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Literary Arts is pleased to announce the 2018 author lineup for the Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America

On Saturday, November 10, join readers of all ages for the largest celebration of books and writing in the Pacific Northwest. There will be 100+ authors80+ vendors6 partner venues13 writing workshops, food trucks, and satellite bookstores from our indie bookselling partners Annie Bloom’s Books, Broadway Books, Powell’s Books, and Green Bean Books, at this year’s festival in downtown Portland.

On November 10, Literary Arts is pleased to present . . .


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah author of Friday Black / Jamel Brinkley author of A Lucky Man / Adrienne Celt author of Invitation to a Bonfire / Ingrid Rojas Contreras author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree / Patrick deWitt author of French Exit / Aminder Dhaliwal author of Woman World / Joseph Fink author of Alice Isn’t Dead / John Freeman editor of Freeman’s Journal / Kim Fu author of The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore / AJA GABEL author of The Ensemble / LAUREN GROFF author of Florida / Lisa Halliday author of Asymmetry / TOM HANKS author of Uncommon Type / Vanessa Hua author of A River of Stars / Lydia Kiesling author of The Golden State / RACHEL KUSHNER author of The Mars Room / JONATHAN LETHEM author of The Feral Detective / JASON LUTES author of Berlin / Ling Ma author of Severance / TOMMY ORANGE author of There There / Amy Stewart author of Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit / Zulema Renee Summerfield author of Every Other Weekend / LUIS ALBERTO URREA author of The House of Broken Angels / Willy Vlautin author of Don’t Skip Out on Me / Daniel H. Wilson author of Guardian Angels and Other Monsters / Leni Zumas author of Red Clocks

NONFICTION WRITERS (Essay, Memoir, History, Cooking, and Politics) including: W. BRANDS author of Heirs of the Founders / ALEXANDER CHEE author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel / Nicole Chung author of All You Can Ever Know / Camas Davis author of Killing It / Ali Fitzgerald author of Drawn to Berlin / Angela Garbes author of Like a Mother / Jean Guerrero author of Crux / Courtenay Hameister author of Okay Fine Whatever Apricot Irving author of The Gospel of Trees / ABBI JACOBSON author of I Might Regret This / Karen Karbo author of In Praise of Difficult Women / Cheston Knapp author of Up Up, Down Down / EDWARD LEE author of Buttermilk Graffiti / TERESE MARIE MAILHOT author of Heart Berries / Meaghan O’Connell author of And Now We Have Everything / GREGORY PARDLO author of Air Traffic / Elizabeth Rush author of Rising / PETER SAGAL author of The Incomplete Book of Running / Eli Saslow author of Rising Out of Hatred / Hampton Sides author of On Desperate Ground / Sarah Weinman author of The Real Lolita / Eric Wert author of Still Life

POETS including: Trevino Brings Plenty contributor to New Poets of Native Nations / Wendy Chen author of Unearthings / Marilyn Chin author of A Portrait of the Self as Nation / Laura Da’ contributor to New Poets of Native Nations / Heid Erdrich editor of New Poets of Native Nations / ADA LIMÓN author of The Carrying / LAYLI LONG SOLDIER contributor to New Poets of Native Nations / Anis Mojgani author of In the Pockets of Small Gods / EILEEN MYLES author of Evolution / Alicia Jo Rabins author of Fruit Geode / JUSTIN PHILLIP REED author of Indecency / Ashley Toliver author of Spectra / Kristen Tracy author of Half-Hazard / Stacey Tran author of Soap for the Dogs

CHILDREN’S, MIDDLE GRADE, and YOUNG ADULT WRITERS, including: Children’s books: Ashlyn Anstee author of Hedgehog! / Cale Atkinson author of Sir Simon: Super Scarer / Kate Berube author of Mae’s First Day of School / Vera Brosgol illustrator of Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian / Alison Farrell author of Cycle City / VASHTI HARRISON author of Little Dreamers / JORY JOHN author of Giraffe Problems / LeUyen Pham illustrator of The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare / Tracy Subisak illustrator of Grizzly Boy / Laura Veirs author of Libba

Middle grade (8-12 year olds): MAC BARNETT author of Mac B., Kid Spy / Vera Brosgol author of Be Prepared / Cathy Camper author of Lowriders Blast from the Past / Ben Guterson author of Winterhouse / Kazu Kibuishi author of Amulet #8 / KAREN RIVERS author of A Possibility of Whales / N. H. SENZAI author of Escape from Aleppo

Young Adult: Atia Abawi author of A Land of Permanent Goodbyes / ELIZABETH ACEVEDO author of The Poet X / KENDARE BLAKE author of Two Dark Reigns / Virginia Boecker author of An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason / Jay Coles author of Tyler Johnson Was Here / Somaiya Daud author of Mirage / Shea Ernshaw author of The Wicked Deep / Brendan Kiely author of Tradition / MARISSA MEYER author of Archenemies / Janelle Milanes author of Analee, in Real Life / TOCHI ONYEBUCHI author of Crown of Thunder / Karen Rivers author of You Are the Everything / Nova Ren Suma author of A Room Away From the Wolves / April Genevieve Tucholke author of The Boneless Mercies


Portland Book Festival

Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues


Advance passes are $15 for adults ($20 day-of)
(All paid passes includes a $5 book voucher redeemable toward any book fair purchase.)

FREE for attendees 17 and under or with a valid high school ID

Friend of the Festival Pass – $300 (only 40 available)

By purchasing a Friend of the Festival pass, your support helps keep admission prices low, 
ensuring the Festival remains an inclusive community event that unites all Oregonians 
to celebrate books and literature.
*NEW for 2018: Advance wristband pickup will be available at the Portland Art Museum 
on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9. More information to come.
*NEW for 2018: book pre-orders for GUARANTEED ENTRY into two of the headliner events:
Books can be purchased through the Portland Art Museum online ticketing service (here) before October 26. Attendees 17 and under must purchase books for guaranteed entry.
13 writing workshops, including 10 for adults, 2 free workshops for youth, and 1 free workshop for teachers. PAID workshop fees include a general Festival pass. Click here for more information and to register. 
The full festival schedule will be available in early October. 

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