The series begins on October 5 with author Jane Smiley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres. Random House will publish Early Warning, the second novel in Smiley's trilogy about an Iowa family, this April. Anthony Doerr, whose novel All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015 and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, will appear on November 19. Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Paris to the Moon, will join us on January 21. Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine, best known for her collection of poetry Citizen: An American Lyric, which received the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, will speak on February 25. The season concludes on April 28 with Pakistani-born writer Mohsin Hamid, whose writing has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and the PEN/Hemingway Award (Moth Smoke).
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Founded in 1984, Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary organization located in downtown Portland. This year we're celebrating 30 years of serving Oregon's readers and writers. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country's largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon's writers and independent publishers; Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland's public high schools; and Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival, which builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more. We also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.