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Portland’s Book Festival

Wordstock to connect authors to readers of all ages

11/1/2016, 4:44 p.m.
There will be events for kids and adults, including 15 writing workshops for aspiring and established writers, food carts and ...
Colson Whitehead and Yaa Gyasi

On Saturday, Nov. 5, readers of all ages will come face to face with hundreds of authors and book vendors as Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival is held at six venues surrounding the Portland Art Museum, downtown.

There will be events for kids and adults, including 15 writing workshops for aspiring and established writers, food carts and live music. Two free workshops for young writers are planned.

The lineup of authors scheduled to attend is diverse. African-American authors of national acclaim will headline some of the events, writers like Colson Whitehead of New York who wrote “The Underground Railroad,” and Ghana-born and Alabama raised author Yaa Gyasi who wrote “Homegoing,” a portrait of the slave trade.

Wordstock is sponsored by Literary Arts, a community-based nonprofit literary organization. Advance tickets are $15 and admission is free for those 17 and younger. A full lineup is available at literary-arts.org.