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Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season

Tue, October 13 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

$90-355 (Series)

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2020/21 Season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Subscriptions start at just $90 for the series. Subscribe today!


At this time, all lectures are scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted. 


Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, naturalist, and historian of science. Her best-selling memoir H is for Hawk won the Samuel Johnson Prize and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her forthcoming essay collection, Vesper Flights, explores the human relationship to the natural world.

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the forthcoming novel, Transcendent Kingdom. Her best-selling debut novel, Homegoing (2016), is an intergenerational saga following two split branches of a Ghanaian family through three hundred years of history. Homegoing won numerous awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book.

JANUARY 28, 2021
Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles (2011) and Circe (2018). Miller’s reimaginings of these ancient Greek myths are widely acclaimed: The Song of Achilles won the 2012 Orange Prize, and Circe was a #1 New York Times bestseller, won the 2019 Indie Choice Award, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and was named on numerous Best Books of 2018 lists.

FEBRUARY 18, 2021
Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Kendi’s latest book is How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi lives in Washington, D.C.

APRIL 20, 2021
Joy Harjo is a renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry—most recently An American Sunrise—and is the editor of the forthcoming When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology.


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