Jeffrey A. Stvan

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

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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

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

Book Event: "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" Ben Montgomery (Friday, April 25 at unknown time)
Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk, will be signing copies of his book at Powell's in Portland, Oregon on April 25.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the venue's website. (added from Independent Publishers Group)
Doug Fine (Sunday, April 27 at 7:30pm)
Doug Fine, Too High to Fail

author event. (added from Penguin)
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (Monday, April 28 at 7:30pm)
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (added from HarperCollins)
Dee Williams (Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm)
Dee Williams, The Big Tiny

author event. bookstore. (added from Penguin)
Julene Bair (Monday, May 12 at unknown time)
Julene Bair, The Ogallala Road

author event. (added from Penguin)
Washi Tape (Sunday, May 18 at 2pm)
If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi paper is stronger than wood-pulp paper, making it perfect for use in projects like origami and scrapbooking. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, this low tack tape is a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better. Courtney Cerruti's Washi Tape (Quarry) offers 101 amazing ideas that will make this craft tape your new favorite thing. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Peter Heller (Monday, May 19 at 7:30pm)
Peter Heller (The dog stars, The Painter, Hell or High Water)

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The dog stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado. (added from Random House)… (more)
Steven Galloway (Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30pm)
From Steven Galloway, the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, comes an exciting new novel that weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with the surprising story of an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician's. Historically rich and ingeniously told, The Confabulist (Riverhead) is a tale about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can — for better or for worse — alter what we perceive and believe. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice (Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30pm)
In Our School (Teachers College Press), education activist Sam Chaltain documents a year in the life of two schools in the nation's capital — one a new charter school just opening its doors, the other a neighborhood school that first opened in 1924. Chaltain weaves together the observations and emotions of the people whose lives intersect there, and the triumphs and the challenges they experience. The result is an unsettling, complex portrayal of American public education. This event is sponsored by the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA). Chaltain will be joined in conversation by Kali Ladd and Zalika Gardner of KairosPDX. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
David Howitt (Thursday, May 22 at 7:30pm)
Through his own story and those of other entrepreneurial heroes, David Howitt, founder and CEO of Meriwether Group, shares the principles behind his and others' success in 11 real-world lessons. Heed Your Call (Beyond Words) is for the person who has come to a place in life where toiling away at work in pursuit of the American dream just isn't worth the punishment anymore — a book about following your path, creating a life of abundance and joy, and doing your part to repair the world. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, May 24 at 11am)
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Joshua Ferris (Sunday, May 25 at 7:30pm)
Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Little, Brown) is a deeply moving and constantly surprising new novel from National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
The Wax Bullet War: Chronicles of a Soldier and Artist (Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm)
On September 12, 2001, a year and a half after finishing his military service, Sean Davis strolled into the Oregon National Guard's recruiting office and reenlisted. After dropping out of art school and working a dead-end government job, September 11th gave him a new sense of purpose and direction. The Wax Bullet War (Ooligan) is his detailed personal account of the Iraq War — cutting through politics and party lines to explore the ugliness of war and the restorative beauty of art. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler & Martha Holmberg (Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30pm)
Written by renowned Clyde Common bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Modern Sauces author Martha Holmberg, The Bar Book (Chronicle) is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. For the home cocktail enthusiast, this indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques and then applies them to building the best drinks. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
The Handmade Marketplace (Thursday, May 29 at 7:30pm)
Since its original publication in 2010, Kari Chapin's The Handmade Marketplace (Storey) has inspired thousands of crafters. Now, Chapin's bestselling guide has been revised and updated to include the latest online and social media opportunities, as well as fresh advice and tips from successful crafters and artists — so you can live a creative life and enjoy a lucrative career at the same time. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob (Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm)
From the beginning, Bob Dylan attracted an intensely fanatical cult following. In The Dylanologists (Simon & Schuster), Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney ventures deep into this eccentric subculture to answer the question: What can Dylan's grip on his most enthusiastic listeners tell us about his towering place in American culture? This event is sponsored by Music Millennium. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, May 31 at 11am)
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Geoff Dyer (Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30pm)
Geoff Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, The Ongoing Moment, Zona, Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It, Sons and Lovers, The Missing of the Somme, Another Great Day at Sea)

Geoff Dyer's most recent work, Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush was published by Pantheon Books in May 2014. His previous books include But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award); The Missing of the Somme; Out of Sheer Rage; The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for writing on photography); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; and Zona. His many awards include the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and, most recently, a National Book Critics Circle Award for the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and his books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Dyer currently lives in Venice, California. (added from Random House)… (more)
Molly Wizenberg (Monday, 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)
Smith Henderson will be promoting Fourth of July Creek (Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30pm)
Smith Henderson will be promoting Fourth of July Creek (added from HarperCollins)
Kathryn Ma will be promoting The Year She Left Us (Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30pm)
Kathryn Ma will be promoting The Year She Left Us (added from HarperCollins)
Jordan Ellenberg (Tuesday, June 17 at unknown time)
Jordan Ellenberg, How Not to Be Wrong


www.powells.com (added from Penguin)
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (Monday, June 23 at 7:30pm)
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (added from HarperCollins)
Novella Carpenter (Monday, June 30 at 7:30pm)
Novella Carpenter, Gone Feral


www.powells.com (added from Penguin)

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