2013/2014 Portland Arts & Lectures Season
Salman Rushdie: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (past event)
Ann Patchett: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 (past event)
Lawrence Wright: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Chris Ware: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Julia Alvarez: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary center located in downtown Portland, with a 29-year history of serving Oregon’s readers and writers. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon’s writers and independent publishers; and Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland’s public high schools. We also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.
The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.
Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to our community. In addition to live events that are broadcast statewide on OPB radio, the program connects readers and writers of all ages with classroom visits and workshops.
Writers in the Schools inspires public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing. WITS programming reinforces the real world importance of reading and writing in all professions, and is designed to meet state and national standards for the arts and language arts.
Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships supports, promotes, and celebrates Oregon’s writers and publishers. In addition to financial support, the program produces the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour, which connects writers and readers throughout the state with readings, classroom visits, and workshops.
Delve Readers Seminars engages readers in exploring challenging books in lively discussion-based seminars led by an experienced scholar.