Portland Book Festival
The Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock), returns to the Portland Art Museum and the SW Park Blocks on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Literary Arts’ annual celebration of books, the Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock), presented by Bank of America, will return to the Portland Art Museum and the SW Park Blocks on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Find the 2018 author lineup here, featuring over 100 authors, including Mac Barnett, H. W. Brands, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Tom Hanks, Lauren Groff, Abbi Jacobson, Rachel Kushner, Ada Limón, Terese Marie Mailhot, Marissa Meyer, Eileen Myles, Tommy Orange, Gregory Pardlo, Peter Sagal, Hampton Sides, Luis Alberto Urrea, and many more.
Adult advance passes are $15 (day-of passes increase to $20) and include a $5 voucher to spend at the extensive book fair, and youth 17 and under or with high school ID attend FREE. Festival passes include all-day admission to the Portland Art Museum.
*NEW for 2018: pre-order a book when you purchase your festival pass for GUARANTEED ENTRY into two separate headliner events, featuring Tom Hanks and Abbi Jacobson. Pre-orders will close on October 26, 2018, so don’t wait!
UPDATE (Oct. 19th): The Tom Hanks event at the Portland Book Festival is now AT CAPACITY. Guaranteed seating (first come, first served) was available with a pre-ordered a copy of Uncommon Type with a festival pass purchase. If you didn’t purchase a Hanks seat in time, there are many other events and activities to enjoy at the Portland Book Festival. Copies of Uncommon Type will also be for sale at the Powell’s booth at the Festival’s book fair (note: there is no public signing).
NOTE: Copies of both titles will be available for sale at the Festival, however day-of book purchases will NOT guarantee entry to these two events. As with all Festival events, seating will be first-come, first-served until capacity is reached.
*NEW for 2018: Advance wristband pickup will be available at the Portland Art Museum on November 8 and 9, 2018. More information to come.
Attendees must present their paper or e-pass, including free youth passes, at the Festival box office, on SW Park Avenue in front of the Portland Art Museum, the day of the Festival in order to pick up an official wristband. Wristbands are REQUIRED for entry into all events and the festival book fair. If you do not have a wristband, you will be sent to the box office before you are granted entry into any of the Festival venues. Plan to arrive at least an hour before the first event you would like to attend in order to visit the box office and pick up your wristband.
The Portland Book Festival offers something for readers (and future readers) of all ages! The Portland Art Museum will feature pop-up readings and performances in the museum galleries throughout the festival day. Additionally, the Festival offers 13 writing workshops, including two free classes for youth (advance registration required). Paid workshops include festival admission (no separate pass required). Sign up early for writing workshops through the Literary Arts website: classes are expected to sell out!
For exclusive, VIP access to the Festival, click here to learn more about Friend of the Festival passes. Only 40 total VIP passes will be sold.
The full schedule of events will be available in early October. Sign up for the Literary Arts newsletter to be the first to hear updates about the festival.More information and updates at Literary Arts.
Adult Festival Pass + PAM General Admission (includes $5 book voucher) – $15
- with copy of Uncommon Type and guaranteed seating at Tom Hanks event (AT CAPACITY) – $31 total
- with copy of I Might Regret This and guaranteed seating at Abbi Jacobson event – $43 total
- (NO LONGER AVAILABLE, Hanks event AT CAPACITY) with copy of I Might Regret This + copy of Uncommon Type and guaranteed seating for both Abbi Jacobson and Tom Hanks events – $59 total
Festival Pass 17 and Under or High School ID – *FREE
- with copy of Uncommon Type and guaranteed seating at Tom Hanks event (AT CAPACITY) – $16 total
- with copy of I Might Regret This and guaranteed seating at Abbi Jacobson event – $28 total
- (NO LONGER AVAILABLE, Hanks event AT CAPACITY) with copy of I Might Regret This + copy of Uncommon Type and guaranteed seating for both Abbi Jacobson and Tom Hanks events – $44 total
Senior and College rates do not apply.
*does not include book voucher