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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 5

Souvankham Thammavongsa and Lidia Yuknavitch
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Body of Work: Souvankham Thammavongsa & Lidia Yuknavitch

Thu, November 5 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

Join us for a conversation centered on two highly acclaimed new story collections from Souvankham Thammavongsa and Lidia Yuknavitch, moderated by Marisa Siegel.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Liz Crain

Thu, November 5 from 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm PST

Portland-based food writer Liz Crain shares selections from her latest cookbook, Dumplings Equal Love, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Olufunke Grace Bankole

Thu, November 5 from 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm PST

Portland-based writer Olufunke Grace Bankole shares a selection of readings in this event filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Thu, November 5 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Six-week Class: This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Seeking Salvation: Chelsea Bieker & Kelli Jo Ford

Thu, November 5 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

Two novels about generations of women trying to survive in inhospitable places, examining what we inherit and what we must leave behind. Moderated by Kesha Ajose Fisher.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Michele Harper and Ruth Dickey
Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

The Beauty in Breaking: Dr. Michele Harper & Ruth Dickey

Thu, November 5 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm PST

Dr. Michele Harper discusses her best-selling memoir about her experiences as a female, African American emergency room physician and her own journey to self-healing with poet Ruch Dickey.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Fiction Portland Book Festival

The Cold Millions: Jess Walter & Andrew Proctor

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

The author of the bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.

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Friday

Nov 6

Nick Flynn and Mary Szybist
Fiction Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: Nick Flynn & Mary Szybist

Fri, November 6 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am PST

When Nick Flynn was seven years old, his mother set fire to their house. His new memoir unravels the story of the fire that Flynn had to escape, and the ways in which, as an adult, he has carried that fire with him until it threatens to burn down his own house.

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Friday

Nov 6

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Afterlife: Julia Alvarez, presented in partnership with Texas Book Festival

Fri, November 6 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PST

Join Portland Book Festival and Texas Book Festival for a conversation with Julia about her first adult novel in nearly fifteen years, a book which is in part about managing when just about everything goes wrong.

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Friday

Nov 6

Portland Book Festival

NBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Fri, November 6 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

2020 National Book Award Longlisters, Finalists, and potential Winners join for a cross-genre panel conversation.

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Friday

Nov 6

Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang
Fiction Portland Book Festival

American Tales: Genevieve Hudson & C Pam Zhang

Fri, November 6 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

A not-to-be-missed discussion featuring two of the most exciting debut novels of 2020: an adventure tale across the gold rush–era American West, and a Southern Gothic story of the football and faith in Alabama high school.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Picture Book Portland Book Festival

Saturday Story Time!

Sat, November 7 from 9:00 am - 9:30 am PST

Join us for a morning of story times with host Emily Arrow! Story time and craft videos from our picture book authors and illustrators will be available for on-demand playout, so that you can watch and participate at your own pace.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Picture Book Portland Book Festival

What We’ll Build: Story Time with Oliver Jeffers

Sat, November 7 from 10:00 am - 10:15 am PST

Join best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers as he reads from his new book. 

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Jump-starting Your Poems With Wonder

Sat, November 7 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Lony Haley-Nelson notes: “Wonder is valuable…because it leads us to learn and remember.” Using the language and vocabulary of myth, folklore, science, and natural history as inspiration for poems, this generative workshop will help you jump-start the blank page in front of you.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Middle Grade Picture Book Portland Book Festival

The Princess in Black: LeUyen Pham

Sat, November 7 from 10:15 am - 10:30 am PST

Illustrator LeUyen Pham reads from her new book!

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Saturday

Nov 7

Middle Grade Portland Book Festival

Scholastic GraphixCon

Sat, November 7 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Celebrate fifteen years of Scholastic's Graphix imprint with superstar authors and artists! Hear more about how they write their books and create the art.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Build Your Own Publicity Plan

Sat, November 7 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Many authors shy away from self-promotion, but a strong public persona and publicity plan is one of the best investments you can make in your forthcoming book. This class takes the guesswork out of promotion and guides you to develop a sustainable plan, wherever you are in the publication process. We’ll cover timelines, target markets, tools, and industry expectations, as well as how to collaborate with your press, and when (or whether) to hire an outside publicist.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Christine Kendall and Renee Watson
Middle Grade Portland Book Festival

Black Girl Magic: Christine Kendall & Renée Watson

Sat, November 7 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST

Young Black girls navigate changing worlds and find their voices in these wonderful new middle grade books. Moderated by Justice Adrienne Nelson.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Justina Ireland and Aiden Thomas
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Unfinished Business: Justina Ireland & Aiden Thomas

Sat, November 7 from 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm PST

The dead rise, but that's not the only thing haunting the characters as they navigate race, gender, and the weight of history in these best-selling novels.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Sloane Leong and Liara Tamani
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Love & Basketball: Sloane Leong & Liara Tamani

Sat, November 7 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm PST

Friendships are tested, hearts broken, and secrets are revealed on and off the basketball court in these luminous young adult novels.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Aftershocks: Jonathan Hill & Kiku Hughes

Sat, November 7 from 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Two dynamic young adult graphic novels that explore generational trauma in the American West, going back in time to Japanese internment in World War II and forward to a near-future devastated by the Cascadia earthquake.

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Monday

Nov 9

Hafizah Geter and Justin Phillip Reed
Poetry Portland Book Festival

Between Worlds: Hafizah Geter & Justin Phillip Reed

Mon, November 9 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

Poetry that explores displacement, violence, myth and memory, this discussion features two of the year's most anticipated new collections.

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Monday

Nov 9

Robert Kolker and Eli Saslow
Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Hidden Valley Road: Robert Kolker & Eli Saslow

Mon, November 9 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

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Monday

Nov 9

Naomi Shihab Nye and Susan Leslie Moore
Middle Grade Poetry Portland Book Festival

Everything Comes Next: Naomi Shihab Nye & Susan Leslie Moore

Mon, November 9 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST

Naomi Shihab Nye, the current Young People's Poet Laureate, discusses her new book, which collects her most popular and accessible poems from the past forty years.

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Monday

Nov 9

Carl Hiaasen and Karen Russell
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Squeeze Me: Carl Hiaasen & Karen Russell

Mon, November 9 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Best-selling author Carl Hiaasen discusses his new novel with fellow Floridian (turned Portlander) Karen Russell.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Missionaries: Phil Klay on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Tue, November 10 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST

In his new novel, National Book Award winner Phil Klay examines the globalization of violence through the interlocking stories of four characters and the conflicts that define their lives.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Joanna Rose

Tue, November 10 from 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm PST

Portland-based writer Joanna Rose shares a section from her novel, A Small Crowd of Strangers, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Eman Hassan

Tue, November 10 from 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm PST

Portland-based poet Eman Hassan shares poems from her debut collection, Raghead, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Brit Bennett and Bryan Washington
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Family Ties: Brit Bennett & Bryan Washington

Tue, November 10 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Stunning novels about race, love, family, inheritance, choice and consequence. Moderated by Jennifer Baker.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Fiction Portland Book Festival

On the Edges: Lysley Tenorio & Vanessa Veselka

Tue, November 10 from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Explorations of inheritances and mythologies—national, familial, personal—animate these stories of journeys, as these characters seek answers after family secrets are revealed. Moderated by Megan Labrise.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Evette Dionne and Anne Helen Peterson
Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Burnout and the Ballot: Evette Dionne & Anne Helen Petersen

Tue, November 10 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

A discussion about burnout and politics, voting, and elections—and how politics, voting, and elections will be only way to fight the forces that lead to burnout.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Free Events Portland Book Festival

Write Around Portland Workshop

Tue, November 10 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST

Write with Jenny Chu and learn more about Write Around Portland, an organization at the intersection of creative writing and social change. For 22 years, Write Around Portland has partnered with homeless shelters, treatment centers, schools, affordable housing buildings, hospitals, correctional facilities and other agencies to build community through writing together. Write Around Portland's acclaimed workshop model is good for both new and experienced writers. Please bring a pen and paper to the session. This event is free and open to…

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kawai Strong Washburn, and John Freeman
Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Portland Book Festival

Tales of Two Planets: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kawai Strong Washburn, & John Freeman

Wed, November 11 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

A cross-genre discussion of environmental justice and the inseparableness of the climate crisis and economic inequality.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Jolly Wrapper

Wed, November 11 from 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm PST

Portland-based slam poet, musician, and visual artist Jolly Wrapper performs his spoken word poem, Where Do We Draw the Line, in this video filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: David Biespiel

Wed, November 11 from 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm PST

Portland-based writer David Biespiel shares selections from his memoir, A Place of Exodus, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Naomi Novik and Fonda Lee
Fiction Portland Book Festival

A Deadly Education: Naomi Novik & Fonda Lee

Wed, November 11 from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST

With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a school bursting with magic like you’ve never seen before, and a heroine for the ages—a character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival Young Adult Youth Events

The Seeds to Plant the Future: WITS 2019–20 Anthology Launch

Wed, November 11 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Join Portland public high school students as they read from their work featured in the 2019–20 Writers in the Schools anthology, The Seeds to Plant the Future. Pre-order your copy of the book here! (Ships December 2020) To view this event, go to: https://www.pdxbookfest.org/daily-live-stream/ If you have not done so already, you will need to register for a free account at pdxbookfest.org so you are able to access all of our free Portland Book Festival events, including this one. You only need to register…

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Marie Lu and Emily Suvada
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Skyhunter: Marie Lu & Emily Suvada

Wed, November 11 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

An adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Intermediate Fiction Workshop

Wed, November 11 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

This six week fiction workshop is open to students with some experience writing fiction of any length (flash, short stories, novels). Emphasis will be on the workshop and supporting each other to bring our fiction to the next level. Students can expect to submit substantial writing for workshop twice during the course, and to complete 1-2 hours of reading or outside work each week, in addition to writing time. Outcomes: Students will complete generative exercises and short readings for greater…

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Free Events Portland Book Festival

INCITE: Queer Writers Read- November

Wed, November 11 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, monthly reading series for Queer writers hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Click here to register for this event in advance.   Make sure to check out the 50+ free events happening this month as part of the Portland Book Festival. We hope you…

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Thursday

Nov 12

Nate Marshall and Jennifer Perrine
Poetry Portland Book Festival

Re:Definition: Nate Marshall & Jennifer Perrine

Thu, November 12 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST

These poetry collections are explicitly concerned with language—vernacular, riffing, reclamation—and the ways words shape our collective American cultural consciousness. Moderated by Anis Mojgani.

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Thursday

Nov 12

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Ivonne Saed & Allison deFreese

Thu, November 12 from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Portland-based writer Ivonne Saed shares selections from her novel, Triple crónica de un nombre, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum. Saed shares sections in the original Spanish, while her English translator, Allison deFreese, shares the translated text and dives deeper into the translation process.

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Thursday

Nov 12

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Katherine D. Morgan

Thu, November 12 from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

Portland-based writer Katherine D. Morgan shares a recently published essay, Wish You Were Here, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Thursday

Nov 12

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

If Then: Jill Lepore on OPB

Thu, November 12 from 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm PST

A revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century.

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Thursday

Nov 12

Middle Grade Portland Book Festival

Land of the Cranes: Aida Salazar on OPB

Thu, November 12 from 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST

A heartbreaking story in verse of those subjected to unimaginable cruelty, yet who still find the hope to dream and carry on.

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