I've always had a soft spot for Portland: its people, its weather, its architecture. But it's literally been probably 20 years since I was there last or close to that. A lot has changed I imagine. Things I know about Portland:
- Large chunks of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Marriage Plot is set there.
- Esmeralda Spalding is from there.
- Never seen Portlandia but I love Fred Armisen so will be on the lookout for him at all times!
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is set there I believe.
Also want hear adventure writer Peter Heller talk.
Their highlight this year, though, has to be Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus which has been getting a ton of buzz.
|Doesn't look like much but it's a kind of paradise...|
And, of course, there's Powell's. That place is worth a trip to the west coast alone!
The downside is that going out west means I have to miss the Brattleboro Literary Festival this year, one of last year's highlights for me. What an amazing little Festival: great authors, amazing audiences, cool venues and in this adorable little town where beer is easy to find and people love to talk about writers (there has to be the highest concentration of book stores there compared with just about anywhere I've ever been). I was there last year with Monique Proulx and Kathleen Winter. What a fun weekend!