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Event Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:00 am

Join WBUR Hosts At The Boston Book Festival

logo_bbf-130x43 WBUR is presenting partner of this year’s Boston Book Festival – a day of author interviews, readings, workshops and panel discussions about hot topics in literature and culture at large. Join us at the discussions led by WBUR hosts and reporters, and be sure to stop by our booth to say hello to them. It runs from 10 a.m. into the evening, in and around Copley Square and all the daytime events are free! See the Boston Book Festival website for a full schedule, and here’s the rundown on appearances from your favorites at WBUR.

Meet WBUR hosts and reporters in our booth (located inside the main tent):


11 a.m.-noon Deborah Becker, Host/Reporter
12:30-1:30 p.m. Bob Oakes, Morning Edition
12:30-1:30 p.m. Sacha Pfeiffer, All Things Considered
1:30-2:30 p.m. Anthony Brooks, Radio Boston
1-2 p.m. Meghna Chakrabarti, Radio Boston
2:30-3:30 p.m. Tom Ashbrook, On Point 
3:15-4:15 p.m. Bill Littlefield, Only A Game
4-5 p.m. Robin Young, Here & Now
3:30-4:30 p.m. David Boeri, Senior Reporter
4:30-5:30 p.m. Jeremy HobsonHere & Now 

Radio Boston‘s Meghna Chakrabarti greets fans at last year’s the Boston Book Festival.

See these great sessions led by WBUR hosts and reporters:

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Synthetic Biology: Designing Life – moderated by WBUR’s All Things Considered host, Sacha Pfeiffer at Back Bay Events Center. One of the first people to sequence the human genome, Craig Venter has created the first synthetic life form. But that’s not all: he’s digitizing it so it can be transmitted over the internet and reproduced at the other end with a 3D printer.  Venter will launch his astounding new book, Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life at the BBF.  Joining him will be life sciences expert and author of Homo Evolutis, Juan Enriquez and Emily Anthes, author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts. Find out what these revolutionary advances mean for life as we know it.

11 a.m. – noon: Our Boston –  moderated by Bob Oakes, WBUR’s Morning Edition host, at Trinity Church Sanctuary. Boston stays strong with the inspirational, evocative writing in Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love.  Contributors, including acclaimed sports journalist Lesley Visser, journalist and political commentator Mike Barnicle, bestselling author Leigh Montville, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Madeleine Blais, discuss what Boston means to them. Join us in a tribute to the fallen, the survivors, and the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate proceeds from book sales to the One Boston Fund. Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

11:45 – 12:45: Lives in Law – moderated by Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of Radio Boston, at Old South Church Sanctuary, 645 Boylston St. Both Alan Dershowitz and Nancy Gertner have spent their lives taking on complicated, controversial, high profile cases.  In Taking the Stand, Dershowitz tells  of his life in law and reveals the evolution of his thinking on such fundamental issues as censorship and the First Amendment, civil rights, abortion, homicide and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Gertner’s In Defense of Women chronicles her career, beginning with the high profile defense of anti-war activist Susan Saxe, and continuing with equally controversial rape, abortion, malpractice, murder, and sexual harassment cases before her elevation to US District Court Judge.

3:15-4:15: Herstory:  Women in History – moderated by WBUR’s Deborah Becker at Boston Common Hotel. Three accomplished authors reveal some fascinating women in history.  Megan Marshall discusses a path-breaking journalist whose work helped shape mid-19th century American thought.  According to the New York Times, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, “pitches Ms. Marshall into the front rank of American biographers.” In Marmee and Louisa, Eve LaPlante’s smashing dual bio of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, Abigail May Alcott, we learn about the strong intellectual and emotional impact the mother had on the daughter.  Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, given a starred review by Publishers Weekly, is Carla Kaplan’s exploration of the subversive and defiant white women in the 20’s and 30’s who embraced black culture and life.

3 – 4:15: The State of Cities – moderated by Jeremy Hobson, co-host of Here & Now, at Trinity Church Sanctuary. More than half the world’s population is now urban, and the percentage is growing. Leigh Gallagher explains the trend in The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. In A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America, Vishaan Chakrabarti explodes some myths and talks about the importance of intelligent urban planning. Anthony Townsend, in Smart Cities, asks what is the role of the urban citizen when new information infrastructures for sensing and control are being implemented. Moses Gates, who is part of the global “place hacking” community, shows the unseen bits of cities in Hidden Cities. (Sneak Preview: Hear Jeremy’s interview with Moses Gates on Here & Now).

2 – 3: Best American Sports Writing – featuring Bill Littlefield of Only A Game at Boston Common Hancock. Meet some of the writers whose work has been chosen for the 2013 edition of Best American Sports Writing. Jason Schwartz details the demise of Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, in “Endgame” from Boston Magazine.  Nicole Pasulka explores the role surfing plays in Hawaiian culture in “Eddie is Gone” from The Believer.com, and Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s “Only a Game,” profiles colorful boxing trainer Jimmy Cvetic in “The Gym at Third and Ross.”  Moderated by Glenn Stout, series editor for Best American Sports Writing.  Sponsored by PEN New England.

2:30-3:45: Fiction: Domestic Disturbances – moderated by Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now at Back Bay Events Center. Domestic dramas large and small are played out in the novels and stories of our four incomparable authors. Tom Perrotta’s short story collection, Nine Inches, is by turns funny and poignant. J. Courtney Sullivan’s highly entertaining and perceptive The Engagements explores marriage. Ann Leary writes with humor and insight about small town intrigue and a woman’s struggles with alcohol in The Good House. George Harrar, in the gripping Reunion at Red Paint Bay, explores how disturbing secrets can lie beneath the surface of the most respectable-seeming life. Sponsored by Other Press. (Sneak Preview: Hear Robin’s interview with Ann Leary on Here & Now). 

3:00-4:00: Memoir: Fathers, Husbands, Sons – moderated by Anthony Brooks, host of Radio Boston, in the Commonwealth Room. Three memoirists take a deep look at relationships with the men in their lives. Anthony D’Aries, in his award wining The Language of Men, struggles to come to grips with the legacy of his Vietnam vet Dad.  Kim McLarin discusses men, but also race, motherhood, and more in Divorce Dog.  And in Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, Alysia Abbott looks back at her life growing up in the gay culture of 70’s and 80’s San Francisco.

3:45 – 5: True Crime – moderated by WBUR’s investigative journalist David Boeri at the Boston Public Library. Learn the inside scoop on some shocking crimes and the individuals who committed them.  Kevin Cullen digs out the dirt on Boston’s Whitey Bulger in Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.  In The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, Charles Graeber reveals his exhaustive investigation of the most prolific serial killer in American history. In The Bling Ring, Nancy Jo Sales takes a look at how the obsession with celebrity and money led a group of LA teens to a string of robberies. Mirta Ojita’s Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an all-American Town, looks at other troubling trends in the culture that lead to hatred and violence.

4:30-5:45 Obsessives – moderated by Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, at Trinity Church Sanctuary. Obsession: a compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea.  It comes in many flavors and can drive people to greatness, glory, or ruin.  We will examine a range beginning with Joshua Kendell, whose American Obsessives looks at the arc of American history through the lens of compulsive behavior, from Jefferson to Jobs.  Jason Anthony’s Hoosh reveals the cuisine of those whose obsession happened to be Antarctic exploration. Ty Burr talks about a more common obsession in Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame, while Margalit Fox obsesses about people who gave up everything to solve the puzzle of an ancient text in The Riddle of the Labyrinth. Sponsored by the Plymouth Rock Foundation.

See a full schedule from The Boston Book Festival. Don’t miss The ARTery’s definitive guide for BBF, too. 

Stay connected with WBUR and the Boston Book Festival all day long on Twitter @wburlive. Share your favorite sessions, tips for other attendees, etc., and remember to mention @wbur and use the hashtag #BBF2013

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