Samiya Bashir

The Out of Town Reading Series brings authors to Oregon for all-ages, public events at Literary Arts, a community-based nonprofit literary center in downtown Portland. Each event pairs visiting authors with local artists for an engaging community experience that connects literary readings with a variety of performing arts.

The Battle of the Books, Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event is a bracket-style competition pitting debut books against each other until one is deemed worthy of the Late Night Library Championship Belt! Featured books are read by published authors and book industry professionals who didn’t write the books themselves. The Battle is held annually as a Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event. The 2013 Battle was held at Brooklyn Fireproof with author Adam Wilson (Flatscreen) serving as host.