Literary Arts News, Events, Readers, Youth Programs

Young Adult Events at #PDXBookFest 2020

This year’s all-virtual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, will feature young adult authors throughout the virtual festival.

Mark you calendar for these can’t-miss events. Be sure to register at PDXBookFest.org, and RSVP at the event pages linked below. See all events featuring YA authors here.

Saturday, November 7 will feature three great YA events back-to-back, so clear your afternoon schedule:

Justina Ireland and Aiden Thomas

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: JUSTINA IRELAND & AIDEN THOMAS

Sat, November 7 at 1:45 p.m. PST

The dead rise, but that’s not the only thing haunting the characters as they navigate race, gender, and the weight of history in these best-selling novels. Moderated by Alicia Tate.

Sloane Leong and Liara Tamani

LOVE & BASKETBALL: SLOANE LEONG & LIARA TAMANI

Sat, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. PST

Friendships are tested, hearts broken, and secrets are revealed on and off the basketball court in these luminous young adult novels. Moderated by Lucy Feldman.

AFTERSHOCKS: JONATHAN HILL & KIKU HUGHES

Sat, November 7 at 4:15 p.m. PST

Two dynamic young adult graphic novels that explore generational trauma in the American West, going back in time to Japanese internment in World War II and forward to a near-future devastated by the Cascadia earthquake. Moderated by Jules Ohman.

A special evening presentation 11 with the best-selling author of the Legend series:

Marie Lu and Emily Suvada

SKYHUNTER: MARIE LU & EMILY SUVADA

Wed, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. PST

An adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.

Bethany C. Morrow and Tehlor Kay Mejia or Anna-Marie McLemore

Join us after school on Friday, November 13 for these two magical novels:

MAGIC & POWER: TEHLOR KAY MEJIA, ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE, & BETHANY C. MORROW

Fri, November 13 at 3:30 p.m. PST

Teen heroines find their voices and their power—thanks to strong female friendships, and at least a little bit of magic. Moderated by Emilly Prado.

Kim Johnson and Francisco X Stork

And Saturday, November 14 culminates with two of-the-moment books:

NO JUSTICE NO PEACE: KIM JOHNSON & FRANCISCO X. STORK

Sat, November 14 at 2:30 p.m. PST

Young adult novels about fighting for justice, which expose racism in the United States criminal justice system, and the injustices of immigration policies and the refugee crisis at the southern border. Moderated by Kenrya Rankin.

The final week of the festival features two great YA events in the after-school spot:

Arvin Ahmadi and Adib Khorran

IT’S COMPLICATED: ARVIN AHMADI & ADIB KHORRAM

Tu, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. PST

IRL friends and novelists talk about their new books, stories of coming out, running away, first love, and more.

Leah Johnson and David Yoon

MEET CUTE: LEAH JOHNSON & DAVID YOON

Thu, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. PST

Contemporary YA romantic comedies about teens trying a new identity and grabbing the spotlight—and the girl. Moderated by Zan Romanoff (Look, Grace and the Fever).

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL BOOKSELLER FOR ALL YA EVENTS: POWELL’S BOOKS

ALL BOOKS PURCHASED THROUGH FESTIVAL EVENTS 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.

Related Posts