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 renowned authors with readers and writers of all ages through classroom visits and writing workshops.
The 31st season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most influential writers at work today. They are novelists, journalists, essayists, and poets who have won the most prestigious awards in their profession.
The series begins on October 5 with author Jane Smiley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres. Random House published Early Warning, the second novel in Smiley’s trilogy about an Iowa family, this April. Anthony Doerr, whose novel All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015 and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, will appear on November 19. Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Paris to the Moon, will join us on January 21. Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine, best known for her collection of poetry Citizen: An American Lyric, which received the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, will speak on February 25. The season concludes on April 28 with Pakistani writer, Mohsin Hamid, whose writing has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and the PEN/Hemingway Award (Moth Smoke).
Subscriptions for the 2015/2016 Portland Arts & Lectures series include five memorable nights with some of the world’s most creative and dynamic authors. Click here to purchase subscriptions to the current season.