Highlights of Portland's annual literary event include presentations by award-winning authors, slam poetry by the champs of the genre and a children's stage with "Sesame Street's" Gordon, Roscoe Orman, and others. Among authors featured: Carl Hiaasen ("Strip Tease," "Nature Girl"), Melissa Fay Greene ("Praying for Sheetrock") and Charles Baxter ("The Feast of Love").
When, where: Nov. 10 and 11 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Cost: $5, 17 and younger free; ticketed evening events and workshops from $20 to $40 per person.
Info: (503) 546-1012, www.wordstockfestival.com.