Boston Book Festival 2012

by lkoenig

There are some amazing events for teens happening at the 2012 Boston Book Festival – and it’s all free! Here’s some information about the events that are all about teen books, and you can also take a look at the full day’s schedule of events here.

Overcoming Adversity– 2:00pm, Boston Public Library Abbey Room, 700 Boylston Street

Growing up can be a challenge for anyone; the teenaged protagonists of the books featured in this session, however, confront nearly overwhelming trials. Fern, the heroine of Jo Knowles‘s See You at Harry’s, finds her world turned inside out after a family tragedy. Claire, the protagonist of Kathryn Burak‘s debut Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things, is nearly paralyzed by grief over her mother’s death and her best friend’s disappearance. And Jazz, the hero of Barry Lyga‘s I Hunt Killers, must overcome both nature and nurture as he struggles to live a good life despite being the son of a serial killer. Moderator Amy Pattee of Simmons College will lead a discussion about how–and why–YA authors write about adversity. Sponsored by Hachette Book Group.


Page and Stage: Teen Spoken Word– 3:45pm, Old South Mary Norton, 645 Boylston Street

The talented teens from Mass LEAP are back again! They will bring their blend of powerful emotion, provocative ideas, and rhythmic words to create a stirring experience that straddles the space between poetry and storytelling. The host for this exciting session, Regie Gibson, winner of the 1998 National Slam Competition, will kick off the proceedings with a spoken word performance. Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


The Future is Now– 4:15pm, Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury Street

When M. T. Anderson‘s novel Feed was published ten years ago, the notion of being constantly connected to the Internet seemed far-fetched. Now? Not so much. Anderson will lead a discussion with three authors whose books are set in the near future: Rachel Cohn, whose Beta kicks off a new series about cloning; Cory Doctorow, whose Pirate Cinema takes on notions of intellectual property; and Gabrielle Zevin, whose Because It Is My Blood imagines a world where chocolate is illegal and organized crime presides over a world in shambles. We’ll try to wrap our heads around the future in this lively session. Sponsored by Simmons College.