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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 12

Middle Grade Portland Book Festival

Land of the Cranes: Aida Salazar on OPB

Thu, November 12 from 3:40 pm - 4:20 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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Thursday

Nov 12

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes Young Adult Youth Events

Youth Workshop: Hopes/Fears/Feathers: The Art of the Notebook and the Bird in Your Yard

Thu, November 12 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

In this workshop we’ll identify and then banish fears, generate new work on the page and examine ways the writer’s notebook can help to focus our attention, capture stories and make sense during unsettled times. We’ll look at poems by Claudia Rankine and Emily Dickinson and watch New York birder Christian Cooper nerd out on birds. Bring a notebook, a pen and your fledgling hopes. Grades 9-12. Instructor: Laura Moulton   Register with "get tickets" button below. Add student name…

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Thursday

Nov 12

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Book of Revelations: Rumaan Alam & Jonathan Lethem

Thu, November 12 from 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm PST

Nowhere is safe in these novels of post-collapse contemporary dread and family tension.

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Friday

Nov 13

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Live Wire Radio at PBF: 99% Invisible & Shayla Lawson

Fri, November 13 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

Featuring interviews with Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt, hosts of the 99% Invisible podcast and authors of The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Everyday Design; and with Shayla Lawson, poet and author of the new essay collection, This Is Major.

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Friday

Nov 13

Claire Messud and Lydia Millet
Fiction Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Life Story: Claire Messud & Lydia Millet

Fri, November 13 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

An indelible novel of teenage alienation and adult complacency in an unraveling world, and a glimpse into a beloved novelist’s inner world, shaped by family, art, and literature. Moderated by Alexander Chee.

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Friday

Nov 13

Bethany C. Morrow and Tehlor Kay Mejia or Anna-Marie McLemore
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Magic & Power: Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore, & Bethany C. Morrow

Fri, November 13 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST

Teen heroines find their voices and their power—thanks to strong female friendships, and at least a little bit of magic. Moderated by Emilly Prado.

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Friday

Nov 13

Fiction Poetry Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Black Talk, Black Feeling with The Believer

Fri, November 13 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

A series is intended to connect this critical moment to others in the past, establishing a link between the conversations folks are having now with the discussions that have been ongoing in Black writing communities.

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Saturday

Nov 14

Fiction Middle Grade Nonfiction Picture Book Poetry Portland Book Festival Writing Classes Young Adult

Collaborative Writing for Educators

Sat, November 14 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am PST

Explore cooperative exercises in this workshop aimed at encouraging shy writers and offering a variety of ways to look at subjects to stimulate every student. You will learn how to teach group projects that practice a range of writing techniques. We will write team poems, working together from brainstorming to polished pieces, and you will leave with ideas for additional collaborative pieces. No stress, just fun. Come join us! For educators or those simply interested in the subject. Instructor: Amy…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Picture Book Portland Book Festival

Saturday Story Time!

Sat, November 14 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 14

Middle Grade Picture Book Portland Book Festival

Happy Narwhalidays with Ben Clanton

Sat, November 14 from 9:30 am - 10:00 am PST

Join bestselling author and illustrator Ben Clanton along with Narwhal and Jelly!

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Saturday

Nov 14

Alex Behr
Free Events Picture Book Portland Book Festival Writing Classes Youth Events

Youth Workshop: Portal to an Alternate Universe

Sat, November 14 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

Young writers will find an ordinary object, indoors or outdoors, that can magically transform into a portal to an altered universe! We’ll sketch it out and add descriptive words. Then we will use a guided visualization and literary models like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Wildwood to help create a scene. It can be Portland with a twist, or something entirely from a fantasy world. Prompts will be offered to help participants, if needed, such as: Imagine…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Bethany C. Morrow and Tehlor Kay Mejia or Anna-Marie McLemore
Middle Grade Portland Book Festival

Middle Grade Mystery: Preeti Chhibber, Maia & Alex Shibutani

Sat, November 14 from 10:30 am - 11:15 am PST

The beginning of two great middle grade series! It's time to team up at the Avengers Institute and the Tokyo Olympics... Moderated by Heidi Schulz.

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Saturday

Nov 14

Nnedi Okorafor and David A. Robertson
Middle Grade Portland Book Festival

Middle Grade Mythology: Nnedi Okorafor & David A. Robertson

Sat, November 14 from 11:45 am - 12:30 pm PST

Mythology infuses these middle-grade fantasy stories, the beginnings of exciting new series from acclaimed writers. Moderated by Kate Ristau.

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Make Art & Take Action: Youth Panel on Writing Creatively in Extraordinary Times

Sat, November 14 from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm PST

Three dynamic Oregon high school artists will perform their work and discuss their experiences at the intersections of writing and activism in 2020.

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Fear and Writing

Sat, November 14 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Zoom webinar: Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, you will discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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Saturday

Nov 14

Middle Grade Portland Book Festival Writing Classes Youth Events

Youth Workshop: Writing When We’re Far Apart

Sat, November 14 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST

For most of us, this year has made it hard to say all the things we want to share with family and friends who don’t live with us. Even if we get to stay in touch with texts or Zoom or TikTok, there are always more stories to tell! In this class, we’ll write about memories of times we spent with family and friends who are far away, remembering big and small events with them that mattered to us.  We’ll…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Kim Johnson and Francisco X Stork
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

No Justice No Peace: Kim Johnson & Francisco X. Stork

Sat, November 14 from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Young adult novels about fighting for justice, which expose racism in the United States criminal justice system, and the injustices of immigration policies and the refugee crisis at the southern border.

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Sunday

Nov 15

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Miami Book Fair x Portland Book Festival: Lisa Hanawalt & Adrian Tomine

Sun, November 15 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Presented in partnership with Miami Book Fair. Watch at MiamiBookFairOnline.com.

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Monday

Nov 16

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Paying the Land: Joe Sacco on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Mon, November 16 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

Eisner Award–winning author Joe Sacco discusses his new book, a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world with OPB's Dave Miller.

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Monday

Nov 16

Poetry Portland Book Festival

Postcolonial Love Poem: Natalie Diaz & Live Wire Radio

Mon, November 16 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds.

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Monday

Nov 16

Emily Nemens and Charles Yu
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Typecasting: Emily Nemens & Charles Yu

Mon, November 16 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST

Go behind the curtain of two quintessentially American worlds—baseball and Hollywood—in these novels about ambition, disappointment, family, and the possibility of a new story. Moderated by Jon Raymond.

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Monday

Nov 16

Poetry Portland Book Festival

West x Midwest: Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown

Mon, November 16 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Presented in collaboration with Black Mountain Institute, Literary Arts, The Loft's Wordplay, and Wisconsin Book Festival.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

How I Built This: Guy Raz & Sadie Lincoln

Tue, November 17 from 10:00 am - 10:45 am PST

Priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture. Guy Raz in conversation with Sadie Lincoln, founder of barre3.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Raven Leilani, and John Freeman
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Tainted Love: Rebecca Dinerstein Knight & Raven Leilani with John Freeman

Tue, November 17 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

Obsession and lust, sex and death, preoccupy these sharp, wickedly funny novels about young women entangled in messy, obsessive relationships. Moderated by John Freeman.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Juan Antonio Trujillo

Tue, November 17 from 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm PST

Portland-based writer and filmmaker Juan Antonio Trujillo shares poems in both English and Spanish in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum. Trujillo is a member of the Los Porteños writing group, who are dedicated to raising Latinx voices and to raising awareness of diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Octaviano Merecias

Tue, November 17 from 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm PST

Portland-based writer, educator, and public speaker Octaviano Merecias shares an original poem in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum. Merecias is a member of the Los Porteños writing group, who are dedicated to raising Latinx voices and to raising awareness of diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Arvin Ahmadi and Adib Khorran
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

It’s Complicated: Arvin Ahmadi & Adib Khorram

Tue, November 17 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST

IRL friends and novelists talk about their new books, stories of coming out, running away, first love, and more.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Poetry Portland Book Festival

Dearly: Margaret Atwood & Karen Russell

Tue, November 17 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

In Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, she addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and... zombies. Pre-order from Powell's to attend.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

This Is Chance!: Jon Mooallem on OPB

Wed, November 18 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am PST

The thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster—and the extraordinary woman who helped pull it back together. Interview by John Notarianni of OPB.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Homeland Elegies: Ayad Akhtar on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Wed, November 18 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, blending fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. This event will be broadcast live on OPB radio.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Liz Crain and Megha Majumdar
Fiction Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Breaking Bread: Liz Crain & Megha Majumdar

Wed, November 18 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PST

A nourishing discussion about food and storytelling, in fiction and cookbook writing.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Kesha Ajose Fisher

Wed, November 18 from 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm PST

Portland-based writer Kesha Ajọsẹ Fisher shares from her Oregon Book Award-winning short story collection, No God Like the Mother, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Susan Moore
Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Susan Moore

Wed, November 18 from 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm PST

Portland-based poet Susan Moore shares selections from her poetry collection, That Place Where You Opened Your Hands, as well as new pieces, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Portland Book Festival

Broadway Books presents Jacqueline Winspear in conversation with Sarah Maslin Nir (Portland Book Festival partner event)

Wed, November 18 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

THIS EVENT IS PRESENTED BY OUR FRIENDS AT BROADWAY BOOKS. Broadway  Books is thrilled to host a virtual event for the launch of Jacqueline Winspear's memoir.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

This Is Major: Shayla Lawson on OPB

Thu, November 19 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am PST

A relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal essays on the richness and resilience of black girl culture.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Veronica Chambers and Alexis Coe
Middle Grade Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Making History: Veronica Chambers & Alexis Coe

Thu, November 19 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST

Two books which shed new light on history—and the present—by revealing often untold stories and reexamining some of our foundational "truths."

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Thursday

Nov 19

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: Tracy Daugherty

Thu, November 19 from 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm PST

Corvallis-based writer Tracy Daugherty shares a selection from his new novella, High Skies, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Pop Up Events Portland Book Festival

Pop-up: The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Koya, read by Olivia Jones-Hall

Thu, November 19 from 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm PST

Olivia Jones-Hall, Literary Arts' Youth Programs Coordinator, reads a selection from The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Koya in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Leah Johnson and David Yoon
Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Meet Cute: Leah Johnson & David Yoon

Thu, November 19 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST

Contemporary YA romantic comedies about teens trying a new identity and grabbing the spotlight—and the girl. Moderated by Zan Romanoff.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Caste: Isabel Wilkerson & Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thu, November 19 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

An eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. Pre-order from Powell's to attend.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Free Events Portland Book Festival

Online: Slamlandia- November

Thu, November 19 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in community. Register in advance for Slamlandia here. If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.   Make sure to check out the…

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Friday

Nov 20

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Live Wire Radio with Jill Lepore

Fri, November 20 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PST

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

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Friday

Nov 20

Veronica Roth and Charlie Jane Anders
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Chosen Ones: Veronica Roth & Charlie Jane Anders

Fri, November 20 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm PST

What do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?

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Friday

Nov 20

Portland Book Festival

Black Joy Happy Hour

Fri, November 20 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

Join poet and essayist Shayla Lawson and friends for a multi-genre, multimedia celebration of Black joy. Participants and more details to come.

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Friday

Nov 20

Free Events Portland Book Festival

Online: BIPOC Reading Series- November

Fri, November 20 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST

This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. This event will be hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres, Program Assistant for Programs for Writers. The theme this month is "Ghosts."  After readings by our featured writers, there will be time for a few members of the audience to sign up and share their work. The readings will be followed by a short break and a community discussion. Click here to…

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