The thing about Portland is there always seems to be some bookish happening that’s going on. And, I love it for that. This past week or so was particularly jampacked with things to do- and they were all free.
First, to celebrate Multnomah County Library’s upcoming centennial of Central Library, their current exhibition showcases “the history of Central Library in images and objects, including architect A.E. Doyle’s blueprints, the now-vanished library stacks, a register listing new cardholders, and photographs representing decades of library staff fashion errors!”
The Portland Art Museum offers free admission every fourth Friday evening of the month and it was a great time to check out “Artist & Book” featuring artists’ books. “Blending art with illustration, text, typography, and bookbinding,” there were definitely some books that really blew me away with how every aspect of the piece was carefully thought out to best represent the idea.
This past Saturday, I strolled through the 5th Annual Northwest Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square. While not as big or popular or well-known as Wordstock, the premier literary event in Portland (the Northwest?), I wish them the best in continue to bring local authors and to the public.
How does your city stack up on literary events?