Boston Book Festival (BBF) is an annual festival that is aimed to promote a culture of reading and the vibrant culture of Boston. During the festival, the Copley Square attracts about 32,000 readers as well as writers from all over the world.
The annual book festival which was founded in 2009, combines a street festival with an array of authors' presentations. Apart from the festival, which is free to visit, BBF hosts other literary events throughout the year, such as readings, cookbook presentations, and an annual literary pub trivia. There is also an evening “kick-off” held prior to the main festival, which falls on a Saturday in October.
In 2010 BFF launched One City One Story reading program, which has been printing and distributing about 30,000 copies of a short story (free of charge). It has become a way for the Greater Boston area to come together around a common reading experience. The program usually starts in late summer. Every year a different book is chosen. Multiple translations are made available and printed copies get distributed to Boston’s libraries, as well as subway stations, coffeehouses, and elsewhere. The program's culmination occurs at the October Boston Book Festival when the story's authors participates in a town hall-style discussion with the public.