Fall is a fertile time for literary events around the commonwealth. The Boston Book Festival begins today and runs through the weekend, a series of free (mostly) events celebrating all things books. Over 150 presenters will be holding readings, lectures, and panel discussions in the Copley Square area, including this years keynote speaker, Salmon Rushdie. There is something for everyone including kids and teen events, like Meet The Medalists (that's THE Medal, the Newbury), with Kate Dicamillo, Rebecca Stead, Jack Gantos, and Lois Lowry on Friday night. For short story loves, check out The One City One story citywide read and disussion of "Karma" by Rishi Reddi. Poetry, memoir, historical fiction, humor, politics, if you can write about it, the BBF has it covered. Click on the link above for more information.
Also the Concord Festival of Authors begins tomorrow and runs through November 2nd, with a series of 26 events. Readings, panel discussions, and lectures will held at various vensues in Concord, MA., with over 40 authors, including Drew Gilpin Faust, Sue Halpern, Jamie Quatro, and Jerrry Pinkney. A full schudule and listing of presenters can be found at the above link.