On Saturday, November 11 , join readers of all ages for the largest celebration of books and writing in the Pacific Northwest. There will be 100+ authors, 70+ vendors, 8 partner venues, 15 writing classes, food trucks, and new satellite bookstores from our indie bookselling partners Powell’s BooksGreen Bean Books, and Broadway Books at this year’s festival in downtown Portland.

This year, Wordstock is thrilled to continue their partnership with OPB and to welcome the New York Times as a new programming and media partner. OPB hosts and Times writers will moderate select on-stage conversations.


2017 Authors Include

Children’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult writers including:

Children’s books: Mac Barnett author of The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse and Triangle /

Vera Brosgol author of Leave Me Alone! / Ben Clanton author of Boo Who? / Karl Newsom Edwards author of I Got a New Friend / Carson Ellis author of Du Iz Tak? / Dev Petty author of There’s Nothing to Do! / Rebecca Green author of How to Make Friends with a Ghost / Maxine Rose Schur & Jeanne B De Sainte Marie author and illustrator of Marielle in Paris / Lemony Snicket author of The Bad Mood and the Stick / Javaka Steptoe author of Radiant Child

Middle grade: Elana K. Arnold author of A Boy Called Bat / Jeffrey Brown author of Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age / Ben Clanton  Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2)/ Matthew Holm author of Babymouse: Lights Camera, Middle School! and Swing It, Sunny / Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis author and illustrator of The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid / Melissa Savage author of Lemons

Young Adult: Elana K. Arnold author of What Girls Are Made Of / P. C. Cast author of Sun Warrior / Traci Chee author of The Speaker / Jenny Han author of Always and Forever, Lara Jean / April Henry author of Count All Her Bones / Nina LaCour author of We Are Okay / Fonda Lee author of Exo / SandhyaMenon author of When Dimple Met Rishi / Julie Murphy author of Ramona Blue / Nnedi Okorafor author of Akata Warrior / Zan Romanoff author of Grace and the Fever / Erika L. Sánchez author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter / Emily Suvada author of This Mortal Coil / Renée Watson author of Piecing Me Together

Fiction writers including:

Elliot Ackerman author of Dark at the Crossing / Jess Arndt author of Large Animals /

Jami Attenberg author of All Grown Up / Julie Buntin author of Marlena / Jessie Chaffee author of Florence in Ecstasy / Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink authors of It Devours! A Welcome to Night Vale Novel / Rene Denfeld author of The Child Finder / Omar El Akkad author of American War / Jeffrey Eugenides author of Fresh Complaint / John Freeman editor of Freeman’s and author of Maps (Poetry) / Gabe Habash author of Stephen Florida / Daniel Handler author of All the Dirty Parts / Meg Howrey author of The Wanderers / Rachel Khong author of Goodbye, Vitamin / Katie Kitamura author of A Separation / Katie Lebo & Sam Ligon editors of Pie & Whiskey / Edan Lepucki author of Woman No. 17 / Victor Lodato author of Edgar and Lucy / Maile Meloy author of Do Not Become Alarmed / Claire Messud author of The Burning Girl / Nancy Pearl author of George and Lizzie / Benjamin Percy author of The Dark Net / Tom Perrotta author of Mrs. Fletcher / Jon Raymond author of Freebird / Emily Robbins author of A Word for Love / Peter Rock author of Spells: A Novel Within Photographs / Shanthi Sekaran author of Lucky Boy / Danzy Senna author of New People / Doree Shafrir author of Startup /Amy Stewart author of Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions / Hannah Tinti author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley / Deb Olin Unferth author of Wait Till You See Me Dance and I, Parrot (Graphic Narrative) / Dennie Wendt author of Hooper’s Revolution / Kayla Rae Whitakerauthor of The Animators / Lidia Yuknavitch author of The Book of Joan

Graphic Narrative authors and illustrators including:

Gabrielle Bell author of Everything Is Flammable / Tom Gauld author of Baking with Kafka / Nicole Georges author of Fetch / Elizabeth Haidle illustrator of I, Parrot / Kristen Radtke author of Imagine Wanting Only This / Leslie Stein author of Present / Oliver Uberti author of Where the Animals Go (maps & infographics) / Tillie Walden author of Spinning

Poets including:

Kaveh Akbar author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf / Bonnie Arning author of Escape Velocity /

Samiya Bashir author of Field Theories / Dawn Lundy Martin author of Good Stock Strange Blood / Morgan Parker author of There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé / Tommy Pico author of Nature Poem / Erika L. Sánchez author of Lessons on Expulsion / Nicole Sealey author of Ordinary Beast / Danez Smith author of Don’t Call Us Dead / Marcus Wicker author of Silencer / Javier Zamora author of Unaccompanied / Matthew Zapruder author of Why Poetry

*All poetry events are generously sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

Nonfiction (Essay, Memoir, History, Cooking, and Politics) writers including:

Andrew Barton & Peter Schweitzer authors of The Myrtlewood Cookbook / David Biespiel author of TheEducation of a Young Poet / Kate Carroll de Gutes author of The Authenticity Experiment / Steven Church author of One with the Tiger / Ta-Nehisi Coates author of We Were Eight Years in Power / Liz Crain co-author of Hello! My Name Is Tasty (Cookbook) / Melissa Febos author of Abandon Me / Jenny Forrester author of Narrow River, Wide Sky / Adam Gopnik author of At the Stranger’s Gate / David Grann author of Killers of the Flower Moon /

Chuck Klosterman author of Chuck Klosterman X / Alia Malek author of The Home that Was Our Country / Sarah Manguso author of 300 Arguments / Chelsea Martin author of Caca Dolce / Bonnie Frumkin Morales author of Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking / Elena Passarello author of Animals Strike Curious Poses / Megan Stielstra author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life / Ellen Ullman author of A Life in Code

Plus: Portland student contributors to Galaxies on the Ground: 2016-2017 Writers in the Schools Student Anthology (multiple genres)!

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Ticketing Information

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase TICKETS

* Advance Tickets are $15 per person or $18 at the door.

(Ticket price includes a $5 “book voucher” redeemable toward any book fair purchase.)

* FREE for attendees 17 and younger or any student with a valid high school ID

* FREE for active military and veterans

* All tickets include access to Portland Art Museum exhibits on November 11th

Friend of the Festival Ticket: $250 per ticket only 20 tickets available

By purchasing a Friend of the Festival ticket, you are making a contribution toward the long-term sustainability of Wordstock. Your support helps keep ticket prices low, ensuring Wordstock remains an inclusive community event that unites all Oregonians to celebrate books and literature.

Registration is now open for Writing Classes at Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival.

Literary Arts is offering 15 classes during the festival, including free classes for youth. Tuition includes entry to the festival.