October 6th, 2010 12:00 am KELLY CLARKE | Special Section Stories

Between The Lines

Wordstock’s universe of writers speak up.


Is it possible to become word drunk? If so, experiencing the hundreds of authors and exhibitors at Portland’s biggest book bash, Wordstock, makes for a downright intoxicating weekend. This year, festival organizer Greg Netzer and crew have wooed a who’s who of thoughtful and interesting authors, including big names like Jonathan Lethem and Joseph O’Neill; plus a special lit edition of Mortified and a whopping 30 panels featuring writers gabbing about everything from war reporting to supernatural fiction. Before the insanity set in this week, we asked a handful of authors for their real take on everything from the books that first made them pick up a pen to their guiltiest of pleasures and the dumbest thing they’ve ever done.

GO: Most Wordstock events take place at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 235-7575. Wordstock book fair 10 am-6 pm Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 9-10. $7 for one day, $10 both days. Kids 13 and under free.Full schedule of events at wordstockfestival.com.

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