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Announcing the 2020 Portland Book Festival Authors


This year’s Festival will be entirely virtual and will extend programming for more than two weeks, from November 5 to 21, 2020. The 2020 Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, will include more than 100 authors from Oregon and across the globe. There will be no Festival Pass fee; most events will be free to access via a custom streaming site. Only the three events below will require a book purchase to attend. 

2020 Portland Book festival Authors


Ayad AkhtarHomeland Elegies / Rumaan AlamLeave the World Behind / Julia AlvarezAfterlife *co-presented with Texas Book Festival / Brit BennettThe Vanishing Half / Chelsea BiekerGodshot / Rebecca Dinerstein KnightHex / Danielle EvansThe Office of Historical Corrections / Kelli Jo FordCrooked Hallelujah / Lisa Hanawalt, I Want You *co-presented with Miami International Book Fair / Carl HiaasenSqueeze Me / Genevieve HudsonBoys of Alabama / Phil KlayMissionaries / Raven LeilaniLuster Jonathan LethemThe Arrest / Megha MajumdarA Burning / Lydia MilletA Children’s Bible / Emily NemensThe Cactus League / Naomi NovakA Deadly Education / Veronica RothChosen Ones / Karen RussellSleep Donation / Lysley TenorioThe Son of Good Fortune / Souvankham ThammavongsaHow to Pronounce Knife / Vanessa VeselkaThe Great Offshore Grounds / Jess Walter, The Cold Millions (book as ticket) / Kawai Strong WashburnSharks in the Time of Saviors / Bryan WashingtonMemorialLidia YuknavitchVerge / C Pam ZhangHow Much of These Hills Is Gold


Alexis CoeYou Never Forget Your First / Liz CrainDumplings Equal Love / Nick FlynnThis Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire / Bryan FordNew World Sourdough / John FreemanFreemans and Tales of Two Planets Michele HarperThe Beauty in Breaking / Kurt Kohlstedt & Roman MarsThe 99% Invisible City / Robert KolkerHidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family / Shayla LawsonThis is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope / Jill LeporeIf Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future / Claire MessudKant’s Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write Jon MooallemThis Is Chance! / Aimee NezhukumatathilWorld of Wonders / Anne Helen PetersenCan’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation / Guy RazHow I Built This / Joe SaccoPaying the Land / Marcus SamuelssonThe Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food *co-presented with Miami International Book Fair / Adrian TomineThe Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist  *co-presented with Miami International Book Fair / Isabel WilkersonCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents (book as ticket)


Margaret AtwoodDearly (book as ticket) / Natalie DiazPostcolonial Love Poem / Ruth Dickey, Mud Blooms / John FreemanThe Park / Hafizah GeterUn-AmericanNate MarshallFinna / Jennifer PerrineAgain / Khadijah QueenAnodyne / Claudia RankineJust Us *co-presented with Black Mountain Institute, The Loft’s Wordplay Festival, and Wisconsin Book Festival / Justin Phillip ReedThe Malevolent Volume


Arvin AhmadiHow It All Blew Up Jonathan HillOdessa / Kiku HughesDisplacement / Justina IrelandDeathless Divide / Kim JohnsonThis Is My AmericaLeah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown / Adib KhorramDarius the Great Deserves Better / Sloane LeongA Map to the Sun / Marie LuSkyhunter / Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemoreMiss Meteor / Bethany C. MorrowA Song Below Water / Kenrya RankinAnti-Racism (Words of Change) / Francisco X. StorkIllegal / Liara Tamani, All the Things We Never Knew / Aiden ThomasCemetery Boys / The Seeds to Plant the Future by 2019–20 WITS studentsDavid YoonSuper Fake Love Song


Veronica Chambers, Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote / Preeti ChhibberAvengers Assembly #1: Orientation / Ben ClantonHappy Narwhalidays / Evette DionneLifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box / Chris GrineAnimorphs: The Graphic Novel Varian Johnson & Shannon WrightTwins / Christine KendallThe True Definition of Neva Beane Kazu KibuishiAmulet / Naomi Shihab NyeEverything Comes Next / Nnedi OkoraforIkenga / David A. RobertsonThe Barren Grounds / Aida SalazarLand of the Cranes / Maria ScrivanForget Me Nat / Alex & Maia ShibutaniThe Kudo Kids / Renée WatsonWays to Make Sunshine


123 AndresHello, Friend / Hola, Amigo (bilingual event) / Emily ArrowStudio: A Place for Art to Start / Jessixa Bagley & Ben ClantonCurious EnCOUNTers / Sophie  BlackallIf You Come to Earth / Nidhi Chanani & Thrity UmrigarBinny’s Diwali / Tami CharlesAll Because You Matter / Carson EllisThe Half Room / Karen English & Ebony GlennRed Shoes / Alison FarrellThe Hike and Runaway Signs Chris Harris & Dan SantatThe Alphabet’s Alphabet / Shawn Harris & Colin MeloyEveryone’s Awake / Oliver JeffersWhat We’ll Build / J. Kenji López-Alt & Gianna RuggieroEvery Night Is Pizza Night / LeUyen PhamThe Princess in Black Brooke SmithThe Keeper of Wild Words

Click here for author bios!

The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes.

The full schedule of 2020 virtual Portland Book Festival events will be released in October.Our indie bookselling partners are Annie Bloom’s BooksBroadway BooksGreen Bean Books, and Powell’s Books.


Literary Arts is thrilled to announce the return of Bank of America as our Title Sponsor for the 2020 Portland Book Festival. Bank of America’s leadership in our community and continued support of Literary Arts helps inspire a better, more inclusive world through the power of storytelling. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Bank of America.

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