Buckle up, Portland, because here comes Malcolm Gladwell. And Raina Telgemeier, Morgan Parker, Rainbow Rowell, Ambassador Susan Rice, and so many more authors. They’re all inbound in November for the annual Portland Book Festival, as revealed by Literary Arts on Thursday.
More than 100 writers made the cut for the one-day festival, taking place this year on November 9. Local luminaries on the list include YA author Emily Chenoweth, one of the team behind the Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat series, Survival Math author Mitchell Jackson, Chuck Klosterman whose short story Raised in Captivity appeared in our pages this summer, children’s author and illustrator Carson Ellis, Karen Russell, who spoke to us earlier this year about her masterful new short story collection, Orange World, and one-time Portlander and National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken.
And that’s just the locals. This year’s lineup includes an Olympic medalist—Ibtihaj Muhammad, here with her new book the Proudest Blue—and Twitter-famous and all-round hilarious Astro Poets Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky, not to mention The Things We Carried author Tim O’Brien, and poet Saeed Jones coming with his acclaimed new memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives.
This year, Portland Book Festival has also added a venue, a new Park Stage on the South Park blocks—heating promised!—alongside the existing stages in Portland Art Museum, the First Congregational United church of Christ, the Old Church, Oregon Historical Society, the Brunish theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For more about events, vendors, and a full line-up of authors, check out literary-arts.org/ pdxbookfest.