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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

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 (added from Random House)
Aug
12
William T Vollmann (Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30pm)
William T Vollmann (added from Random House)
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)
Nov
14
Megan Amram (Saturday, November 14 at unknown time)
Megan Amram is a writer for the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. Since she graduated from Harvard in 2010, she has amassed nearly 400,000 Twitter followers who enjoy her hilarious brand of off-beat humor. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Vulture, and The Awl, among others. Her viral video “Birth Control on the Bottom” prompted Jezebel to call her a “national treasure.” She lives in Los Angeles. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Nov
14
Megan Amram (Saturday, November 14 at 7:30pm)
Megan Amram is a writer for the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. Since she graduated from Harvard in 2010, she has amassed nearly 400,000 Twitter followers who enjoy her hilarious brand of off-beat humor. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Vulture, and The Awl, among others. Her viral video “Birth Control on the Bottom” prompted Jezebel to call her a “national treasure.” She lives in Los Angeles. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Jan
16
Graeme Simsion (Saturday, January 16, 2016 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)

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