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Last Chance: Endings & Beginnings

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST
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 pumpkin patch and saying good by every Halloween. This fall is their last season, and their last shift together, and Deja is determined to make it an adventure. And this will be the last summer ever for Lou, her crush, and her best friend at Magic Castle Playland unless they can find a way to stop it from closing in Jennifer Dugan’s Hot Dog Girl. It’s a coming-of-age queer romance that stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love—and themselves—in unexpected people and unforgettable places. Moderated by Alicia Tate of Multnomah County Library.


PLEASE NOTE: Rainbow Rowell will sign for the first 100 attendees who purchase a book at the festival. One book per person. Signing tickets will be distributed as attendees enter the event.


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

Jennifer Dugan

Jennifer Dugan is a writer, a geek, and a romantic. In addition to being a young adult novelist, she is also the writer/creator of two indie comics. She lives in upstate New York with her family, her dogs, and an evil cat that is no doubt planning to take over the world. Hot Dog Girl is her young adult debut.
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Faith Erin Hicks

Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her previous works include the Nameless City trilogy, Friends with BoysThe Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), and the Eisner Award–winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Her newest projects include Comics Will Break Your Heart, her debut prose novel, and Pumpkinheads, an original graphic novel written by Rainbow Rowell.

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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She is the author of Wayward Son (Sept 2019), Carry OnLandlineFangirlEleanor & Park, and Attachments

Please note: Rainbow will sign for the first 100 attendees who purchase a book at the festival after her event at The Old Church. She will not be signing after her 5:00 p.m. event.

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Alicia Tate

Alicia Tate (they/them) is a librarian with Multnomah County Library, a member of the Portland Book Festival Advisory Board and a lifelong fan of YA fiction. In their professional life, Alicia is part of the library's Black Cultural Library Advocates team, a team of dedicated library staff who work to provide services, culturally relevant programming and materials for the Black community. Outside of their work as a librarian, Alicia enjoys starting art projects that rarely get completed, shopping at thrift stores, and listening to too much k-pop.
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