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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 27, 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

Mar
8
Michelle Tea (Sunday, March 8 at 00am)
Michelle Tea (Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir)

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda-award winning Valencia and the illustrated Rent Girl, which is currently being developed for television. Rose of No Man’s Land is her first novel. (added from Random House)
Mar
9
Liz Carlisle (Monday, March 9 at 7:30pm)
Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley. Carlisle is also a country music singer-songwriter who has opened shows for Travis Tritt, LeAnn Rimes, and Sugarland. She currently lives in Berkeley, California. (added from Random House)
Mar
11
Rene Denfeld will be promoting The Enchanted (Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30pm)
Rene Denfeld will be promoting The Enchanted (added from HarperCollins)
Mar
12
Mark Adams (Thursday, March 12 at 7:30pm)
Mark Adams

MARK ADAMS is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009, and the New York Times bestseller Turn Right at Machu Picchu. He writes for many national magazines, including GQ, Men's Journal, and New York. He lives near New York City with his family. (added from Random House)
Mar
16
Peter Stark will be promoting Astoria (Monday, March 16 at 7:30pm)
Peter Stark will be promoting Astoria (added from HarperCollins)
Mar
18
Jane Hirshfield (Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30pm)
Jane Hirshfield (The Ink Dark Moon, Come, thief, Ten Windows, The Beauty)

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, two books of essays, and four books collecting and co-translating the work of poets from the past. A current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield has received many prizes and awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Book Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, and finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The New Republic, Harper's, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Slate, McSweeney's, and seven editions of The Best American Poetry. She has been featured in two Bill Moyers PBS television specials and her work appears frequently on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac and other public radio programs. (added from Random House)… (more)
Mar
26
Jacob Rubin (Thursday, March 26 at 00am)
Jacob Rubin

JACOB RUBIN’s writing has appeared in the anthology Best New American Voices, The New Yorker online, New York magazine, Slate, n+1, and The New Republic. Times Square, a screenplay he co-wrote, was recently acquired by Focus Features. He lives in New York. (added from Random House)
Apr
1
Carl Hoffman will be promoting Savage Harvest (Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30pm)
Carl Hoffman will be promoting Savage Harvest (added from HarperCollins)
Apr
6
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (Monday, April 6 at 7:30pm)
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (added from HarperCollins)
Apr
7
Lily Brooks-Dalton (Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm)
Lily Brooks-Dalton

Lily Brooks-Dalton was born in southern Vermont. She received her associate's degree at seventeen, then moved to Ireland; after working her way around the world for three and a half years, she returned to the United States and bought her first motorcycle. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon. (added from Random House)
Apr
9
Leigh Ann Henion (Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm)
Leigh Ann Henion

LEIGH ANN HENION has contributed to The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Orion, and Oxford American, among other publications. She is the winner of a Lowell Thomas Award, and her work has been cited in three editions of The Best American Travel Writing. Henion lives in the mountains of North Carolina.LeighAnnHenion.com (added from Random House)… (more)
Apr
22
Jennifer Jacquet (Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30pm)
Jennifer Jacquet (Is Shame Necessary?)

Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. She works at the intersection of conservation and cooperation, focusing on the human dimensions of large-scale social dilemmas, such as overfishing and climate change. She formerly wrote for the Guilty Planet blog at Scientific American. (added from Random House)… (more)
May
4
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (Monday, May 4 at 7:30pm)
Charles R. Cross will be promoting Here We Are Now (added from HarperCollins)
May
16
Craig Johnson (Saturday, May 16 at 4pm)
Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is the author of eight previous novels in the Walt Longmire series. He has a background in law enforcement and education. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. (added from Random House)
Jun
7
Jon Fine (Sunday, June 7 at 00am)
Jon Fine

Jon Fine is the executive editor of Inc. magazine. As a guitarist—in Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero, among others--he’s performed around the world and appeared on MTV. As a writer, Fine’s long-running BusinessWeek column “Media Centric” won both American Society of Business Publication Editors and National Headliner awards, and his work for Food & Wine won a James Beard Award. He has served as an on-air contributor to CNBC, and his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, GQ, and Details. (added from Random House)… (more)
Jun
9
Molly Wizenberg (Tuesday, June 9 at unknown time)
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)
Jun
9
Molly Wizenberg (Tuesday, 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)
Jun
16
Smith Henderson will be promoting Fourth of July Creek (Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30pm)
Smith Henderson will be promoting Fourth of July Creek (added from HarperCollins)
Jun
17
Kathryn Ma will be promoting The Year She Left Us (Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30pm)
Kathryn Ma will be promoting The Year She Left Us (added from HarperCollins)
Jun
24
Jun
29
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (Monday, June 29 at 7:30pm)
Adam Wilson will be promoting What's Important Is Feeling (added from HarperCollins)
Jul
17
Anthony Doerr (Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm)
Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won numerous prizes both in the US and overseas, including four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
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
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)

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