Pop-up Readings at Wordstock: The Pairing of Painting and Prose

Pop-up Readings at Wordstock: The Pairing of Painting and Prose

  by Paul Lask, Adjunct English Professor, Portland State University Pop-ups are like the house shows of Wordstock. They are intimate and freewheeling, without a stage or PA, without a barrier between readers and crowds. At times the author might have to speak louder to compete with people unknowingly chatting a room over. But this…

Boost Your Creative Powers with Stephanie Adams Santos

Boost Your Creative Powers with Stephanie Adams Santos

Stephanie Adams Santos is teaching “Divination for Inspiration: Boost Your Creative Powers” at Wordstock this fall on Saturday, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to register, and note that registration includes admission to the festival. Adams Santos is also teaching “Revising and Editing Poetry” at Literary Arts beginning on January…

Announcing the 2017 Author Lineup for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

Announcing the 2017 Author Lineup for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

Literary Arts has been hard at work preparing for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, presented by Bank of America. This event builds community around books, from children’s story times and writing workshops to author events and the book fair. Below are some highlights and updates as we look forward to the festival’s return on Saturday, November…

Announcing Bank of America as Title Sponsor for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

Literary Arts is proud to announce Bank of America as our title sponsor for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival in 2017. We are so grateful for their generous support, with special thanks to Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America’s Market President in Oregon and SW Washington. Bank of America’s leadership in the community and continued support of…

Bookmark Bash: A Benefit for Wordstock

Bookmark Bash: A Benefit for Wordstock

Thank you to all who attended and supported the Bookmark Bash: A Benefit for Wordstock on November 3. Together, we raised $95,000 to help make Wordstock a festival for our whole community and one that our youth can attend for free! The Portland Art Museum welcomed us back for Wordstock’s second annual fundraiser, the Bookmark Bash. The…

Well Read and Well Fed (Wordstock 2016)

Well Read and Well Fed (Wordstock 2016)

Written By: Liz Crain, 2016 Wordstock Moderator, Author ofFood Lover’s Guide to Portland, Editor and Publicity Director at Hawthorne Books Every year I look forward to Wordstock. It’s one of my favorite annual Portland festivals and just like when I’m lucky enough to attend local Pickathon music festival in the summer and get exposure to all…

Wordstock 2016: News and Updates

Literary Arts has been hard at work preparing for our second year as the presenter of Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, and we wanted to share some early updates and announcements with you as we look forward to the festival’s return on Saturday, November 5, 2016. We are thrilled to announce that Wordstock will present author…

With the relaunch of Wordstock as part of Literary Arts wanted to build a book festival for everyone. We wanted to produce a festival that felt very central to Portland and brought a mix of local and national authors. A change in programming meant that all featured authors would have books published in 2015. We also wanted…

Tin House Brings Lauren Redniss and Others to Wordstock

Tin House Brings Lauren Redniss and Others to Wordstock

Standing on the Atlantic side of the Florida keys, a sailor asked long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad to stick her tongue out, and report the taste. “We definitely tasted something grainy, crunchy, you know…” Nyad assumed it was salt, and told the sailor as much. She was corrected: “No. It is the Sahara dust,” she was…

Winchester at Wordstock

Winchester at Wordstock

One December evening in upstate New York, landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church stepped out to capture a twilight in watercolor. In a normal year the sky and icy waters on Chaumont Bay of Lake Ontario would have been lovely. But this year, 1883, the massive eruption of Krakatoa, thousands of miles away, made extraordinary the…

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