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History at #PDXBookFest 2020

From historical fiction to presidential biography, there’s a little something for everyone at this year’s Portland Book Festival.

Be sure to register at PDXBookFest.org to catch these FREE live-streamed events, and RSVP at the event pages below.

THE COLD MILLIONS: JESS WALTER

Thu, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. PST
Book purchase required to attend

The author of the bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.

Purchasing a preorder from Powells.com entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Jess Walter.

The Cold Millions is a literary unicorn: a book about socio-economic disparity that’s also a page-turner, a postmodern experiment that reads like a potboiler, and a beautiful, lyric hymn to the power of social unrest in American history. It’s funny and harrowing, sweet and violent, innocent and experienced; it walks a dozen tightropes. Jess Walter is a national treasure.

Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang

AMERICAN TALES: GENEVIEVE HUDSON & C PAM ZHANG

Fri, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. PST

C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold is set against the twilight of the American gold rush, when two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story and an unforgettable sibling story, exploring race in an expanding country and where immigrants are allowed to belong, the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

Ferocious, dark and gleaming, a book erupting out of the interstices between myth and dream, between longing and belonging. How Much of These Hills Is Gold tells us that stories—like people, like the rough and stunning landscape of California itself—are constantly in the process of being made, broken, and finally remade into something tender and new.

Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

Jill Lepore, author of the acclaimed international bestseller These Truths, discusses her new book, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future (longlisted for the National Book Award in Nonfiction), a revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century.

Two chances to catch Jill Lepore at the Festival:

IF THEN: JILL LEPORE ON OPB

Thu, November 12 at 2:00 pm PST

LIVE WIRE RADIO WITH JILL LEPORE

Fri, November 20 at 1:30 pm PST

A person can’t help but feel inspired by the riveting intelligence and joyful curiosity of Jill Lepore. Knowing that there is a mind like hers in the world is a hope-inducing thing.

George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
Veronica Chambers and Alexis Coe

MAKING HISTORY: VERONICA CHAMBERS & ALEXIS COE

Thu, November 19 at 12:30 pm PST

Two books which shed new light on history—and the present—by revealing often untold stories and reexamining some of our foundational “truths.” Best-selling authors Alexis Coe (You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington) and Veronica Chambers (Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for Right to Vote) bring their perspectives not only to the past, but to the present, as they discuss the revolutionary women who fought for the right to vote, and one of the first American revolutionaries, George Washington.

ALL BOOKS PURCHASED THROUGH FESTIVAL EVENTS, FROM ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKSBROADWAY BOOKSGREEN BEAN BOOKS, OR POWELL’S BOOKS SUPPORT THE AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS WHO SHARE THEIR WORK AT THE FESTIVAL AND THE BOOKSELLERS WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES OPEN DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. BY PURCHASING BOOKS FROM THESE BOOKSTORES YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE FESTIVAL.

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