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NBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Fri, Nov 6, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
Livestream at PDXBookFest.org
#PDXBookFest

Free

To view this event, go to: https://www.pdxbookfest.org/daily-live-stream/

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For the third year running, 2020 Longlisters, Finalists, and potential Winners join for a cross-genre panel conversation, presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation. Featuring:

  • Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half (longlisted in Fiction)
  • Evette Dionne, author of Lifting as We Climb (longlisted in Young People’s Literature)
  • Jerald Walker, author of How to Make a Slave and Other Essays (finalist in Nonfiction)
  • Moderated by Novella Ford, Associate Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Everyone is invited to the 2020 National Book Awards, live streaming on November 18! More info.

PURCHASE THE VANISHING HALF LIFTING AS WE CLIMBHOW TO MAKE A SLAVE AND OTHER ESSAYS

ALL BOOKS PURCHASED THROUGH FESTIVAL EVENTS, FROM ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKSBROADWAY BOOKSGREEN 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.

Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller, and her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and in 2021, she was chosen as one of Time’s Next 100 Influential People. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review, and Jezebel.
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Evette Dionne

Evette Dionne is a journalist, pop culture critic, and magazine editor. She’s the author of Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, and she currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. Evette writes extensively about pop culture through the lenses of race, gender, and size for a number of print and digital publications, including NBC News, CosmopolitanGlamourTime, the New York Times, the GuardianSELF, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Purchase Lifting As We Climb from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners here.

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Jerald Walker

Jerald Walker is the author of The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult and Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, winner of the 2011 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award for Nonfiction. He has published in magazines such as Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, The Missouri Review, River Teeth, Mother Jones, The Iowa Review, and Oxford American, and he has been widely anthologized, including five times in Best American Essays. The recipient of the University of Texas at Austin’s James A. Michener fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Walker is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His most recent book is How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, a finalist for the National Book Award.

PURCHASE How to Make a Slave and Other Essays FROM POWELL'S BOOKS, ONE OF OUR PORTLAND-BASED, INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE PARTNERS HERE.

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Novella Ford

Novella Ford is the Associate Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of The New York Public Library. She created the inaugural Schomburg Center Literary Festival in 2019 and has organized hundreds of public programs at the intersection of scholarship and popular culture.  She connects diverse audiences to the archives and engages history through dialogue, performance, literature, and visual arts.
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