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March 2015

Tuesday

Mar 10

Ticketed Events

Everybody Reads 2015: Mitchell S. Jackson

Tue, Mar 10, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present Mitchell S. Jackson at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the culminating event of the 13th annual community reading project on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The Everybody Reads 2015 selection is Mitchell S. Jackson’s The Residue Years. Having received praise from publications such as The New York Times, The Times of London and O, The Oprah Magazine, his novel was short-listed for The Center For Fiction’s 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a…

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April 2015

Monday

Apr 20

Ticketed Events

2015 Verselandia!

Mon, Apr 20, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets start at $10, and are available at Portland5.com. Note that advanced General Admission tickets are sold out for this event. A limited number of GA tickets will be available to buy at the door on April 20th. Arrive early at the Newmark box office (1111 SW Broadway) to get your tickets then! Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during our fourth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. This city-wide event features public high school students from Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Jefferson, Lincoln, Metropolitan…

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Thursday

Apr 23

Ticketed Events

Portland Arts & Lectures: Katherine Boo

Thu, Apr 23, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SOLD OUT! Subscriptions for the 2014/2015 Portland Arts & Lectures series are SOLD OUT at all levels. Please sign up for our eNews at the bottom of our home page  to be the first to know when next year's subscriptions go on sale. Katherine Boo Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM Katherine Boo is an investigative journalist and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (2012), winner of the National Book Award.…

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Monday

Apr 27

Ticketed Events

Poetry Downtown: Mark Doty

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, Literary Arts is proud to relaunch Poetry Downtown, a three-part subscription series featuring three distinguished poets reading and discussing their work at the intimate Winningstad Theater. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow each reading. Mark Doty has published five volumes of nonfiction and eight collections of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His new book, Deep Lane, is forthcoming in the fall…

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May 2015

Saturday

May 16

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Poetry Downtown: Anne Carson

Sat, May 16, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, Literary Arts is proud to relaunch Poetry Downtown, a three-part subscription series featuring three distinguished poets reading and discussing their work at the intimate Winningstad Theater. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow each reading. Anne Carson is a genre-defying poet, essayist, and professor of the classics. The Paris Review calls her work “groundbreaking and insistent.” Her books include Autobiography of Red (1998), The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos…

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October 2015

Tuesday

Oct 13

Ticketed Events

The Nation LIVE! (SOLD OUT)

Tue, Oct 13, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is SOLD OUT at all seating levels. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to be among the first to know when our events go on sale. Literary Arts presents The Nation Live! 150 anniversary celebration, featuring Walter Mosley, Ursula Le Guin, Richard Kim, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Naomi Klein, Dave Zirin & Zoe Carpenter. Hosted by John Nichols. The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of The Nation, the oldest weekly magazine in the country. From groundbreaking investigative journalism, to…

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November 2015

December 2015

Monday

Dec 14

Ticketed Events

The Moth Mainstage in Portland

Mon, Dec 14, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Moth, America’s favorite storytelling show, is back! This exciting event features unforgettable stories told live, and always sells out quickly. Get your get your tickets now for an evening of fantastic storytelling!

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February 2016

Thursday

Feb 25

March 2016

Tuesday

Mar 8

Ticketed Events

Everybody Reads 2016

Tue, Mar 8, 2016 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate the power of books to create a stronger community by attending the 2016 Everybody Reads event with Cristina Henríquez. In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the culminating event of the 14th annual community reading project on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Henríquez’s novel explores the lives of two families who have come to the United States…

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April 2016

Thursday

Apr 28

May 2016

Monday

May 2

Phil Knight, founder of Nike, appears
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Phil Knight in conversation with Adam Gopnik

Mon, May 2, 2016 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is SOLD OUT at all seating levels.* A limited number of tickets will be made available for purchase in-person at the Portland5 Box Office on the day of the event, Monday, May 2. Literary Arts presents a rare public appearance by Phil Knight for the release of his memoir, Shoe Dog. Hear first hand from Oregon’s greatest entrepreneur as he shares his journey to become the founder and CEO of one of the world’s most iconic brands: Nike.…

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October 2016

Thursday

Oct 20

Ticketed Events

Portland Arts & Lectures Presents: Louise Erdrich

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The 32nd season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most influential writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, screenwriters, and poets who have won the most prestigious awards in their profession. The five-part subscription series begins on October 20 with Louise Erdrich, whose most recent novel, LaRose, is the conclusion of a loose trilogy that includes National Book Award winner The Round House and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves.   "I approach the work…

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November 2016

Saturday

Nov 12

Writing Classes Ticketed Events

Fall 2016: Beginning the Novel

Sat, Nov 12, 2016 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

November 12 & 19th, December 3 & 10th (4 meetings) Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Taught by Gina Ochsner This class will put you on the path to writing a book-length work of fiction. Class time will be devoted to generative exercises focused on developing character, plot and setting. At the end of this class, participants will have a plan for going forward with their novel and strategies for setting up a focused writing schedule. Gina Ochsner is the author of The Hidden…

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December 2016

Monday

Dec 12

Ticketed Events

The Moth Mainstage

Mon, Dec 12, 2016 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  With the support of Literary Arts, The Moth, America’s beloved storytelling nonprofit, is bringing a new lineup of storytellers to town. Directed by longtime Moth figure Senior Producer Maggie Cino, the two-hour show features five true stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, including an astronaut, a voodoo priestess, and a retired NYPD detective. The theme, lineup, and host for this year’s show will be announced soon. Beyond a mere theatrical experience, The Moth is an ever-growing community where…

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January 2017

Thursday

Jan 26

Ticketed Events

Michael Lewis in conversation with Hanna Rosin

Thu, Jan 26, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Literary Arts for a special evening with best-selling author Michael Lewis, interviewed on stage by NPR’s Hanna Rosin. Michael Lewis, the author of the best-selling books Moneyball, The Blind Side, Flash Boys, and The Big Short, will join NPR’s Hanna Rosin for a live onstage interview. His latest book, The Undoing Project (publication date December 2016) examines how a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. The book explores the work of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman…

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March 2017

Thursday

Mar 9

Ticketed Events

Everybody Reads 2017

Thu, Mar 9, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This year's Everybody Reads selection is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by Desmond as the culminating event of the 15th annual Everybody Reads. Through the lives of eight low-income families, Evicted sheds light on the complex issues surrounding housing and its link to poverty. The book was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and Wall Street Journal’s Hottest Spring…

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April 2017

Monday

Apr 24

Oregon Book Awards in Portland, Oregon
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2017 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony

Mon, Apr 24, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers, and drama. Winners will be named at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland. Lysley A. Tenorio, author of the story collection Monstress, will host the ceremony.  Ticket prices include: $10 – Upper Balcony-level seating (SOLD OUT!) $18 – Orchestra-level seating $65 – Patron ticket to the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony. This price includes premium seating…

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Thursday

Apr 27

Ticketed Events

2017 Verselandia!

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 from 7:00 pm

Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during our sixth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. This city-wide event features students from Parkrose, Roosevelt, Metropolitan Learning Center, Benson, Lincoln, Gresham, Sam Barlow, Franklin, Madison, Wilson, Jefferson, Grant, and Cleveland high schools competing for poetic glory. Verselandia! is the Grand Slam for the winners from individual school slams hosted by public high school library media specialists. Following the same rules as national poetry slams, students must perform original work without props, costumes, or music in…

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October 2017

Monday

Oct 2

Ticketed Events

Francis Ford Coppola in conversation with Melena Ryzik of The New York Times

Mon, Oct 2, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tickets start at $15, available at Portland5.com. Francis Ford Coppola is an award-winning director, producer, and writer whose films include The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation, among others. With more than five decades of experience in the film industry, Coppola has produced more than 50 motion pictures and earned six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. Coppola’s latest work includes the book Live Cinema and Its Techniques. Filled with lively anecdotes and invaluable lessons,…

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Thursday

Oct 12

Ticketed Events

2017/2018 Portland Arts & Lectures

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The 33rd season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most influential writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, and poets who have won the most prestigious awards in their profession. George Saunders on Thursday, October 12 Reza Aslan on Thursday, November 16 Jesmyn Ward on Thursday, January 18 Claudia Rankine on Thursday, February 8 Viet Thanh Nguyen on Tuesday, May 8 Subscriptions to this five-part series are now on sale. Click here to purchase or renew subscriptions. The deadline to renew subscriptions is…

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November 2017

Thursday

Nov 30

Ticketed Events

Joe Biden: American Promise Tour

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Literary Arts will host Joe Biden on Thursday, November 30 in celebration of his forthcoming memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (publication date November 14, 2017). This event is part of Biden’s American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter.

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December 2017

Monday

Dec 11

Ticketed Events

The Moth Mainstage

Mon, Dec 11, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Moth returns to Portland on Monday, December 11. This extraordinary performance will sell out quickly, so reserve your seats early and experience unforgettable stories told live!

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February 2018

Thursday

Feb 8

Ticketed Events

Claudia Rankine: Portland Arts & Lectures

Thu, Feb 8, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, two plays, numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary.

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Monday

Feb 12

Ticketed Events

Poets on Broadway: Javier Zamora & Stephanie Adams-Santos

Mon, Feb 12, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts are partnering to present Poets on Broadway – a free poetry series hosted by Portland'5. All readings are free and open to the public and take place on Mondays beginning at 7:30pm in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda. Each evening’s readings will feature national and local poets as well as local high school students. Click here for information on our three-hour master class with Javier Zamora on February 11. Javier Zamora is…

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April 2018

Thursday

Apr 5

Ticketed Events

Everybody Reads 2018

Thu, Apr 5, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West, as the culminating event of the 16th annual Everybody Reads. A love story set in an unnamed country in the middle of civil war, Exit West follows two remarkable characters as they escape from their home into the uncertain embrace of new lands through a set of mysterious doors. This timely novel examines the global refugee crisis with…

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June 2018

Wednesday

Jun 13

Ticketed Events

Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Wed, Jun 13, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In collaboration with the Le Guin family, Literary Arts invites the public to join in honoring the life and work of Ursula K. Le Guin.

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September 2018

Thursday

Sep 20

Ticketed Events

DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom Tour

Thu, Sep 20, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Civil rights activist and community organizer DeRay Mckesson visits Portland for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics.

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October 2018

Thursday

Oct 11

Ticketed Events

2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures

Thu, Oct 11, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 2018/2019 series is sold out! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when next year’s series goes on sale, in Spring 2019. The series begins on October 11 with Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, discussing her new book, These Truths. On December 4, we welcome Tara Westover, whose first book Educated: A Memoir is a #1 New York Times bestseller. The series continues…

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November 2018

Saturday

Nov 10

Ticketed Events

Pop-up: Sarah Weinman

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Sarah Weinman pops-up with her new book, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World. Weinman is paired with Cape Cod Morning by Edward Hopper; found in the Modern American Realism exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the…

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December 2018

Tuesday

Dec 4

Ticketed Events

2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures

Tue, Dec 4, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 2018/2019 series is sold out! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when next year’s series goes on sale, in Spring 2019. The series begins on October 11 with Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, discussing her new book, These Truths. On December 4, we welcome Tara Westover, whose first book Educated: A Memoir is a #1 New York Times bestseller. The series continues…

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Monday

Dec 10

Ticketed Events

The Moth Mainstage in Portland (SOLD OUT)

Mon, Dec 10, 2018 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Moth returns to Portland on Monday, December 10. This extraordinary performance will sell out quickly, so reserve your seats early and experience unforgettable stories told live!

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January 2019

Thursday

Jan 17

Ticketed Events

2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures

Thu, Jan 17, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 2018/2019 series is sold out! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when next year’s series goes on sale, in Spring 2019. The series begins on October 11 with Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, discussing her new book, These Truths. On December 4, we welcome Tara Westover, whose first book Educated: A Memoir is a #1 New York Times bestseller. The series continues…

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February 2019

Thursday

Feb 21

Ticketed Events

2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures

Thu, Feb 21, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 2018/2019 series is sold out! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when next year’s series goes on sale, in Spring 2019. The series begins on October 11 with Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, discussing her new book, These Truths. On December 4, we welcome Tara Westover, whose first book Educated: A Memoir is a #1 New York Times bestseller. The series continues…

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March 2019

Thursday

Mar 14

Ticketed Events

Everybody Reads 2019: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (SOLD OUT)

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with the Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the culminating event of Everybody Reads 2019. This year’s programming will center on Adichie’s two works, Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.  With the selection of two titles, Everybody Reads 2019 offers an opportunity to explore a multitude of issues, including the experience of Africans in America and feminism in the 21st century.…

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Tuesday

Mar 19

Ticketed Events

Barry Lopez: Horizon Book Launch

Tue, Mar 19, 2019 from 7:30 pm

Join Literary Arts for a book launch event for Horizon, the latest book from National Book Award-winning author Barry Lopez. This event is free and open to the public. The event will feature a live reading from Lopez, followed by an onstage discussion between the Lopez and Andrew Proctor, Executive Director of Literary Arts.

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April 2019

Thursday

Apr 4

Ticketed Events

2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures

Thu, Apr 4, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The 2018/2019 series is sold out! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when next year’s series goes on sale, in Spring 2019. The series begins on October 11 with Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, discussing her new book, These Truths. On December 4, we welcome Tara Westover, whose first book Educated: A Memoir is a #1 New York Times bestseller. The series continues…

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Monday

Apr 22

Ticketed Events

2019 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony

Mon, Apr 22, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers, and drama. The evening will be hosted by award-winning author Cheryl Strayed.

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Thursday

Apr 25

Youth Events Ticketed Events

Verselandia! 2019

Thu, Apr 25, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during our eighth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. Students perform original work in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.

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September 2019

Wednesday

Sep 25

Ticketed Events

Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Omar El Akkad (Sold Out)

Wed, Sep 25, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with Margaret Atwood, acclaimed novelist, poet, literary critic, and activist. Join us as we celebrate the publication of The Testaments, Atwood’s hugely anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, coming September 10, 2019. Atwood will be in conversation with award-winning journalist and Oregon author Omar El Akkad.

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October 2019

Monday

Oct 21

Ticketed Events

Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation with Renée Watson (Sold Out)

Mon, Oct 21, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with acclaimed author and journalist
Ta-Nehisi Coates in celebration of his first novel, The Water Dancer (coming September 24). Coates will be in conversation with bestselling author Renée Watson.

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Thursday

Oct 24

Ticketed Events

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: George Packer (Sold Out)

Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The series will begin on October 24 with author and staff writer for The New Yorker, George Packer. His new book is Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

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November 2019

Thursday

Nov 14

Ticketed Events

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Amor Towles (Sold Out)

Thu, Nov 14, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

On November 14, we welcome Amor Towles, author of the New York Times best sellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow.

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December 2019

Tuesday

Dec 10

Ticketed Events

The Moth Mainstage in Portland

Tue, Dec 10, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Moth returns to Portland this December! This extraordinary performance will sell out quickly, so reserve your seats early and experience unforgettable stories told live.

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January 2020

Wednesday

Jan 15

Ticketed Events

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Min Jin Lee (Sold Out)

Wed, January 15 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 35th season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most engaging writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, and journalists whose award-winning works cover the most compelling issues of our time. The series continues on January 15 with Min Jin Lee, whose latest novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. The 2019/2020 season is sold-out. Please check back in May 2020 for next season’s lineup. Thank…

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