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

***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.

Added by: Shortride.  Contacted: Yes.  Venue ID: 3811

Venue claimed by PowellsBooks (about) | add an event


Favorites: jeremiahmeeks, Berly, jwk, cvanhasselt, JohnCernes, devinmccutchen, CtrSacredSciences, private, busyboys, lepensuer, ben.digman, greggchadwick, Rozax, bks1953, bongo_x, MiaCulpa, BookWallah, kcshankd, PAFCWoody, gbill, MacLaren370 more, mirva, ReshiBec, drakey, pewterbreath, jphamilton, Library.of.Babel, globulon, heymay, weeta, AnneDC, beccataylor, emmaliminal, sophie65, mykl-s, starfishian, DHill68, matt_liberty, Sandydog1, hohosmurf, Vagabondbookman, desertbookman, private, ittai, larsencp, missrabbitmoon, booksinthebelfrey, eamonmolloy, bookwoman84, erinkmoore, andrews88, encycl, namfos, DemetriosX, AmyKathleen, preater, SuziQoregon, wpwhite, private, ansate, stephiewonder, gflowereliane, pennyshima, banjo123, AddictedToMorphemes, oregonobsessionz, jenredpdx, pw0327, jenniferwilkins, private, Dustin.R, jeff.walloch, singsastarrynight, yosu, private, lucy_snowe, LuluTamiko, jcook818, Jeffrey_Griese, Madison2011, AnahReading, rapotter, EBT1002, MumseyLibrary, ashlylorenzana, chelatna, Bigrider7, cheryldawn, lisapaul, karmabodhi, sarabelle6420, jlt409, jerryegray, charlespuskas, fuzzywhuzee, earneson, RachelPenso, LordSebastianFlyte, sakemiki, charliemarie, vaunderbroad, bebarton, StunnedTuna, GaryCandelaria, kzaftig, Severine685, bsc20, Poquette, private, seagreen, typhoo, Lsaccharina, yeuxvertes, kdcdavis, shelliegail, neskbicmert, roshay23e, Grogotte, LochItes, KatyBee, bhaggy, MagicalRealist, Hiyame, private, williecostello, robroy114, Tilinka, MsGolightly, nittnut, mikescot, carduelinae, Mumugrrl, fugitive, kmrollason, fig2, ProgressiveBookClub, Wendee81, Ephrm_Extratexture, madA63, bookfitz, Tiah, BaoBao, LynSheri, ParaRomance, linedog1848, augustau, sandeep-purao, aehm, TrippB, Eleret, catarina1, anna_in_pdx, private, illustrationfan, arthos, private, copyedit52, private, ca_dmv, MeganGrace, klpm, niteswimming, ezitron, BCMystery, lilianagny, MurMyrrh, scottd, clawson.library, bonniebooks, ironeggs, SinikkaTuuli, mattwilson9090, jfknow, M47inPuppis, ParadigmTree, teresue, jesssh, prettypearls, kat_adams, aganske, goddesspt2, ztutz, raistlinsshadow, BMF1972, JolieLouise, macollins88, tdmmm, vincentvan, bookcrushblog, browner56, Ling.Lass, peacemover, polarnet, SalRuth, Cygnus555, usma83, Ross_Finite, ASBiskey, neonblue, AnarchoHermetica, AnotherAge, Shelen, Kek55, TheBooknerd, RobL, Philll, SamDelBiaggio, ms.hjelliot, phillipsccw, klaidlaw, insektmute, owenre, cuffindell, bluetruedream, TheHangedMan, JFDR, tcw, Katie_H, mainwaring, lakanta, kmaxwell29, smittyvol, alecslaptop100, private, kassetra, PDExperiment626, WaterBooks, LettaAvanell, grady.cameron, craigim, BGP, madtatter, chewie93, private, StringerTowers, amradio, superdubey, sherman.clarke, withwill, xrob, TLCrawford, private, reconditereader, bcstoneb, private, anotherjennifer, undertheteacup, LitPeejster, rjp0i, RosyLibrarian, valoise, ajayvb, morfydd, woolandstars, Ambrosia4, antisyzygy, cabanagirl, mkhobson, like_a_K_of_bricks, eilonwy_anne, hraebn, jstamp26, timelf, BookishRuth, AssyriaQ, classiclarkin, private, BenjaminHahn, private, wordmonster, poetontheone, srauske, MonicaAella, wdavidlewis, MollyMac, darkline, seawerth, landa102, private, rarewren, Enodia, private, private, dragonfairy, EdBramblett, teelgee, suncoursing, JonathanGorman, lyzadanger, LadySavant, rrredhead, kylenapoli, nana_walrus, private, jpschlumbohm, stacester, 2below, ifjuly, private, vsmith, bleuroses, enheduanna, brianeisley, private, alchymyst, connoisseuse, natantus, Cauterize, ptrickel, brookiexlicious, Hoagy27, unamathemba, emu1863, toriokyo, IJTLIB, ghostwire, MtnSk8tr, odeb, PandorasRequiem, papagena, TCBard, branadain, speaker43, nmcampbell, Baharak, private, blancaflor, nmoira, no1likesamartyr, sollocks, Rtrace, brent_williams, mabeline, private, aimee, stevewolfgang, jenreidreads, ponder, echobeach, private, jmillar, librarianlk, petermarieboss, heina, coffeezombie, eudaemonist, bookworm12, dpbrewster, eduscapes, rmharris, perlle, hayduke, rainbowdarling, mcalister, piemouth, tina_connolly, bccall, Doodlebugs, alaskabookworm, JoshEnglish, lnlamb, chanale, Qwofacenosehead, mpultroon, dutts, firepile, Saan, private, jayceebee, caseydurfee, afmarble, waitingtoderail, saraslibrary, okoeth, wintering, ReadingVirgo, Sarahsponda, markell, ranaverde, returning, ahales, hhw, laze, RuTemple, lorax, private, AntiLeah, lesliej, tweedlibrarian, jeffdavis, galacticus

Visited: tripofmice, booksinthebelfrey, jeremiahmeeks, jefbra, jwk, cvanhasselt, JohnCernes, omargosh, devinmccutchen, CtrSacredSciences, busyboys, ben.digman, bks1953, bongo_x, mirva, KatyBee, Nodosaurus, oregonobsessionz, drakey, digitalmaven, globulon44 more, weeta, beccataylor, private, sophie65, starfishian, gbill, PhaedraB, galacticus, RosyLibrarian, Sandydog1, AddictedToMorphemes, rapotter, Vagabondbookman, pennylane451, private, Kek55, ittai, banjo123, evforija, Sarahsponda, lquilter, eamonmolloy, varwenea, bookwoman84, TLCrawford, eereed, erinkmoore, reconditereader, andrews88, madsglen, auntieknickers, anna_in_pdx, unabridgedchick, private, DemetriosX, kennc, AmyKathleen, MiaCulpa, BookWallah, SuziQoregon, klpm, mattwilson9090, mpultroon, waitingtoderail


cshalizi (763), eromsted (259), enheduanna (191), andersonden (139), Z-Ryan (104), mpultroon (73), jveezer (49), flossqueen (42), alaskabookworm (42), cincodenada (42), gwyneira (38), chanale (31), sollocks (21), JBD1 (20), DorsVenabili (20), kiesa (17), pussreboots (15), AntiLeah (13), inge87 (13), jgcordes (13), ParadigmTree (12), Spoonbridge (12), Rtrace (11), misericordia (10), harrygbutler (9), BenjaminHahn (9), SuziQoregon (9), Geoffr (9), westendgirl (8), Nodosaurus (7), nicole_a_davis (7), iubookgirl (7), lakanta (7), Windering (7), ccooney (6), AuntieClio (6), felius (6), Essa (5), lottpoet (5), jyatesarch (5), crazy4reading (5), JordanS (5), bookwoman84 (5), greggchadwick (5), galacticus (4), janoorani24 (4), TLCrawford (4), aesmael (4), kylenapoli (4), revbean (3), starfishian (3), cthulhuslibrarian (3), DDay (3), tripofmice (3), folini (3), globulon (3), gogglemouse2 (3), rywang (2), Mark.Stout (2), dajashby (2), tomryan (2), phebj (2), stixnstones004 (2), DiegoIbarra (2), tigermel (2), lyzard (2), AnotherAge (2), kristine333 (2), rosalita (2), Carly_Barnett (2), elenchus (1), Criminies (1), BooksCatsEtc (1), JHFrazier (1), bethanysea (1), playful (1), kiparsky (1), MrsLee (1), ebethe (1), glanecia (1), norabelle414 (1), mshapiro (1), fairyrevel (1), tallson (1), ursula (1), CayenneEllis (1), SunandaDevi (1), Cougarwitch (1), monarchi (1), icki (1), AaronMaples (1), ablachly (1), pw0327 (1), lemontwist (1), PhoenixFalls (1), private (842)

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

Untitled event (Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30pm)
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)
John Summers, Thomas Frank & Rick Perlstein (Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30pm)
There's never been a better time to be outside the consensus — and if you don't believe it, then peer into the genre-defining essays in No Future for You: Salvos from 'The Baffler' (MIT). The Baffler founding editor Thomas Frank and editor-in-chief John Summers will be joined by contributor and political historian Rick Perlstein to unleash a fresh round of political invective. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) (Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30pm)
From Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) comes The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances (Andrews McMeel) — a hilarious collection of comics and stories about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Katha Pollitt (Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm)
In Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (Picador), Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman's reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. Pollitt takes on the "personhood" argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman's life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for social good. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Karen Karbo (Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm)
Wrenched stateside by a family emergency after 16 years in Africa, filmmaker Mouse FitzHenry is instantly beleaguered by a past she'd leapt continents to escape. Karen Karbo's novel, The Diamond Lane (Hawthorne), explores the phony glitz of Hollywood and the fairy tale lure of love and marriage. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, October 25 at 11am)
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Bob Odenkirk (Saturday, October 25 at 12:30pm)
Bob Odenkirk's A Load of Hooey (McSweeney's) is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues to intentionally bad theater to free-verse poetry that's funnier and more powerful than the work of Calvin Trillin, Jewel, and Robert Louis Stevenson combined. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Chris Guillebeau (Sunday, October 26 at 00am)
Chris Guillebeau (added from Random House)
Chris Guillebeau (Sunday, October 26 at 7:30pm)
In his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit (Harmony), compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, challenges each of us to take control — to make our lives "be about" something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Cory Doctorow (Monday, October 27 at 7:30pm)
Cory Doctorow's Information Doesn't Want to Be Free (McSweeney's) takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Doctorow, Little Brother author and Boing Boing editor, offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and what might be coming next. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Molly Gloss (Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30pm)
From Molly Gloss, the bestselling author of The Hearts of Horses and The Jump-Off Creek, comes Falling from Horses (Houghton Mifflin), an absorbing, elegantly rendered new novel about a young cowboy who escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider in the movies. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
William Gibson (Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30pm)
William Gibson's first novel since 2010's bestselling Zero History, The Peripheral (Putnam) is described by fellow author Cory Doctorow as, "A piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer and all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country." http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
The Vegetarian Flavor Bible (Thursday, October 30 at 7:30pm)
From Karen Page, two-time James Beard Award–winning author, comes an essential guide to culinary creativity, The Vegetarian Flavor Bible (Little, Brown). Page's new book is the ideal reference for the way millions of people cook and eat today — vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
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)
Corky Pollan (Wednesday, 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)
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)
Carli Davidson will be promoting Shake (Sunday, November 23 at 7:30pm)
Carli Davidson will be promoting Shake (added from HarperCollins)
Chas Smith will be promoting Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell (Monday, December 1 at unknown time)
Chas Smith will be promoting Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell (added from HarperCollins)
Gary Vaynerchuk will be promoting Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (Monday, December 8 at 7:30pm)
Gary Vaynerchuk will be promoting Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (added from HarperCollins)
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)

Local Book Search

Bookseller stock is available through LibraryThing's groundbreaking new Local Book Search.

Find venues
address or postal code
small | full page
Vicinity of Powell's City of Books (Portland)
BookstoreLibraryFair/FestivalLittle LibrariesMultiple

Member images (6)

Get Readar

The venues and events in LibraryThing can also be found in the handy iPhone Application Readar.

» Get Readar

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,771,985 books! | Top bar: Always visible