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.
After stopping by the Coffee Bus, start your day at the Festival book fair to peruse the exhibitors. Don’t forget, your $5 voucher is good at any exhibitor booth or Festival bookstore.
Then, make your way to The Old Church and get ready for all the feels at “Star-Crossed: Love & Friendship” with YA author Faith Erin Hicks (Comics Will Break Your Heart), Sabina Khan (The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali), and Abdi Nazemian (Like a Love Story) with moderator Natasha Forrester Campbell. [The Old Church, 11:30 a.m.]
Then it’s lunch time! Take your pick from great food trucks on the Festival grounds.
Swing through the museum galleries to catch local reading series Incite: Queer Writers Read at their pop-up with Emme Lund, Pamela K. Santos, and Adam Swanson at 2:15 p.m. in the European Art galleries. You might happen upon some more pop-ups while you’re spending time at PAM; your Festival pass includes access to the museum all day.
Head to the Portland’5 Hatfield Hall in time for “Live Through This: Heartbreak, Hope, & Humor” featuring Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things), Kimberly King Parsons (Black Light), and Morgan Parker (Magical Negro) with moderator Megan Labrise of Kirkus Reviews. [Winningstad Theatre, 3:15 p.m.]
Stick around the Winningstad for your final event of the day, an all-star poetry panel, featuring Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), Jericho Brown (The Tradition), Malcolm Tariq (Heed the Hollow) with 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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