The Portland Book Festival is a glorious, jam-packed day where you’re invited to choose your own adventure. But we know all the choices can be a little overwhelming. To help you plan your Festival day, we’ve curated a few handy guides for you, depending on what you’d like to see.
Start the day with some of the best-selling middle grade graphic novelists at “Scholastic GraphixCon,” featuring Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club: Boy-crazy Stacy), Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Midwinter Witch), Aron Nels Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class: Lucky Stars), and Raina Telgemeier (Guts), moderated by Jonathan Hill (Science Comics: Wild Weather). [PAM Whitsell, 10:00 a.m.]
Take a minute to browse the Festival book fair, and be sure to visit Cosmic Monkey Comics and Oni Press. Don’t forget, your $5 voucher is good at any exhibitor booth or Festival bookstore! Then, grab some lunch at the Festival food trucks before heading to the Portland Parks Foundation Tent.
You might know them for their novels, but these writers have super-secret identities: they also write comics! In “Hit Like a Girl: Three Marvel Writers,” Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of Captain Marvel and the comics Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet, leads a discussion with Gabby Rivera, writer of the America comics and the young adult novel Juliet Takes a Breath, and G. Willow Wilson, writer of the Ms. Marvel series and the new novel The Bird King. [Portland Parks Foundation Tent, 12:15 p.m.]
Make your way to The Old Church for “Last Chance: Endings & Beginnings” with Jennifer Dugan (Hot Dog Girl) and co-authors of the new graphic novel Pumpkinheads, Faith Erin Hicks and Rainbow Rowell, with moderator Alicia Tate of the Multnomah County Library. Get in line early; this one will be popular! [The Old Church, 1:00 p.m.]
If you don’t make it in, rush back to the Art Museum to check out “Finding Home: Fiction of Place” with Ebony Flowers—the first comics artist to win a Rona Jaffe Award—who will be discussing her new book Hot Comb with Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina & Corina), Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things), and moderator Stephen Hiltner of the New York Times. [PAM Miller Gallery, 12:45 p.m.]
You’ll definitely want to spend some time at the Portland Art Museum—admission is included with your Festival pass—and while you’re there, catch Dylan Meconis’s pop-up event, where she’ll be talking about her middle grade graphic novel, Queen of the Sea. [PAM American Art galleries, 3:00 p.m.]
Finally, finish your Festival day back at the Miller Gallery for “Stranger Things: Fiction from the Edge,” featuring novelist and short story writer Molly Gloss (Unforeseen), comics artist Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night), and novelist Karen Thompson Walker (The Dreamers) with moderator S. Zainab Williams. [PAM Miller Gallery, 4:45 p.m.]
If you haven’t done so already, we recommend ordering your advance pass now. Advance passes can be picked up at the Portland Art Museum on Thursday or Friday from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. By picking up your pass in advance, you’ll skip the box office line on Festival day and hit the ground running!
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