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Scores of authors, readers celebrate written word Nov. 9 at Portland Art Museum and other downtown venues

COURTESY PHOTO - Renee Watson takes part in the Portland Book Festival.More than 100 authors will be in attendance for the Portland Book Festival, Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Portland Art Museum and other venues downtown.

Formerly known as Wordstock, the all-ages event put on by Literary Arts will fill nine stages with activities.

Several local authors are involved, including Rene Denfeld, Phillip Margolin and Amy Stewart, who will participate in a panel called "Scene of the Crime," 10:15 a.m. at Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W.Broadway.

Portland's Renee Watson also will take part in Portland Book Festival events: "How to Raise a Reader: A Lifelong Love of Books," 11:15 a.m., Shemanski Park, 1010 S.W. Park Ave.; pop-up event, 1 p.m., Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.; "High Stakes: Rebellion & Resistance," 2:30 p.m., The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.; "Facing the Past: Middle Grade Novels," 5:10 p.m., Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave.

DENFELDAmong the other authors expected to attend are:

Laurie Halse Anderson, Kristen Arnett, Jericho Brown, Jennifer Dugan, Carson Ellis, Gale Galligan, Malcolm Gladwell, Faith Erin Hicks, Jennifer L. Holm, Mitchell S. Jackson, Saeed Jones, Chuck Klosterman, Karl Marlantes, Elizabeth McCracken, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Daniel José Older, Molly Knox Ostertag, Morgan Parker, Paisley Rekdal, Ambassador Susan Rice, Rainbow Rowell, Karen Russell, Raina Telgemeier and G. Willow Wilson.

Lit Crawl will be held the night before at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Literary Arts, 925 S.W. Washington St., featuring poet/author Dorothea Lasky ("Animal").

MARGOLINFilms are part of the festival, too. The Northwest Film Center plays host to "Film to Page," in which authors select films that have influenced them through the years.

The lineup at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.:

• "Drop Dead Gorgeous," with author Kristen Arnett, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

• "Rushmore," with author Morgan Parker and author-screenwriter Jon Raymond, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

Tickets are $8-$10. For more:

"Live Wire With Luke Burbank," the stage-radio variety show, is planning an associated event at noon Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets: $20 advance,

Guests are Saaed Jones ("How We Fight For Our Lives"), Kristen Arnett ("Mostly Dead Things"), Casey Cep ("Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee") and musical group Ages & Ages.

Main events last one hour. Something new at this year's Portland Book Festival: There'll be an outdoor stage at Shemanski Park for half-hour events. There's also a panel dedicated to romance novels.

The New York Times has partnered with the festival for some programming for three years.

Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of festival.

For more information, see a previous story in the Tribune at

And, for more from Literary Arts, see

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