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 followed. The Woodstock-of-a-book-festival featured 90 authors over two days and 40 events. 90 authors who you've heard of, received recommendations about, waited in line for, and whose material you've seen turn into movies (e.g., John Hodgman, Tom Perrotta, David Pogue, Orhan Pamuk, Christopher Lydon).
The lineup for this year's Boston Book Fest (happening on October 16) is no less formidable. Behold, the preliminary roster, just announced yesterday:
-Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home)
-A.M Homes (This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers)
-Gish Jen (Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, World and Town)
-Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
-Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island)
-Joyce Carol Oates (them, Blonde, We Were the Mulvaneys, Sourland)
-Amartya Sen (Development as Freedom, The Idea of Justice)
-Stacy Schiff (Vera, A Great Improvisation, Cleopatra: A Life)
-Joseph Stiglitz (Freefall, Making Globalization Work)
-Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration)
-Edward O. Wilson (The Ants, The Naturalist, Anthill)
-Kevin Young (Jelly Roll: A Blues, For the Confederate Dead, The Art of Losing)
And that's just the talent they've announced so far -- there's more coming, so stay tuned.