Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more.
Literary Arts is excited to relaunch Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival as a one-day event at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
The festival will include author discussions and activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, pop-up readings and concerts, a beer tent, and local food trucks. The weekend of literary celebration will kick off with a special Friday night opening event. Schedule details, ticket information for opening night and for the festival, workshop registration, exhibitor applications, and more will be available soon.
Literary Arts is proud to have the opportunity to build on Wordstock’s history. We look forward to collaborating with the incredible group of writers, publishers, volunteers, and funders who have built this celebration of literature into an important cultural moment for Portland and for Oregon.
FESTIVAL AUTHOR EVENTS
The festival schedule will be posted online in mid-October. The print schedule will be inserted in to the Willamette Week the week of November 5, so be sure to pick up a copy, as limited copies will be available the day of the festival.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No one will be admitted to a full session unless another attendee leaves that session. Venues will be cleared between events.
LOCATIONS AND VENUE INFORMATION
Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival will be held at the Portland Art Museum (PAM), with an additional stage across the street at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC). PLEASE NOTE: All attendees must purchase or pick up tickets from will call at PAM before entering the UCC.
Your $15 festival ticket admits you to all festival events, and there are no additional tickets required for individual events. Entry and seating to festival events are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and standing in line does NOT guarantee entry to an event.
Please limit photography and video; no flash photography allowed.
Attending events at the Portland Art Museum (PAM)
There is no food, drink (including water), or non-pencil writing utensils permitted in the galleries at the art museum. Water and writing utensils ARE permitted in the Mark Building, which includes the book fair at the Kridel Ballroom, the OPB Stage at the Fields Ballroom, the Travel Portland Stage at the Miller Gallery, and all workshop classrooms.
Author signings for PAM events will take place on the stage in the Kridel Grand Ballroom, where Powell’s will also be selling books for all festival authors.
Attending events at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC)
You must first purchase a ticket at PAM before entering UCC. You will be required to show your ticket in order to enter UCC.
Author signings for UCC events will take place in the Fellowship Hall inside the building. All book sales, however, will be in the Kridel Ballroom, at Powell’s bookstore in the book fair and exhibition. Attendees are VERY STRONGLY encouraged to purchase books BEFORE events at the UCC.
BOOK SIGNINGS AND POLICIES
All festival books for participating authors will be sold at the Powell’s bookstore in the Kridel Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the Mark Building at the Portland Art Museum.
Authors will sign books immediately following the end of their event. Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase books they want signed in advance of the event. Authors on the stages at PAM will sign in the Kridel Grand Ballroom; authors at the Cole Haan Stage at UCC will sign at the Fellowship Hall in that venue. However, please note that all books, including those for authors appearing on the Cole Haan Stage at UCC, will be sold at the Powell’s bookstore in the Kridel at PAM. We strongly encourage you to buy books you want signed in advance of the event. Books must be purchased from Powell’s bookstore in order to be signed, with the exception of one pre-owned book that may be brought for signing. Literary Arts asks attendees to respect and follow this policy. A receipt from Powell’s must be presented in the book signing area. Thank you for your support and understanding.
All books purchased at Wordstock, at the Powell’s bookstore, and at any and all of the book fair vendors support the authors and publishers who travel from near and far to share their work at the festival, and the booksellers and vendors who invest time and expense to be at the book fair. Remember: your $5 voucher is good at any vendor at the book fair! Please buy early and often and know you are supporting the sustainability of the Wordstock Festival.
Book dealers are NOT allowed to bring books into the book signing area. Dealers with rolling carts and/or wagons are not allowed on the festival campus.
The Portland Art Museum and the First Congregational United Church of Christ are wheelchair accessible. Please find more information about accessibility at the museum here (http://portlandartmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility/).
Sign language interpreters will be available on a limited basis. If you need an interpreter, please contact Literary Arts no later than October 23 to request an interpreter for a specific event.
FOOD AND DRINK
Local favorite food carts Bunk Sandwiches, Koi Fusion, Ruby Jewel Ice Cream, and Tamale Boy will be selling food in the Lower Sculpture Mall between the Portland Art Museum Main and Mark buildings from 11AM to 6PM. For attendees 21 and older, refreshments from festival sponsors Widmer Brothers Brewing and A to Z Wines will be available in the beer garden in the Upper Sculpture Mall from 11AM to 5PM.
Wordstock also encourages attendees to visit the Portland Farmers Market on the Portland State University campus, just a five-minute walk south from the Portland Art Museum and open until 2PM. Cookbook authors appearing at Wordstock will be doing cooking demonstrations at the market, and attendees can enjoy food and drink from a variety of local vendors.
Festival attendees will receive wristbands to allow for re-entry.
LIT CRAWL PORTLAND
Lit Crawl Portland is a project of Literary Arts presents Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival and the http://www.litquake.org. San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival runs October 9–17, 2015, with affiliated Lit Crawls in San Francisco, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, Iowa City, Seattle, London, Helsinki, and Portland. Lit Crawl features some of America’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers onstage for literary mayhem in places you’d never anticipate! Lit Crawl will descend on Portland, Oregon for the first time in 2015! Join us for a madcap literary adventure in close-in Southeast Portland the night of Saturday, November 7.
Given Portland’s reputation as a longtime literary hub—and the home of coffee roasters and corner breweries, free-range backyard chickens, and quirky independent book shops—Lit Crawl Portland might happen anywhere from a hops grow room, to a tee-shirt printer, to a piano store. Hosted by such Portland-based literary fixtures as Tin House and Future Tense Books, and attracting presses and authors from across the country for Literary Arts’ annual book festival, Portland is sure to create the perfect Lit Crawl storm this fall. More info at http://www.litquake.org/events/lit-crawl-portland.
Interested in getting involved? We’d love to have you join us as a volunteer. Let us know.
SUPPORT THE BOOK FESTIVAL
Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival is presented by Literary Arts. We welcome your contributions to help support this popular community event. Donate online any time or contact our Director of Development and Marketing, Lydah DeBin, at email@example.com or 503-227-2583 x106 for more information about how to support Wordstock and Literary Arts.
Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Literary Arts and/or the Portland Art Museum reserve the right to revoke, without refund, tickets of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons not in compliance with this policy may be reported to event security or other authorities. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security or a staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. We value your presence and appreciate your respect for each other.