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October 2019

$15 – $85

Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation with Renée Watson (Sold Out)


October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with acclaimed author and journalist
Ta-Nehisi Coates in celebration of his first novel, The Water Dancer (coming September 24). Coates will be in conversation with bestselling author Renée Watson.

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PDX JAZZ: The Music and the Movement


October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

The Music and the Movement will dive in to the inherent relationship between gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues and the Civil Rights Movement, including an in-depth look at the Free Jazz movement. PDX Jazz Education and Outreach Manager Shelby…

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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: George Packer (Sold Out)


October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 United States

The series will begin on October 24 with author and staff writer for The New Yorker, George Packer. His new book is Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century.

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November 2019

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The True, Brilliant You: Master Class with Brenda Shaghnessy


November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Brenda Shaughnessy In this workshop you will read poems (to fill up on wonder and beauty and weirdness and resilience) workshop poems, (to re-see ourselves and hear each other), and generate…

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$15

2019 Portland Book Festival


November 9

Join Literary Arts for the annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, returning on November 9, 2019. This one-day event features local and national authors presenting onstage events, pop-up readings, and workshops. Enjoy activities for readers of all ages,…

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Storytime: Great Job, Dad! & Great Job, Mom!


With: Holman Wang
November 9 @ 9:00 am - 9:20 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Two contemporary felted creations from Holman Wang celebrating Dad’s and Mom's many jobs from the co-creator of Cozy Classics. Being a dad or a mom is eleven jobs in one! These unique picture books for very young readers celebrate the…

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Storytime: The Shortest Day


With: Carson Ellis
November 9 @ 9:20 am - 9:50 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering…

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Words & Pictures: Making Children’s Literature


November 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

Graham Annable, author and illustrator of Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths; Mina Javaherbin, author of My Grandma & Me; and Lena Podesta, illustrator of Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon!; discuss making picture books with moderator Heidi Schulz, author of Giraffes…

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Storytime: Pepper and Frannie


November 9 @ 9:50 am - 10:10 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

This charming, energetic story shows the power of friendship through the teamwork of a lovably mismatched pair. Confident Frannie convinces cautious Pepper to give skateboarding a try, but Pepper’s attempts are not all smooth sailing. Luckily, she has a supportive…

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Malcolm Gladwell: Talking To Strangers


November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Cole Haan Stage), 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Andrew Proctor, executive director of Literary Arts, in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell about his latest, best-selling book,Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know. About the book: Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure,…

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Look Closer: Poetry and Myth Remaking


November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage), 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

The characters in these three poetry collections confront different kinds of displacement: from the body, from home, from time. In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through…

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NBF Presents: A Morning with the National Book Awards


November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke Stage), 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Two weeks before the 70th Annual National Book Awards, join the National Book Foundation at the Portland Book Festival for the final preview event featuring 2019 Awards Finalists and Longlisters Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT, Young People’s Literature), Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina…

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Finding Freedom: Searching & Identity


November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage), 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Three stories about the struggle to figure out who you are; well, to start to sort of figure it out, at least. Michelle Ruiz Keil’s All of Us with Wings features Xochi, seventeen and alone in San Francisco, having run away…

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Scholastic GraphixCon: Middle Grade Graphic Novels


November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium (McMenamins Stage), 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Five of the most exciting middle grade graphic novelists all on one stage! Featuring Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club: Boy-crazy Stacy), Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Midwinter Witch), Aron Nels Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class:…

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Storytime: The Piñata that the Farm Maiden Hung


November 9 @ 10:10 am - 10:30 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

It's someone's birthday. Feliz Cumpleaños! A farm maiden enlists the help of her farm friends to build a piñata for a special celebration. Borrowing the style of "The House that Jack Built," the story unfolds as each part of the piñata is gathered -…

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Scene of the Crime: Portland Thrillers


November 9 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Portland’5 Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205 United States

The heroines of these two thrillers must navigate treacherous territory in their search for the truth. Rene Denfeld’s The Butterfly Girl finds Naomi, introduced in The Child Finder, searching for her missing sister in Portland, where young, homeless girls have…

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Royal Romance: Modern Love Stories


November 9 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Have you been curious about reading romance (we could all use a guaranteed happily ever after sometimes)? These books are the perfect smart & sexy introductions to the genre. Long-time romance reader? Hear from the authors of two of the…

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Storytime: The Whole Wide World and Me


With: Toni Yuly
November 9 @ 10:30 am - 10:50 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Like a flower in a field . . . Like a cloud in the sky . . . So am I. Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, just as a wave is part of the sea, so,…

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Deep Roots: Crafting Place with The Rumpus


November 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

You sometimes read a book where the setting is such an indelible part of the story that it seems like a character unto itself. A discussion of writing place with T Kira Madden, author of the memoir Long Live the…

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Northwest Children’s Theater


November 9 @ 10:50 am - 11:10 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

A performance from Northwest Children's Theater's upcoming production of Matilda! Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

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Pop-up: Ryan Chapman


With: Ryan Chapman
November 9 @ 11:00 am - 11:15 am
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Ryan Chapman pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his debut novel, Riots I Have Known.  Chapman is paired with the artwork Attica (White Stripes) by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the…

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Storytime: Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon!


With: Lena Podesta
November 9 @ 11:10 am - 11:30 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

A dauntless lass and a hyperactive dragon learn to keep pace with each other as they forge a friendship. Baby Dragon loves to swoop and soar through the kingdom, which can cause quite a stir. But one little girl is…

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How to Raise a Reader: A Lifelong Love of Books


November 9 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

Two authors—both with Portland connections!—discuss making books for children and the importance of raising a reader with Pamela Paul and Maria Russo of the New York Times and authors of the new book How to Raise a Reader. Carson Ellis…

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Pop-up: Armin Tolentino


November 9 @ 11:15 am - 11:30 am
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Armin Tolentino pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his poetry collection, We Meant to Bring it Home Alive.  Tolentino is paired with the artwork Storage Jar with Design of Two Dragons Chasing Flaming Pearls by Unknown Artist; found…

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Pop-up: Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.


November 9 @ 11:15 am - 11:30 am
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his short story collection, Sacred Smokes.  Van Alst is paired with the artwork Looking for America by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the 1st floor of the…

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Storytime: My Grandma and Me


November 9 @ 11:30 am - 11:50 am
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma. While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her…

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Frontiers: Reconsidering the American West


November 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

New perspectives on the stories and characters that have shaped and are still definiing the American West. Jake Skeets’s debut poetry collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, is an unflinching portrait of the actual West, and a fierce…

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Star-Crossed: Love & Friendship


November 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage), 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

First love is often downright Shakespearean, as the love-lorn characters in these three books discover. From falling for your sworn enemy, to being torn apart, contending with tradition, love triangles, and more. From Faith Erin Hicks, Comics Will Break Your Heart…

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Pop-up: Graham Annable


November 9 @ 11:30 am - 11:45 am
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Graham Annable pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with Peter and Ernesto: The Lost Sloths.  Annable is paired with the artwork Stormy Sea by Gustave Courbet; found in the American Art Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Portland…

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Pop-up: Steph Cha


With: Steph Cha
November 9 @ 11:30 am - 11:45 am
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Steph Cha pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her novel, Your House Will Pay.  Cha is paired with the artwork Stars and Bars by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the 1st…

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Pop-up: Cat Winters


With: Cat Winters
November 9 @ 11:30 am - 11:45 am
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Cat Winters pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her latest YA novel, The Raven's Tale.  Winters is paired with the artwork Greenberg Variations on Variations by Stanley Robert Boxer; found on the 1st floor of the Modern &…

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Astro Poets: Your Guide to the Zodiac


November 9 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage), 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

A conversation with Mindy Nettiffee (Open Your Mouth Like a Bell) and the online phenomenon the Astro Poets (@poetastrologers), Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky, who have written the first great astrology primer of the 21st century. Full of insight, advice…

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Reckoning: Memoir of Trauma and Resilience


November 9 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke Stage), 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Three memoirs about coming of age as a writer that question how to be in your body in the world—and in your own mind; the repercussions of physical and psychological trauma; the impact of the place you came from on…

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Pop-up: Stephen O’Donnell, Gigi Little, & Laura Stanfill


November 9 @ 11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Portland fine artist, Stephen O'Donnell, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries--along with Gigi Little and Laura Stanfill-- to share the art book collection, The Untold Gaze.  This group is paired with the artwork Portrait of a Lady by François Boucher;…

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Pop-up: Jason Arias


With: Jason Arias
November 9 @ 11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Jason Arias pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his short story collection, Momentary Illumination of Objects in Motion.  Arias is paired with the artwork Moment of Silence by Hans Burkhardt; found on the 1st floor the Modern &…

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Storytime: A Zebra Plays Zither


With: Janice Bond
November 9 @ 11:50 am - 12:10 pm
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

An aged Alligator  artistically squeezes  Accordion solos  in time with sea breezes Amble through the ABCs—from alligator to zither—with this animal alphabet and musical revue. As you follow along in rhyming time, you’ll encounter drumming dragonflies, fluting fishes, orchestral owls,…

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Ambassador Susan Rice: Tough Love


November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Cole Haan Stage), 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Dave Miller, host of OPB's "Think Out Loud," interviews Ambassador Susan Rice about her memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. In Tough Love, Susan Rice reflects on a dynamic career on the frontlines of American national security…

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The Journey: The Writer in the World


November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium (McMenamins Stage), 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

An intimate, wide-ranging conversation between Anna Badkhen and Barry Lopez about writing, and the role the write plays as a global citizen. Anna Badkhen’s immersive investigations of the world’s inequities have yielded six books of literary nonfiction, most recently Fisherman’s…

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Aftermath: Poetry Confronts Politics


November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Portland’5 Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205 United States

Three new poetry collections that confront our modern times by looking at once to the past and to the future, of the world, nation, and the self. A rejection of imposed identity and reclamation of self; imagining a heartbreaking, terrifying…

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Pop-up: Kimberly King Parsons


November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Kimberly King Parsons pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her short story collection, Black Light.  She is paired with the artwork Girl with a Cigarette by Moses Soyer; found in the American Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor…

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Pop-up: Mitchell S. Jackson


November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mitchell S. Jackson pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his new book, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family.  Jackson is paired with the artwork I Am. Amen by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas…

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Storytime: The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight


November 9 @ 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

For every parent tired of telling their kids to PLEASE JUST GET ALONG, this hilarious and imaginative new picture book–from the beloved creators of Babymouse, Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm–is here to help. Sort of. Meet the Evil Princess…

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Hit Like a Girl: Three Marvel Writers


November 9 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

You might know them for their novels, but these writers have super-secret identities: they also write comics! Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of Captain Marvel as well as the comics Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet, leads a discussion with Gabby Rivera,…

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Pop-up: Paisley Rekdal


November 9 @ 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Paisley Rekdal pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her poetry collection, Nightingale.  Rekdal is paired with the artwork Mercury and Herse by Thomas Blanchet; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art…

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Pop-up: Michelle Ruiz Keil


November 9 @ 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Michelle Ruiz Keil pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her YA novel, All of Us With Wings.  Keil is paired with the artwork San Francisco Street by Hilaire Hiler; found in the American Art on the 2nd floor…

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