Early this month, before the world flipped irrevocably, we had Wordstock, Portland’s annual book festival. It’s a one-day extravaganza of readings, book fair, workshops, the whole shebang. We went out with digital recorder and optimism; these posts feature lots of ambient noise. Our dispatches come in three parts.
The night before Wordstock, there’s Lit Crawl, a large batch of readings hosted in bars around downtown. We made it to three Lit Crawl events: the launch of Opossum, A Literary Marsupial; a City of Weird reading, and a combo reading featuring University of Hell Press and Anvil Press writers. We didn’t get the chance to talk to anyone from Opossum, but the venue was packed, the readers were great and a couple even sang a little. We really wanted one of their tote bags. At City of Weird, we talked to the collection’s editor Gigi Little, and contributor and recent mayoral candidate Sean Davis. We capped the night with readings and a chat with Eve Connell, managing editor of University of Hell Press.