Boston Book Festival Announces Full List of Presenters for 2017

New additions include locals Karen Akunowicz and Celeste Ng, as well as People of the Book author Geraldine Brooks.

Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang. / Photo by Mark Kurkowski

Organizers of the Boston Book Festival announced their full presenter lineup today, which will include more than 200 authors across all genres. Local foodies will be excited to see Karen Akunowicz, executive chef/partner at Myers + Chang and co-author of the Myers + Chang at Home cookbook. You can also catch up with Martha’s Vineyard resident and Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks, whose most recent book was 2015’s The Secret Chord.

Cape Cod native Melissa Febos, whose memoir Abandon Me explores both her childhood with a sea captain father who was often missing and her long-distance affair with a married woman, will also be in attendance. You can also see Cambridge resident Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You. Ng’s second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was just released earlier this week. MIT doctoral student and world famous Twitter personality Jonny Sun is also on the list.

If the Boston representation isn’t enough, get excited to see New York Times bestselling suspense author (and sister of Nora and Delia) Hallie Ephron, as well as famously-scooped-by-his-own-subject writer Jared Yates Sexton. Previously announced (but no less exciting) authors include New York Times op-ed writer Maureen Dowd and the New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik; locals Tom Perrotta, Claire Messud, and Ben Mezrich; young adult authors M.T. Anderson and E. Lockhart, and more. You can view the full list of presenters on the Boston Book Festival website.

Along with presentations and panel discussions with these incredible writers, the 9th annual festival will also include workshops, live music, food trucks, a street fair, and other events for all ages.

The Boston Book Festival will be held in Copley Square on Saturday, October 28.