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.
Breena Bard's graphic novel follows climate change through the eyes of one middle-school girl who’s eager to turn her anger into action. In Rosanne Parry's novel, exiled from his band, a young, wild horse must find his way across treacherous terrain to reunite with his family after being captured for the Pony Express. Moderated by Jonathan Hill.
Anis Mojgani's verses create the yearning for rebirth, thriving love—a love of self and tenderness in a sorrowful world. Charif Shanahan articulates the need we all share for real intimacy and connection, and proves, time and again, that the true cost of our separateness is the love that our survival requires. Moderated by Mindy Nettifee.
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.
Stephanie Adams-Santos's incantatory long poem draws the reader into a dreamworld where the barrier between life and death grows porous, populated by ancestors and spirits. Megan Kamalei Kakimoto's debut story collection is a blazing, bodily, raucous journey through contemporary Hawaiian identity and womanhood. Moderated by Kayla Kumari Upadhyahya.
Kendare Blake is back with the first installment of an epic duology starter that follows a young woman training to join a fabled order as she attempts to lead a hero to his critical first victory. Kayvion Lewis's debut novel is a cinematic heist thriller where a cutthroat competition brings together the world’s best thieves and one thief is playing for the highest stakes of all: her mother’s life. Moderated by Emily Suvada.
When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another a thrilling page-turner, a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from Angie Kim. From Edan Lepucki comes an enthralling saga about family secrets that grow more powerful with time, set against the magical, dangerous landscape of California. Moderated by Neal Thompson.
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.
Elisa Gonzalez dramatizes the mind in motion as it grapples with something more than an event: she writes of a whole life, to transcendent effect. Jae Nichelle taps into her experiences of growing up in the South as a queer Black woman to courageously confront the effects of a forced religion and the inherent dangers of living life in a female body. Marisa Siegel moderates.
In this queer YA psychological thriller from Jennifer Dugan, the sole surviving counselors of a summer camp massacre search to uncover the truth of what happened that fateful night, but what they find out might just get them killed. In Courtney Gould's supernatural thriller, two sisters travel to an isolated Arizona town to investigate its connection to their mother’s death, but uncover more than they bargained for. Moderated by Jenn Chávez of OPB.
Jewell Parker Rhodes's version of Treasure Island is like none you’ve never seen—one that takes the reader through little-known Black history, and under the city of Manhattan itself. Nisi Shawl has written wonderful middle-grade fantasy debut about Black families, family history, family curses ... and a really marvelous pair of spectacles. Moderated by Vera Ahiyya.
Andy and Terry live in a 156-story treehouse. (It used to be a 143-story treehouse, but they added 13 more levels.) It has a wishing well, a super-stinky stuff level, a bouldering alley (it’s just like bowling, except you use boulders instead of balls), an enigma engine, a TV quiz show level hosted by Quizzy the quizzical robot, and the amazing mind-reading sandwich-making machine that knows exactly what sort of sandwich you want and makes it for you.
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.
Join 2023 National Book Award–honored authors Paul Harding and Paisley Rekdal in a cross-genre conversation on how to bring historical voices to life, and how to translate US history for a contemporary literary landscape. Moderated by Anis Mojgani, Oregon’s current Poet Laureate. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.
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.
Presented in partnership with BIPOC Reading Series, Brianna Renae & Eric Tran pop-up with a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries.
An out-of-this-world new middle-grade graphic novel about a genius scientist and her evil nemesis, created by author Laini Taylor and cartoonist Jim Di Bartolo. And in Jennifer Torres second novel in the Bad Princesses graphic novel series, princesses don’t break the rules, but they may rewrite them... Moderated by Emily Chenoweth.
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.
From South Korea to the American South, two multi-generational novels explore inheritance, grief, and family. E. J. Koh's debut novel is an elegantly wrought family saga of memory, trauma, and empathy, and a stunning testament to the consequences and fortunes of inheritance. From the best-selling author Ayana Mathis, a searing multi-generational new novel—set in the 1980s in racially and politically turbulent Philadelphia and in the tiny town of Bonaparte, Alabama—about a mother fighting for her sanity and survival. Moderated by Chelsea Bieker.
In Jennifer Baker's searing indictment of the juvenile justice system, one teen in detention weighs what she is willing to endure for forgiveness. From Kim Johnson comes another thriller about a wrongly accused teen desperate to reclaim both his innocence and his first love. Moderated by Alicia Tate of Multnomah County Library.
Pedro Martín's unforgettable graphic memoir is about a Mexican-American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico to live with them. Zachary Sterling's graphic novel is about first-generation Filipino siblings who have to fine out if they can save the world and still work their family food truck. Moderated by Aron Nels Steinke.
Arya Shahi has written a bold novel-in-verse starring a Persian American teen navigating his first crush, his family’s post-9/11 dynamics, and the role of language in defining who we are. Jen St. Jude's debut from about queer first love and mental health at the end of the world-and the importance of saving yourself, no matter what tomorrow may hold. Moderated by Aiden Thomas.
A study of character studies. From Patrick deWitt comes the story of Bob Comet, a man who has lived his life through and for literature, unaware that his own experience is a poignant and affecting narrative in itself. Lydia Kiesling's new novel is a propulsive and challenging story about class, power, politics, and desire told through the life of one woman—her social milieu, her romances, her unarticulated wants. Moderated by Daniel Nieh.