Frequently asked questions about Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival presented by Bank of America.
Q: When will Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival take place?
The Festival will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9 am to 6 pm.
Q: Where is the Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival being held?
Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival will take place on the South Park Blocks in and around the Portland Art Museum.
A beautiful campus filled with historic and contemporary art seems to us the ideal setting to celebrate books and authors. To our knowledge, mounting a major book festival inside of an art museum is nationally unique. We are very grateful to the Portland Art Museum (PAM) for showing their support by throwing open their doors to readers and writers of all ages.
In 2016, the festival expanded to five new stages in the South Park Blocks neighboring the Portland Art Museum, thanks to new partnerships with The Old Church, Oregon Historical Society, and three of the stages of Portland’5: the Brunish Theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. We will also return to the First Congregational United Church of Christ. These new partner venues and stages more than DOUBLE the seated capacity at the festival (versus 2015).
We are grateful that PAM has been an enthusiastic partner from the outset of the relaunched Wordstock and will remain the heart of the festival. PAM will once again be home to Powell’s festival bookstore; in 2017, Powell’s will also sell at The Old Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ stages; Green Bean Bookstore returns to sell for the kids’ stage (picture book and middle grade), and for the first time we welcome Broadway Books to the Oregon Historical Society stage. PAM is home to the book fair, which expanded in 2016 to a second ballroom, and two of the eight author stages. Of course, PAM will also be home to our dynamic pop-up events, which couldn’t happen anywhere except the beautiful galleries of the museum.
Q: How do I get to Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival?
Festival attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take mass transit to the festival. Trimet has a useful trip planner here. If you are traveling by car, you can find directions at PAM’s site here. The museum/festival does NOT have a dedicated parking lot, but lot and street parking is available throughout downtown Portland. Supplemental bike racks will be added to the Festival campus.
To plan a trip to Portland, be sure to visit travelportland.com for information on travel specials and hotel offers.
Q: How much does it cost to attend Wordstock?
Admission is $15 in advance / $18 at the door. Admission is free to attendees 17 and under (or with a valid High School ID). Paid admission includes a $5 book voucher redeemable at the book fair on Nov. 11th. Get your 2017 tickets here.
In 2017, in recognition of Veterans’ Day, admission is free for active duty military and veterans.
Q: How do I find out which authors will be the festival?
The 2017 festival lineup can be found here. A schedule of events will be available in October.
Q: Will the festival authors sign books?
Yes! Most authors will sign immediately following their on-stage event. Attendees can purchase books on-site, and may bring one pre-owned book per author.
Why do we restrict pre-owned books? On site book sales are absolutely critical to the success of the festival. By purchasing books at the festival, you support the amazing independent bookstores that partner with us as well as the authors and publishers who travel from near and far to share their work at the festival. Thank you for your support and understanding of this policy.
Q: Will there be a book fair at the festival? How do I sign up?
Yes! The book fair will represent some of the best of Portland, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest plus national publishing, writing, literary culture, academic opportunities, and more. Full-price admission to Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival 2017 will grant each attendee a $5 book voucher that they can redeem only at the book fair that day.
Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival offers exhibitors the opportunity to reach thousands of book lovers ready to buy their products or learn about their services. Download here and apply today: 2017 Exhibitor Application and Agreement – Interactive
Q: How do I redeem my book voucher?
A full-price festival ticket includes a $5 book voucher. WPBF book vouchers are non-transferrable, cannot be exchanged for cash, and are limited to one per attendee. For example, you could use your one $5 voucher toward the purchase of a $15 book, but you could not purchase a $15 book with three vouchers. Vouchers are redeemable only November 11 at the WPBF book fair at the Portland Art Museum. All festival vendors accept vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed to attendees at the point of ticket purchase or at will call pick up. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and are limited to one per person.
Q: Will there be writing classes at the festival?
Yes! Writing class registration includes your festival admission and a book voucher. The 2017 writing classes can be found here.
Q: How do I submit a workshop proposal to the festival?
Wordstock writing classes are curated by the Director of Writing Programs, Susan Moore. If you are interested in teaching, send a proposal to email@example.com.
Q: Is there a Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival hashtag? How do I find Wordstock on social media?
Q: I’d like to write about Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival. Whom do I contact?
Please send all Wordstock-related press requests to Alyson Sinclair.
Q: I’m a publishing industry professional interested in sending my author to Wordstock. Whom do I contact?
Our 2017 submission period has ended. For the 2018 Festival, please refer to our book submission guidelines here.
Q: I am a writer. Can I present my work at Wordstock?
Invitations are issued at the discretion of the festival director, who creates the program well ahead of each festival. Literary Arts receives hundreds of submissions from publicists and authors wishing to present at the festival. Note that the festival focuses on discussion and conversation among writers/artists, and does not include single-author events. Events are interviews or “in-conversation” style and moderated panel discussions. We welcome your suggestions, but due to the large volume of unsolicited submissions received, Literary Arts is unable to respond to every submission individually or to return materials sent for consideration.
Our 2017 submission period has ended. For the 2018 Festival, please refer to our book submission guidelines here.
Q: I am a writer. Can I present my work to publishers during Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival?
While publishers do attend WPBF, the festival is NOT the appropriate avenue to present your book to publishers. Publishers who are attending are either selling books at the book fair, are audience members, or are involved in specific events discussing books and authors who are already published. We recommend that you approach publishers through the usual channels, either by submitting your manuscript directly or by engaging a literary agent.
Q: Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?
For privacy reasons, we are not able to pass on contact details for authors presenting at Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival. We also cannot pass on messages. The best way to contact our guest authors is through their publisher or agent, or through the contact information on the author’s website.
Q: Are festival venues and stages wheelchair accessible? Where do I find more information about venue accessibility?
All festival venues and stage locations are wheelchair accessible. More information about accessibility is available at each venue website: Portland Art Museum / Portland’5 / Oregon Historical Society / First Congregational UCC / The Old Church / Northwest Film Center
Q: What is “Lit Crawl®”?
A pub crawl, with literature, the Lit Crawl® brings literature to the streets, featuring smart and silly, worldly and wacky events in venues usual (bars, cafes, galleries, and bookstores) and unusual (police stations, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and cemeteries). (Check out a great, informative oral history of Lit Crawl® at Literary Hub.)
By partnering with a variety of organizations, each Lit Crawl® bolsters the local literary scene and captures its city’s unique flavor—all while getting book lovers and revelers alike drunk on words.
Lit Crawls® now take place in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Seattle, Iowa City, Los Angeles, London, Helsinki, and Portland, with more cities in the works. Learn more at Litquake.org.
Q: When and where is Lit Crawl® Portland 2017?
Lit Crawl® will be the evening of Friday, November 10, 2017, in venues throughout downtown Portland. See more details here.
Q: How do I and/or my organization find out more about proposing an event for Lit Crawl® Portland?
Email Heather Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Q: How do I sign up to volunteer for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival?
Thank you! We couldn’t pull this off without our amazing volunteers. Please check out our Volunteer Info page for all the details.
Q: How do I become a sponsor of Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival?
Inquiries related to corporate sponsorship may be sent to our Director of Development and Marketing, Lydah DeBin, at email@example.com or by calling 503-227-2583 ext 106.
Q: How do I donate to Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival and Literary Arts?
Pledge your support to Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival by donating to the Literary Arts general fund through our website and adding “Wordstock” to the order notes. Questions about donating may be sent to our Director of Development and Marketing, Lydah DeBin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 503-227-258 ext 106.
Q: What is the best way to stay informed of festival updates?
Q: What is the anti-harassment policy?
Wordstock has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy. Harassment includes but is not limited to: stalking, verbal or physical intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, bathroom policing, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome physical attention.
Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Literary Arts and/or any of the festival venues reserve the right to revoke, without refund, tickets of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons not in compliance with this policy may be reported to event security or other authorities. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security or a staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. We value your presence and appreciate your respect for each other.
Q: What is Literary Arts?
Established in 1984, Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization founded, inspired, and sustained by the likes of Ursula K. Le Guin and William Stafford, and has helped make Oregon more than a place with a bookish reputation. It is a comprehensive, nationally recognized cultural center for writers, publishers, readers, and lovers of thoughtful conversations.
Literary Arts is home to the country’s largest literary lecture series, where speakers don’t read from their published works; instead, they share lectures and presentations that they’ve written specifically for Literary Arts or engage in unscripted onstage conversations with up to 2,700 people in a concert hall and thousands more public radio listeners across the state through a partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Literary Arts keeps literature democratic with more than 100 free community programs and events every year, connecting multiple generations and skill levels with renowned authors in public schools and spaces. The Writers in the Schools program hires working writers to teach and inspire local high school students. The Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program awards $30,000 a year to transform Oregon writers into literary ambassadors who engage other Oregonians at workshops and readings across the state. Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more. Under the steady hand of an experienced scholar, readers explore demanding books in the discussion-based Delve Readers Seminars.
Q: My question wasn’t answered here.
If you do have additional questions about Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, please contact the Director of Public Programs, Amanda Bullock, at email@example.com. General inquiries about Literary Arts can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.