How to Attend

More information about how to be a part of the Portland Book Festival as an attendee, author, exhibitor, sponsor, and more.


Q: WHEN will the 2121 Portland Book Festival take place?

Festival events will take place from November 8 to 13, 2021. As of July 2021, we are still working on finalizing the format for this year’s Festival in accordance with public health guidelines. Please stay tuned for more information soon.

Q: Can I still watch events from PBF 2020?

The 2020 Portland Book Festival live streamed Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 21. Register at to access a library of recordings.

Q: When can I find out which AUTHORS are participating?

The 2021 lineup will be announced in September. Subscribe to our e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

Q: WHERE is Portland Book Festival being held?

As of July 2021, we are still working on finalizing the format for this year’s Festival in accordance with public health guidelines. Please stay tuned for more information soon.

Q: Will there be a 2021 LIT CRAWL Portland?

There will not be a Lit Crawl in 2021; we hope to bring the event back in 2022.



Q: How do I watch LIVE STREAMED events?

We will update this page with information about the 2021 Festival format as soon as it is finalized.

Portland Book Festival 2020 events took place on a custom-built streaming platform at is a web-based platform and does not require any special software installations—just an internet browser. Note that for live streaming, we strongly recommend the use of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for best performance.

Q: What if I miss the live event, will a REPLAY be available?

This information applies to the 2020 Festival: All events will be archived in the video library at, where you can re-watch events or catch anything that you missed. Events will be posted no later than 48 hour after they are live.

Although closed captions are not available during initial live stream, they will be available to viewers during replays on request. Please email to request captioning.

For questions or concerns about access to PBF events, please contact or call us at 503-227-2583, option 2.

Q: How can I view the POP-UP READINGS?

This information applies to the 2020 Festival: All pop-up readings are available in the video library at The pop-ups were also released to the Literary Arts Instagram over the course of the Festival.

Full lineup of pop-up videos with closed captions is available on the Literary Arts YouTube channel.  

Q: How do I buy BOOKS from Festival authors? Can I get them SIGNED?

This information applies to the 2020 Festival: We are proud to partner with Portland-based, independent bookstores to provide easy online purchasing options for each of our digital events. Our indie bookstore partners are Powell’s Books, Broadway Books, Annie Bloom’s Books, and Green Bean Books. Each festival author and event page includes links to purchase books.

All Festival author books purchased from partner bookstores 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. When you purchase books from our partner stores you are supporting the sustainability of the Festival. 

We are hoping to offer signed books for purchase whenever possible; however, personalized books will not be possible in the digital environment, we are sorry.



Q: Will there be WRITING CLASSES at the festival?

This information applies to the 2020 Festival: The digital festival featured writing classes. All class offerings through Literary Arts are available here.

Q: How do I submit a WRITING CLASS PROPOSAL to the festival?

Portland Book Festival writing classes are curated by the Director of Programs for Writers, Susan Moore. If you are interested in teaching at a future festival, send a proposal to



Q: Is there a festival HASHTAG? How do I find the festival on SOCIAL MEDIA?

There is a hashtag! It is #PDXBookFest, and look for Literary Arts on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Q: I’d like to WRITE ABOUT the festival. Whom do I contact?

Please send all Portland Book Festival-related press requests to Jyoti Roy,



Q: Will there be an EXHIBITOR FAIR at the festival?

We introduced a virtual exhibitor marketplace in 2020! View participating independent publishers, arts nonprofits, authors, and more here. To be notified when information is available for the 2021 event,  please reach out to Public Programs Manager Liz Olufson here.

Q: I’m a publishing INDUSTRY professional interested in sending my author to Portland Book Festival. Whom do I contact?

Submissions to the 2021 Portland Book Festival are now closed. 

Q: I am a WRITER. Can I present my work at the festival?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the festival director, who creates the program well ahead of each festival. Literary Arts receives hundreds of submissions from publicists and authors wishing to present at the festival. Note that the festival focuses on discussion and conversation among writers/artists, and does not include single-author events. Events are interviews or “in-conversation” style and moderated panel discussions. We welcome your suggestions, but due to the large volume of unsolicited submissions received, Literary Arts is unable to respond to every submission individually or to return materials sent for consideration.

Submissions to the 2021 Portland Book Festival are now closed.

Q: Can you put me IN TOUCH with an author on the program?

For privacy reasons, we are not able to pass on contact details for authors presenting at the festival. We also cannot pass on messages. The best way to contact our guest authors is through their publisher or agent, or through the contact information on the author’s website.

Q: How do I sign up to VOLUNTEER for the festival?

Each year, the in-person festival relies on the support of hundreds of amazing volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly. Subscribe to our e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

There will be volunteer opportunities at the 2021 Festival. Please check back for more information soon.

Q: How do I become a SPONSOR of the festival?

Inquiries related to corporate sponsorship may be sent to our Development Manager, Maggie Allen, at

Q: How do I DONATE to Portland Book Festival and Literary Arts?

Pledge your support to the festival by donating to the Literary Arts general fund through our website and adding “Portland Book Festival” to the order notes. Questions about donating may be sent to our Director of Development and Marketing, Lydah DeBin, at



 Q: What is the best way to stay informed of Portland Book Festival UPDATES?

Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news! Follow our hashtag #PDXBookFest on social media.

Q: What is the anti-harassment policy?

Literary Arts has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind. Access our organization’s anti-harassment policy here.

Q: What is Literary Arts?

Established in 1984, Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization founded, inspired, and sustained by the likes of Ursula K. Le Guin and William Stafford, and has helped make Oregon more than a place with a bookish reputation. It is a comprehensive, nationally recognized cultural center for writers, publishers, readers, and lovers of thoughtful conversations.

Literary Arts is home to the country’s largest literary lecture series, where speakers share lectures and presentations that they’ve written specifically for Literary Arts or engage in unscripted onstage conversations with up to 2,700 people in a historic concert hall, plus thousands more public radio listeners across the state through a partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Literary Arts keeps literature democratic with more than 100 free community programs and events every year, connecting multiple generations and skill levels with renowned authors in public schools and spaces. The Writers in the Schools program hires working writers to teach and inspire local high school students. The Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program awards $30,000 a year to transform Oregon writers into literary ambassadors who engage other Oregonians at writing classes and readings across the state. Portland Book Festival builds community around literature through author events, writing classes, an exhibitor fair, and more. Under the steady hand of an experienced scholar, readers explore demanding books in the discussion-based Delve Readers Seminars.

Q: How does Literary Arts engage with equity through its programs?

We at Literary Arts recognize that a public commitment to equity is crucial to both our own growth and that of the Oregon arts and culture ecosystem. View our statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement here, and read more about our strategic framework and commitment to equity work here.

Q: What if my question wasn’t answered here?

If you have additional questions, please contact