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How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

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November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

The Judy Stage

The beloved, multi-award-winning duo of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen tackle a perennial question.

When Santa arrives at a child’s house on Christmas Eve, does he go down the chimney feetfirst or headfirst? What if he gets stuck? What if there’s no chimney? Maybe he slides under the door, as thin as a piece of paper? Or is it possible he pours himself through the faucet? What happens once he’s inside? Whether it’s shape-shifting or impromptu laundry use, Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humor and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honor the timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues. Channeling a child’s fanciful explanations (and begging for further speculation), this latest collaboration by a New York Times best-selling team will find a secure spot among family holiday traditions.

Portland Book Festival General Admission Passes are required for entry into all events. Passes are $15 in advance and $25 day of Festival. Youth 17 & under get in FREE. All full-priced General Admission Passes include a $5 book fair voucher and entry into Portland Art Museum. Passes admit attendees to the Festival; individual events are first-come, first-served. More info here.


Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times best-selling author of several books for children, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, the Shapes Trilogy, and many others illustrated by Jon Klassen. He is also the author of Just Because, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; A Polar Bear in the Snow, illustrated by Shawn Harris; John’s Turn, illustrated by Kate Berube; and Twenty Questions, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Winner of three New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book Awards and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Mac Barnett lives in Oakland, California. He will be at Portland Book Festival 2023 celebrating two new books: the picture book How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?, with Jon Klassen; and The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom!, with Shawn Harris.
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Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling I Want My Hat Back, which won a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, and its companions This Is Not My Hat, which won a Caldecott Medal and a Kate Greenaway Medal, and We Found a Hat. He is also the author-illustrator of The Rock from the Sky and The Skull, and the illustrator of Extra Yarn, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and the Shapes Trilogy, all by Mac Barnett. Originally from Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles. His newest book, again with Mac Barnett, is How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?
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Emily Arrow

Emily Arrow (she/they) is an award-winning children’s songwriter, author, and educator known for crafting meaningful stories and songs. With her beloved ukulele companion, Bow, Emily aims to inspire young minds, encouraging them to embrace and share their own unique voices. Emily tours the country to speak and sing at schools, bookstores, and festivals, and her recent album “Sing-Along with Emily Arrow” (9/8/23) is signed to the notable Platoon Records. She brings over a decade of teaching experience as a Berklee College of Music graduate, Montessori certified, and Orff Shulwerk educator. Based on the West Coast, Emily is active in the literary and children's performing arts communities, serving on the Portland Book Festival Advisory Council of Literary Arts in Portland, OR, and as the Director of Music for Storïwr Children’s Theater Company in Los Angeles. She's also a dedicated entrepreneur and is the founder of Rainbow Song School, an inclusive online & pop-up music education studio launching March 2024!
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November 4
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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1000 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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