This year, on Saturday, November 10, 2018 Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns.
Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will be the same festival you know and love, only with a slightly different name. The Festival will still be one day, will take place at the Portland Art Museum and other venues of the South Park Blocks, and will feature a lineup of exciting writers alongside writing workshops, pop-up events, the book fair, and more.
Why the name change, and why now?
- The name “Portland Book Festival” is more inclusive, and keeps the focus on the event itself with a simpler name. You don’t have to explain what it is, and it doesn’t need a subtitle; you know immediately what and where the event is.
- “Portland Book Festival” marks the festival as the major civic event it is has become, and will elevate the festival’s recognition. The vast majority of other major national book festivals are a place names, so it puts us on the national stage we aspire to and are, arguably, now on.
- The name is more aligned with our other programs i.e. Portland Arts & Lectures; Oregon Book Awards.
We look forward to telling you the great authors we have coming to Portland this year in early September, when the lineup will be announced and tickets will be released. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear!
Director of Public Programs