This year's sixth annual Wordstock was a blast. There are some Portland events that I do my best to never miss in Portland -- Portland International Film Festival, Portland Fermentation Festival, PDX Adult Soapbox Derby to name a few -- and Wordstock is definitely one.
I heard a lot of grumbling about the grey, rainy weekend this Saturday and Sunday but none of it was from Wordstock folks because we were inside all weekend talking, reading, attending readings, learning about, checking out and buying books. A weekend very well spent.
Highlights for me included tabling with the Hawthorne Books crew, attending two fantastic panels: The Future of Reading and a Karen Karbo and Kim Dower panel on book promotion, seeing old friends from here, here and then some and making new ones.
I was nervous with the stage, lights, microphones but got over it and really enjoyed talking with Charles and Kelly about Portland's awesome and diverse artisan goods culture. I talked a lot about PDX food and drink of course and Charles talked about that and then some. We traded books and I can't wait to read his.
Here are some photos from a full-on Wordstock weekend. Let me know what your experience was if you were there...