I love Boston for a lot of reasons–the people, the culture, the theater community, the sense of humor, the Red Sox, the food, the walkability, the architecture. The list is a long one, and goes on. But here’s one example of why this is such a great city. The Boston Book Festival.
Other cities have book festivals, sure. But is the vibe the same? Events planned for several days. Vendor booths that range between writers’ groups (like Sisters in Crime New England), ArtsBoston, schools, book stores, and radio stations. All sorts of events scheduled throughout the city.
My worlds collide at the Boston Book Festival. This year, four fringe theater companies are doing pop up performances of literature (Fringe Lit). All four of the companies (New Exhibition Room, Liars and Believers, Theatre on Fire, and Vagabond Theatre Group) are members of StageSource, the theater service organization I work for. I love the idea of dramatizing five minutes of well known novels, and can’t wait to see some of the performances.
And at the Sisters in Crime New England booth, you’ll be able to meet 5/6 of the Wicked Cozy Authors. Four of them (Jessie Crockett, Barbara Ross, Liz Mugavero, and Edith Maxwell) will be doing signings. Sheila Connolly will also be there, signing. I will be there to help set up, and make sure things are running smoothly.
So who will I see on October 19 in Copley Square as Boston celebrates the literary life like some cities celebrate rock concerts?