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9:15 am

Opening Sing-a-long with Emily Arrow


With: Emily Arrow
November 7, 2015 @ 9:15 am - 9:30 am

Emily Arrow (the children's music project of Emily Dale) creates literature-inspired music for children, cultivating an appreciation and love for singing, songwriting, literature, and art. Emily Arrow will be hosting picture book story times and playing pop-up events in the galleries throughout…

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9:30 am

Story Time: Fly!


November 7, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Acclaimed Portland-based author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards presents his debut picture book Fly! (ages 3–5), a story about self-discovery through perseverance that encourages toddlers to get up and move to their own buggy groove! Click here to purchase your festival…

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10:00 am

The Other Side of the Story: Fantastic Sequels (YA)


November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

In Another Day, best-selling author David Levithan tells the story from the side of Every Day’s Rhiannon as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you. Michelle Tea’s sequel to Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, Girl at…

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Kitchen Confidential: New Cookbooks from Portland Chefs


November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am

From sausage to gnocchi to fried chicken, go behind the scenes with some of Portland’s most acclaimed chefs as they and discuss their debut cookbooks. Featuring Elias Cairo (salumist, Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie), Jenn Louis (Pasta…

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Sandra Cisneros


November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Award-winning novelist, poet, and author of The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros, discusses her new book, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life, in conversation with Elena Passarello (Let Me Clear My Throat, 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient).…

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OPB Presents Simon Winchester


November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

Simon Winchester, best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman, discusses his new book, Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, a colorful and provocative exploration…

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Story Time: Her Idea


November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Portland-based author and illustrator Rilla Alexander (The Best Book in the World) presents her new picture book Her Idea (ages 3–7): Sozi loves thinking up new ideas. The only trouble is, she can't seem to ever finish them. This is a…

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10:30 am

Story Time: Leo: A Ghost Story


November 7, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson reads his picture book Leo: A Ghost Story (with author Mac Barnett, ages 3–7), a charming story of the friendship between a misunderstood ghost and Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position…

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11:00 am

Tin House Presents Less Is More: Making Connections in Short Story Collections


November 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Is a book still a graphic “novel” when it’s a collection of stories? Where do “connected stories” fall on the spectrum between short story collection and novel? And what about that strange beast, the elusive, seldom seen “novella”? Three authors…

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Give Us the Ballot: Voting Rights and the 2016 Election


November 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Fifty years after the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act, Americans are still fighting battles over race, representation, and political power. In Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, The Nation’s Ari Berman tells the…

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In Conversation: Jon Krakauer and Barry Lopez


November 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, best-selling authors Jon Krakauer (Missoula, Into the Wild, and more) and Barry Lopez (Outside: Stories, Arctic Dreams, and more) are known for writing about human nature in confrontation with the natural world: from summiting Everest to our relationships with…

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OPB’s Think Out Loud with Wendell Pierce


November 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

Acclaimed actor (Selma, Treme, The Wire) and Tony award–winning producer Wendell Pierce returns to rebuild his family home in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. His memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not…

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Story Time: The Wonderful Things You Will Be


November 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Author and illustrator Emily Winfield Martin (Dream Animals) presents her new picture book, The Wonderful Things You Will Be (ages 3–7), a story that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children… now and forever! Click here to…

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11:30 am

Story Time: Robo-Sauce


November 7, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

FACT: Robots are awesome. If only there were some sort of magical “Robo-Sauce” that turned squishy little humans into giant awesome robots… Well, now there is. Fans of the best-selling Dragons Love Tacos will devour Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri's newest story, a hilarious…

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12:00 pm

Triple Threat: Art, Ambition, and Motherhood


November 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Bold new personal narratives—a memoir, a novel, and “autotheory”—offer unsentimental, candid perspectives on childbirth, the body, motherhood, aging, and creativity. Featuring three formidable forces in contemporary literature: Heidi Julavits (The Folded Clock: A Diary), Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts), and Elisa Albert (After Birth).…

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Tin House Presents Unconventional History: Past, Present, Future


November 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

A look at three stories of unexpected subjects told in unconventional ways. In The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes, Portland Monthly editor Zach Dundas examines the fictional Detective Holmes from personal, cultural, and historical perspectives;…

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Toil and Trouble: Monsters, Witches, and Ghosts, Oh My! (YA)


November 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

A discussion with a little something scary for everyone: haunted houses, murderous neighbors, and all-too-possible realism (no vampires here). Authors Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter), Paige McKenzie (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl), and three authors from the new anthology Slasher Girls and…

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Story Time: Home


With: Carson Ellis
November 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists, presents her solo picture book debut, the bestseller Home (ages 4–8), a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home. FREE ADMISSION to Wordstock…

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OPB’s State of Wonder — LIVE!


November 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

OPB’s State of Wonder broadcasts LIVE from Wordstock, featuring Portland’s beloved hometown literary legend, Ursula K. Le Guin (Steering the Craft); musicians Patterson Hood and Willy Vlautin on the rock star life and the writing life; and a reading by Patrick…

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12:30 pm

Middle Grade: Lowriders in Space


With: Cathy Camper
November 7, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

A reading and Q&A with Portland-based author and librarian Cathy Camper, author of the middle-grade graphic novel, Lowriders in Space, illustrated by Raúl the Third (ages 8–12), a story  sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship:…

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1:00 pm

Painting That Speaks: On Poetry


November 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

As Simonides of Ceos said and Plutarch noted in De gloria Atheniensium, "Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." Three anticipated collections, The Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis, Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and One Morning— by Rebecca Wolff, offer many…

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Tin House Presents Stranger Than Fiction: Based on a True Story


November 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Hear from three authors who took real-life inspiration and ran with it, blurring the line between fact and fiction or giving new life to historical events and people: Jami Attenberg explores the life of Saint Mazie in Jazz Age New York…

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OPB’s Oregon Art Beat


November 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

An hour with OPB’s Oregon Art Beat, featuring a coming-of-age tale set on Mount Hood, Martin Marten, with author Brian Doyle; best-selling author of the Wildwood series and Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy talks about the difference between writing for songs and writing…

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In Conversation: Jesse Eisenberg and Jon Raymond


November 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Academy Award–nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg, known for iconic film roles as well as regular pieces in The New Yorker and two critically acclaimed plays, presents his fiction debut, the whip-smart Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories. The National Post…

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1:15 pm

Middle Grade: Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code


With: Heidi Schulz
November 7, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

A reading and Q&A with Heidi Schulz, author of the New York Times bestseller Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code (illustrated by John Hendrix, ages 8–12). In this sequel to Hook’s Revenge, Jocelyn Hook, daughter of Captain Hook, sets out to…

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2:00 pm

Tin House Presents Unexpected Family: Finding Home


November 7, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

The tenants of a Brooklyn brownstone band together when their home is threatened. A young Dominican girl discovers a love of horseback riding when a white woman in upstate New York takes her in. In a drought-stricken near future, a…

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OPB’s Think Out Loud: Food and Flavor


November 7, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

In his new book, The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, award-winning journalist Mark Schatzker exposes why and how the flavor of our food is changing and the agricultural revolution that could bring better health through better-tasting…

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Tom Spanbauer


November 7, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Portland writer Tom Spanbauer (I Loved You More) is a critically acclaimed author of five novels, a beloved mentor, founder of the Dangerous Writing workshops, and the winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Awards’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award. At…

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Middle Grade: Old Wolf


With: Brian Floca
November 7, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Award–winning illustrator Brian Floca presents his new book Old Wolf (written by Avi, ages 8–12) with a reading and Q&A featuring art activities. Hunting—the predator, and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist…

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Off Center: WITS Anthology Launch


November 7, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a program of Literary Arts that inspires public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing. The 2014-15 WITS anthology, Off Center, is a collection of exemplary student…

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2:45 pm

Middle Grade: The After-Room


With: Maile Meloy
November 7, 2015 @ 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Maile Meloy reads from her new book, The After-Room (ages 10+). The triumphant finale in the trilogy that began with  Meloy’s best-selling, critically acclaimed The Apothecary, and continued with her captivating sequel, The Apprentices, The After-Room is full of enchantment and heart, with Ian Schoenherr’s…

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3:00 pm

OPB Mix


November 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

An entertaining two-hour variety show of books and music. Hour one features live music from singer/songwriter Laura Gibson; David Banis and Hunter Shobe on modern cartography in their book Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas;  poet, musician, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo…

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Stacy Schiff


November 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

One of our most acclaimed contemporary historians presents a fresh, startling new look at the Salem witch trials, the first great American mystery. In The Witches: Salem, 1692, Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff examines the religious, social, and political context of…

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Tin House Presents Love Among the Ruins: From Norway to Nigeria, Portland to Hawaii


November 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Characters meet-cute and not-so-cute at a Viking museum above the Arctic Circle, a girls’ boarding school in a Nigeria torn apart by civil war, and wrestle with conflicts between love and loyalty in China, Hawaii, and right here in Portland.…

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Growing Pains: Identity, Love, and High School


November 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

High school is a hard time to be anybody. But it can be especially hard when love and friendship are at odds, when you’re still trying to figure out who you are and how to be yourself, or when you…

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4:00 pm

In Conversation: Diana Nyad & Cheryl Strayed


November 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

At the age of 64, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim the 111 miles from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage, a Herculean feat that had eluded her when she made the attempt three decades…

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Lost & Found: Fiction on the Threshold


November 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

In these four daring new novels, characters are searching for mythical objects, lost in time or place, and going on wild goose chases trying to escape themselves and their everyday realities. Carmiel Banasky (The Suicide of Claire Bishop), Sloane Crosley (The Clasp),…

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The Graywolf Poetry Tour


November 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Acclaimed independent publisher Graywolf Press presents poets Mary Jo Bang (The Last Two Seconds), Katie Ford (Blood Lyrics), and Diane Seuss (Four-legged Girl) in a discussion on poetic form and process moderated by fellow Graywolf poet Mary Szybist (Incarnadine). Click…

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5:00 pm

OPB’s Think Out Loud with John Irving


With: John Irving
November 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cole Haan Stage, 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

In his new novel, Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. The best-selling author of many beloved novels,…

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OPB’s State of Wonder


November 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom (Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, First Floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205 United States

Four members of one of Portland’s famous writing groups (yes, we are lucky enough to have more than one famous writing group), Chelsea Cain (One Kick), Monica Drake (The Stud Book), Suzy Vitello (The Keepsake), and Lidia Yuknavitch (The Small…

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Tin House Presents A Particular Moment: Time and Place in Fiction


November 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium — McMenamins Stage, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Setting, both the when and the where, is often so integral to a story that we argue setting is a character. Learn about a very specific time—between the 1976 bicentennial celebration and the 1977 blackout—in New York City in Garth…

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On Biography: Joan Didion and Robert Lax


November 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

Writing the story of any singular life is a huge task; writing the story of the life of a writer adds an additional layer of complexity to the biographer’s task. Biographers Tracy Daugherty (The Last Love Song: A Biography of…

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