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.

If you didn’t get your pass at advance pickup or pre-order your copy of Ambassador Susan Rice’s Tough Love, plan to arrive at the  Festival grounds early to nab a free stand-by ticket for Susan Rice’s headliner event. [Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 12:00 p.m.] 

Ticket secured, start your Festival day in the Portland Art Museum, catching Ryan Chapman’s pop-up reading of Riots I Have Known. [PAM Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, 11:00 a.m.]

Next, grab your stand-by ticket and head to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to catch OPB’s Dave Miller, host of Think Out Loud, in conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice about her new best-selling memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. [Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 12:00 p.m.]

Take some time to browse the book fair, stopping by publishers specializing in  political and social justice books: Verso Books, letra cheuca press, Haymarket Books, Bitch Media, and more. Don’t forget, your $5 voucher is good at any exhibitor booth or Festival bookstore!

After grabbing some lunch at the food trucks, head to the Portland Parks Foundation Tent 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). [Portland Parks Foundation Tent , 3:30 p.m.]

Finish your day at the Brunish Theatre with “Indivisible: Politics & Protest,” featuring Tina Chang (Hybrida), Wendy Willis (These Are Strange Times, My Dear), Anthony McCann (Shadowlands), and John Freeman (Dictionary of the Undoing). [Brunish 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!