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 2020 Portland Book Festival take place?

The 2020 Portland Book Festival will take place from Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 21, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The 2020 author lineup is here! The schedule of virtual events will be available in October.

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

The 2020 lineup is here! Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

Q: WHERE is Portland Book Festival being held?

Portland Book Festival will be entirely digital in 2020. Author events will be available via a custom streaming platform, and writing classes will be accessible online. More information about our schedule and how to view events will be available later in the fall. 


Q: How much does it COST to attend Portland Book Festival?

Most 2020 Portland Book Festival events will be free for all. Adult writing classes will require a registration fee, but most author events and youth classes will be free to attend, and many of the author events will be available for replay for a limited time after their live stream has concluded. A select few author events will require a book purchase to attend the live stream, similar to the in-person events at the Schnitzer in past years.

Q: Do I need to REGISTER for each Portland Book Festival event?

Portland Book Festival events will take place on a custom-built streaming platform. In order to access an event’s live broadcast, attendees will need to register with an email. More information about the schedule of events and how to view events will be available in October. 


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

The 2020 lineup is here! Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.


We will partner with one of our 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

All books purchased through festival events, from the Powell’s, Broadway Books, Annie Bloom’s, or Green Bean 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. Please buy early and often and know that by purchasing books 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 an EXHIBITOR FAIR at the festival?

Due to the shift to a digital format, the 2020 Festival will not host an exhibitor fair.


Q: Will there be WRITING CLASSES at the festival?

Yes! The digital festival will feature writing classes. Specific information about class offerings and registration is coming soon. 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: I’m a publishing industry professional interested in sending my author to Portland Book Festival. Whom do I contact?

Submissions for the 2020 festival are now closed. The submission window for the 2021 festival will open in early 2021.

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 for the 2020 festival are now closed. The submission window for the 2021 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. Unfortunately, the digital format this year is not conducive to volunteer opportunities. We look forward to welcoming our dedicated volunteers back to the in-person event in November 2021.

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 don’t read from their published works; instead, they 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 concert hall and 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?

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