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Patton Oswalt Visits the City of Books and Says….

Last Saturday we were fortunate enough to have Patton Oswalt visit our flagship store on Burnside. Oswalt is the author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, an inventive account of the evolution of his wildly insightful worldview, sure to indulge his legion of fans and lure many new admirers to his very entertaining wasteland.

A highly entertaining comedian and talented actor, we were thrilled to welcome him to the store, and, as you might imagine, hilarity ensued, exacerbated by large, fake hams.

And now, we'd like to introduce some hilarity of our own — Caption Contest! We can't promise fabulous prizes or international acclaim such as the sort that Mr. Patton likely enjoys, but we can promise that your caption will be published!! Right here on the Powells.com blog. So there will at least be local acclaim.

Patton Oswalt is a funny guy, at least that's what they tell us. And there is some documented proof of that floating around out there. The photos below are from his visit to our store, and we're betting he was being funny there, too. Sadly, there


The City of Books Welcomes Suzanne Collins!

By now, many of you have feverishly read your way through the Hunger Games series several times, and, like us, may be languishing in a state of apathetic misery. The final book is out and finished, the release party, while awesome, is fading into distant memory.

But wait! What's this? In case you hadn't heard, Powell's City of Books on Burnside is proud to announce that Suzanne Collins will be appearing this Sunday, November 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m.!

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*Super Important Event Details*

  • This event will begin at 12 noon on November 7, and will run for an hour and a half.
  • Costumes not required, but definitely encouraged!
  • No tickets required. Customers will form a line and books will be stamped on a first come, first served basis. So get there early!
  • This is a book stamping event only. Suzanne Collins will not be reading, or speaking.
  • Due to a hand injury, Ms. Collins will not be signing books, but will stamp them with a special commemorative stamp created especially for her 2010 Mockingjay tour.
  • A staff member will be available to take pictures of


Michele Norris Giveaway

[Update, 9.22.10: We're pleased to announce the winner, selected by our staff: Julie Lueker from Portland! We hope she and her husband will enjoy their free tickets to Michele Norris's reading while sitting next to each (but not in their respective vehicles). Thanks to everyone who entered!]

Michele Norris, the host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered and author of the new memoir The Grace of Silence, is reading at the Bagdad Theater in Portland on October 5th. Tickets are $24.95, which includes admission and a copy of her book.

But don't worry — we've got a pair of tickets to give away!

In the wake of talk of a "post-racial America" upon the ascendance of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Michele Norris...set out, through original reporting, to write a book about "the hidden conversation on race" that is going on in this country. But along the way she unearthed painful family secrets — from her father’s shooting by the Birmingham police within weeks of his discharge from service in World


“Mockingjay” Midnight Release Event

It's been a long, hot summer of re-reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and wrestling with anticipation... and now, at last, the moment has come...

On Monday evening, August 23rd, come celebrate the release of Mockingjay, the third and final chapter in Suzanne Collins's phenomenal #1 New York Times-bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

A festive line will wrap its way around the store, starting at 9:00 p.m. at Powell's City of Books on Burnside and include a costume contest, trivia battle, and giveaways. Copies of Mockingjay will go on sale at midnight.

On Tuesday morning, expect your friends, lovers, and co-workers to be bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, yet jittery from the thrill of finishing the trilogy. Don't be left out!

The Pioneer Woman Event at Powell’s

On April 19th, we had the great pleasure of introducing Ree Drummond to an overwhelming crowd of about 600 fans at Cedar Hills Crossing!

Hours before the event, a line for tickets was wrapped halfway around the store. Ree talked a bit about the surprising and phenomenal success of her blog, briefly answered questions, then signed, signed, signed copies of her new book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. She was tremendously gracious, sweet, and accommodating with each and every doting admirer. I honestly think almost every single person who attended stayed to meet her and get a signed copy and pose with her for a picture. Five and a half hours later the line drew to a close and the last fan left.

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 Ticketmaster.com 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!

Crush It!

[Editor's Note: Don't miss Gary Vaynerchuk's reading at Powell's City of Books on Monday, October 19, at 7:30pm.]

In Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion, online-marketing trailblazer Gary Vaynerchuk tells business owners what they need to do to boost their sales using the Internet — just as he has done to build his family's wine store into a multi-million dollar business.

Click here to order signed editions of Crush It!

Watch Vaynerchuk's video blog post below:

Powell’s City of Books Drives the Food!

If you're heading downtown to our flagship Burnside store, why not grab a can of those beets you're never actually going to eat and donate it to the food drive?

Between now and January 5th, Powell's Books on Burnside is working with the Oregon Food Bank to collect canned and non-perishable boxed items for those in need. (But please, nothing that's homemade or opened!)

Since we are now OFFICIALLY in a recession that started last December, the number of those in need is growing all the time.

You'll find drop-off barrels in the Orange and Green rooms. Here's a store map to guide you — and if you get confused, just find a smiling face at an Info desk to help.

And don't try pawning off Aunt Mathilda's 300-pound fruitcake on us! If it's not in an unopened can or box, please don't donate it.

Report from Wordstock

[Editor's Note: The Wordstock Festival overtook the city of Portland from November 6th through the 9th. Check out a photo slide show here.]

With nearly 200 authors on-hand, the fourth installment of Wordstock, Portland's annual literary festival, was quite the success. A book lover's playground, Wordstock featured over 150 exhibitors, including independent bookshops, local publishers, and small presses. The only problem faced by festival-goers was how best to apportion their time between the ten author stages, numerous workshops, and many panel discussions.

This year's overall attendance exceeded last year's, and some of the weekend's biggest draws were for authors John Hodgman (More Information Than You Require), Alison Bechdel (Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for), and Lynda Barry (What It Is).

Bibliophiles from around the Portland area descended on the convention center ...

The Jon Scieszka Event At Powell’s Books

With thanks to a small handful of employees and $6.28 worth of generic masking tape, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, had over 500 children's bottoms on the floor to see best selling children's author Jon Scieszka.

The author told tales from his childhood out of his new book Knucklehead; humorous anecdotes about flatulence, charging neighbor kids 10 cents apiece to see his little brother eat cigarette butts, and doing what he and his five brothers called "sword fighting" whilst peeing (or urinating, as his nurse mother corrected them).

All in all, good, clean fun! The kids had a swell time, left with some prizes, and best of all, got to come to Powell's for an hour instead of being at school!

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