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NBF Presents: A Morning with the National Book Awards

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Two weeks before the 70th Annual National Book Awards, join the National Book Foundation at the Portland Book Festival for the final preview event featuring 2019 Awards Finalists and Longlisters Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT, Young People’s Literature), Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina & Corina, Fiction), Kimberly King Parsons (Black Light, Fiction), and David Treuer (The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Nonfiction) before the reveal of this year’s Winners. The panel will feature readings and conversation, moderated by Jyothi Natarajan.

Please note: Laurie will not be signing books after her first event ends at 11:00 a.m.; but will sign books after her second event ends at 12:45 p.m.

Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her new book, SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era, has received widespread critical acclaim and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for seven consecutive weeks. Laurie has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes.

Please note: Laurie will not be signing books after her first event ends at 11:00 a.m.; but will sign books after her second event ends at 12:45 p.m.

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award Finalist and the author of Sabrina & Corina, winner of an American Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and The Story Prize. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2021 Metcalf winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her first novel, Woman of Light, will be published in 2022 from One World/Penguin Random House.
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Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the debut collection Black Light (Vintage), which was longlisted for both the 2019 National Book Award and the 2019 Story Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the 2020 Texas Institute of Letters Best Work of First Fiction Award, and the 2020 Oregon Book Award. Her story “Foxes” was among the trio that won The Paris Review 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Parsons is a recipient of fellowships from Columbia University, Yaddo, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation; her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Best Small Fictions 2017, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her partner and sons in Portland, where she is completing a novel (forthcoming from Knopf) about Texas, motherhood, and LSD.
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David Treuer

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.
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Jyothi Natarajan

Jyothi Natarajan is a writer and editor based in Portland, OR. She is Editorial Director at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a national literary nonprofit working at the intersection of race, migration and social justice. She has been a book and magazine editor for over a decade.
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