Calling Ye Bookworms of Boston

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This weekend’s for you. New England’s largest literary gathering, the Boston Book Festival, is upon us!

Held in Copley Square, there will be dozens of free sessions and 125 presenters. You’re going to need to make some tough decisions.

Like at 11 AM on Saturday, do you go to a session on The Hobbit with J.R.R. Tolkien experts or a session called True Crime: The Whitey Bulger Story with authors Thomas Foley and Dick Lehr?

Or at 2:30 PM, do you go to The Brain: Thinking about thinking, to hear from a Nobel laureate about how the mind perceives art, or do you check out designer and writer Chip Kidd’s architecture-temed Batman comic, Batman: Death by Design?

A bit of literary overload? Ready for happy hour?

Chill out and throw back some at Poems and Pints. The session takes place at Cuffs in the Back Bay Hotel at 5 PM and features readings by Irish American poets.

And the festival’s not just about books – all day long there will be a street fair, and outdoor music on the Berklee Stage.

Want to get a jumpstart on the festival Friday night?

Attend Page to Screen, to hear famous authors such as Buzz Bissinger, Andre Dubus III, and Nick Flynn (Friday Night Lights, The House of Sand and Fog, and Being Flynn respectively) debate the process of turning books into films.