WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2020 PORTLAND BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHOR LINE-UP!
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 Akhtar, Homeland Elegies / Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind / Julia Alvarez, Afterlife *co-presented with Texas Book Festival / Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half / Chelsea Bieker, Godshot / Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Hex / Danielle Evans, The Office of Historical Corrections / Kelli Jo Ford, Crooked Hallelujah / Lisa Hanawalt, I Want You *co-presented with Miami International Book Fair / Carl Hiaasen, Squeeze Me / Genevieve Hudson, Boys of Alabama / Phil Klay, Missionaries / Raven Leilani, Luster / Jonathan Lethem, The Arrest / Megha Majumdar, A Burning / Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible / Emily Nemens, The Cactus League / Naomi Novak, A Deadly Education / Veronica Roth, Chosen Ones / Karen Russell, Sleep Donation / Lysley Tenorio, The Son of Good Fortune / Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to Pronounce Knife / Vanessa Veselka, The Great Offshore Grounds / Jess Walter, The Cold Millions (book as ticket) / Kawai Strong Washburn, Sharks in the Time of Saviors / Bryan Washington, Memorial / Lidia Yuknavitch, Verge / C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First / Liz Crain, Dumplings Equal Love / Nick Flynn, This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire / Bryan Ford, New World Sourdough / John Freeman, Freemans and Tales of Two Planets / Michele Harper, The Beauty in Breaking / Kurt Kohlstedt & Roman Mars, The 99% Invisible City / Robert Kolker, Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family / Shayla Lawson, This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope / Jill Lepore, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future / Claire Messud, Kant’s Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write / Jon Mooallem, This Is Chance! / Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders / Anne Helen Petersen, Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation / Guy Raz, How I Built This / Joe Sacco, Paying the Land / Marcus Samuelsson, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food *co-presented with Miami International Book Fair / Adrian Tomine, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist *co-presented with Miami International Book Fair / Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (book as ticket)
Margaret Atwood, Dearly (book as ticket) / Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem / Ruth Dickey, Mud Blooms / John Freeman, The Park / Hafizah Geter, Un-American/ Nate Marshall, Finna / Jennifer Perrine, Again / Khadijah Queen, Anodyne / Claudia Rankine, Just Us *co-presented with Black Mountain Institute, The Loft’s Wordplay Festival, and Wisconsin Book Festival / Justin Phillip Reed, The Malevolent Volume
Arvin Ahmadi, How It All Blew Up / Jonathan Hill, Odessa / Kiku Hughes, Displacement / Justina Ireland, Deathless Divide / Kim Johnson, This Is My America/ Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown / Adib Khorram, Darius the Great Deserves Better / Sloane Leong, A Map to the Sun / Marie Lu, Skyhunter / Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore, Miss Meteor / Bethany C. Morrow, A Song Below Water / Kenrya Rankin, Anti-Racism (Words of Change) / Francisco X. Stork, Illegal / Liara Tamani, All the Things We Never Knew / Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys / The Seeds to Plant the Future by 2019–20 WITS students / David Yoon, Super Fake Love Song
Veronica Chambers, Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote / Preeti Chhibber, Avengers Assembly #1: Orientation / Ben Clanton, Happy Narwhalidays / Evette Dionne, Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box / Chris Grine, Animorphs: The Graphic Novel / Varian Johnson & Shannon Wright, Twins / Christine Kendall, The True Definition of Neva Beane / Kazu Kibuishi, Amulet / Naomi Shihab Nye, Everything Comes Next / Nnedi Okorafor, Ikenga / David A. Robertson, The Barren Grounds / Aida Salazar, Land of the Cranes / Maria Scrivan, Forget Me Nat / Alex & Maia Shibutani, The Kudo Kids / Renée Watson, Ways to Make Sunshine
123 Andres, Hello, Friend / Hola, Amigo (bilingual event) / Emily Arrow, Studio: A Place for Art to Start / Jessixa Bagley & Ben Clanton, Curious EnCOUNTers / Sophie Blackall, If You Come to Earth / Nidhi Chanani & Thrity Umrigar, Binny’s Diwali / Tami Charles, All Because You Matter / Carson Ellis, The Half Room / Karen English & Ebony Glenn, Red Shoes / Alison Farrell, The Hike and Runaway Signs / Chris Harris & Dan Santat, The Alphabet’s Alphabet / Shawn Harris & Colin Meloy, Everyone’s Awake / Oliver Jeffers, What We’ll Build / J. Kenji López-Alt & Gianna Ruggiero, Every Night Is Pizza Night / LeUyen Pham, The Princess in Black / Brooke Smith, The Keeper of Wild Words
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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 Books, Broadway Books, Green Bean Books, and Powell’s Books.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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.