We are pleased to announce the lineup of our 38th annual Portland Arts & Lectures season.
All lectures take place in person at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland, OR.
ABDULRAZAK GURNAH: September 22, 2022
Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2021. His novels include Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise, which was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize, and most recently, Afterlives. Born in Zanzibar in 1948, Gurnah immigrated to the United Kingdom in the late 1960s. He is professor emeritus of English and postcolonial literatures at the University of Kent, and lives in Canterbury.
ANTHONY DOERR: November 17, 2022
Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a finalist for the National Book Award. His other works include the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; the memoir Four Seasons in Rome; and the novels About Grace and most recently Cloud Cuckoo Land. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
LAUREN GROFF: January 18, 2023
Lauren Groff is the author of four novels and two short story collections. Her 2021 novel, Matrix, was a National Book Award finalist and President Barack Obama named one of his favorite books of the year. Groff is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and twice for the Kirkus Prize. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.
PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE: February 22, 2023
Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of four books including the New York Times bestsellers Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, which was awarded the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, and Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. Rolling Stone describes Keefe as “an obsessive reporter and researcher, a master of narrative nonfiction.”
ADA LIMÓN: April 20, 2023
Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has been supported most recently by a Guggenheim Fellowship. She grew up in Sonoma, California and now lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she writes, teaches remotely, and hosts the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown. Her new book of poetry, The Hurting Kind, is out now from Milkweed Editions. She is the 24th Poet Laureate of The United States.
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