Most people know better than to judge a book by its cover, but that hasn’t stopped publishers from plastering shirtless vampires all over underselling copies of the Farmers' Almanac. Stock up on eye-catching titles with this GrouponLive deal. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two adult weekend passes to the 2012 Wordstock Festival Book Fair at the Oregon Convention Center (a $20 value). The tickets grant holders admission to the fair on October 13–14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is free for children 13 and younger.
- For $20, you get two adult weekend passes to the book fair, plus two general-admission tickets to the Wordstock Fest Opener: Poets Slam Wordstock at the Bagdad Theater on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m. (up to a $41.90 value, including fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Wordstock’s 100+ literary exhibitors and more than 100 participating authors shine a spotlight on contemporary American fiction and raise funds to benefit public-school writing programs. The book fair kicks off on October 11 with Wordstock Fest Opener: Poets Slam Wordstock, a six-round poetry slam. A crew of local wordsmiths, accompanied by veteran spoken-word poets Anis Mojgani and Eirean Bradley, competes for audience applause while spouting original rhymes inspired by given topics, not including "things that rhyme with orange."
The weekend’s more than 50 literary scheduled events include a Q & A with Brendan Hay (Saturday, 1 p.m.), a graphic novelist and writer for The Simpsons, and an interview with Colin Meloy, the lead singer of folk-rock band the Decemberists (Sunday, 5 p.m.). Sidescroll through aisles to encounter such text-wielding exhibitors as the New York Times and the literary journal McSweeney’s or head to a workshop on essential story structure (Sunday, 3 p.m.) to deconstruct fiction-making basics, hone sharper stories, and construct more elaborate, satirical tweets.
Wordstock’s proceeds benefit programs established to further literary education in school settings, including a Wordstock for Kids program that outfits Portland Public Schools with creative-writing instruction and authorly tweed jackets.