Please note: the Helen Macdonald lecture on October 13, 2020 will now take place as a “virtual” event.

The Yaa Gyasi lecture has been rescheduled to May 18, 2021 to remain an in-person event at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Details on these changes, as well as our decision to not host any in-person events through the end of 2020 available here.

Subscription renewals are open for the 2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures season

Frequently Asked Questions

Our 2020/21 Season Committments

The following represents some of Literary Arts’ strategies and contingencies as we receive information about COVID-19 in real time, and may be subject to change.

Our promise to Portland Arts & Lectures subscribers for the 2020/21 season is an incredible lineup of original talks from five authors. If for any reason a lecture cannot be safely held in person on its originally announced date, we will attempt to reschedule it, or hold a virtual event, and your tickets will transfer.  

If we are able to hold an in-person event during the 2020/21 season, we will also stream the event for subscribers who would prefer to watch at home.

If an in-person event cannot be held or rescheduled due to public safety concerns, we will produce and present a high-quality virtual event for all subscribers, which will be available for digital access for up to one week.

Our typical policy is that Portland Arts & Lectures subscriptions are non-refundable. However, we understand that your circumstances may have changed due to the ongoing health crisis, and this year we will accept refund requests for the full 2020/21 season. Note that our 2020/21 season is planned for a return to in-person presenting as soon as it is safe to do so. Because of this, and in order to honor subscriber seat renewals, we can only offer refunds for the full season, and not for a partial season or for individual Portland Arts & Lectures events. 

If you would like a season refund, please submit your request to la@literary-arts.org, no later than October 1, 2020. We are unable to process season refund requests after the season has begun on October 13, 2020 with Helen Macdonald.

As always, if you are unexpectedly unable to engage with an in-person or virtual event, we ask that you consider supporting Literary Arts’ continued work by turning the cost of your ticket into a tax-deductible donation. Donated tickets allow event access for students and community members who may not otherwise be able to participate. Please submit your donation request to la@literary-arts.org no later than 7 days before the live or virtual event.

We will keep you updated as we know more, and our staff thanks you for your continued patience and support.

What are the subscription prices this year, and how can I renew?

Due to our staff working remotely this spring, we are encouraging you to renew your subscription online. Click on the “Box Office” link at the top of the page. Select the Portland Arts & Lectures section for information on pricing and to subscribe. For Patron and Reserved-level subscribers, please indicate your seating preferences in the “Order Notes” portion of the checkout process. 

When is the renewal deadline for 2020/21?

For 2019/20 subscribers returning for the new season, Your current seat(s) are guaranteed until Friday, May 29, 2020. After that date, seats that have not been renewed will be reassigned, so please subscribe as soon as possible.

What’s happening with the Colson Whitehead event?

The May 7, 2020 presentation of Colson Whitehead has been rescheduled to a virtual event on September 24, 2020. If you are a ticket holder for this event, please check your email for details, or reach out to us at la@literary-arts.org. Please note that the rescheduled Colson Whitehead event is NOT considered part of the 2020/21 season. That event remains part of the 2019/20 season subscription, which is sold out.

Can I buy a single ticket to a Portland Arts & Lectures event?

Portland Arts & Lectures is a subscription-based series. Single tickets are typically not available for these events.

I would prefer to send in a check or credit card number, rather than renew online. What are my options?

During this unprecedented time, we appreciate you working with our staff to consolidate renewal information while working remotely. You can still send in a check (made out to Literary Arts) or a card number to our office at 925 SW Washington St., Portland OR 97205. However, online orders are the best way we can confirm that we’ve accurately and securely collected all of your information. If you would prefer assistance by phone to renew, please call our box office line at 503-227-2583, option 2.

What is your refund policy?

Our typical policy is that Portland Arts & Lectures subscriptions are non-refundable. However, we understand that your circumstances may have changed due to the ongoing health crisis, and this year we will accept refund requests for the full 2020/21 season. Note that our 2020/21 season is planned for a return to in-person presenting as soon as it is safe to do so. Because of this, and in order to honor subscriber seat renewals, we can only offer refunds for the full season, and not for a partial season or for individual Portland Arts & Lectures events. 

If you would like a season refund, please submit your request to la@literary-arts.org, no later than October 1, 2020. We are unable to process season refund requests after the season has begun on October 13, 2020 with Helen Macdonald.

As always, if you are unexpectedly unable to engage with an in-person or virtual event, we ask that you consider supporting Literary Arts’ continued work by turning the cost of your ticket into a tax-deductible donation. Donated tickets allow event access for students and community members who may not otherwise be able to participate. Please submit your donation request to la@literary-arts.org no later than 7 days before the live or virtual event.