We are pleased to announce the lineup of our 39th annual Portland Arts & Lectures season.
All lectures take place in person at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland, OR.
Subscriptions start at $110 for the five-part series.
ZADIE SMITH: September 21, 2023
Zadie Smith is a critically acclaimed fiction writer, essayist, and playwright, whose work includes the novel White Teeth, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, and On Beauty, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and has twice been named a Granta 20 Best Young British Novelist. Her sixth novel, The Fraud, will publish in September 2023. She is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University and lives in London.
MARY BEARD: October 26, 2023
Mary Beard is a classicist and the author of many books on the ancient world, including SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the forthcoming Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World. Well-known for her television work, she has presented programs including Meet the Romans with Mary Beard and Civilisations. She was a professor of classics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge before retiring in 2022. She lives in England.
DAVID GRANN: January 25, 2024
David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction titles including the National Book Award finalist, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, and his latest book, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder. His writing has appeared in The Best American Crime Writing, The New York Times Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives with his wife and two children in New York.
CHARLES YU: February 29, 2024
Charles Yuis the author of four books of fiction, including the novels Interior Chinatown, the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a New York Times notable book and a Time magazine best book of the year. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.
AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL: April 18, 2024
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the Southern Book Prize. She is an award-winning poet, and her most recent collection is Oceanic. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. She is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Mississippi.
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