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Illustrator Jonathan Hill Captures the Portland Book Festival

Save the date: The Portland Book Festival returns Saturday, November 9 at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues. Lineup and tickets will be announced in early September.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Portland-based cartoonist and illustrator Jonathan Hill for the 2019 Portland Book Festival. The goal of this new initiative is to highlight the intersection of visual art and literature that comes to life each year during the Festival. Hill’s illustrations will be used in the promotional campaign for the Festival, so look forward to seeing more of his work leading up to this year’s event.

Hill is a Literary Arts board member, has taught creative writing residencies through our Writers in the Schools program, and has been a moderator at the Portland Book Festival. Please join us in celebrating his work for the 2019 Festival!

Hill’s illustrations capture the energy and shared experiences that happen when we gather to celebrate the power of books. From kids enjoying sing-alongs to an author meeting a life-long fan, we want to celebrate the community moments that take place at every corner of the SW Park Blocks during the event. The Festival offers many ways to engage with your community, to share in and exchange stories about the world’s most important ideas.

“The Portland Book Festival is one of my favorite events every year for so many reasons. The consistently stellar lineup of authors and readings for every type of person, the unique venue of the Museum and Park blocks, but really… It’s the people. So many people there in one place, celebrating their love of literature and reading… You can’t help but be inspired and excited. That’s the feeling I tried to capture in these images. I wanted to really show that this is an event for everyone.” –Jonathan Hill

Artist Spotlight: Jonathan Hill is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and illustrator. His comics and illustrations have appeared in many publications and literary outlets, including First Second, Powell’s Books, and The Believer Magazine. In addition to his work as an educator at Oregon College of Arts and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Hill taught creative writing residencies through our Writers in the Schools program from 2012-2016. Hill joined the Literary Arts Board of Directors in 2018, and has served on our Youth Programs Advisory Council since 2016.

We hope to see you at the 2019 Festival. Sign up to receive news and updates, and be the first to know about this year’s lineup, which will be announced on September 5. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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