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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 2021 Portland Book Festival take place?

The 2021 Festival will be a hybrid event. There will be virtual events from November 8–12, leading up to an in-person festival day on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Portland Art Museum and Portland’5. There will be in-person writing classes at our downtown Literary Arts space.

We are closely monitoring public health policies and all PBF events will be presented in accordance with current guidelines. In-person PBF attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times, indoors and outdoors, and will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to attend. Full policy here.

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

Click here to view our lineup of authors appearing either virtually, November 8–12, presented by Bank of America; or in person, November 13, 2021.

Lineup and schedule is subject to change. Subscribe to our e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

Q: WHERE is Portland Book Festival being held?

From November 8-12, 2021, virtual events will take place via a custom streaming platform and on our podcast. Passes are available on a sliding scale.

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, an in person Festival will return to the South Park Blocks, with events at Portland Art Museum and the theaters of Portland’5. Passes are required.

The full schedule is available here. The print program will be available in the Wednesday, November 3 issue of the Willamette Week, at advance pass pick up at Literary Arts, and on site festival day.

Writing classes will be held both virtually and at the downtown Literary Arts space.

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 much does it COST to attend Portland Book Festival?

Passes to the virtual portion of PBF are available on a sliding scale from $0 (free) to $100.

For the in-person Festival day, adult admission is $15 in advance / $25 at the door. Arts for All $5 passes are available with proof of SNAP/Oregon Trail Card, and admission is free for veterans and actively military with valid military ID. Admission is free to attendees 17 and under (or with a valid high school ID); pass still required for free admission. Paid $15/25 admission includes a $5 book voucher redeemable at the book fair the day of the festival. Get your festival pass now. Please note: ALL attendees must pick up a wristband before entering any festival venue. We recommend you pick up your wristband in advance; if you pick up day-of, we recommend arriving at least thirty minutes prior to the first event you want to attend to visit the box office and pick up your wristband. Purchasing your festival pass in advance will speed up this process.

ATTENDING: VIRTUAL

Q: How do I watch VIRTUAL events?

Portland Book Festival 2021 virtual events, presented by Bank of America, will take place November 8–12, and will be live streamed on our custom-built streaming platform at PDXBookFest.org. Access to the Festival’s virtual platform will be via a sliding scale ($0–$100) pass; one pass includes access to all five days of virtual events.

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

All VIRTUAL events (November 8–12) will be archived in the video library at PDXBookFest.org, 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 on the virtual event replays, which will be posted within 48 hours of the event ending.

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

We are also offering a series of four events which will be released exclusively on our podcast, The Archive Project. TAP@PBF podcast schedule is available here.

Please note: In-person events on November 13 are NOT being live streamed. They will be audio recorded for potential later broadcast on The Archive Project radio show and podcast.

ATTENDING: IN PERSON

Q: How do I attend the IN-PERSON event?

Portland Book Festival requires an admission pass, which is $15 in advance and $25 day-of; youth 17 and younger and/or with a valid high school ID enjoy free entry. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news

Q: How do I GET TO Portland Book Festival?

Portland Book Festival attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take mass transit to the festival. Trimet has a useful trip planner here. If you are traveling by car, you can find directions at PAM’s site here. The museum/festival does NOT have a dedicated parking lot, but lot and street parking are available throughout downtown Portland. Supplemental bike racks will be available. 

To plan a trip to Portland, visit travelportland.com for information on travel specials and hotel offers.

Q: I PRE-ORDERED my IN-PERSON pass. Where can I pick it up?

For those with proof of vaccination, Advance pass buyers, including youth free passes, can pick up their wristband and book voucher before the event day from Literary Arts (925 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205) during the following dates/ times:

  • Tuesday–Thursday, November 2nd–4th: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. & 4:00–6:00 p.m
  • Saturday, November 6th: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 pm
  • Tuesday–Thursday, November 9–11th: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. & 4:00–6:00 p.m.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination to pick up your wristband/pass. If you are unvaccinated, you may only pick up your pass the day of the event by showing a negative COVID PCR test at the Box Office tent. Negative test must be taken within 72 hours of the event day.  For our full COVID-19 policy on requirements for proof of vaccination OR negative test, please view our policy here

For those who purchased the Louise Erdrich book-as-ticket, your ticket for entry into the event may also be picked up at this time. Books will be distributed day-of the event. 

We strongly encourage picking up your passes in advance so you are able to skip the lines the day-of the Festival!

Festival day, pick up or purchase passes at the box office on SW Park Avenue in front of the Portland Art Museum before entering any festival venues.

Advance passes are $15 ($25 day of) and include a wristband for entry to all festival events, and every paid pass includes a $5 voucher for the book fair. Please note: ALL attendees must pick up a wristband before entering any festival venue. We recommend you arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the first event you want to attend to visit the box office and pick up your wristband. Purchasing your festival pass in advance will speed up this process.

Q: Can I pick up Festival passes on behalf of another individual?

Given this year’s unique admission requirements, the PBF ticketing team cannot distribute tickets to those who want to pick up passes on behalf of another individual.  Wristbands and tickets can only be distributed to ticket holders whose names match presented ID’s and proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests. This includes individuals who share households as well as parents of children who will attend. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Q: I want to BUY a pass at the festival. Where do I do that?

In-person Festival day passes can be purchased in advance online ($15 adults, free for youth 17 and under) or on site day the day of the Festival ($25 adults, free for youth 17 and under). Attendees will receive a wristband at the Festival that allows entry to all festival events and a book voucher for paid passes. Day-of passes sales are at the box office in the tent on SW Park Avenue. PAM’s regular box offices will not be selling festival passes. There is one festival box office location. Please note: ALL attendees must pick up a wristband before entering any festival venue. We recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the first event you want to attend to visit the box office and pick up your wristband. Purchasing your festival pass in advance will speed up this process.

Due to precautions in the interest of public health, the 2021 PBF in-person Festival day is limited to 3,000 attendees. There is a real possibility we will reach capacity; we encourage you to purchase your pass in advance to save money and ensure admission.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination to pick up your wristband/pass. If you are unvaccinated, you may only pick up your pass the day of the event by showing a negative COVID PCR test at the Box Office tent. Negative test must be taken within 72 hours of the event day.  For our full COVID-19 policy on requirements for proof of vaccination OR negative test, please view our policy here

Q: I am 17 YEARS OR YOUNGER AND/OR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT and I get free admission. Do I need a pass?

Yes, ALL attendees, including youth, need a wristband for entry. Youth receiving free admission will need to pick up their wristband at the box office in the tent on SW Park Avenue. Free youth passes do NOT include a book voucher. Purchase here. Please note: ALL attendees must pick up a wristband before entering any festival venue. We recommend you arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the first event you want to attend to visit the box office and pick up your wristband. Reserving your festival pass in advance will speed up this process.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination to pick up your wristband/pass. If you are unvaccinated, you may only pick up your pass the day of the event by showing a negative COVID PCR test at the Box Office tent. Negative test must be taken within 72 hours of the event day.  For our full COVID-19 policy on requirements for proof of vaccination OR negative test, please view our policy here

Q: I am a VOLUNTEER. Do I need a pass? Where do I pick up my festival pass?

Volunteers receive free entry to the festival in exchange for volunteering. All volunteers will check in at the volunteer registration tent on SW Main Street by PAM’s Mark Building before their shift begins, where they will receive a wristband and information about their volunteer assignment. For questions about volunteering, email volunteer@literary-arts.org.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination to pick up your wristband/pass. If you are unvaccinated, you may only pick up your pass the day of the event by showing a negative COVID PCR test at the Box Office tent. Negative test must be taken within 72 hours of the event day.  For our full COVID-19 policy on requirements for proof of vaccination OR negative test, please view our policy here

Q: Do I need a TICKET for each Portland Book Festival event?

Your festival wristband admits you to ALL festival venues and events, with the exception of the Louise Erdrich event which requires a book-inclusive ticket that you can purchase here (the book-inclusive ticket also includes an all-day Festival pass). Note that your pass is to the festival itself, which features dozens of events, and does NOT guarantee entry to any individual event.

Please note: ALL attendees must pick up a wristband before entering any festival venue. We recommend you arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the first event you want to attend to visit the box office and pick up your wristband. Purchasing and picking up your pass in advance will speed up this process.

At all venues and all events, entry and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; standing in line does not guarantee entry. Rooms will be cleared between sessions, meaning all attendees will be required to exit the venue and will not be permitted to remain in their seats for the next session. If they would like to attend the next session at the same venue they must exit, join the line, and re-enter. No one will be admitted to a full event session unless another attendee leaves that session.

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

Information about the 2021 pop-up readings will be forthcoming in October.

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

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. 

Q: Do I need to bring my ID and vaccine card or negative COVID test results to the in-person festival? 

A: Yes. Please be sure to keep ID and proof of vaccination or negative test results with you when enjoying the Portland Book Festival. In-person Festival attendees may be required to show proof of vaccination or negative test results when entering indoor venues even if previously provided at the box office tent, and/or during advance pickup. 

FESTIVAL EVENTS: IN PERSON

Q: Can I STAY at one stage all day?

For safety reasons, rooms will be cleared between all events; to attend the next event at the same stage, you will need to exit the venue and re-enter. This policy allows us to keep to the fire code/capacity for each room. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Q: Are festival venues and stages wheelchair accessible? Where do I find more information about venue ACCESSIBILITY?

All festival venues and stage locations are wheelchair accessible. More information about accessibility is available at each venue website: Portland Art Museum / Portland’5

Q: What accessibility options do you offer attendees who are DEAF or HARD OF HEARING?

Portland’5 and Portland Art Museum both offer Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs). More information is available at each venue website: Portland Art Museum / Portland’5

Literary Arts also offers sign language interpretation upon request. You must request sign language interpreters at least one week prior to the event by emailing us. Requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter, and seating locations are assigned at the discretion of Literary Arts and the venue staff.

More information about accessibility is available at each venue website: Portland Art Museum / Portland’5

Q: How do I find out which AUTHORS will be the festival?

Here they are!

Q: Will the festival authors SIGN BOOKS?

Yes! Most in-person authors will sign immediately following their on-stage event, unless otherwise noted. Books must be purchased from a festival bookstore in order to be signed, with the exception of one pre-owned book per author. Author signing set up is subject to change as we monitor public health guidelines

Why do we restrict pre-owned books? On site book sales are absolutely critical to the success of the festival. By purchasing books at the festival, you support the amazing independent bookstores that partner with us as well as the authors and publishers who travel from near and far to share their work at the festival. Thank you for your support and understanding of this policy.

The festival is delighted to feature satellite bookstores to all festival stages, where attendees can purchase a book and get it signed on site. Authors will sign books immediately following the end of their event. 

ON-SITE SALES AND SIGNING

Remember: your $5 voucher is good at any vendor at the book fair!

All books purchased at the festival, through the Powell’s, Broadway Books, Annie Bloom’s, or Green Bean bookstores, or at any of the book fair vendors, support the authors and publishers who travel from near and far to share their work at the festival and the booksellers and vendors who invest time and expense to be at the book fair. Literary Arts asks attendees to respect and follow this policy. Please buy early and often and know you are supporting the sustainability of the festival.

Book dealers are NOT allowed to bring books into the book signing area. Dealers with rolling carts and/or wagons are not allowed on the festival grounds.

Q: Will there be a BOOK FAIR at the festival? How do I sign up?

Yes! The book fair will represent some of the best of Portland, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest plus national publishing, writing, literary culture, academic opportunities, and more. Full-price admission to the festival will grant each attendee a $5 book voucher that they can redeem only at the book fair that day.

Portland Book Festival offers exhibitors the opportunity to reach thousands of book lovers ready to buy their products or learn about their services. If you would like to be added to the wait list and notified when registration opens for the 2022 festival, please email Public Programs Manager, Liz Olufson, at liz@literary-arts.org.

Q: How do I redeem my BOOK VOUCHER?

A full-price in-person festival pass includes a $5 book voucher. Festival book vouchers are non-transferrable, cannot be exchanged for cash, and are limited to one per attendee. For example, you could use your one $5 voucher toward the purchase of a $15 book, but you could not purchase a $15 book with three vouchers. Vouchers are redeemable only on festival day at the book fair at the Portland Art Museum. All festival vendors accept vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed to attendees at the point of ticket purchase or at will call pick up. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and are limited to one per person.

WRITING CLASSES

Q: Will there be WRITING CLASSES at the festival?

Yes! More info coming soon. All class offerings through Literary Arts are available here.

Q: I registered for a WORKSHOP. Where do I get my wristband?

Because of the hybrid nature of the 2021 Portland Book Festival, workshop/class registration does NOT include a Festival pass. Festival passes should be purchased separately. Virtual passes are available here, and in-person passes 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 susan@literary-arts.org.

PUBLICITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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 Heather Brown, Mind the Bird Media: heather@mindthebirdmedia.com.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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

Yes! Portland Book Festival offers exhibitors the opportunity to reach thousands of book lovers ready to buy their products or learn about their services. Applications for 2021 have closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list and notified when registration opens for the 2022 festival, please email Public Programs Manager, Liz Olufson, at liz@literary-arts.org.

Want to see if you’d fit in at Portland Book Festival? View 2021’s participating independent publishers, arts nonprofits, authors, and more in our virtual marketplace 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. We are not able to consider any additional books or authors for the 2021 festival, including for virtual. Submissions for the 2022 festival will open in January.

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. Submissions for the 2022 festival will open in January.

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. Learn more and register to volunteer at the 2021 festival here.

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 maggie@literary-arts.org.

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 lydah@literary-arts.org.

MORE INFO

 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 la@literary-arts.org.