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Young Adult Literature at Portland Book Festival 2022

Whether you are young adult aged, or just love the literary genre, there is something for all ages to enjoy at Portland Book Festival.


PBF Cover to Cover

Start your book festival weekend early! Thursday is the new Friday, after all, and as part of the inaugural PBF Cover to Cover programming, on Thursday, November 3, the Lincoln High School Romance Book Club is hosting a round table. More info here.

PBF Friday Night Book Market

Then on Friday, November 4, be sure to get your ticket to the PBF Friday Night Book Market, and stock up on all the books you know you want to buy to save you from carrying the load on Saturday. We’ll have book plates at every stage so that you can still get a signature from your favorite authors.


Saturday, November 5 is Portland Book Festival! Arrive early to snag your seat at The Old Church, our dedicated YA Stage, which features most (but not all!) of the YA author events.

  • 10:00 a.m. Reimagine Resistance: Harper Glenn & Justina Ireland, mod. Alicia Tate
  • 11:45 a.m. Flashback: Ellen Hagan & Sabina Khan, mod. Megan Savage
  • 1:30 p.m. Magic Powers: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, & Aaron Durán, mod. Heidi Schulz
  • 3:15 p.m. Mysterious Strangers: April Henry & Naz Kutub, mod. Isabelle Ibibo

And then scoot over to Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium at 4:45 p.m. for Unlikely Allies” with superstar authors Casey McQuiston (I Kissed Shara Wheeler) and Emiko Jean (Tokyo Dreaming) with moderator Jules Ohman (Body Grammar).

Free Writing Classes for youth:

The following workshops are free, however registrations is required and class sizes are limited. Workshops are held on Saturday, November 5 on the second floor of Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building.

WITS 2021-22 Student Anthology Launch

1:00 p.m. at the Portland Parks Foundation Tent
Each year, Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program publishes an anthology of exemplary student work. To the End, Through the Tunnel showcases poetry, prose, and journalism written by high school students from four Oregon school districts: Portland Public Schools, Parkrose, Gresham, and Woodburn. Students will read their work from the anthology. All proceeds from the sale of the anthologies goes back to support WITS programming.

Festival Admission

A few reminders about festival passes:

  • Youth 17 and under and/or with high school ID get in free; but you do still need a pass as a wristband is required for entry to all stages. Get yours now.
  • Swing by the advance box office at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts’ Antoinette Hatfield Hall (1111 SW Broadway) Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 3 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. to pick up your wristband and skip the box office line on festival day.

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