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Recommended Reading from the 2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures Authors

Our annual Portland Arts & Lectures series brings world-famous authors to town to engage with our local community. In addition to live lectures that are later broadcast statewide on The Archive Project on OPB radio, the program connects renowned authors with readers and writers of all ages through classroom visits and writing workshops.

During each event, we ask the visiting author to recommend a list of books. Here are the recommendations from our 2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures authors:


Jacqueline Woodson’s Recommended Readings:

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (out June 4, 2019)


Jennifer Egan’s Recommended Readings:

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

When Rap Spoke Straight to Go by Erica Dawson

The Lost Weekend by Charles R. Jackson


Tayari Jones’s Recommended Reading:

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Street by Ann Petry

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arima

The World According to Fannie Davis by Bridget Davis


Tara Westover’s Recommended Readings:

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

What are We Doing by Marilynne Robinson


Jill Lepore’s Recommended Readings:

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

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