BIPOC Children’s Book Fair

When: December 23, 2023 | 12PM – 4PM
Where: Portland, Oregon’s Norse Hall Grand Ballroom
Ticket Cost: $5 for all adults and kids 3 and up
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Please Note: All book fair attendees are required to wear masks.

The Carl Brandon Society is proud to launch an inaugural BIPOC Children’s Book Fair in Portland, Oregon! The Fair is open to all kids and families and will include books for readers ages 3 to 17 from genres including adventure, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, contemporary, non-fiction, and more. All of the books on offer are written by BIPOC authors with BIPOC characters.

All children and teens attending the book fair can select a book of their choice to take home free! Plus, they can meet and get their books signed by local, award-winning BIPOC authors.

Book sales will be handled by Sistah Scifi, the first Black owned bookstore focused on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.

Donate to the BIPOC Book Fair

Support local literacy programs and plant the seed for future BIPOC Book Fairs by donating to the Carl Brandon Society. Your donation will go toward purchasing books left over at the end of the fair, which we will then donate to programs such as the Children’s Book Bank, Bookmobile Babe, community centers, schools, and more. All other funds donated will go toward future BIPOC Book Fairs (not only in Portland!).

To send a tax-deductible donation, click the button below and choose BIPOC Book Fair from the dropdown.

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Meet Local Authors

Get your book signed by local authors or join in one of our planned activities!


Doors Open: 12PM

1:00PM – Create a Zine with K. Tempest Bradford
1:45PM – Create a Character with The Parkers
2:30PM – Create Hand Fans with Diana Ma
3:15PM – Learn the Mary Mack with Nisi Shawl

Event Sponsors

The BIPOC Book Fair was initially conceived by K. Tempest Bradford, CBS steering committee president, and is now a reality thanks to a generous private donation from David D. Levine and the sponsorship of The Awesome Foundation, Portland Chapter and The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association.

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