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An Anniversary Celebration

Powell's was founded in 1971 in a humble downtown storefront on West Burnside. That was 41 years ago; things have changed a bit. Today, Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the world. That seems worth celebrating!

We've organized four months' worth of anniversary festivities through the end of the year, including special promotions, store events, online specials, and much more. Rogue Brewery is even bottling a special beer just for the occasion. And don't miss the giant block party at the main store downtown on Saturday, August 25, which will kick the whole thing off.

We'll be celebrating here on the Powell's Blog, too. Check back often, as some of our favorite authors will be posting their anecdotes and musings about Powell's. You can post your comments or stories, too, on our anniversary page. Thank you so much for your support for over four decades! We couldn't have done it without you.

One Response to "An Anniversary Celebration"

    Dan August 18th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I grew up in Portland and used to LOVE going to/hanging out at Powell's!! I now live in Washington D.C. - I miss you Powell's!! I still buy my books from Powell's and sport my Powell's Bookstore T-Shirts here in DC area. People often stop and say, "Hey, I visited Powell's when I was in Oregon, what a great place!" All true!

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