The full schedule for 2023 Portland Book Festival will be released by October 4! General Admission passes, Special Event ticket, and Umbrella passes are available now.
The long overdue story of the Shakurs, persistent fighters in the U.S. struggle for racial justice, and one of the most prominent, influential and fiercely creative families in recent history. Author Santi Elijah Holley will be interviewed by OPB reporter Prakruti Bhatt. Equal parts photo-rich lookbook, and cultural commentary, Mitchell S. Jackson's new book is the story of the extraordinary intersection of high fashion and basketball, from the league's inception to today, and celebrates the iconic style of NBA athletes. Jackson will be interviewed by OPB reporter Paul Marshall.
Cat Bohannon, a researcher and author with a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the evolution of narrative and cognition, will be interviewed by Sarah Rothenfluch about her new book, a myth-busting, eye-opening landmark account of how humans evolved, offering a paradigm shift in our thinking about what the female body is, how it came to be, and how this evolution still shapes all our lives today.
Erica Berry blends science, history, and cultural criticism in a years-long journey to understand our myths about wolves, and track one legendary wolf, OR-7, from the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon. A fascinating tour of creatures from the surface to the deepest ocean floor, Sabrina Imbler invites us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live. Moderated by Elena Passarello.
Safiya Sinclair's memoir is the the stunning story of her struggle to break free of her rigid Rastafarian upbringing, ruled by her father’s strict patriarchal views and repressive control of her childhood, to find her own voice as a woman and poet. Jane Wong's incandescent, exquisitely written memoir is about family, food, girlhood, resistance, and growing up in a Chinese American restaurant on the Jersey shore. Moderated by Alicia Jo Rabins.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a black British poet making her thrilling American debut explores the importance of “quiet” in producing forms of community, resistance, and love. Braiding memoir, theory, and criticism in his debut work of nonfiction, award-winning poet Roger Reeves finds new meaning in silence, protest, fugitivity, freedom, and ecstasy. Moderated by John Freeman.
Unfortunately, Kate Lebo had to cancel her festival appearance. This event will feature Crystal Ligori and Stacey Mei Yan Fong in conversation.
Two new books that are much more than simply cookbooks (although they are very good cookbooks) take us on a journey through the meaning of pie in America -- and how to make one. It's easy as pie, after all. Featuring Stacey Mei Yan Fong and Kate Lebo, and moderated by OPB's Crystal Ligori.
From bestselling author Nicole Chung is a searing memoir of family, class and grief, and a daughter’s search to understand the lives her adoptive parents led, the life she forged as an adult, and the lives she’s lost. New Yorker cartoonist Navied Mahdavian's debut is a gorgeously illustrated and written graphic memoir about belonging, identity, and making a home in the remote American West. Moderated by Mat Johnson.