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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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Members

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Comment wall

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

Dec
20
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, December 20 at 11am)
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
27
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, December 27 at 11am)
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Mimi and Bear in the Snow by Janee Trasler. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Jan
16
Graeme Simsion (Friday, January 16, 2015 at unknown time)
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Feb
3
Brian Payton will be promoting The Wind Is Not a River (Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Brian Payton will be promoting The Wind Is Not a River (added from HarperCollins)
Feb
4
Armistead Maupin will be promoting The Days of Anna Madrigal (Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Armistead Maupin will be promoting The Days of Anna Madrigal (added from HarperCollins)
Feb
9
Helene Wecker will be promoting The Golem and the Jinni (Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Helene Wecker will be promoting The Golem and the Jinni (added from HarperCollins)
Feb
18
Kelly Link (Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 00am)
Kelly Link (The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Get in trouble, Magic for Beginners)

Kelly Link is the author of the collections Get in trouble, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts. (added from Random House)… (more)
Mar
11
Rene Denfeld will be promoting The Enchanted (Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Rene Denfeld will be promoting The Enchanted (added from HarperCollins)
Mar
16
Peter Stark will be promoting Astoria (Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Peter Stark will be promoting Astoria (added from HarperCollins)
Mar
18
Jane Hirshfield (Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Jane Hirshfield (The Ink Dark Moon, Come, thief, Ten Windows, The Beauty)

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, two books of essays, and four books collecting and co-translating the work of poets from the past. A current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield has received many prizes and awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Book Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, and finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The New Republic, Harper's, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Slate, McSweeney's, and seven editions of The Best American Poetry. She has been featured in two Bill Moyers PBS television specials and her work appears frequently on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac and other public radio programs. (added from Random House)… (more)
Apr
1
Carl Hoffman will be promoting Savage Harvest (Wednesday, April 1, 2015 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, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (added from HarperCollins)
Apr
22
Jennifer Jacquet (Wednesday, April 22, 2015 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. (added from Random House)
May
4
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (added from HarperCollins)
Jun
9
Molly Wizenberg (Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (added from HarperCollins)
Jul
17
Anthony Doerr (Friday, July 17, 2015 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, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Erika Johansen will be promoting The Queen of the Tearling (added from HarperCollins)
Aug
14
Chris Leslie-Hynan will be promoting Ride Around Shining (Friday, August 14, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Chris Leslie-Hynan will be promoting Ride Around Shining (added from HarperCollins)
Nov
5
Corky Pollan (Thursday, November 5, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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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