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Get Your Anthony Bourdain Tickets!

On Monday, June 21, Powell's is proud to present Anthony Bourdain at the Bagdad Theater for two appearances — 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

His new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, is the long-awaited follow-up to Kitchen Confidential. Containing the confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the more controversial figures in food, Medium Raw tracks Bourdain's own unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to celebrity chef and globe-traveling professional eater and drinker.

Starting Tuesday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m., use the promo code CLEAVER at to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public on April 25.

Ticket price ($27) includes admission and a copy of Medium Raw. Books will be distributed at the event. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

Save 30% on 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer  Prize

It's Pulitzer Prize time, and we've been on the edge of our collective seat waiting to hear which of the many great books out there would rise to the top and win this prestigious award. Thankfully, the wait is over — and for a limited time, all five prize winners are 30% off!

And get a load of this: Tinkers, this year's fiction winner, was featured in volume eight of Powell's Indiespensable subscription club. Do we know how to pick 'em, or what? Okay, we'll stop tooting our own horn (for now). Here, without further ado, are the 2010 winners:

Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)

Check out our awards page for more prize-winners!

Once Upon a Time…a Winner was Chosen!

A while back, we asked readers to share their fairy tales by posting a comment that finished the phrase, "Once upon a time..."

In exchange, we'd choose one winner to receive a gorgeous signed and numbered lithograph from beloved artist Camille Rose Garcia (whose most recent book is the bestseller Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) — and five runners-up who would receive a tote bag with Garcia's Alice design on the front.

The response was greater than we could have imagined — 149 fairy tales to choose from!

Thanks to everyone who entered for taking us on a magical journey. Alas, only one entry can win, and here it is:

Matt Love’s Gimme Refuge

Our On Oregon blogger, Matt Love, has just published his newest book, Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker :

Frustrated with life, teaching, and the inability to become a writer, Matt Love escaped Portland in 1997 at 33 years of age and moved to the Oregon Coast. A year later he became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. During his decade (1998–2008) as caretaker, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian who established Nestucca Spit Press and eventually won the 2009 Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award from Oregon Literary Arts.

Gimme Refuge is his passionate, 177-page account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian. The book also includes 17 original illustrations by Cindy Popp.

We're thrilled about the book, which you can order here. The following excerpt (with photos) is from 1998, when Matt visits the refuge for the first time.

Lost: Now What?!

Sorry, everyone. Unfortunately, it's been almost a month since J. Wood's last post, and his promised follow-ups have yet to arrive. We've emailed him twice, with no word. (We just hope his health is still good.)

In the meantime, we felt it would be a crime to just ignore the amazing little community that has cropped up around the Lost posts .

Frankly, for most of us on this end, the comments are just as insightful as the posts themselves!

So, we wanted to give our Lost fans a chance to interact with each other on our blog — to share their thoughts and interpretations of each episode in this final season.

And we'll leave a light on, just in case J. manages to join us.

If you missed this week's episode, you're not too late — watch it online right here!

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Special Offer Inside)


First, let's set the mood. Dim the lights and click play for the proper soundtrack:

Thaaaaaaaaat's better.

We've got a huge selection of books for everyone, no matter where you fall on the matter of Valentine's Day. Here's just a sampler:

The 2010 Puddly Winners

2010 Puddly AwardsPowell's customers, you've truly outdone yourselves. We asked for the best book you read last decade and were humbled by your overwhelming response. And, may we say, what good taste you have! (Ahem. Check out the number one pick from our employees.)

To celebrate, we're discounting the top 10 customer and employee picks — save 30% on new copies through the end of February.

So, without further ado, the winners of the Golden Galoshes are:

Powell’s Winter Mystery Sale

Winter Mystery Sale

Nothing like a little murder, intrigue, and noir to heat up those dark, chilly nights! Visit our Winter Mystery Sale section and check out these great titles:

We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties…

Update: Both stores are now open. Get to 'em!!

Due to a power outage in downtown Portland today, the Powell's Burnside store and the Technical Store are closed. We'll keep you updated if they open later today.

Here's a KGW story about the fire that caused the outage.

In addition, some of our company email has been affected, which is why our guest blogger, Robyn Okrant, will be delayed. But we'll get her post up as soon as we are able.

Facebook Fan Page Winner!

Congratulations to Fran Sepler, who has won our Fan Appreciation Book Bundle Giveaway!

(Click here to read the note.)

Fran wrote:

Powell's found the book my third grade teacher had read to the class, I'd been looking for it for years.
Powell's found my lost five year old between two rows of erotica, I'd been looking for her frantically.
Powell's found the perfect first edition to give to that little girl when she graduated college.
Powell's found me a book on cancer that gave me comfort when the nights were long and I was scared.
Powell's found a loyal customer and member of its family when I wandered in there on a visit to Portland years and years ago.

For her pains and love, we're sending her:

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

Portland Noir by Kevin Sampsell (Ed.)

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