Who's Coming to Wordstock? Literary Arts Reveals the 2016 Lineup

Plus six new venues for Portland’s annual book festival.

By Fiona McCann September 8, 2016

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Wordstock Festival Director Amanda Bullock addressing the audience at the First Congregational United Church of Christ during Wordstock 2015. 

Image: Literary Arts

Sherman Alexie. Jonathan Lethem. Maria Semple. Nicholson Baker. Eimear McBride. Yaa Gyasi. Colson Whitehead. Lindy West. Wordstock’s 2016 lineup, released Wednesday, September 7, reads like a who’s who of contemporary literature, a roster of heavy hitters whose work ranges from a children's book about a Native American boy struggling to emerge from his father's shadow to a memoir-meets-feminist-polemic, all Portland-bound for the city’s one-day book festival.

The list of more than 100 authors includes plenty of local names, among them Monica Drake, Brian Doyle, and Margaret Malone, with six new venues added that Literary Arts promises will more than double the seating capacity. This year, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Old Church, the Oregon Historical Society, the Winningstad Theatre, the Northwest Film Center, and the Brunish Theatre will host writers and events, along with the Portland Art Museum and the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

More than 70 vendors will be onsite, with 15 writing workshops also announced this year. This year marks only the second year of Wordstock under the aegis of Literary Arts, with last year’s festival packing thousands into the Portland Art Museum and First Congregational United Church of Christ. 

Wordstock takes place Saturday, Nov. 5. More information at Literary Arts.

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