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Wordstock: Music To The Literature Lover’s Ears
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Wordstock: Music To The Literature Lover’s Ears

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Updated: 12 December 2015
Portland, Oregon welcomes Wordstock Book Festival for its tenth year anniversary. This year, hosted by Literary Arts, the festival is bigger and more anticipated than ever and will be set at the beautiful Portland Art Museum downtown. It will be a thriving place where literary creators and consumers of all ages can all come together to celebrate a mutual passion. The food trucks, beer, and live music are just an added bonus.
Praising the smell of the printed page | © Janet/Flickr
Praising the smell of the printed page | © Janet/Flickr

Next month, the Portland Art Museum welcomes all literary enthusiasts to Wordstock, a one-day convention for book fiends of the city. This year, the book festival is brought to you by Literary Arts, a non-profit organization founded on community throughout the literature arena. The group has been functioning in Portland, Oregon for over thirty years and is now re-launching Wordstock in its tenth year of standing as the biggest and most exciting literature fête throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Among Wordstock’s multifarious lineup of activities is an unbelievable book fair. Visitors can purchase works to support their respective authors and publishers not only at the festival but also at any Wordstock vendor throughout the state. Oregon vendors include Powell’s Books, Luminare Press, and Gail Strickland/Curiosity Quills Press. But the book fair doesn’t just stop there. Wordstock vendors stretch beyond the Pacific Northwest, with some present in California and even the East Coast.

Tin House Wordstock Bingo: Author Signature, at Wordstock | © Janet/Flickr
Tin House Wordstock Bingo: Author Signature, at Wordstock | © Janet/Flickr

Additionally, those who are actually able to attend the festival at the Portland Art Museum will get to hear from several authors, perhaps meet some of their favorite writers, and participate in workshops. Some Wordstock writers and presenters are Jon Krakauer, Maggie Nelson, David Levithan, Jesse Eisenberg, Brian Doyle, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips, just to name a few. The workshops will cover topics from how to set a scene to how to write humor and will be instructed by writers from throughout the nation, including locals of the Portland area.

According to event manager Amanda Bullock, Wordstock strongly attests to the vibrant literary character of the city of Portland, which has led so many talented writers to gravitate toward the city to partake in the festival for just a single day. It is a mecca for literature lovers to come together and enjoy themselves in such a vast, comfortable community setting, executed beautifully by Literary Arts.

Wordstock will run from 9:00AM-6:00PM on Saturday, November 7th, at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are $15 for those guests 18 and older, $10 for PAM Members, and free for students 17 and under with a valid high school ID. For full information on Wordstock, you can visit the Literary Arts website.

Wordstock, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 226 2811