Readers

Engage with world-renowned artists during curated events, read and discuss compelling books by authors you love, listen to an archive of talks, and much more.

Delve Readers Seminars

Explore challenging books and engage in lively, discussion-based seminars led by scholars, teachers, writers, poets, and artists from the Portland community.

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Portland Book Festival

Bringing our community together to celebrate books and stories, and the ideas that drive them. Take part in this annual celebration, every November at the Portland Art Museum.

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PORTLAND ARTS & LECTURES

Welcoming the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to speak to our community in the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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The Archive Project Podcast

The Archive Project features the most sought-after recordings from our Portland Arts & Lectures series, the Portland Book Festival, and other community events. Each week, new lectures are available to stream for free.

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Upcoming Free Events at Literary Arts

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Featured Events

October 23, 2020
Oregon Book Awards Submission Deadline
October 25, 2020
Drafting Collage
October 30, 2020
Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection
October 30, 2020
Oregon Literary Fellowships Application Deadline
November 5, 2020
Body of Work: Souvankham Thammavongsa & Lidia Yuknavitch
November 5, 2020
The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout
November 5, 2020
Seeking Salvation: Chelsea Bieker & Kelli Jo Ford
November 5, 2020
November 2020: Escritura generativa para adultos – en español
November 5, 2020
The Beauty in Breaking: Dr. Michele Harper & Ruth Dickey
November 5, 2020
The Cold Millions: Jess Walter & Andrew Proctor
November 6, 2020
This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: Nick Flynn & Mary Szybist
November 6, 2020
Afterlife: Julia Alvarez, presented in partnership with Texas Book Festival
November 6, 2020
NBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards
November 6, 2020
American Tales: Genevieve Hudson & C Pam Zhang
November 7, 2020
Saturday Story Time!
November 7, 2020
November 2020: Jump-starting Your Poems With Wonder
November 7, 2020
Scholastic GraphixCon
November 7, 2020
November 2020: Build Your Own Publicity Plan
November 7, 2020
Black Girl Magic: Christine Kendall & Renée Watson
November 7, 2020
Unfinished Business: Justina Ireland & Aiden Thomas
November 7, 2020
Love & Basketball: Sloane Leong & Liara Tamani
November 7, 2020
Aftershocks: Jonathan Hill & Kiku Hughes
November 9, 2020
Between Worlds: Hafizah Geter & Justin Phillip Reed
November 9, 2020
Hidden Valley Road: Robert Kolker & Eli Saslow
November 9, 2020
Everything Comes Next: Naomi Shihab Nye & Susan Leslie Moore
November 9, 2020
Squeeze Me: Carl Hiaasen & Karen Russell
November 10, 2020
Missionaries: Phil Klay on OPB’s Think Out Loud
November 10, 2020
Family Ties: Brit Bennett & Bryan Washington
November 10, 2020
On the Edges: Lysley Tenorio & Vanessa Veselka
November 10, 2020
Burnout and the Ballot: Evette Dionne & Anne Helen Petersen
November 11, 2020
Tales of Two Planets: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kawai Strong Washburn, & John Freeman
November 11, 2020
A Deadly Education: Naomi Novik & Fonda Lee
November 11, 2020
The Seeds to Plant the Future: WITS 2019–20 Anthology Launch
November 11, 2020
November 2020: Intermediate Fiction Workshop
November 11, 2020
Skyhunter: Marie Lu & Emily Suvada
November 12, 2020
Re:Definition: Nate Marshall & Jennifer Perrine
November 12, 2020
If Then: Jill Lepore on OPB
November 12, 2020
Land of the Cranes: Aida Salazar on OPB
November 12, 2020
Book of Revelations: Rumaan Alam & Jonathan Lethem
November 13, 2020
Live Wire Radio at PBF: 99% Invisible & Shayla Lawson
November 13, 2020
Life Story: Claire Messud & Lydia Millet
November 13, 2020
Magic & Power: Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore, & Bethany C. Morrow
November 13, 2020
Black Talk, Black Feeling with The Believer
November 14, 2020
Saturday Story Time!
November 14, 2020
Middle Grade Mystery: Preeti Chhibber, Maia & Alex Shibutani
November 14, 2020
Middle Grade Mythology: Nnedi Okorafor & David A. Robertson
November 14, 2020
Make Art & Take Action: Youth Panel on Writing Creatively in Extraordinary Times
November 14, 2020
November 2020: Fear and Writing
November 14, 2020
No Justice No Peace: Kim Johnson & Francisco X. Stork
November 15, 2020
Miami Book Fair x Portland Book Festival: Lisa Hanawalt & Adrian Tomine
November 16, 2020
Paying the Land: Joe Sacco on OPB’s Think Out Loud
November 16, 2020
Postcolonial Love Poem: Natalie Diaz & Live Wire Radio
November 16, 2020
Typecasting: Emily Nemens & Charles Yu
November 16, 2020
West x Midwest: Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown
November 17, 2020
How I Built This: Guy Raz & Sadie Lincoln
November 17, 2020
Tainted Love: Rebecca Dinerstein Knight & Raven Leilani with John Freeman
November 17, 2020
It’s Complicated: Arvin Ahmadi & Adib Khorram
November 17, 2020
Dearly: Margaret Atwood & Karen Russell
November 18, 2020
This Is Chance!: Jon Mooallem on OPB
November 18, 2020
Homeland Elegies: Ayad Akhtar on OPB’s Think Out Loud
November 18, 2020
Breaking Bread: Liz Crain & Megha Majumdar
November 18, 2020
Broadway Books presents Jacqueline Winspear in conversation with Sarah Maslin Nir (Portland Book Festival partner event)
November 19, 2020
This Is Major: Shayla Lawson on OPB
November 19, 2020
Making History: Veronica Chambers & Alexis Coe
November 19, 2020
Meet Cute: Leah Johnson & David Yoon
November 19, 2020
Caste: Isabel Wilkerson & Viet Thanh Nguyen
November 20, 2020
Live Wire Radio with Jill Lepore
November 20, 2020
Chosen Ones: Veronica Roth & Charlie Jane Anders
November 20, 2020
Black Joy Happy Hour
November 21, 2020
Writing Fairy Tales
November 21, 2020
Miami Book Fair x Portland Book Festival: Marcus Samuelsson & Dawn Davis
November 22, 2020
November BIPOC writer workshop
December 5, 2020
The Moth Virtual Portland Mainstage
January 16, 2021
Intersections of Identity and Experience, History and Imagination
January 17, 2021
The “Middle space between languages”: Julia Alvarez and Ingrid Rojas Contreras
January 26, 2021
Essay Intensive: Lyric and Personal
January 28, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Madeline Miller
January 28, 2021
Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season
February 18, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Ibram X. Kendi
April 20, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Joy Harjo
May 18, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi (RESCHEDULED)
May 18, 2021
Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season