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How to Raise a Reader: A Lifelong Love of Books

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 is a best-selling author and illustrator, including of the picture books Du Iz Tak? and Home, illustrator of numerous books for kids including The Wildwood Chronicles. Renée Watson, winner of the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award, and author of two picture books, a new middle grade novel, Some Places More Than Others, and young adult novels, including Piecing Me Together. Moderated by Emily Chenoweth.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis is the author-illustrator of the best-selling picture books Home and Du Iz Tak?, a Caldecott Honor Book and E. B. White Read Aloud Award winner. She has illustrated a number of books, including The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper. Her newest book is In the Half Room. Carson Ellis lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.

Purchase In the Half Room from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

All books purchased through festival events, from Annie Bloom’s Books, BROADWAY BOOKS, Green Bean Books, or Powell’s Books support the authors and publishers who share their work at the festival and the booksellers who have worked hard to keep their businesses open during these difficult times. Please buy early and often and know that by purchasing books you are supporting the sustainability of the festival.
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Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Timeswhich she joined in 2011 as the children's books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for The Times. She is the author and editor of five books: My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified, Parenting, Inc., and By the BookShe is a former columnist for The Economist, Worthand The New York Times Styles section. Her work has also appeared in The AtlanticThe Washington PostSlateVogue, Psychology Today, Brown Alumni Magazine and other national publications. Her latest book is How to Raise a Reader, co-written with Maria Russo.
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Maria Russo

Maria Russo, author of How To Raise a Reader, is the children’s books editor of the New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, and Salon, and holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.
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Renée Watson

Renée Watson is a New York Times-bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her books include Ways to Make SunshineSome Places More Than OthersThis Side of HomeWhat Momma Left MeBetty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

Purchase Ways to Make Sunshine from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

All books purchased through festival events, from Annie Bloom’s Books, BROADWAY BOOKS, Green Bean Books, or Powell’s Books support the authors and publishers who share their work at the festival and the booksellers who have worked hard to keep their businesses open during these difficult times. Please buy early and often and know that by purchasing books you are supporting the sustainability of the festival.
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Emily Chenoweth

Emily Chenoweth is the author of the novel Hello Goodbye (Random House), which was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award and was named one of the top ten Northwest books of 2009 by The Oregonian. As a ghostwriter and co-writer, she’s penned a dozen other novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. A former English teacher and fiction editor at Publishers Weekly, Emily has also written for PeopleSelfTin HousePortland Monthly, and Bookforum.
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