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

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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

Rick Perlstein (Sunday, September 7 at 7:30pm)
Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications; Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. His essays and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate, among others. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Chicago. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
John Moe (Monday, September 8 at 00am)
John Moe (Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth)

John Moe is the host of American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio show “Wits.” He is also the author of “Pop Song Correspondences,” a column on McSweeneys.net. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. (added from Random House)
Charles Burns (Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm)
Charles Burns (added from Random House)
Laila Lalami (Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm)
Laila Lalami (added from Random House)
Gail Simone (Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm)
When the caped heroes of the world's safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town — if only it were that easy. A group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil. Written by Gail Simone — known for her work on DC's Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Red SonjaLeaving Megalopolis (Dark Horse Comics) reunites the team from DC's classic Secret Six. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, September 20 at 11am)
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Sean Wilsey (Sunday, September 21 at 7:30pm)
In More Curious (McSweeney's), Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All, travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post-9/11 New York City. Wherever he is, Wilsey captures his surroundings with the precision of a photographer and the raw grace of a skateboarder (he's an amateur practitioner of both arts). The essays in More Curious comprise nearly 15 years of Wilsey's most vital work on the glory and the misery, the beauty and absurdity of contemporary America. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Sarah Waters in Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch (Monday, September 22 at 7:30pm)
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, life is about to be transformed as an impoverished widow, Mrs. Wray, and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard, a young couple of the "clerk class," the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances's life. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction. A triumph of psychological acuity, historical recreation, and emotional force, The Paying Guests (Riverhead) is Waters's finest work yet. Waters will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Untitled event (Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30pm)
Fermented Vegetables (Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30pm)
Even beginners can make their own fermented foods! Kirsten and Christopher Shockey's guide, Fermented Vegetables (Storey), includes in-depth instruction for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles and then offers more than 120 recipes, using the same basic methods, for fermenting 64 different vegetables and herbs. You'll discover how easy it is to make dozens of exciting dishes, including pickled Brussels sprouts, curried golden beets, carrot kraut, and pickled green coriander. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Tony Earley (Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm)
Two decades after his debut collection, Here We Are in Paradise, heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, the rueful, bittersweet, and riotous stories of Mr. Tall (Little, Brown) reestablish him as a mythmaker and tale spinner of the first rank. His stories introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but also to the skunk ape (a Southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
David Bezmozgis (Friday, September 26 at 7:30pm)
David Bezmozgis's The Betrayers (Little, Brown) gives us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior. An aging man grasping for a final passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and biblical in scope. With prose that is elegant, sly, and devastating in its awareness of the human heart, The Betrayers is a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato (Saturday, September 27 at 11:30am)
Today, author and illustrator Mike Curato joins us to read from his book Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt) and offer a drawing demonstration. Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises... and sometimes they come in the smallest of packages. Curato will visit both our City of Books and Cedar Hills Crossing locations. Join us! http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska (Saturday, September 27 at 4pm)
First published in 1973, Sam Keith's One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey was based on the journals and photography of his dear friend, Dick Proenneke. In 2003, portions of the book were used in Alone in the Wilderness, a documentary which aired on public television stations. In 2013, Keith's daughter, Laurel Lies, discovered amidst her father's possessions a manuscript, originally written in 1974. First Wilderness (Alaska Northwest Books) includes Keith's journals, letters, and notebooks, woven into the manuscript to create a compelling, poignant memoir that offers descriptions of pre-statehood Alaska and its wildlife. Lies will be joined in conversation by editor Tricia Brown. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Hand-Stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton and Other Wools (Sunday, September 28 at 4pm)
Working in partnership with Pendleton Mills, Susan Beal presents a collection of modern heirloom projects to sew and enjoy for generations. From the sweet, simple primer on techniques (working with wool fabrics, hand-stitching, machine sewing, and quilting) to each individual project's detailed instructions (with tips on cutting, pressing, top-stitching, hand-tying, and more), Beal's passion for sewing shines through in Hand-Stitched Home (Taunton Press). http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Brian Hart in Conversation with Amanda Coplin (Sunday, September 28 at 7:30pm)
Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast at the turn of the 20th century, Brian Hart's The Bully of Order (Harper) is a meditation on progress, love, and identity. In this spellbinding novel of fate and redemption — told with a muscular lyricism and filled with a cast of characters Shakespearean in scope — the lives of an ill-fated family are at the mercy of violent social and historical forces that tear them apart. Hart will be joined in conversation by Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Lauren Oliver (Monday, September 29 at 7:30pm)
Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, makes her brilliant adult debut with Rooms (Ecco), a mesmerizing tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways. Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Goodhouse (Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30pm)
Meet Peyton Marshall as she reads from her debut novel Goodhouse. (added from Macmillan)
Kim Piper Werker, Kate Bingaman-Burt (Sunday, October 5 at 7:30pm)
Kim Piper Werker
Kate Bingaman-Burt (Make It Mighty Ugly) (added from Random House)
The Copernicus Complex (Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30pm)
Meet astrophysicist Caleb Scharf as he reads from his new book The Copernicus Complex. (added from Macmillan)
Matthew Thomas (Thursday, October 16 at 7:30pm)
Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey. We Are Not Ourselves is his first novel. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Chris Guillebeau (Sunday, October 26 at 00am)
Chris Guillebeau (added from Random House)
Allie Brosh (Sunday, November 2 at 4pm)
Allie Brosh has enjoyed writing ever since her mom tricked her into writing a story to distract her from her immediate goal of wrapping the cat in duct-tape. She started her award-winning blog in 2009. Brosh lives in Bend, Oregon, with her fiancé Duncan, her two dogs, and six pet rats. Visit HyperboleAndAHalf.blogspot.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Simon Winchester will be promoting The Men Who United the States (Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30pm)
Simon Winchester will be promoting The Men Who United the States (added from HarperCollins)
Megan Amram (Friday, 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)

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