The Boston Book Festival celebrates local writers and brings the literary world together

The Boston Book Festival draws thousands of literature lovers to Copley Square each year.


Year after year, the Boston Book Festival brings the literary world together. Photo credit: Boston Book Festival

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Boston Book Festival organization held its annual all-day event, gathering authors, publishers and readers of all interests. With book talks, publishing vendor tents, performances and literary activities for children, the Boston Book Festival hosted 222 total authors and moderators across seven different event spaces, including Copley Square and rooms in the Boston Public Library.

The Boston Book Festival organization was founded in 2009 by Deborah Porter, when she realized that Boston was one of the only major cities not to have a public event that celebrated books. Also, having recently graduated from Simmons College with a Master’s in Children’s Literature at the time, Porter wanted to create a space for those who love literature to convene and learn from one another.