Best way to do Portland Book Festival 2022

Saturday 5 November South Park Blocks will once again turn into an intellectual’s paradise: two years into the epidemic era Everything is default And the hybrid repetitions Literary Arts Portland Book Festivalomen It will return in its classic format, so full, for a day. Big and small, local and international names, whose work includes graphic novels, adult novels, poetry and memoirs, will be descending on downtown Portland to conduct interviews, host panels, provide readings, and more. before every who – which starts, there is also a file whole week From filter events – and a book fair to boot.

With celebrities including Selma Blair and George Saunders on the agenda, as well as local hitters from Chuck Klosterman to Renee Watson, you can all feel a little dizzy. So we have taken in the sprawling schedule of the festival to offer you a carefully chosen itinerary to maximize your book festival enjoyment. Take it from us, though: You really can’t go wrong.

the night before

bad dates

8 p.m. Friday, November 4, Village Banquet Hall

former PoMo Eden Dawn style editor, who crafted the Portland book of dates Back in 2021, she’s giving a feature event that she and her husband originally created for the book’s launch. Supported by longtime Portland storytelling event BackFence, date book The crew will be joined by BurnCycle founder Jesse Dooley, creator Candice Mollator, NPR host Aaron Scott, and actor/storyteller Finn Chambery to share unfortunate dating stories from the past.


George Saunders and Jess Walter

Ten o’clock in the morning, the first united congress church of Christ

George Saunders is widely recognized as one, if not the, preeminent short story writer working in America today. His book for 2021 Swimming in a pool in the rain It’s literally a master lesson on the subject—it breaks down the heavyweight Russian professors Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, giving readers a taste of the course Saunders teaches at Syracuse University. liberation day It is the latest example of Saunders applying his teachings, his first collection since 2013 December 10—National Book Award Finalist Recipe. liberation day It includes nine stories in which Saunders explores the moral mysteries in his sharp, self-aware and fatherly middle-aged voice. Saunders will read from liberation day and chat with Jeff Norcross, host of OPB’s morning edition, Next to Jess Walter, who is titled her new collection Angel of Rome.

Intimate Apocalypse: CJ Evans & Saeed Jones

Noon, Brunch Theatre

Poets CJ Evans and Saeed Jones, following their new collections spirits And the Alive at the end of the world, you’ll join Erica Stevens of the School of Literary Arts to discuss the currents of horrific sadness and anxiety that run through both works. “Apocalypse, what now?” It is a very common question at the moment – for obvious reasons – and what medium can hair be most suitable for decoding its effects?

Nikki Nicholson Klingerman and Tachon Phoenix

2 p.m., Portland Museum of Art

The Literary Arts induction series, featuring gay writers, will put journalist Nikki Nicholson Klingerman and spoken word artist Tachon Phoenix in front of the work of Northwest artist Kayla Farrell Smith on the third floor of Pam in a mid-afternoon pop-up. reading. Take a break between the most popular paintings and hour-long interviews to absorb some of the paintings, get a quick 20 minutes of unfiltered reading in your blood, and then head back to the festival all over again.

Melissa Fabus and Hua Hsu

3:15 p.m., Winningstadt Theatre

New Yorker employee and Bard Professor Hua Hsu’s new notes stay honest It chronicles the unexpected friendship between Hsu — a Zen writer, and Nirvana fan before they made it — and Kane, who wore Abercrombie and listened to Dave Matthews. The two bonded due to their struggle to assimilate into American pop culture in the 1990s when they were children of Asian descent, and then Kane was killed in a car theft when the two were 20-year-old students at Berkeley. Hsu, 45, says he’s been working on the book ever since. will read from stay honest And chat with OPB’s Jane Chavez alongside Melissa Phebus, whose new book, girls She combines memoirs, scholarship, and original reports to investigate the foundational myths about becoming a woman and then becoming a woman that she internalized in her youth. The The New York Times He said, when he came out, that Childhood “Puts [Febos] In Feminist Canon Including … the Theoretical Thinking Masterpieces of Adrien Rich and Maggie Nelson: A Smart and Radical Company.”

Kwame Alexander

5 p.m., First Collegiate Church of Christ

Consider spending the day with Kwame Alexander, children’s author of the 2014 basketball tale written in verses Transit He received both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. He will appear in Portland in conversation with OPB’s Dave Miller on an episode of thinking out loud to discuss his latest novel, door of no return. The first in a planned trilogy, Door It is about an 11-year-old Ghanaian boy caught in the slave trade in the late 19th century.

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