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.
Fuel up at the Pip’s Original Donuts truck before you start your day at “Scene of the Crime: Portland Thrillers,” featuring best-selling authors Rene Denfeld (The Butterfly Girl), Phillip Margolin (The Perfect Alibi), and Amy Stewart (Kopp Sisters on the March). [Brunish Theatre, 10:15 a.m.]
Luckily, the Portland Parks Foundation Tent is just steps from the Brunish Theatre, because you’ll want to stop by to hear Portland-based writer Carson Ellis (The Shortest Day) and Portland-born Renée Watson (Some Places More Than Others and Watch Us Rise) in conversation with the New York Times’ Pamela Paul and Maria Russo about “How to Raise a Reader: A Lifelong Love of Books.” [Parks Tent, 11:15 a.m.]
By noon, you’ve definitely earned a lunch break! Take your pick from great food trucks on the Festival grounds.
After lunch, take some time to browse the book fair, stopping by Portland-based publishers like Tin House, Ooligan Press, Oni Press, Microcosm Press, Forest Avenue Press, and many more. Don’t forget, your $5 voucher is good at any exhibitor booth or Festival bookstore!
After lunch, take some time to visit the Portland Art Museum and catch some of the pop-up readings in the galleries. Oregon authors include April Henry (Run, Hide, Fight Back;, European Art, 1:15 p.m. in European Art), Chelsea Biondolillo (The Skinned Bird; Northwest Art, 1:30 p.m.), and Liz Scott (This Never Happened; American Art, 2:30 p.m.).
Finally, don’t miss “Self-Portrait: Memoir, Auto-fiction, History” with Oregon writers Debra Gwartney (I Am a Stranger Here Myself), Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math), and Peter Rock (The Night Swimmers) with moderator Elena Passarello. [Brunish Theatre, 3:30 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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