Geek Out With Fellow Book Nerds At Wordstock 2011
Attention Portlandians and traveling bibliophiles! Wordstock 2011 is almost upon us!
What is Wordstock, you ask? Only one of the largest literary festivals in these United States. It's like a brainier version of Woodstock, hopefully with less hippies. I'd better let them explain:
Wordstock is an annual festival of books, writers, and storytelling in Portland, Oregon. To date it has hosted over 1,000 writers, who have read and performed for nearly 80,000 people at past festivals. Wordstock features nine author stages; a book fair with over 125 exhibitors; a special children’s activity area and children’s literature stage; a series of workshops for emerging writers; over a week’s worth of special events hosted by our partner organizations throughout the region, including a special broadcast of Live Wire!, the popular public radio variety show that features writers from the festival; and more.
This years festival takes place October 6th through October 9th. Certain events are already sold out, but tickets for the book fair portion of the festival are still available. A one-day pass is a reasonable $7, while a two-day pass will set you back a sawbuck. This year's list of over 100 attending authors includes Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake, Jennifer Egan, Ursula K. LeGuin, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Michael Ondaatje, and Lidia Yuknavitch. There will also be a screening of slam poetry documentary, To Be Heard, as well as The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg.
If this sounds like your idea of a good time, head on over to http://www.wordstockfestival.com/ to purchase tickets.
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