NBCC at Wordstock, Portland, Oregon, Sunday, October 10

By David Biespiel

Is reading on the decline? Many think so. Writers, booksellers, librarians, and reviewers all have a stake in the evolving culture of reading. But no one has more to gain or lose than readers. Join the conversation among stakeholders in an NBCC-sponsored panel at the annual Wordstock festival in Portland, Oregon, Sunday, October 10, at 11AM.

Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, and Off Keck Road, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner the Heartland Prize of the Chicago Tribune. Her most recent novel, My Hollywood, was published in August by Knopf. She has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, and, recently, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at UCLA.

Matthew Stadler is the author of four novels: Landscape: Memory, The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee, The Sex Offender, and Allan Stein, as well as Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha, a “cover” of a John Le Carré novel. He is the founder of Clear Cut Press and more recently the Publication Studio. A former editor of The Stranger in Seattle, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Fellowship.

Michael Schaub is managing editor of Bookslut.

David Biespiel is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. He is the founder of The Attic: A Haven for Writers. Among his books are Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, The Book of Men and Women, and Wild Civility. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a  Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and a Lannan Fellowship. His poetry column in The Oregonian is the longest-running newspaper column about poetry in the U.S. His political opinion writing appears regularly in Politico.

Where: Wordstock Literary Festival, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
When: Sunday, October 10, 11am
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