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 your day at the YA stage with “Finding Freedom: Searching & Identity,” featuring Michele Ruiz Keil (All of Us with Wings), Morgan Parker (Who Put This Song On?), Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath), and moderator Emilly Prado (Funeral for Flaca). [The Old Church, 10:00 a.m.]
Next, spend some time browsing the book fair. Don’t miss letra cheuca press, a latinx-womxn-owned press decolonizing design through collaboration and representation! Don’t forget, your $5 voucher is good at any exhibitor booth or Festival bookstore.
Grab an early lunch so you can be at the Portland Art Museum in time to catch the Los Porteños pop-up, featuring Octaviano Merecias, Ivonne Saed, and Juan Antonio Trujuillo. [PAM Modern & Contemporary Art galleries, 12:30 p.m.]
Head to Shemanski Park to get a seat at the Portland Parks Foundation Tent for a bilingual event with Daniel José Older (The Book of Lost Saints) and Eduardo Arizaga of the Multnomah County Library. [Parks Tent, 2:00 p.m.]
YA fans, head to The Old Church for “High Stakes: Rebellion and Resistance” featuring Oregon native and Latinx author Tehlor Kay Mejia, in discussion with April Henry, Renée Watson, and Emily Suvada. [The Old Church, 2:30 p.m.]
If you miss the Parks Stage event, or just want more Daniel José Older in your day (totally understandable), don’t miss “Ties That Bind: Epic Family Sagas” with Daniel José Older, Elizabeth McCracken (Bowlaway), Karl Marlantes (Deep River), and Maria Russo of the New York Times. [First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3:15 p.m.]
Or, for a change of pace, head to the Portland Parks Foundation Stage for “Discussion of the Undoing” with Anna Badkhen (Fisherman’s Blues), Jennine Capó Crucet (My Time Among the Whites), and John Freeman (Dictionary of the Undoing). [Parks Tent, 3:30 p.m.]
End your Festival day with an all-star poetry panel, featuring Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), Jericho Brown (The Tradition), Malcolm Tariq (Heed the Hollow), and moderator Erika Stevens (poetry editor, Coffee House Press) in “Dangerous Love: Desire & Obsession.” [Winningstad Theatre, 5:00 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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