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 with a guaranteed happily ever after at “Royal Romance: Modern Love Stories” with romance superstars Jasmine Guillory (Royal Holiday) and Casey McQuiston (Red, White, and Royal Blue) with moderator McKenzie Kozman. [PAM Miller Gallery, 10:15 a.m.]
Then make your way to the Winningstad Theatre for “Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac” with the Asto Poets, Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky (Animal) and moderator (and astrologer poet!) Mindy Nettifee (Open Your Mouth Like a Bell). Stop by Broadway Books after to pick up your copy of the book and nab a button with your astrological sign. [Winningstad Theatre, 11:45 a.m.]
Don’t forget to get lunch at the Festival food carts, and to take some time to browse the book fair, noticing the variety of exhibitors, from magazines like Bookforum, to nonprofits like Write Around Portland, comic shop Cosmic Monkey, even Dead Writers Perfume and so much more. Be sure to stop by the Independent Publishing Resource Center to make your own Festival-exclusive print pull!
You won’t want to miss Jericho Brown, whose new book The Tradition is on the 2019 National Book Award longlist. Make your way to the Portland Art Museum—your Festival pass includes admission—for his pop-up reading at 3:00 p.m. in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit.
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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