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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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Cataloged

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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
1
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)
Dec
1
Andrew Durkin (Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm)
Andrew Durkin (Decomposition)

Andrew Durkin is a composer and writer who has a PhD in English from the University of Southern California, where his mentor was Joseph Dane, author of What Is a Book? He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication at USC, where he worked with digital media pioneer Bob Stein. He lives in Portland, Oregon. (added from Random House)… (more)
Dec
3
Portland on the Take (Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm)
In Portland on the Take (History Press), J. D. Chandler and J. B. Fisher bring Portland's days of civic corruption and hidden murders out of the shadows. With unprecedented access to police investigative files, Chandler and Fisher shed new light on Portland's turbulent mid-20th century past. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
4
First Thursday: Geoffrey Hiller (Thursday, December 4 at 6:30pm)
Myanmar in Southeast Asia is one of the least known, most mysterious places in the world. Photographer Geoffrey Hiller has been documenting the people of Burma since 1987, and the images in his book, Daybreak in Myanmar(Verve Photo), are of a place once frozen in time. Hiller's photography will be on display in our Basil Hallward Gallery throughout December. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Dec
5
Brian Yaeger & Jon Abernathy (Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm)
Brian Yaeger's Oregon Breweries (Stackpole) is a comprehensive guide covering all aspects of beer and brewing in Oregon. Jon Abernathy's Bend Beer (History Press) traces Bend and Central Oregon's hoppy history from early settlement to the present day. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
6
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, December 6 at 11am)
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Edie's Ensembles by Ashley Spires. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
7
Texts from Jane Eyre (Sunday, December 7 at 7:30pm)
Mallory Ortberg, co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents Texts from Jane Eyre (Henry Holt), a whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters — a witty, irreverent mashup based on the popular Web feature. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
8
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)
Dec
9
WITS Student Anthology Reading (Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30pm)
Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Literary Arts, publishes an annual anthology of exemplary work produced by high school students in semester-long residencies taught by local professional writers. Join us for a celebratory reading of Language Made of Trees, showcasing poetry, prose, drama, and comics written by Portland's high school students in 2013-2014. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Dec
10
Garth Stein (Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30pm)
Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, presents A Sudden Light (Simon & Schuster), his spellbinding and atmospheric new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents' marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
11
Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist (Thursday, December 11 at 7:30pm)
Move over, Mother Goose. Welcome to Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist (Running Press), featuring 20 classic nursery rhymes with a decidedly grown-up twist — from Tim Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
12
Robbie Rogers (Friday, December 12 at 7:30pm)
In Coming Out to Play (Penguin), Robbie Rogers takes readers on his incredible journey from terrified teenager to trailblazing out-and-proud professional soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
13
Kids' Storytime (Saturday, December 13 at 11am)
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
Dec
15
Richard McGuire (Monday, December 15 at 00am)
Richard McGuire (Here)

Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Le Monde, and Libération. He has written and directed for two omnibus feature films: Loulou et Autre Loups (Loulou and Other Wolves, 2003) and Peur(s) du Noir (Fears of the Dark, 2007). He has also designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and he is the founder and bass player of the no-wave band Liquid Liquid. The six-page comicHere, which appeared in 1989 in Raw magazine, volume 2, number 1, was immediately recognized as a transformative work that would expand the possibilities of the comic medium. Its influence continues to be felt twenty-five years after its publication. (added from Random House)… (more)
Dec
15
Richard McGuire in Conversation with Karen Russell (Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm)
Richard McGuire's Here (Pantheon) is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. Here, the long-awaited fulfillment of a pioneering comic vision from one of the genre's great innovators, experiments with formal properties of comics, using multiple panels to convey the different moments in time. McGuire will be joined in conversation by Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)… (more)
Dec
16
Let's Talk Books: Our Favorites of the Season (Tuesday, December 16 at 7:30pm)
Every year we handpick our favorite books for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide. Join us for a special presentation by our new book buying team where they will discuss some of the hottest and most compelling books of the season. http://www.powells.com/events?utm_source=google&utm_medium=calendar&utm_... (added from Powell's)
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)

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