2012 Wordstock Festival

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Weekend of 50+ literary events features 150+ authors, a poetry slam, writing workshops, and interview with Decemberists frontman

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Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2012. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 10/11/12 for a ticket at venue. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at McMenamins Bagdad Theater and/or Oregon Convention Center. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase.Discount reflects Wordstock's current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event. Valid only for events listed. Must be 18 or older or accompanied by a guardian to attend Festival Opener. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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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.

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