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November 2019

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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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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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: 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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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: 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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Last Chance: Endings & Beginnings


November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage), 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Two heartwarming, joyful contemporary YA novels about that last chance: the last night, the last summer. In Pumpkinheads, written by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends, working together at a Nebraskan…

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Pop-up: Renée Watson


November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Renée Watson pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries. Watson presents two new books at the 2019 festival: her YA novel, Watch Us Rise, and her newest middle grade book, Some Places More Than Others. Watson is paired with the artwork…

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Pop-up: Tehlor Kay Mejia


November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Tehlor Kay Mejia pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her debut YA fantasy novel, We Set the Dark on Fire.  Mejia is paired with the artwork Global Inversion by Diane Jacobs; found in the Northwest Art Gallery, on…

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Pop-up: April Henry


With: April Henry
November 9 @ 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

April Henry pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her newest YA novel, Run, Hide, Fight Back.  Henry is paired with the artwork Theseus and the Minotaur by Anoine-Louis Barye; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd…

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Pop-up: Abdi Nazemian


November 9 @ 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Abdi Nazemian pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his YA novel, Like a Love Story.  Nazemian is paired with the artwork She Keeps Me Warm by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on…

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Pop-up: Morgan Parker


November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Morgan Parker pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries. Parker is presenting two new books at the 2019 festival: her debut YA novel, Who Put This Song On?, and her newest poetry collection, Magical Negro. Parker is paired with the…

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To Break the Stillness: Writers in the Schools Anthology Launch


November 9 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Each year, Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program publishes an anthology of exemplary student work. To Break the Stillness showcases poetry, prose, drama, and comics written by 80 high school students from Portland’s public high schools in 2018–19. Being published is thrilling for…

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Pop-up: Shea Ernshaw


With: Shea Ernshaw
November 9 @ 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Shea Ernshaw pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her latest YA novel, Winterwood.  Ernshaw is paired with the artwork Greenberg Variations on Variations by Stanley Robert Boxer; found on the 1st floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art…

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High Stakes: Rebellion & Resistance


November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage), 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Young women find themselves in precarious situations, and must decide whether or not to take the risk to step up to the fight—whether against an active shooter, a corrupt regime, or the high school principal—in these three novels. In April…

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Dark Magic: Folklore & Fantasy


November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage), 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Unexpected connections, unexplained power, and secrets unearthed in three fantastical novels that delve into various folklore and myth. In The Candle and the Flame, Nafiza Azad introduces Fatima, a messenger living in the fantastical Silk Road city of Noor, where…

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Rainbow Rowell: Wayward Son


November 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke Stage), 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Rainbow Rowell is the best-selling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Carry On. Her new book, Wayward Son, is the sequel to Carry On, and is a book for anyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One…

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