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Celebrate Portland Book Festival with virtual pop-up readings, Raven Leilani talk, Zoom Happy Hour

During the month of November, Literary Arts celebrates authors and Portland’s community of readers through a virtual edition of their annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America.  Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.  

For the past five years, Literary Arts and the Portland Art Museum have partnered together to center the connection between written and visual art through a day of author pop-up readings in the galleries.  Each featured author is paired with an artwork on view that echoes the themes in their writing. These pairings showcase a range of literature, from poetry and short stories, to novels and cookbooks.  Through this live programming, the Museum has been an energetic and rich center for communities to recognize the impact of storytelling through the arts. 

This year, we are thrilled to continue our partnership between Literary Arts, the Portland Art Museum, and the Northwest Film Center in offering a range of virtual programs that support the dialogue between writing and visual art. Viewers can attend virtual pop-up readings in between online workshops and talks as part of the full Festival schedule. You can watch all the pop-ups on-demand at and on the Museum’s Youtube channel.

Additionally, we are very excited to welcome and host author Raven Leilani for a reading and Q&A discussion of her first novel, Luster, at this month’s Art & Conversation. Featured in this year’s Literary Arts Portland Book Festival, Leilani’s book follows Edie, a young artist, as she navigates “the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics.” Join us for Art & Conversation on Tuesday, November 17, at 9 a.m. (PST) on Zoom or Facebook Live for this engaging conversation. You can also catch Leilani as part of the Portland Book Festival on Tuesday, November 17, at Noon (PST).

We invite you to join us in closing out our series of Portland Book Festival partner programs with the Northwest Film Center & Literary Arts Zoom Happy Hour on Friday, November 20, at 4 p.m. (PST)  with award-winning writer Charles Yu (Interior Chinatown; catch him Monday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. PST at and Director of the Northwest Film Center and Curator of Film and New Media at the Portland Art Museum, Amy Dotson for an in-depth discussion on telling stories and sustaining creativity across multiple platforms.  The Northwest Film Center’s weekly Film and New Media Zoom Happy Hour is an online gathering of filmmakers, artists, nonprofits, and key funders who share the goal of creating community and connection with partners who have been working diligently to develop resources and innovation that can help during this unprecedented time. Learn more and view past gatherings.