Top 50 picture books for kids 1.
Egg , by Kevin Henkes 7. Dog Man Unleashed , by Dav Pilkey 9. A Is for Activist , by Innosanto Nagara Heart to Heart , by Lois Ehlert Here We Are , by Oliver Jeffers Dog Man , by Dav Pilkey Beautiful Oops , by Barney Saltzberg Creepy Carrots! Green Pant Little I , by Michael Hall Rulers of the Playground , by Joseph Kuefler Thank You Book , by Mo Willems We Are in a Book , by Mo Willems Beyond the Pond , by Joseph Kuefler Princess in Black , by Shannon Hale Bently and Egg , by William Joyce Life on Mars, by Jon Agee After the Fall , by Dan Santat I don't think we have any other list where the same book has hit our top 50 for nine consecutive years, but I'm pretty certain that, without checking, I Am a Bunny has.
Unlike the adult lists, our kids top 50 is filled with authors with multiple representations. Unlike public events, where there is one or perhaps two focus titles, our school events can have up to four supplemental titles in addition to the featured one, and they often sell in strong numbers.
Here's a stat you probably wouldn't expect. This year we have three books from three different writers about the space program, all tied into events. Yes, this list is particularly event heavy, but not all the authors actually appeared for the events. All those Mo Willems books sold from us taking around Elephant and Piggy costumes to area schools. And like in all the lists, we have removed some bulk sale purchases of backlist titles from these numbers. Here are our top Tue, Localness shines brightest on the nonfiction paperback bestseller list. Live and Let Live , by Evelyn M.
Perry 4. Carter 5. Wisconsin Literary Luminaries , by Jim Higgins 6.
Borchert Field , by Bob Buege 7. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder 8. Cream City Chronicles , by John Gurda Lab Girl , by Hope Jahren Mexicans in Wisconsin, by Sergio M. Hidden Figures , by Margot Shetterley Winning Plays , by Matt Mayberry You Are a Badass , by Jen Sincero Alexander Hamilton , by Ron Chernow Edin and H. Luke Schaefer Fehring Dark Money , by Jane Mayer How to Bake Pi , by Eugenia Cheng White Trash , by Nancy Isenberg How to Fight , by Thich Nhat Hanh Beer Lovers Wisconsin , by Kathy Flanigan Furiously Happy , by Jenny Lawson Blood in the Water , by Heather Ann Thompson Hero of the Empire , by Candice Millard Through It All , by Heddy Keith Braverman Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse, by John Nichols Lucky Child, by Thomas Blumenthal South Side , by Natalie Y.
Moore Just Mercy , by Bryan Stephenson Being Mortal , by Atul Gawande Population , by Michael Perry Becoming Wise , by Krista Tippett My Two Elaines , by Martin Schreiber Little Book of Mindfulness , by Patricia Collard A Crowded Hour , by Kevin Abing All good and all part of our bread and butter, but I am particularly interested in those books that sell month in and month out below the radar.
But that book just sold and sold off our new and noteworthy paperback tables. But what about Andrea Wulf's The Invention of Nature , a book that's sold several copies every month since its October paperback release. You expect a New York Times top ten book of the year to have a sales pop, but the long tail is not a given.
Olson Nature Writing Award. It's everything--a local book launched with an event at Boswell that continued to sell all year. And I've now learned that if I ever write a super-definitive history of anything in Milwaukee, I will use this book as a guide. Our top 50 hardcover fiction titles for !
Tue, Here are our top 50 hardcover fiction titles for the year. What Happened , by Hillary Rodham Clinton 3. Everything Is Awful , by Matt Bellassai 5. Endurance , by Scott Kelly 6. Theft by Finding , by David Sedaris 8. Hillbilly Elegy, by J. Killers of the Flower Moon , by David Grann Chuck Klosterman X , by Chuck Klosterman Note to Self , by Connor Franta The Education of Will , by Patricia B. McConnell Grant , by Ron Chernow and this would be our 2 book that had no event Leonardo Da Vinci , by Walter Isaacson lots of memoirs, only two biographies Good Grief , by Theresa Caputo At Mama's Knee , by April Ryan American Spirit , by David McCullough Obama , by Pete Souza Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, by John Gurda Born a Crime , by Trevor Noah The Color of Law , by Richard Rothstein The Death of Expertise , by Tom Nichols Devotion, by Patti Smith signed copies really help sell books!
Sapiens, by Yuval Harari Fully Alive , by Tyler Gage One indication might be what we sold in December. Here are our top ten titles for the holiday month. Grant , by Ron Chernow 2. Leonardo Da Vinci , by Walter Isaacson 3. Obama , by Pete Souza 5. Killers of the Flower Moon , by David Grann 7. Border Country , by Martha Greene Phillips 9. I think it would have been higher had the book not been scheduled for paperback on January 2. It will be interesting to see if this pays off-the book is coming off a bit of a shortage, a number of year-end best-of lists, and the Financial Times Award.
Could more laurels be on the way? While we pull bulk sales out, we don't exclude book-with-ticket events, and the line on this can be a little hazy. While we worked the events and gave out the books, we met neither Hillary Rodham Clinton unlike our former colleague at a certain other store who had a group picture with HRC! But to be fair, I didn't really mean Sheryl Sandberg and that really was our event.
She's also a friend's cousin, or maybe a cousin's friend. It's hard to remember. One thing that I noticed just when looking for jacket images is that while a white jacket is a bit of a non-starter for fiction, you just can't beat it for nonfiction. With black and red highlights. And yes, we are well aware that despite being a good-sized bookstore with respectable sales, we are still, as I like to call it, "a niche within a niche. I have to say that I've talked myself back into reading it. Pleasantville , by Attica Locke 3.
Lilac Girls , by Martha Hall Kelly 4. Milk and Honey , by Rupi Kaur 6. The Handmaid's Tale , by Margaret Atwood 7. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi 8. The Drifter , by Nick Petrie 9.
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee The Sellout , by Paul Beatty The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah News of the World , by Paulette Jiles John Mandel The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett The Excellent Lombards , by Jane Hamilton Death Goes Overboard , by David S. Pederson The Fishermen , Chigozie Obioma The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead LaRose, by Louise Erdrich The Nest , by Cynthia Sweeney Karolina's Twins , by Ronald H. Balson Cold Clay , by Juneau Black The Marriage of Opposites , by Alice Hoffman Before the Fall , by Noah Hawley History of Wolves , by Emily Fridlund In the Time of the Butterflies , by Julia Alvarez The Alice Network , by Kate Quinn The Improbability of Love , by Hannah Rothschild The Women in the Cabin 10 , by Ruth Ware Rules of Civility , by Amor Towles The Hamilton Affair , by Elizabeth Cobbs American Gods, by Neil Gaiman It , by Stephen King Pestiferous Questions , by Margaret Rozga The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden The Light of Paris , by Eleanor Brown A Great Reckoning , by Louise Penny Swing Time , by Zadie Smith Fifth Season , by N.
We often get to supply the books for his appearances elsewhere. We had 2 number of paperbacks that also appeared on our hardcover list, with one book, Pachinko, making the top ten for each format. But don't sell News of the World short. Seven books were on last year's paperback top The 1 paperback of is 4 for Rupi Kaur is the only author to have two books in the topp Lincoln in the Bardo , by George Saunders 6. Saints for All Occasions, by J. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 8. Norse Mythology , by Neil Gaiman Sing, Unburied, Sing , by Jesmyn Ward Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng Exit West , by Mohsin Hamid Glass Houses , by Louise Penny Devotions , by Mary Oliver Origin , by Dan Brown The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham Small Great Things , by Jodi Picoult News of the World , by Paulette Giles My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent Uncommon Type , by Tom Hanks The Power , by Naomi Alderman Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke Beartown , by Fredrik Backman Less , by Andrew Sean Greer Camino Island , by John Grisham The Magpie Murders , by Anthony Horowitz Into the Water , by Paula Hawkins So the question is, were the books helped by me reading or not?
And the definitive answer? It depends. And five more books were from authors who came to Boswell for their previous novel. We had seven first novels in our top 50, which seems about right for the year, maybe even a little low compared to the past few years. I think it was a tough year to break out new names. On the other hand, it felt like a good year for second novels , with seven counted.
So much for the sophomore slump! So tricky because you have to remember that Jesmyn Ward's newest is her third novel, and that Naomi Alderman's actually published three previous works. But then, do you start thinking about the manuscripts that were finished but not published? What if you know about them? Only one author, John Grisham, has two books in our top And to end with a little further categorization, we had three story collections including a novel in stories and one collection of poetry. Devotions , by Mary Oliver 4. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng 7. Manhattan Beach , by Jennifer Egan 9.
It's interesting to me that the 1 indie bestseller, Artemis , did not even make our top ten this week. Looking closely at the data, it looks like you would call this a runaway regional bestseller, with much stronger sales on the west coast. I wonder if this is a tech thing? While we've sold a lot of copies of A Visit from the Goon Squad over the life of the book, it was interesting to not that the book was not a major bestseller for us in hardcover.
Compare that to Manhattan Beach , where we and most other booksellers have seen major success. My guess, however, is that five years out, we will not equal our hardcover sales with the paperback release, even if we do a book club push. I guess we can take that as a self-imposed dare and see what happens. Janesville , by Amy Goldstein 2. Leonardo Da Vinci , by Walter Isaacson 5.
Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, by John Gurda 6. Going into Town , by Roz Chast 7. The Color of Law , by Richard Rothstein appearing at major fundraiser his spring Vacationland, by John Hodgman Our last-minute shipment of Janesville from the publisher with us covering expedited shipping paid off, with our additional order selling out by December The paperback arrives on January 2.
Similarly our creative scrounging of copies for The Death and Life of the Great Lakes really helped pop last-minute sales. Paperback Fiction: 1. Bitters in the Honey, by Marjorie Robertson 2. The Drifter , by Nick Petrie trade and mass editions combined 4. History of Wolves , by Emily Fridlund 5. Cold Clay , by Juneau Black 9. Shady Hollow , by Juneau Black The new novel lands January 9 and our event is January We've started stocking the Nick Petrie mass markets The Drifter and Burning Bright , to see if they help get new readers for the series.
While we're following our general rule of stocking both the original and tie-in edition for the book, and we're using the tie-in cover to promote our event on Feb 19 in conversation with Suzanne Jurva of Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance , the original cover is selling better.
Thank goodness the days of the tie-in jacket replacing the original cover are behind us. Evicted , by Matthew Desmond 2. Milwaukee Haiku , by Barbara Ali 3. How to Fight , by Thich Nhat Hanh 5. The Undoing Project , by Michael Lewis 6. The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel 8. Over the next few weeks, we get back some of the space that is dedicated to gift books for upcoming events.
Irby comes to Boswell for the reissue of Meaty, her book of essays from Curbside Splendor. I don't know what popped Lost City of the Monkey God, but we had our best week since release. Andrew Liptak writes in The Verge : "When Preston accompanied a team of archaeologists to explore the city on foot, they found an undisturbed set of ruins overrun by the forest, likely untouched since it was abandoned.
Here We Are , by Oliver Jeffers 3. The Book of Dust , by Philip Pullman 4. Red and Lulu , by Matt Tavares 6. The Explorer , by Katherine Rundell 8. Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Septys There are so many that come out each season, but it looks like Matt Tavares's Red and Lulu is the clear favorite. I asked Amie about this and she said that our other new seasonal title that had strong sales was A World of Cookies for Santa , by M.
Furman, with illustrations by Susan Gal. Even the squeamish can play: no gore, no violence and no sex, just a chaste if rocky romance. The ideal readers of Cold Clay will be people who read a lot; they'll enjoy the book's sly humor, allusions to other writers and winks at mystery conventions. While all reporters are foxes, she also happens to be one genetically. Her friend and sounding board is Lenore Lee, a raven who owns the Nevermore bookstore, apparently the tallest building in town.
Turn your mental Poe-detector on for her scenes. This review was first featured in the New York Daily News. Former bookseller Marjorie Robertson at Boswell on Friday at 2 with her novel "Bitters in the Honey," plus Journal Sentinel book picks from today and last Sunday Wed, Just one event this week! Schwartz Bookshops downtown? In the mid-eighties, there was a store in the Grand Avenue, and in , the store on Fifth and Wisconsin moved to the Iron Block building at the corner of Water and Wisconsin. If that seems weird, there were also two Woolworths, two Limiteds, and two Radio Shacks.
Schwartz Bookshops over two runs, one at each location. Robertson left Milwaukee to travel and travel she did, but now she's back to read from and discuss her new novel, Bitters in the Honey. The novel, a semifinalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition, is a multi-voice, coming-of-age story about loss, guilt, the beauty of nature, and the ambiguity of good and evil. While her mother and grandmother strive to maintain a sense of normalcy, Lana and her brother and sister are left to make their own adventures as they cope with grief.
It turns out her alcoholic grandfather is no replacement for her father, but a new farmhand, despite his unfamiliar face and ragged looks, might fill the bill. He writes: "As a historian, Bailey is determined to keep lifting that blanket of silence and uncover the humanity of people it obscures. Also included is a gift book roundup by Christopher Borrelli. It originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune and was titled "17 books for the non-reader. Today in the Journal Sentinel is a feature on the book Mexicans in Wisconsin.
In many ways, it's a history that is both personal and universal. I started thinking about all the clothing stores that catered to business folk and detoured on a history of Brill Brothers. To think that they were big enough to have a separate warehouse in the Clarke Square neighborhood. And how were the Brills of Brill Brothers and Harleys related?
I couldn't glean anything from the obituaries I found. Calling John Gurda! Sun, As I say to folks shopping in the store who comment on how busy we are in the week before Christmas, "If we're not busy now, we're in big trouble. The Enchantress of Numbers , by Jennifer Chiaverini 2. Lincoln in the Bardo , by George Saunders 4. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles 5. Manhattan Beach , by Jennifer Egan 6. Devotions, by Mary Oliver 7. Origin, by Dan Brown 9. The Power , by Naomi Laderman Artemis, by Andy Weir Uncommon Type , by Tom Hanks It strikes me that, excluding our handselling, that certain publishers and imprints at larger publishers are having a particularly good year.
One division that snagged two winners is Scribner, which is riding high with Sing, Unburied, Sing , and Manhattan Beach. The former needed to be so good that it would win awards and hit multiple best-of lists to really reach its potential and it did and the latter would have to hit ride some amazing reviews but overcome others that were mixed, and hold an author's audience when said author tries to mix it up with every novel. Another publishing division imprint? In addition, Mary Oliver continues to do very strongly in the indie market with Devotions.
She's been in our top ten most weeks during the holiday season and this week is at 6. Combine that with holiday surge for Killers of the Flower Moon on the nonfiction list Hardcover Nonfiction: 1. Grant, by Ron Chernow 2. Leonardo Da Vinci , by Walter Isaacson 4. Killers of the Flower Moon , by David Grann 6. Obama , by Pete Souza Hey, we lasted longer than some!
Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser We were finally in stock and now we're out again! Promise Me, Dad , by Joe Biden Clair Border Country, by Martha Greene Phillips Bobby Kennedy, by Chris Matthews Going into Town , by Roz Chast Everybody Lies, by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Janesville, by Amy Goldstein Devotion, by Patti Smith Speaking of publishers having a good holiday, it strikes me that things are going particularly well for W.
While we might call The Death and Life of the Great Lakes regional, the fact that the book was out of stock with both publisher and distributors indicates that the region is pretty large. Norse Mythology , Norton's first 1 bestseller on The New York Times , had a nice resurgence at the holidays, partly with the help of a bookseller's top five pick. Rothstein will be back in the spring for a fundraiser for Community Advocates. History of Wolves , by Emily Fridlund 3. Cold Clay , by Juneau Black 5. The Other Einstein , by Marie Benedict 7.
Difficult Women , by Roxane Gay 8. The Hamilton Affair, by Elizabeth Cobbs The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn Autumn , by Ali Smith The Mistletoe Murder , by P. James Lilac Girls , by Martha Hall Kelly The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katharine Arden The Drifter, by Nick Petrie and there's a mass market further down the list So to put this in perspective, Pachinko has our best week of sales for a paperback fiction title that was not connected to an event since at least I'm almost positive that in fact that it's since we were open, but we don't have data for weekly sales for December because I had a computer crash that was not backed up, and we replaced our inventory hard drive since then so while we have total numbers, I can't reconstruct weekly sales.
Both had an early paperback release and were also named one of The New York Times best books of the year. I do have the Harry W. Schwartz numbers for and the runaway bestseller was The Elegance of the Hedgehog , by Muriel Barbery. OK there are a few books, like All the Light We Cannot See , Pachinko, and to a lesser extent History of Wolves which like, Pachinko, had an author visit drive sales , is dominated by books that did not have strong hardcover sales. Many of the books are either paperback originals or books that were sleepers in hardcover.
I think this is partly because by Christmas, many of these books are old hat by the holidays, having gotten their paperback release last spring. In addition, I think many hardcover fiction books have sales patterns more similar to nonfiction, where we capture most of the available sale in hardcover, being the price points are closer than they used to be, and the traditional paperback price-oriented reader might divert to ebook or audio download. Paperback Nonfiction: 1. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder 3.
Lewd Looks , by Elena Gorfinkel 5. Women and Power , by Mary Beard 6. How to Fight , by Thich Nhat Hanh 7. Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee , by Thomas H. Fehring 8. The Undoing Project , by Michael Lewis 9. Life is a Joke , by Gordon and John Javna Perry Gunslinger, by Jeff Pearlman Teeny Tiny Turntable , from Running Press Cream City Chronicles , by John Gurda I periodically say that paperback nonfiction is driven by regional titles and this season is no exception, and some might say that Eviction falls into this category, because I'm not sure how many other markets there are where Eviction is, week after week, their 1 bestseller.
Here We Are , by Oliver Jeffers 2. The Explorer , by Katherine Rundell 5. The Book of Dust , by Philip Pullman 9. Far From the Tree , by Robin Benway After the Fall , by Dan Santat Undefeated, by Steve Sheinkin Strega Nona board book, by Tomie dePaola She Persisted , by Chelsea Clinton with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger While the number of picture books on our bestseller list is a little thin five of the top 20 would be included, and that's including two board books , our 1 book, Here We Are , by Oliver Jeffers, is outselling the equivalent books last year.
This is a weird thing to notice, but that unlike our adult categories, we seem to have a runaway picture book hit every other year: 's Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, 's The Day the Crayons Quit, and 's The Day the Crayons Came Home outsold their competitors by a large margin, but in the even years, there were a whole bunch of picture books in the back. The exception was 's Before After, but that was different because we were driving the sales of that book, rather than riding a popular wave. And with that analysis, I think we can say that Oliver Jeffers is very popular at Boswell.
If you add the three formats up together, sales are up in for The Snowy Day at Boswell. Could it be the influence of the postage stamp? Nicole Brodeur. Big news! Neil cooked with Ina Garten. The book was inspired by Harris's I like the s after the apostrophe for proper names "lifelong love of magic, circuses, sideshows, and carnivals. Tickets are almost sold out for this event. Please call for availability. Read this interview with Nancy Gilson in the Columbus Dispatch.
Here's an excerpt: "I love writing novels about women in history who have done extraordinary things, especially given that they had to battle against different expectations for women in the era they were born in. Gorfinkel's new book, Lewd Looks, recovers a lost chapter on in the history of independent cinema and American culture. Gorfinkel's work on s sexploitation films will engross readers interested in media, sexuality, gender, and the s.
Gorfinkel investigates the films and their contexts with scholarly depth and vivid storytelling, producing a new account of the obscene image, screen sex, and adult film and media. You know John Nichols as national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine and is the author or coauthor of ten books. But in addition to his work on the national stage, both as editor and commentator, John Nichols has been associated with Madison's Capital Times for more than 20 years.
As Madison's Capital Times marks its th anniversary in , John Nichols, along with editor Dave Zweifel, recall the remarkable history of a newspaper that served as the tribune of Robert M. Please note the early start time. Boswell will be at East selling copies of The Capital Times. Lincoln in the Bardo , by George Saunders 3. Origin , by Dan Brown 8. Pachinko , by Min Jin Lee yes, we're still selling hardcovers 9. Sandy doesn't generally have this long tail of sales with us Our customers love critical praise and so do we and I was struggling to understand our good but not great sales.
So it's nice to see that our customers are finally responding to the power of Sing, Unburied, Sing and made it our 1 hardcover fiction book for the week. Obama , by Pete Souza we're not out of books yet! Grant , by Ron Chernow 3. I guess a lot of places are 5. Everybody Lies , by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz 7. Wait, What? Ryan Theft by Finding, by David Sedaris we hid away some signed copies!
The Hidden Life of Trees , by Peter Wohlleben redux, though we were lagging other bookstores then Milwaukee City of Neighborhoods , by John Gurda Endurance, by Scott Kelly Priestdaddy , by Patricia Lockwood Silence , by Erling Kagge Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee wow! Nobody's Fool , by Richard Russo one customer's list 3. History of Wolves , by Emily Fridlund 4. The Mistletoe Murder, by P. James 8. The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict Dark Matter , by Blake Crouch The Drifter , by Nick Petrie The Buried Giant , by Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day , by Kazuo Ishiguro Pachinko is one example of a book that got rushed out in paperback for the holidays and it's clearly paid off as I think they got some momentum help with the a new release.
History of Wolves from Emily Fridlund had been scheduled for paperback release pre-Christmas for some time and it's similarly had a nice pop. The book was a Man Booker finalist but it's hardcover rebound sales as a result of the nom did not come close to this and we had a display. And since our bestseller numbers in paperback have been pretty moribund, I have to say that maybe we could use a few more releases in the fourth quarter if you've got a book with buzz but not selling at bestseller levels in hardcover.
But if everyone did this, the sales pops would be fewer and farther between. It's like the old coloring book dilemma--the craze was killed partly because it was a craze, but also by the a huge increase in supply both in publications and outlets which outstripped demand. Hoping that after the holidays, one or two of these will break nationally. Hey, New York Times , it would help if you increased the trade paperback fiction list from 10 to Beer Lovers Wisconsin, by Kathy Flanigan out of stock many places!
Lolas' House, by M. Evelina Galang 4. Women and Power , by Mary Beard 5. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder 6. Global Discontents, by Noam Chomsky 7. Lab Girl , by Hope Jahren 8. How to Fight , by Thich Nhat Hanh 9. Holidays on Ice , by David Sedaris Jane Austen Illustrated Quotations, edited by the Bodleian Library Working with Boswell's Jane at the front desk yesterday, we each put a book at our register.
Dream Big Dreams , by Pete Souza 3. Wonder both editions , by Peter Brown Dog Man Unleashed , by Dav Pilkey Polar Express , by Chris Van Allsburg Ship of the Dead , by Rick Riordan Restart , by Gordon Korman Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban illustrated, by J. Rowling and Jim Kay Rowling and Olivia Lomenich Gill Red and Lulu , by Matt Tavares A World of Cookies for Santa , by M. Furman with illustrations by Susan Gal Barrowman, and Mike Fischer pick the best books of I'm not linking this week except to the newspaper because, well, it's a lot of work! We'd love to hear from you.
Call us at or email us for ordering info at info boswellbooks. I've been eyeing the hardcover sitting on my shelf at home and it started entering the "use it or lose it" zone. Two girls grow up in the same neighborhood. Both are biracial. Both enroll in dance class. As the publisher says, one has talent, the other has ideas. Tracey focuses on her art, but Narrator which is what I call the people in unnamed first-person novels is driven to bigger things by her mom, who may be an immigrant from the Carribean, but has an intuitive idea about how to appear palatable to the upper classes, while at the same time shunning striving altogether.
But N that's short for Narrator doesn't follow the great path of a social justice warrior. She gets a job at YTV substitute M and then as one of four personal assistants for Aimee, a wunderkind entertainment phenomenon. She sings, she dances, she acts! She understands people. And boy, does she appropriate. So Aimee has this plan to open this school for girls in Africa Gambia. But does that mean working with a government that isn't always top notch in human rights? And what does that do to the boys who are not given the chance?
When I read fiction, I kind of like books that ask questions rather than answer them, and boy does Swing Time have that in spades a phrase which, as you know, comes from Bridge, as spades are the highest suit. I've said in the past that every writer has a series of plotlines they have to check off. Have I written my affair book? My historical novel? And one novel that seems to be particularly important for women writers less so men, but Shotgun Lovesongs comes to mind is the friendship novel.
I always think of Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye as the ultimate friendship novel, but I've read many others. The question that G. Were they frenemies? Would they grow closer after the book ended or was that ending scene really the end. As one person in the group noted, the end of Swing Tim e might be the beginning of Swing Time. Each mother was, in her own way, imposing expectations on their children.
But I might go back and suggest it. In the end, the group was split, like a beat up bell curve with the higher peak among the likers. I think the biggest complaint was that it dragged a bit a variation of it was too long. In this way, it reminded me of The Sympathizers in that the part that could possibly be excised the filming of the Apocalypse Now equivalent movie was so good that how could you leave it out?
In the same way, some of the best bits of Swing Time are the historical asides, when Narrator looks at old films, revisiting racism, blackface, and the super talented singers and dancers of color who are now forgotten. A number of us turned to the internet to view clips referenced in the book. How could you not want to know more about Jeni LeGon? As I've said before, much of my reading is contextual. The books I read influence the future books I read, at least until I forget about the prior books.
All three books fall loosely into the category of autofiction. Krauss used a character named Nicole. Greer used a character name Arthur, and to me, that's close enough, being that so many customers call me David. And Smith, she used a nameless narrator. But there are clues. While Smith was not a dancer, she did sing. And the area she grew up matches. And I think the time periods match.
As many authors say to us, we are all of our fictional creations and we are none of them. But there's another clue that there's a component to this book that makes the character a Zadie Smith in another multiverse thank goodness for comics, so there's a shorthand for this sort of thing. Remember when Narrator needs a place to stay in New York and winds up with Darryl and Richard, two writers "in their late fifties, a couple, one white and one black"?
Anyone who closely reads the acknowledgements like I always, always do can figure out these are a real couple who are Zadie Smith's friends. They are not historical people being used like Abe in Lincoln in the Bardo. That's a little Easter egg that Smith is playing with us. It's her and of course it's completely not her. If I had any caveat, really, it was while Smith could speak critically about dance, I don't think her writing quite captured the emotional experience of dancing.
I love when books about art and music and theater do that. I'm not saying it's an easy thing - the closest it got I think was the last scene. We wound up having an excellent conversation about Swing Time. And now what's up next for the In-Store Lit Group? Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
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Working overtime! I think our friend Margaret P. Marquardt began her passion for French through the immersion program And Andrew Martin , in his debut novel Early Work , traces the sexual, ethical, and literary misadventures of millennials whose reality has been over determined by the books they read. Leading the discussion is Jessica Keener , whose own most recent novel is Strangers in Budapest.
Moderators Jessica Keener Novelist Jessica Keener's literary talents were recognized early on; she was awarded a full scholarship to Brown University based on her creative writing portfolio. Stephen McCauley Stephen McCauley had many careers before settling on being a novelist: kindergarten teacher, travel agent, yoga instructor. A professor sent it to an agent, it was accepted by Simon and Schuster, 20th Century The three works considered in this session offer solid evidence to confirm that racism is alive today, but offer glimpses of hope nonetheless.
Sponsored by Harvard University Press. She oversees WBUR's arts coverage for the radio and the web. Garcia came to Boston from New York City where she earned a master of arts in journalism, with a focus on arts and culture reporting, from Columbia Jabari Asim Jabari Asim is a writer and educator who has been writing about the African American experience for decades. Asim is a former editor at the Washington Post a position he held for eleven years and was the editor in chief at The Crisis, the primary publication of the NAACP, from She was selected for a prestigious Carnegie Fellowship She has reported on the Guatemalan Civil War, Cuba, and the Hispanic affairs beat for the Associated Press, which earned her a managing editor Harvard University Press.
As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. As a teenager, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself—a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute and immaterial.
Sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. He began working at the Monitor in and has worked as an environment blogger, web producer, SEO coach, and science editor. Before joining the science desk as a writer Since joining the Monitor in , Swan has worked as both an editor and writer for both the website and the weekly magazine. She has written several cover and feature stories Alan Lightman Alan Lightman is a rare breed; he has led both a successful science career as a professor and researcher at MIT and also become an accomplished novelist.
He has also written and published poetry, essays, short stories, and reviews. After earning his PhD in theoretical physics from Christian Science Monitor. Christopher Couch of UMass Amherst, author of numerous books on graphic novels and curator of exhibits on comic art. Come celebrate this remarkable achievement in the art form.
Moderators N. Christopher Couch N. Christopher Couch is a senior lecturer in comparative literature at UMass Amherst. He holds a PhD in art history from Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Latin American art and on graphic novels and comic art, including The Will Eisner Companion Jason Lutes Jason Lutes is an acclaimed cartoonist. By , he was the art director All of the places in the book are real, even if they seem like fiction! Ages , with an adult. Presenters Rosemary Mosco Rosemary Mosco is a science writer and artist. She lives in Massachusetts.
Her latest collaboration Daley grew up in Canada and earned his degree in architectural technology from Humber College in Toronto. She is also the codirector and cofounder of Wee Botolph Club Foundation Laura Andersen Laura Andersen is the author of award-winning novels of historical romance and intrigue. She started writing seriously in on a dare from a friend, and eventually set herself the goal of getting published by the age of forty—she missed that goal by only four years.
Her debut Theodora Goss Theodora Goss is an award-winning fantasy novelist, short story writer, and writing professor. Mackenzi Lee Mackenzi Lee is an author burning bright in young adult fiction. Her debut novel Lost in Translation Literary translations are often taken for granted by readers. For translators, they are works of art in their own right. Going beyond linguistics, Irena Stanic Rasin uses her first-hand experience as a translator to explore the not-frequently-thought-of obstacles translators face.
Sponsored by La Scuola at Eataly Boston. Her first book for pre adolescents, co-authored with psychologist Latinka Basara, was published in Croatia in Eataly Boston. Capitalism vs. Democracy Does democracy need to be reformed to preserve economic growth for all, or does capitalism need to be reformed to preserve democracy? That is the question we will tackle with three preeminent thinkers.
Yascha Mounk , in The People vs. Her research explores the degree to which the private sector can Robert Kuttner Robert Kuttner is an award-winning economics journalist and professor. Yascha Mounk Yascha Mounk is a writer, academic, and public speaker known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. Dambisa Moyo Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs.
She advises companies, corporate boards, CEOs, and management on investment Not Just a Game: Sports and Social Change Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and timely discussion of the outsize role athletes can have in effecting social change. Amy Bass , in One Goal , tells the uplifting story of a high school soccer team that overcame racism in a Maine town whose residents now include many Somali refugees.
In addition to his lengthy radio career, Littlefield is the author of Amy Bass Amy Bass is a scholar, writer, and professor whose writing and research has focused on the intersection of African American culture, race, and sports in America. Wil Haygood Wil Haygood has had a remarkable career. He had a decades-long career in journalism, working for the Boston Globe as a foreign and national correspondent and being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work.
He joined the staff of the Washington Post in In , he published From the filling of the actual back bay about through today, connections with literature and writers of all flavors have flourished. This sampling aims to whet your appetite for more! Interactive Events. Throughout his academic career, he has attended performing arts institutions dedicated to music, further piqueing his interest in and love for the art.
Under the mentorship of world-renowned artists including Ron Blake, Nona Hendryx, and Terri Lyne Carrington, Jackson is carving out his path to success in the music industry. Under the mentorship of Her stunning images capture both the intimate and personal and the large-scale public events that create the spectacle of daily life in Jerusalem. Join Michal Safdie and journalist and contributing editor at The Atlantic , Peter Beinart , for a discussion of both the fraught and beautiful aspects of life in Jerusalem. Binary is Michal Safdie Michal Safdie is a photographer of culture and conflict around the world.
She has exhibited Like its namesake, a Triple Decker Poem builds community through collaboration. All participants will have the chance to write and reflect together on what it means to share space—in a neighborhood and in a creative work. Presenters Aaron Devine Aaron Devine is a writer, educator, and translator.
In he helped found the Write on the DOT reading He is also an enthusiastic bicycle commuter and guide. She has delivered several hundred high impact workshops taught through the mediums of poetry Anna Ross Anna Ross is a poet and educator. She is the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in poetry and has published several collections and chapbooks of poetry. Her chapbooks have Candelaria Silva-Collins Candelaria Silva-Collins is a driving force behind the continuation and outreach of the arts in Boston.
YA: Space! These three talented authors have set their sights on the stars in more ways than one. Sasha Aslberg and her coauthor Lindsay Cummings launched their Androma Saga with Zenith , an action-packed space opera about a crew of female space pirates. After completing her master's in library science at Rutgers University, Amy Pattee worked as a children's librarian at public Sasha Alsberg Sasha Alsberg is a best-selling young adult novelist and popular Booktuber. She has been vlogging about books on her YouTube channel, Abookutopia, since Alsberg wrote the first Andrew Smith Andrew Smith is an award-winning author of wonderfully weird books for young adults.
His book, Grasshopper Jungle, was named a Michael L. He is also the author of Winger Inventors, Makers, Barrier Breakers Come and explore the world of high-tech invention and innovation, with Tumblehome's Inventors, Makers, and Barrier Breakers book-related activities workshop! Teachers, parents, and students will enjoy trying different fun hands-on activities to accompany chapters from the book. Play with basic circuitry using both "soft" and "hard" circuits and learn how you can make sounds, lights, and sense the world around you using some easy-to-find materials or even your own smartphone!
Hear from the author of the book itself, Dr. Pendred Noyce , who happens to be the daughter of one of the inventors in the book! Sponsored by Tumblehome Learning. Presenters Barnas Monteith As a student, Barnas Monteith was the winningest contestant in Massachusetts science fair history, and as an adult he has served for many years as the chair of the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair.
Monteith adds to his background in paleontology, geology, entrepreneurship Penny Noyce Penny Noyce is a doctor, educator, and author of twelve books for young people. She grew up in Silicon Valley, studied biochemistry at Harvard and medicine at Stanford, and did her medical residency in Minneapolis before moving to the Boston area. For twenty-five years she served Tumblehome Learning. Fiction: Love and Trauma The three accomplished novelists in this session have crafted remarkable portraits of characters struggling with how to reconcile the damage of the past with the promise of a new future.
Please join these three masterful writers for a wide-ranging conversation about empathy, resilience, and the craft of fiction, moderated by novelist Henriette Lazaridis , author of The Clover House. Moderators Henriette Lazaridis Henriette Lazaridis has dedicated her career to telling stories. Jenna Blum Jenna Blum writes moving novels of heart and tragedy. Her work has won her many He is the author of six novels and a memoir, Townie, about his troubled childhood in and around Haverhill, Massachusetts, and his difficult relationship with his famous writer father.
His books of fiction are The Cage Collins reviews for Kirkus Reviews Katherine Arden Katherine Arden is the author of the dark and whimsical Winternight trilogy that reimagines myth and being a woman in Medieval Russia. Jonathan Auxier Jonathan Auxier is an award-winning author of fantastical books for children. His second book, the Victorian ghost But beyond celebrity bloggers, fake news, and teen angst about "likes," the effect of social media extends way beyond the perils of diversion: this platform is altering our brains.
He lives with his parents and older brother in Scituate. Ryan's life changed drastically at last year's Super Bowl when Justin Timberlake unexpectedly took a selfie with Ryan as part of Miller uses experimental and theoretical approaches to study the neural basis of the high-level cognitive functions that underlie complex goal-directed behavior.
The focus is on the Sree Sreenivasan Sree Sreenivasan is a leading consultant, speaker and trainer for nonprofits, corporations, startups, and executives. In , he and his best friend Andrew Lih launched Digimentors Maryanne Wolf Maryanne Wolf is an award-winning cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert who has devoted her career to studying how humans read and think. The author of more than scientific publications, Wolf also writes compellingly for a general audience; her book Proust The show Mr. Was Fred Rogers a complicated or conflicted guy? Of course. Was he also the kind, understanding, good person that he portrayed in his TV persona?
Most emphatically, yes. Was Tom Hanks a good choice to play Mr. Rogers in an upcoming movie? Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice, and education. She also worked on the launch Maxwell King Maxwell King has had a long career in journalism and philanthropy. He spent much of his career as a journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, becoming an assistant city editor in and a city editor a year later. He held a variety of editorial positions before becoming editor of Appearance by Taco Dragon If you can't find Taco Dragon, try looking for him at the taco truck--it's lunchtime!
Readings: Finding the Way Journeys--both literal and metaphorical--form the unifying theme of this session of readings by Massachusetts novelists. She is a professional pastry chef, an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of Eternity , and his latest novel, The World is a Narrow Bridge. Thier has received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her debut novel, The Book of Essie, is about an evangelical family starring in a reality TV show when their seventeen-year-old daughter becomes pregnant.
Before becoming a novelist, Weir published Fiction: Myth, Fate, and Family The two powerful novels considered in this session explore how we come to terms with history--familial and personal--to create a more tenable future. A serious bout of depression brings her father and sister for a visit and prompts a profound examination of family bonds and a reckoning with the past. Although Upstate is set firmly in reality and Circe takes place in the fantastical world of Greek mythology, each raises urgent questions about self and other, family histories and societal norms.
Join us for an illuminating conversation led by novelist Dawn Tripp , author of Georgia and Game of Secrets. Sponsored by PEN America. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. Her first novel, The Song of Achilles James Wood Called by Vivian Gornick "among the most highly regarded literary critics of our moment," James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since In , he won the National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism. He was the chief literary critic at the Is there a difference in their fiction and criticism?
Or is fiction also a critical intervention? The panel is sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book, administrator of, among other programs, the Massachusetts Book Awards. Gish Jen Gish Jen writes both fiction and nonfiction. She has taught in numerous writing programs including Emerson College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, and the Warren Wilson low residency MFA program, and is the author of a collection of stories and eight Massachusetts Center for the Book. Moderator Kelly J. Moderators Kelly J. Ford Kelly J. A former Boston Globe Magazine columnist and a Huffington Post blogger, he is the author of four books, including Homo Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.
Milo Todd Milo Todd is a novelist, manuscript consultant, and presenter. He specializes in queer, trans, and poverty topics, as well as narrative voice and outline techniques. Not too long ago, that became email. And now, we listen. Podcasts are the new mainstream but how to take a beloved genre--the advice column--off the page and into an ear bud? Presenters Meredith Goldstein Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe.
Her advice column, Love Letters, is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that has been running online and in the paper since Readers ask questions, get answers from Goldstein, and Amy Pedulla Amy Pedulla is an award-winning radio and podcast producer. This author talk will be moderated by Shuchi Saraswat , curator of the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith, an events series focused on migration, exile and displacement and works in translation. Hubert Haddad Hubert Haddad is a poet, playwright, short story writer and novelist.
Participants will create their own maps of settings for the tales they want to tell, populating them with characters and significant story elements. Everyone can take home their own story map. Presenters Norman B. Its mission is to use the collection of , maps and five Poet and comic book aficionado Stephanie Burt will host what is sure to be one of the most entertaining sessions at BBF.
Moderators Stephanie Burt Stephanie Burt is an expert in American poetry, both in its composition and its critique. Burt also teaches at Harvard University, sharing with students not only her expertise He's turned True Story In this engaging session, three nonfiction authors will present their work,TED-style, in a fast-paced presentation. Like TED, we will be videotaping them for inclusion on the Ideas in Action website, so the authors will be in top form.
Salk Institute biologist Dr. Satchin Panda will present his electrifying scientific work from The Circadian Code. Owing to the existence of 26 hours of recorded conversation among the crew before the ship sank off the coast of the Bahamas, Slade was able to construct a harrowing account of dreadful decision-making.
John Kaag , author of Hiking with Nietzsche , tells a deeply personal story of how his search for wisdom led him on two journeys to the mountains above Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Moderators John Werner John Werner has taken a career as an innovator in a multitude of directions. He is currently a vice president at Meta Co. He was a founding member of Citizen Schools, an extended-day middle-school program Although he has written a number of books, he is best known for American Philosophy: A Love Story Satchin Panda Satchin Panda is a leading expert in the field of circadian rhythm research.
Panda is a Pew Rachel Slade Rachel Slade has a long history as a Boston journalist and has recently embarked on a new career as an author of narrative nonfiction. From to , Slade was a writer and editor at Boston magazine, holding the titles of home design editor, senior editor, articles editor, and His wordless picture book, Draw! Two cookbooks later The Homemade Pantry, The Homemade Kitchen , Chernila is back with a third cookbook, Eating from the Ground Up , empowering eaters everywhere to make simple, perfect vegetables.
Against the backdrop of Eataly Boston, Alana Chernila will chat about how to start a blog and turn it into a cookbook , her food writing Food52, Martha Stewart Living , and what you should make for dinner. Presenters Alana Chernila A graduate of St. Chernila keeps a blog of the same name, which she started Autumn Jones Autumn Jones is a soulful singer-songwriter from Maplewood, New Jersey, graduating from the same high school as Lauryn Hill, one of her inspirations.
Presenters Autumn Jones Autumn Jones is a soulful singer-songwriter from Maplewood, New Jersey, graduating from the same high school as Lauryn Hill, one of her inspirations. Jones, who features emotional lyrics and a powerhouse voice, has performed in the Boston area at venues such as Mavericks, Midway Cafe Authoritarianism History provides us with many examples of authoritarian leaders and tyrants. So does Shakespeare. This session looks at our present political circumstances with an assist from the past. Yale historian Timothy Snyder has spent his career studying twentieth-century European history.
Kennedy School of Government Stephen Greenblatt Pulitzer Prize—winning literary historian Stephen Greenblatt has made a career out of the study of William Shakespeare and the cultural output of the early modern era. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley for nearly thirty years before taking a position at Harvard At the Timothy Snyder Timothy Snyder is a leading scholar and historian of European history.
Currently the Housum Professor of History at Yale University, Snyder has taught a variety of courses, including European political history and the history of the Holocaust, since He earned his PhD from Oxford Our host for this session of fascinating fiction readings is Aaron Devine , organizer of the Dorchester reading series Write on the DOT. Moderators Aaron Devine Aaron Devine is a writer, educator, and translator. Matthew Pearl Matthew Pearl's novels offer a fascinating mix of history and mystery.
His nonfiction writing has appeared in Spencer Wise Spencer Wise is a debut author whose historical novel, The Emperor of Shoes, tells the story of a Bostonian expat living in Southern China while running his family's shoe factory and falling in love. Wise himself was BBF Unbound: Take Your Audio Shelfie Audio Shelfie is a digital storytelling project that gives readers a space to tell stories about the roles books play in their lives.
The hosts pose questions about reading and collect stories from participants that are then paired with a photo of the storyteller to create an "audio shelfie. Those present who want to share their own stories will be invited to do so for the audience, and have their stories recorded to be part of our digital storytelling project. Her memoir became not just a reckoning with a past that was hidden from her as a child growing up in Brazil, where her grandparents had fled from prosecution for war crimes, but also a plea to the descendants of both the perpetrators and the survivors to sound the alarm.
Lindahl will be interviewed by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie , whose memoir, Bending Toward the Sun , tells the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and the ripple effects of trauma through the generations. She has worked for the betterment of children in the Los Angeles area and around the world. Julie Lindahl Julie Lindahl is a Brazilian-born American author, educator, and democracy activist who lives in Sweden. In she learned that her grandparents had been in the SS in occupied Poland throughout the duration of WWII, seeking refuge in Latin America as new war crimes trials started Strange but True Crime This session explores some obscure objects of desire that have driven people to commit bizarre crimes.
In The Feather Thief , journalist and documentarian Kirk Wallace Johnson profiles a young American flutist who risked everything to steal a collection of priceless feathers from the British Museum of Natural History. To feed his obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying, of course. In The Dinosaur Artist, New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams investigates the rarified world of fossil hunting and the black market trade in dinosaurs.
In the process, she questions the conflict between science and commerce. And in In Vino Duplicitas , Peter Hellman , journalist and long-time contributor to Wine Spectator , shines a light on wine fraud, forgery, gullible billionaires, and competitive snobbery in the highest echelons of wine connoisseurship. These three works of nonfiction read like thrillers in the hands of these outstanding authors. Shira Springer , who covers stories on sports and society for WBUR, will moderate this discussion of strange but entirely true crimes.
Peter Hellman Peter Hellman is an author and journalist with a decades-long career who has written about everything from wine fraud to true crime to the Holocaust. He is the author of Chief! In the aftermath of the Iraq War, Johnson worked on the ground in Fallujah as the first construction coordinator for the Agency.
Paige Williams Paige Williams is a decorated journalist. She won the National Magazine Award for features writing and has been anthologized YA: What's the Inspiration? Novelists find inspiration wherever life takes them--these three talented writers transform classic stories and symbols into something entirely fresh and new.
She is an active presenter and committee member for the Association for Molly Booth If there is one thing you should know about Molly Booth, it is that she really likes Shakespeare. The various work of this young adult novelist, theater director, and podcaster all has to do with the Bard. In her first book, Saving Hamlet , Emma Allen unwittingly time travels She is the cocreator, with Emily X. Pan, of Story Time with Melissa Stewart Prolific and award-winning nonfiction author Melissa Stewart celebrates animal underdogs with her new book Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers ages 4—8.
Presenters Melissa Stewart Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than science books for children, including Can an Aardvark Bark? Dangerous Places In the world of crime fiction, danger lurks everywhere: at home, at work, at leisure, in settings familiar, exotic, and unimaginable. Four mystery authors reveal how they deal with danger in vastly different locations and situations. Moderator Mo Walsh , president of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America, will be our fearless guide through these perilous locales.
Moderators Mo Walsh Mo Walsh sets her short crime stories in places and situations that have distinctive character: a second-rate resort, a society wedding, an all-night convenience store, an alien spaceship. His team of police detectives debuted in in The Cutting. Mystery Writers of America-New England. This session also features two Boston-centered novels.
Bridging any gaps between these four talented writers is our moderator, award-winning writer and educator Adam Stumacher. Moderators Adam Stumacher Adam Stumacher is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as an educator. He has won a Nelson Algren Award Yang Huang Yang Huang is both a successful writer and a computer engineer. Her first novel, Living Treasures, was published in Blair Hurley Blair Hurley is a writer, educator, and debut novelist.
Her novel, The Devoted, is about a lost young woman who falls in love with Zen Buddhism and her spiritual teacher as she embarks on her spiritual and sexual coming of age. The book was named a top pick for summer and fall Laura van den Berg Laura van den Berg is the award-winning author of two novels, two story collections, and numerous stories and essays. Everywhere and Nowhere Join social justice project Wee the People for Everywhere and Nowhere, an interactive workshop exploring powerful stories of the immigrant experience: leaving home, crossing borders, finding belonging, and celebrating culture.
This workshop will feature a storytime with live music, a kids' Round the World open mic, and a passport craft activity to places real and imagined! Presenters Wee the People Wee The People is an arts-based series of programming and events for kids exploring social justice and the power of protest. Profile of Wee the People. A performer on recorder, Baroque, and modern transverse flute, with a background in ancient, classical, and Cuban popular music, del Bosque has played with orchestras such as Ars Longa, Orchestra of Lyceum Mozartian from Havana, and the National Orchestra of Cuba.
Sheila del Bosque's Trio mixes contemporary and traditional Afro-Cuban music with the influence of European and jazz ingredients. A performer on recorder, Baroque, and modern transverse flute, with a background in ancient, classical, and Cuban popular music, del Bosque has played with orchestras such as Ars Longa Science Comics Workshop From the depths of the ocean to the vastness of outer space, from the mysteries of physics to the marvels of the human body, cartoons can help kids visualize even the most complicated concepts and make learning about science even more fun!
And at the end of the hour? The group will have made a comic! Presenters Alex Graudins Alex Graudins is a cartoonist who has published comics both in print and online. Braden Lamb Braden Lamb is an artist and cartoonist, and one of the hands behind the award-winning monthly Adventure Time comics. Lamb studied film in upstate New York before moving to Boston and starting an art career. Lamb worked with his wife and art partner, Shelli Paroline, on Adventure Shelli Paroline Shelli Paroline loved reading comics and science fiction as a child and grew up to create comics herself.
Paroline is codirector of Maris Wicks Maris Wicks has found a way to combine two of her greatest passions: science and comics. She is the writer and illustrator of science comics; she has turned everything from the human body to coral reefs to urban ecology into incredible and colorful comics. In the Public Interest? Sometimes it is difficult to believe that people in positions of power are looking out for the public interest.
In her amazing history of the opioid crisis, Dopesick , author Beth Macy traces the history of the epidemic, from the early days when Purdue Pharma put OxyContin on the market with dubious claims about its less addictive properties, to the present, when sympathy for those addicted to opioids may be plentiful but little funding for treatment is forthcoming, despite the predominance of the afflicted living in Trump country. The book offers a critique of the housing, education, and legal systems that contribute to the problem. Moderators Meghan Irons Meghan Irons is a veteran journalist at the Boston Globe, covering a range of topics that touch on how culture, politics, and social issues intersect with everyday life.
She was a member of the award-winning project 68 Blocks, has explored the diverse communities in Boston, and currently Eve Ewing Eve Ewing is a Chicago-bred writer, artist, and scholar who has made her career about fighting social and racial injustice, particularly in the sphere of public education. Renaissance Redux This session will look at two notable Renaissance people: one whose very name is synonymous with the scientific and artistic achievements of that era, and one whose name was barely known to us, until now.
Walter Isaacson , whose previous bestsellers explored other restless, creative geniuses such as Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs, delves into the astonishing creativity and curiosity that drove the most famous of Renaissance men, Leonardo da Vinci. And, in Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna, author Ramie Targoff , professor of English and co-chair of Italian studies at Brandeis University, examines the life and times of an extraordinary woman--the first to publish poetry in Italy.
Her connections to the powerful, including Charles V and more than one pope, as well as her close friendship with Michelangelo, gave her tremendous influence and power in Roman society. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library. Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson is a veteran of print and broadcast journalism. Starting in , Isaacson was a correspondent, then a national editor, then an Ramie Targoff Ramie Targoff is a writer, researcher, and educator whose work focuses on the literature and culture of the Renaissance, with an emphasis on the relationship between literature and religion.
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Saving Planet Earth Our planet is facing an unprecedented threat from one, and only one, species: humans. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon is squarely in the wizard camp. Come prepared for one of the most important conversations of our time that explores everything from apocalyptic environmentalism to interplanetary colonization, moderated by Beth Daley of InsideClimate News. Moderators Beth Daley Beth Daley is an award-winning journalist who has over twenty years of experience investigating and writing about health, science, and the environment.
David Grinspoon David Grinspoon is a celebrated astrobiologist, author, and person who talks a lot about science. He is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado. He has worked on several spacecraft missions with space agencies in Charles C. Mann Charles C. Mann is a journalist and author. His book won the U. A correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many Anyone who ventures outside during the day is doomed to a deadly destiny, and soon people compete against one another for the remaining commodities.
He then started a master's Urbanism Urban areas are the future, and they are also the laboratories for technological innovation and social change. We are pleased to present three outstanding authors on the subject of urbanism. Now, in Walkable City Rules , Speck offers an action plan for cities that desire to enhance street life and livability. Cassim Shepard , founding editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus , surveys the ways in which citizens are on the vanguard of urban practices today in his book, Citymakers. He argues that the challenges of growing inequality and climate change demand creative coalitions among citizen-activists, ecologists, artists, and public officials.
Diana Ramirez-Jasso , provost of the Boston Architectural College, will moderate what is sure to be a lively conversation about cities. Moderators Diana Ramirez-Jasso Diana Ramirez-Jasso has dedicated her career to the creation and teaching of architecture and design. Ramirez-Jasso, who joined the staff of Boston Architectural College in , became the provost of the college in Her areas of research and study particularly deal with the Matthew Frederick Matthew Frederick is an architect, urban designer, and advocate for Radical Urbanism, a new philosophy of urban development.
It remains, eleven years after publication, the intermittent Cassim Shepard Cassim Shepard is a media producer, filmmaker, lecturer, and educator whose work focuses on cities, buildings, and urban development. His film and video work tells the stories of cities and the development of urban spaces. His documentary work has been commissioned by and screened Jeff Speck Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates for more walkable and generally accessible cities. As director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from through , he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute What makes one book project stand out from the rest?
Prior and is sponsored by the MIT Press, a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. The submissions period for Pitchfest is now closed. She became a bookseller in , managed the award-winning Harvard Book Store author event series from to , and became head buyer in Before becoming a bookseller, she pursued graduate Beth Clevenger Since joining the MIT Press in early , Beth Clevenger has published a diverse set of scholarly and trade books on the environment and cities, spanning the environmental humanities, climate change, renewable energy, food justice, the science of cities, and displacement and gentrification Jermey Matthews Jermey Matthews is a former science writer and books editor for Physics Today magazine and a former PhD research scientist and engineer.
He now acquires trade books and textbooks in physics, astronomy, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and mathematics for the MIT Press. Robert V. Prior has published hundreds of trade and scholarly books in areas as diverse as neuroscience, computer science, natural history, electronic privacy, evolution, and design.
He has even managed to sneak one novel onto the otherwise completely MIT Press. Costumes encouraged! Presenters Adam Rex Adam Rex started drawing and painting as a young child, and he never looked back. His other books include The True Meaning of Smekday, which was made into the hit animated movie Home Our host for this journey into an imagined past is novelist Jennifer S.
Brown , author of Modern Girls. Moderators Jennifer S.
Brown Jennifer S. Brown lives, writes, runs, and mothers in the suburbs of Boston. He is a professor of eighteenth-century literature, gender and sexuality studies, and critical theory at the University If your BBF day has inspired you to jumpstart your writing career, come with your burning questions about pursuing an MFA! Sponsored by Lesley University. Lesley University.
Sessions for Writers. She gone on to perform on many stages across the nation, sharing the stage with John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Greg Phillinganes and opening for India. Arie, Bryson Tiller, and Aretha Franklin. Shapiro, who gained a reputation for combining art and intrigue in previous novels like The Art Forger and The Muralist , here offers readers a tale of secret identities, murder, and vengeance set amid the heady s art world in Paris and Philadelphia. Joining Shapiro is Charles Belfoure , whose latest novel, The Fallen Architect , is also a historical thriller about reinvention and redemption, this time about an architect who has collapsed into disgrace after the tragic failure of his signature project.
Hosting this conversation about the mysteries that lurk behind architectural facades and beneath artistic masterpieces is novelist Dawn Tripp , author of Georgia and Game of Secrets. We regret that due to a family emergency, B. Shapiro has had to cancel her appearance at the BBF this year. Charles Belfoure Charles Belfoure has combined two seemingly disparate occupations—author and architect—into one successful career.
His focus on historical architecture and its preservation is part of everything he does, both in writing nonfiction and fiction and, of course, in his work as an Middle Grade: Choices and Challenges What was the biggest decision you faced today? Whether to skip piano lessons to come to the BBF? Whether to eat lunch at the taco truck or the dumpling truck? Or are you weighing decisions that might affect your whole life and the lives around you?