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Inside Powell's City of Books

Powell's City of Books (Portland)

1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

United States

(800)-878-7323; helppowells.com

Type: Bookstore — new books, used books

Web site: http://www.powells.com/

Events: http://www.powells.com/calendar.html (updated February 2009)

Twitter account: @Powells

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description:
***Please note: This page is open to event postings from third parties not associated with Powell's Books and due to this, may occasionally contain errors. To ensure that you are viewing accurate, up to date information, please visit our events calendar on Powells.com.***

Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.

Each month, the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room) hosts a new art exhibit, as well as dozens of author events featuring acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers such as Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Chabon, Annie Leibovitz, and President Jimmy Carter.

The City's Rare Book Room gathers autographed first editions and other collectible volumes for readers in search of a one-of-a-kind treasure.

And the City's newest addition (October 2010) is Powell's Books Bldg. 2, a relocation of Powell's Technical Books, brings mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering, construction, and transportation sections closer to visitors at the flagship store. Bldg. 2 is located across the street from the City of Books on the corner of NW 10th and Couch.

Every day at our buyers' counter in the Orange Room we purchase thousands of used books from the public. Powell's purchases special collections, libraries, and bookstore inventories as well.

More information on Powell's City of Books.

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Comment wall

As Irene Adler is THE woman, so Powell's is THE bookstore.
December 2014 by the_red_shoes
This place really is the best bookstore in the world. I visited Seattle and rented a car and drove to Portland for a day just so I could go to Powell's. Great experience.
July 2013 by galacticus
Recently returned from an inspiring family trip to Portland. Great city, great bookstore.
November 2010 by StunnedTuna
Powell's events are now automatically added to LibraryThing. See http://www.librarything.com/topic/816...
January 2010 by timspalding
This is simply the best bookstore in the world.
December 2009 by MollyMac
I visited Portland once and fell in love with Powells; the ultimate second hand book buyers fantasy.

It's a bit of a trek from the UK but I would love to go back. More bookshops should be this big and this great.
January 2009 by withwill
I am lucky enough to live in Portland, it only takes 10 minutes to get to this store. It's still not close enough. One of my great fantasies is Powells adding a few stories of condos above the Burnside store. Or you know, annexing another city block and putting the condos there. Of course, this fantasy includes a job at Powells. They could just keep my paycheck, for the rent and all the books I'd be getting. I could probably go on... and on and on and on...

I don't think you can really get it until you've been in a bookstore with more than a million books. It messes with your head.
August 2008 by SinikkaTuuli
The Mecca of books. Someday I will go to Portland and see the sights, but all my life I've only gone to do a specific event and then to go spend a day at Powells.
March 2008 by morfydd

Upcoming events

Apr
1
Carl Hoffman will be promoting Savage Harvest (Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30pm)
Carl Hoffman will be promoting Savage Harvest (added from HarperCollins)
Apr
6
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (Monday, April 6 at 7:30pm)
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (added from HarperCollins)
Apr
7
Lily Brooks-Dalton (Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm)
Lily Brooks-Dalton

Lily Brooks-Dalton was born in southern Vermont. She received her associate's degree at seventeen, then moved to Ireland; after working her way around the world for three and a half years, she returned to the United States and bought her first motorcycle. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon. (added from Random House)
Apr
9
Leigh Ann Henion (Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm)
Leigh Ann Henion

LEIGH ANN HENION has contributed to The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Orion, and Oxford American, among other publications. She is the winner of a Lowell Thomas Award, and her work has been cited in three editions of The Best American Travel Writing. Henion lives in the mountains of North Carolina.LeighAnnHenion.com (added from Random House)… (more)
Apr
18
Hannah Viano (Saturday, April 18 at 00am)
Hannah Viano (S is for Salmon, Arrow to Alaska, B is for Bear) (added from Random House)
Apr
22
Jennifer Jacquet (Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30pm)
Jennifer Jacquet (Is Shame Necessary?)

Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. She works at the intersection of conservation and cooperation, focusing on the human dimensions of large-scale social dilemmas, such as overfishing and climate change. She formerly wrote for the Guilty Planet blog at Scientific American. (added from Random House)… (more)
May
4
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (Monday, May 4 at 7:30pm)
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (added from HarperCollins)
May
12
Leonard Mlodinow (Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30pm)
Leonard Mlodinow (A Briefer History of Time, The Grand Design, Feynman's Rainbow, Subliminal, The Drunkard's Walk, War of the Worldviews, The Upright Thinkers)

Leonard Mlodinow received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and now teaches at the California Institute of Technology. His books include four New York Times bestsellers: Subliminal (winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Science Writing); War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra); The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), and The Drunkard’s Walk (also a New York Times Notable Book), as well as Feynman’s Rainbow and Euclid’s Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. (added from Random House)… (more)
May
16
Craig Johnson (Saturday, May 16 at 4pm)
Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is the author of eight previous novels in the Walt Longmire series. He has a background in law enforcement and education. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. (added from Random House)
May
21
Mark Z. Danielewski (Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm)
Jun
7
Jon Fine (Sunday, June 7 at 00am)
Jon Fine

Jon Fine is the executive editor of Inc. magazine. As a guitarist—in Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero, among others--he’s performed around the world and appeared on MTV. As a writer, Fine’s long-running BusinessWeek column “Media Centric” won both American Society of Business Publication Editors and National Headliner awards, and his work for Food & Wine won a James Beard Award. He has served as an on-air contributor to CNBC, and his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, GQ, and Details. (added from Random House)… (more)
Jun
9
Molly Wizenberg (Tuesday, June 9 at unknown time)
Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit and The Washington Post. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter June. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Jun
9
Molly Wizenberg (Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30pm)
Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit and The Washington Post. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter June. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Jun
16
Smith Henderson will be promoting Fourth of July Creek (Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30pm)
Smith Henderson will be promoting Fourth of July Creek (added from HarperCollins)
Jun
17
Kathryn Ma will be promoting The Year She Left Us (Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30pm)
Kathryn Ma will be promoting The Year She Left Us (added from HarperCollins)
Jun
29
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (Monday, June 29 at 7:30pm)
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (added from HarperCollins)
Jul
17
Anthony Doerr (Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm)
Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won numerous prizes both in the US and overseas, including four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Jul
29
Erika Johansen will be promoting The Queen of the Tearling (Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30pm)
Erika Johansen will be promoting The Queen of the Tearling (added from HarperCollins)
Aug
10
Val Brelinski (Monday, August 10 at 7pm)
Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. She was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and her writing has been published in VQR and The Rumpus. She lives in Woodland, California. (added from Random House)… (more)
Aug
12
William T Vollmann (Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30pm)
William T Vollmann

William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Vollman's writing has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Esquire, Conjunctions, Granta, and many other magazines. He lives in California. (added from Random House)… (more)
Aug
14
Chris Leslie-Hynan will be promoting Ride Around Shining (Friday, August 14 at 7:30pm)
Chris Leslie-Hynan will be promoting Ride Around Shining (added from HarperCollins)
Nov
5
Corky Pollan (Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm)
Corky Pollan is the author of Shopping Manhattan, food blogger, the acclaimed Best Bets editor at New York magazine, and former Style Director of Gourmet magazine. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Nov
5
Corky Pollan (Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm)
Corky Pollan is the author of Shopping Manhattan, food blogger, the acclaimed Best Bets editor at New York magazine, and former Style Director of Gourmet magazine. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Nov
5
Corky Pollan (Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm)
Corky Pollan is the author of Shopping Manhattan, food blogger, the acclaimed Best Bets editor at New York magazine, and former Style Director of Gourmet magazine. (added from Simon & Schuster)

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