Arts News

Tom Hanks and Abbi Jacobson Are Coming to Portland

The stars will hit town in November for the Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock), alongside such authors as Rachel Kushner, Jonathan Lethem, and Lauren Groff.

09/07/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Fall Arts

20 Can't-Miss Portland Shows in Fall 2018

From Young Fathers to aquatic romance, Ukrainian puppets to Drake v. Tchaikovsky, here's what you have to catch this season.

08/14/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Women's Work

Here Are 3 Opportunities to Hang Out with Amazing Portland Women

Swill lady-made gin, combat the wage gap, and get an earful of risky lit.

06/07/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Local reads

Nicole Georges and Omar El Akkad Win Big at the Oregon Book Awards

The 31st annual event showcased the breadth and caliber of literature in this state.

05/01/2018 By Fiona McCann

Arts News

Literary Arts Announces 2018 Oregon Book Awards Finalists

From Portland to Ashland to Sisters, writers from across the state were shortlisted for the best local books.

01/31/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Literary Festival

Who Are the Writers Psyched to See at Wordstock?

The day-long lit fest hits Portland this Saturday. We asked four participating authors who they're most excited to see.

11/08/2017 By Fiona McCann

Books & Talks

George Saunders Talks Fear, Joy, and Getting 'More Precisely Manic'

We caught up with the Lincoln in the Bardo author in advance of his Portland visit.

10/10/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

West End: Entertainment

What to Do in Portland's West End

Bouncy dance floors, peaceful pulpits, and high-end cinema—this neighborhood has 'em all.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Books

Literary Arts Announces Oregon Book Award Winners

Awards went to Tracy Daugherty, Walidah Imarisha, and Joyce Cherry Cresswell, among others. Read on for the full list.

04/25/2017 By Fiona McCann

Politics

Portland Performers, Creators, and Arts Leaders Get Ready for a New "Inspiration": Donald Trump

Expect an era of “satire with teeth,” among other responses.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Wise Up: Get Smart

7 Places in Portland to Exercise Your Brain

From literary seminars to an underground grad school, here are the city’s best places to stretch your mind.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Book Festival

The Essential Guide to Wordstock 2016

Portland’s beloved book festival boasts more than 100 authors all crammed into one short day. We’ve made an itinerary for the time-pressed and book-besotted.

11/02/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

PREVIEW

Will the New Wordstock Literary Festival Charm Portland Readers?

Everyone agreed the lit fest desperately needed a rewrite. Is this the sequel we've been waiting for?

10/19/2015 By Fiona McCann

LITERARY MAGAZINE

The Little Portland Lit Mag That Could—and Did!

Out of the ashes of Backspace comes Portland-based, mostly-online DIY lit mag Drunk in a Midnight Choir—and they’ve just gone to print.

09/22/2015 By Rachel Sandstrom

BOOK BUZZ

Author Mitchell S. Jackson Talks Portland, Prison, and Politics

He was a teenage drug dealer in North Portland. Now he’s an award-winning novelist and teacher at NYU. Find out why the PDX native says this city made him who he is today.

03/10/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS & TALKS

Author Michael Chabon Talks Comic Books and Songwriting

The Pulitzer-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay spills the details on his collaboration with Portland comic czar Matt Fraction and British super-producer Mark Ronson in preview of his Jan 15 talk.

01/13/2015 By Allison Jones

BOOKS & TALKS

Oregon Book Awards Finalists Announced

Books about the End Times, the wonders of soil, PTSD fever dreams, and more top the list.

01/12/2015 By Aaron Scott

BOOKS & TALKS

Literary Arts to Host a New OPB Show and Wordstock

The local nonprofit will broadcast its audio archives on OPB and take over the city’s annual literary festival.

10/10/2014 By Catalina Gaitán

Books & Talks

Guide to Portland Storytelling Events

There's an event for every taste: comic, nostalgic, raunchy. Find the stories you want to hear—or the stage you want to brave. Up this weekend: Urban Tellers and Mystery Box

10/10/2014 By Danielle Klenak

BOOKS & TALKS

June's Killer Literary Events

LitHop and Poetry Press Week, PDX's best new lit happenings, kick off a crazy month that also includes Tom Robbins, Blumesday, and some local debuts.

06/04/2014 By Danielle Klenak