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Lit Crawl® Portland hits the streets of downtown PDX for the second year in a row, November 10, the night before Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival!

There are several events happening in each phase and ALL events are FREE and open to the public (full schedule below). If your first choice is too crowded, you’ll have many great event options available in the neighborhood!

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Lit Crawl® Portland is a project of Literary Arts and the Litquake Foundation.

Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City and continuing in Jade War and the forthcoming Jade Legacy. She is also the author of the acclaimed young adult science fiction novels ZeroboxerExo and Cross Fire. Fonda is a multiple finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards and a three-time finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. Born and raised in Canada, she now resides in Portland, Oregon.

Purchase Jade city and Jade War from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners.

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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Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is an actor, essayist, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, and has been translated into German, Italian, French, and Mandarin. She is the author of the essay collections Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, the latter of which won the 2018 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction and made the Best Books of 2017 lists in the New York Times, Guardian, and Publisher's Weekly. Passarello teaches creative writing at Oregon State University and appears weekly on the nationally-syndicated PRI radio variety show LiveWire!.
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Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel California as well as the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me. A contributing editor and staff writer at the Millions, she has also published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Cut, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Her most recent work is Woman No. 17.  Also appearing in:

Northwest Film Center Presents: Film to Page

Wordstock Writers on Influential Films Screening of Troop Beverly Hills with a post-film conversation with Lepucki Date: Saturday, Nov 11 Venue: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets & Info HERE

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Date: Sunday, Nov 12 Venue: Mississippi Studios Doors: 10:00am / Show: 11:00am

w/ Ed Asner + Edan Lepucki + Danez Smith + Chad VanGaalen

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Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton is a preschool teacher by day, cook by weeknight, weekend, and holiday. He is a graduate of Bennington College. Oregon is his home state. Secret Restaurant Portland has been active since 2010. His new cookbook is Myrtlewood: Home Cooking from the Pacific Northwest
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Peter Schweitzer

Peter Schweitzer is a freelance photographer residing in Portland, Oregon. He is dedicated to capturing the mood of a moment and continues to work on a documentary photo project reaching back to 2006. His work is featured in The Myrtlewood Cookbook.
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Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. Her most recent novel is All Grown Up. She divides her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans. 
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Julie Buntin

Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Electric Literature, and One Teen Story, among other publications. She teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the director of writing programs at Catapult. Her debut novel is Marlena. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Marlena is her debut novel.
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Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in JoylandAmerican Short FictionThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel.
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Doree Shafrir

Doree Shafrir is a Senior Tech Writer at BuzzFeed News. Startup is her first novel. Doree has also been on staff at Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, Gawker, and Philadelphia Weekly and has contributed to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, The Awl, New York magazine, Marie Claire, and Wired. She grew up outside Boston, lived in New York for nine years, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster.
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Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker’s work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Joyland, Split Lip Magazine, and others. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and New York University. Her debut novel, The Animators, was a Spring 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a February 2017 Book of the Month Club selection. She was also featured on Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2017 Writers to Watch list. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017). She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
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Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of five books, including Wait Till You See Me Dance, the graphic novel I, Parrot, and Revolution, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s MagazineThe Paris ReviewGranta, and Tin House. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Elizabeth Haidle

Elizabeth Haidle is a freelance artist based in Portland, Oregon. She is the creative director and regular contributor at Illustoria magazine, while writing and illustrating a nonfiction graphic novel series and raising her teenage son. Her most recent work is I, Parrot, written by Deb Olin Unferth, for which she provided illustrations.
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School and A Commonplace Book of Pie. Her essay “The Loudproof Room” appeared in New England Review and was chosen for Best American Essays 2015. Her poems, essays, and recipes have appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, Washington Post, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Her most recent book is Pie & Whiskey, edited with Samuel Ligon. She lives in Spokane, Washington. Also appearing in:

Pie & Whiskey at Wordstock

Date: Sunday, November 12 Venue: IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center), 318 SE Main St., Portland, OR 97214 Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Portland release party for Pie and Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze. Come for good pie, good whiskey, and good writers reading prose or poetry about pie and whiskey. Featured authors: Alexandra Teague, Ed Skoog, Joe Wilkins, Robert Lashley, Jess Walter, Shawn Vestal, Samuel LigonKate LeboFREE! More info.
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Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. His most recent work is Pie & Whiskey, edited with Kate Lebo. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Also appearing in:

Pie & Whiskey at Wordstock

Date: Sunday, November 12 Venue: IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center), 318 SE Main St., Portland, OR 97214 Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Portland release party for Pie and Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze. Come for good pie, good whiskey, and good writers reading prose or poetry about pie and whiskey. Featured authors: Alexandra Teague, Ed Skoog, Joe Wilkins, Robert Lashley, Jess Walter, Shawn Vestal, Samuel LigonKate LeboFREE! More info.
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Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of eight works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO series. His latest novel is Mrs. Fletcher. He lives outside Boston.
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Kate Carroll de Gutes

Kate Carroll de Gutes' book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir. Her latest book, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of My Life, was released in August 2017.  Kate has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and is a wry observer who writes about grief, the drama of perimenopause and dating, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living.
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Jenny Forrester

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts MagazineNailed MagazineHip MamaThe Literary KitchenIndiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series in Portland, Oregon. Her debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky is published by Hawthorne Books. 
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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead Lands, Red Moon, The Wilding and, most recently, The Dark Net, plus two story collections.
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Danez Smith

Recipient of a 2017 NEA Award, Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer, and performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017). Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez’s work has been featured widely, including on Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, 3-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Danez is represented by Beotis Creative. Also appearing in:

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Date: Sunday, Nov 12 Venue: Mississippi Studios Doors: 10:00am / Show: 11:00am

w/ Ed Asner + Edan Lepucki + Danez Smith + Chad VanGaalen

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Danzy Senna

Danzy Senna's first novel, the bestselling Caucasia, won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association's Alex Award, was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was translated into close to a dozen languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the novels Symptomatic and, most recently, New People, the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, and the story collection You Are Free. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Percival Everett, and their sons.
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