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The 2012 Puddly Awards Sweepstakes

It's time for the 2012 Puddly Awards! These yearly ceremonies are our version of the Oscars — though we do without the red carpet and designer vestments. Instead, one fiction and one nonfiction title earn the right to display their very own pair of golden wellies.

As the award's cachet has been steadily rising for over a decade, it's a decision not arrived at lightly. Thousands of discerning readers spend the month of January casting their votes by posting a comment on the best book they read in 2011 — which will, undoubtedly, influence generations of readers to come! After the voting phase, we here at sequester ourselves in a closed room, arduously working through the complicated tabulations until we arrive at the aforementioned duo of winning titles.

But, you, too, may be a winner! (You do have great taste, after all!) By casting a ballot, you will be entered for a chance to win a $250 Powell's Card or one of four $50 cards!

So, go ahead, let your voice be heard — tell us about the best book you read in 2011! And stay


50K on Facebook!

Facebook fans!

Holy smokes, we've got over 50,000 fans on Facebook! To celebrate, we're giving away five $50 Powell's gift cards!

We're so flattered and grateful for the community of book lovers that's sprung up there. Stop by if you're looking for a place to swap recommendations with like-minded bibliophiles, chat with the authors who swing by on occasion, or... win a $50 Powell's card! We can't wait to meet the next 50,000 of you. (We would be so lucky!)

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:

“Once upon a Time…” Contest Featuring Camille Rose Garcia

Update: The deadline has passed! The "Once Upon a Time..." contest is officially closed. Any further entries will not be considered.

We are in awe of your fanciful musings and don't think that anyone will envy us the task of having to pick only 6 winners! But, here we go....


Who has not thrilled to hear those four magical words, "Once upon a time...."? Since childhood, they've elicited whimsy, wonder, and anticipation in the hearts of many.

What do they elicit in you? Dreams of a fantasy world under the sea or on the moon? Dragons and ogres or princesses and flying ponies? Here's your chance to share your fairy tale! Before noon next Monday, March 15, simply post a comment that finishes the phrase "Once upon a time..." in 50 words or less. After fighting over our favorites, we'll pick one grand-prize winner and five runners-up to be recipients of fabulous prizes. (Mad Hatter voice, if you please.)

Fabulous prizes? you ask. Indeed, thanks to our friends at HarperCollins and to the lovely and talented Camille Rose Garcia, this month's featured artist in ...

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:

Our 15th Birthday Bash

We don't know about you, but we're wiped out. Fifteen-day parties aren't for the faint of heart, but your stamina and enthusiasm was truly something to behold! You've done this before. We can tell.

So, who won the $1,500 prize, you're wondering? A hearty congratulations goes to Ivy from Gresham, Oregon! Next time you see Ivy, give her a spirited high five. And if you're one of her loved ones, expect a pretty awesome literary gift this holiday season. (Just a hunch.)

Congrats also to our daily prize winners!birthday hat!

  • October 15: $50 credit went to a reader from Maine
  • October 16: Six months of free shipping was awarded to Carla from Toronto (our only international winner)
  • October 17: Six picks from Daily Dose went to Liz of Ames, Iowa
  • October 19: $50 credit went to Heather from Coralville, Iowa (Two Iowans! Who knew we were so popular in the heartland?)
  • October 20: Indiespensable, Volumes 11 and 12, went to Tom from Raleigh, North Carolina
  • October 21: A Powell's Souvenir bundle was given to Matt from our hometown, Portland, Oregon
  • October 22: Tracy Kidder and James Ellroy signed first editions went to Carolyn from Ashland, Oregon
  • October 23:


The Dan Brown Winners — Revealed!

We may never know the secret to Dan Brown's phenomenal success... but we do know the five readers who won signed editions of his latest blockbuster, The Lost Symbol!

Linda from Portland, OR

Teresa from Portland, OR

Carrie from Newman, CA

Judy from Naples, FL

Monica from Austin, TX

Congratulations to all, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest. We hope you enjoy the books!

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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The Six-Word Memoir Winners

Hey, remember that Six-Word Memoir Contest we had a ways back?

It took us a while to comb through a whopping 2,356 entries, winnow those down to a handful of finalists, then get the final word back from the esteemed panel of judges from HarperCollins.

Finally, we have our winners:

Laughed all the way... bank's closed.

Turned lemons into lemonade. Added vodka.

After cancer, I became a semi-colon.
(Anthony Cardno)

I gave her the wrong flowers.
(Todd Austin Hunt)

Wanted love. Got lust. I'm screwed.

These six-word memoirs will appear in the next edition of the series, due this fall from HarperCollins.

Congratulations to our fantastic winners! And thanks to everyone who entered — there were so many good ones, it was a daunting task to pick only a few.

The Calvin Trillin Contest Winners Are…

It wasn't easy. But somehow we managed to select five exquisite works of poetry that stood out amongst the fierce competition.

Morgan VanFleet from Portland, who submitted #7, won points for suggesting that a door might be hitting a certain someone in the ass on his way out, and Daniel Robinson from Boring, OR, impressed us with extraordinary poetry prowess — expertly rhyming "cattle" with "battle" in entry #8. Bravo, Daniel. Bravo.

Marsha Ableman from Beaverton, OR, caught our attention in #20 with a direct plea for the tickets, which is straightforward. We like that, Marsha. Lucie Thomas quickly confirmed our suspicions that she was worthy when she told us in her email that she'd be trekking all the way from Rio Rico, AZ, to see Trillin. (She also used the word "alarm-a" in her entry, which we found utterly charming.) And Geoff Richman of Portland managed to drop the name of every musical performer associated with the Inauguration in his entry, #25. Touché, Geoff.

Well done, all! As you can see, there are quite a few talented rhyme-smiths ...

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