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An Evening with the National Book Awards

Awards season is here at last! Just four days before the 2018 National Book Awards, you’ll have a chance to join the National Book Foundation at the Portland Book Festival for an exciting Awards reading featuring 2018 Awards Finalists and Longlisted authors (and maybe even forthcoming Winners!). The reading will include writers honored in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and will highlight some of the best contemporary literature in America.

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Poet X. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, and others. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her partner. Visit her online at acevedowrites.com

In addition to her festival events, Elizabeth Acevedo is appearing in the following festival partner events:

Lit Crawl Portland -- Join us on a madcap literary adventure through the streets of downtown Portland! All events are free and open to the public, and culminate in the Tin House After Party. More info here.

Friday, November 9, 8:00-8:45 p.m.: Our Words Are a Bridge: An Evening with The Rumpus, VIDA, and YesYes Books

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Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man. His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Epiphany, and LitMag. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Beginning this fall, he will be a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. Find him online at jamelbrinkley.com.
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Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of TempletonArcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons. Visit her online at laurengroff.com. Lauren Groff's festival appearance is made possible in partnership with Hugo House.

In addition to her festival event, Lauren Groff is appearing in the following festival partner events:

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

featuring special guests Lauren GroffTommy Orange, and Luis Alberto Urrea

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Venue: Alberta Street Pub Doors: 11:30 / Show: 12:00pm

TICKETS — SOLD OUT

 
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Daniel Gumbiner

Daniel Gumbiner was born and raised in Northern California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 and now lives in Southern Nevada. This is his first novel.
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Victoria Johnson

Victoria Johnson, a former Cullman Fellow, is currently an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College in New York City, where she teaches on the history of philanthropy.
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Tommy Orange

is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.
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Justin Phillip Reed

Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet, essayist, and amateur bass guitarist whose preoccupations include horror cinema, poetic form, morphological transgressions, and uses of the grotesque. He is the author of two poetry collections, The Malevolent Volume (2020) and Indecency(2018), both published by Coffee House Press. Born and raised in South Carolina, he participates in vague spirituality and alternative rock music cultures and enjoys smelling like outside. He is the 2019-2021 Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Purchase The Malevolent Volume from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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