Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Wordstock, Portland's annual festival of the book, begins today. There will be workshops, readings, and author events throughout the week, culminating in a giant Book Fair this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center.

Over 200 national and regional authors will be participating, including Alice Sebold, Chris Bohjalian, David Shannon, Dr. Andrew Weil, Jean Auel, John Irving, Kent Haruf, Norman Mailer, Phil Lesh, Philip Yancey, Russell Banks, Sarah Vowell, Susan Orlean, and Ursula K Le Guin.

Wordstock will be offering free drop-in workshops during the book fair on April 23rd and 24th at the Oregon Convention Center. They will take place in the “Living Room” where local Oregon writers will lead one hour exercises in poetry, publishing, fiction, nonfiction, children’s writing, graphic novels, self-publishing, subsidy publishing, generating ideas and screen writing. New workshops take place every hour 10am to 5pm.

The Wordstock Children’s Festival will take place inside the book fair 9am-4pm, April 23rd-24th at the Oregon Convention Center. There will be nationally known children's authors, local favorites, music, celebrity storytellers and many hands on activities for children of all ages to enjoy.

This will be a week packed full of literary fun for all. If you're anywhere near Portland, check out the Wordstock schedule and join in!

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