- Used Books
- Kobo eReading
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Into the Aisles
Read the City
Win Free Books!
Honoring Our Rivers: A Student Anthology Reading
Sunday the 19th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Each year, students and teachers throughout the watersheds of Oregon and beyond submit poems, essays, or artwork to be featured in the annual collection Honoring Our Rivers. In celebration of the 13th year of publication, students from across the state will be honored and have the opportunity to present their work alongside professional authors and artists.
The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Sunday the 19th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
An exposé of the psychiatric profession's bible from psychotherapist Gary Greenberg, The Book of Woe (Blue Rider Press) reveals the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented — and why increasing numbers of therapy patients are being declared mentally ill. Will Hall, director of Portland Hearing Voices and host of KBOO's Madness Radio, will join Greenberg in conversation. This event is sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.
An Armchair Traveller's History of Istanbul
Monday the 20th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
The great crossroads, Istanbul has absorbed several millennia of different influences. Richard Tillinghast's An Armchair Traveller's History of Istanbul (Haus Pub.) offers a rich history of the city standing at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching
Monday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Walking the Way (Wisdom Pub.) affirms that the flowing spontaneity of Tao and the precise simplicity of Zen find perfect balance with one another. Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum brings the two traditions together in a presentation that elicits Zen insights from his interpretation of the Tao Te Ching.
Tuesday the 21st, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi's The Human Division (Tor) tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race. The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them and alien races threaten.
The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA
Tuesday the 21st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Growing up, Scott Johnson always suspected that his father was different. Only as a teenager did he discover the truth: his father was a spy, one of the CIA's most trusted officers. The Wolf and the Watchman (W. W. Norton) is a provocative, meditative account of truth and duplicity, of manipulation and loyalty. It is also a moving, intensely personal portrait of a bond between father and son.
Wednesday the 22nd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Chris Santella is back with two new fly-fishing books. Why I Fly Fish (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) is based on 25 interviews with fly-fishing professionals and celebrity hobbyists alike. The Hatch Is On! (Lyons Press) is a celebration of fly fishing's most treasured insect emergences.
Wednesday the 22nd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. In My Beloved Brontosaurus (Scientific American), dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.
Thursday the 23rd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In The Barbed Crown (Harper), the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage by William Dietrich, Gage returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, he plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnapping of his son.
Thursday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Julia Sweeney, former cast member of Saturday Night Live and popular performer, takes readers into the depths of her family in If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother (Simon & Schuster), a hilarious, poignant, and at times powerful memoir about parenting and motherhood.
Thursday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
A glorious debut novel about two young Mormons on a mission in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship. Elders (Hogarth) is a novel of unsparing beauty, written with humor, pathos, and deeply affecting lyricism, that announces Ryan McIlvain as a writer of enormous talent.
Raymond Feist CANCELLED
Friday the 24th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
CANCELLED" BORDER=0> A breathtaking tale of elves and men, Magician's End (Harper Voyager) brilliantly captures the essence of life and the eternal struggle for survival. Raymond Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned career with the final chapter of the Chaoswar Saga.
We're sorry to report that this event has been cancelled.
Friday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Laurie Notaro spares nothing and no one, least of all herself, in The Potty Mouth at the Table (Gallery Books), her uproarious new collection of essays on rudeness. With sardonic, self-deprecating wit, Notaro explores her recent misadventures and explains why it's not her who is nuts — it's them (and okay, sometimes it's her too).
Saturday the 25th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading The Dark by Lemony Snicket.
Kat Von D
Saturday the 25th, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Renowned tattoo artist, author of New York Times bestsellers High Voltage Tattoos and The Tattoo Chronicles, and star of the reality TV show LA Ink, Kat Von D raises the bar with her most intimate work yet: Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love, and Tattooing (Harper Design). Kat has always been a risk-taker in her day-to-day life, her creative work, and love. In Go Big or Go Home, she writes candidly about her greatest desires, fears, successes, and failures, and shares how she has dealt with them. In seven thematic essays, Kat addresses issues close to her heart — such as individuality, independence, and altruism — and draws upon her own experiences and those of her many clients. Filled with Kat's sketches, handwriting, drawings of tattoos, and process photos, as well as specially commissioned photographs of the finished large-scale tattoos by celebrity and fashion photographer Patrick Hoelck, Go Big or Go Home covers a wide range of her astounding work on regular citizens, as well as the many celebrities who seek out her artistry.
Ivy Manning & Andrea Slonecker
Saturday the 25th, 2:00PM Pastaworks
Ivy Manning's Crackers and Dips (Chronicle) is a DIY guide to making homemade crackers, with 52 formulas for crisp snacks and the luscious dips to eat them with. Andrea Slonecker's Pretzel Making at Home (Chronicle) offers a new twist on an old favorite — pretzels warm from the oven — in her collection of 50 recipes that imagines every way to shape, fill, and top them.
Monday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Why Does the World Exist? (Liveright), Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: Why is there something rather than nothing? Tracing our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe, Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.
Sherri Brooks Vinton
Tuesday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
A preserving guide and cookbook all in one, Sherri Brooks Vinton's Put 'Em Up! Fruit (Storey) is a creative collection of 80 inventive recipes for preserving 18 kinds of fruit and 80 recipes for using your preserves in main dishes, desserts, and cocktails. Putting up the harvest has never been so delicious!
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 29th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Burr by Gore Vidal. Join us!
Wednesday the 29th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with Red Azalea, a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, The Cooked Seed (Bloomsbury) — an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.
Wednesday the 29th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
More than a story about baseball, Larry Colton's Southern League (Grand Central) is a true account of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots... and now, the city was going to have its very first integrated sports team.
Thursday the 30th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Barbara Damrosch's The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook (Workman) is a complete four-season cookbook with 120 recipes, as well as a step-by-step garden guide that works no matter how big or small your plot, with easy-to-follow instructions and plans for different gardens. Eating doesn't get any more local than your own backyard.
Thursday the 30th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, returns with Sorry Please Thank You (Vintage), a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories — filled with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition.
Friday the 31st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
What is nature worth? The answer to this question — which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms — is revolutionizing the way we do business. In Nature's Fortune (Basic Books), Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, argues that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being but also the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make. This event is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
Saturday the 1st, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Sunday the 2nd, 2:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage returns with American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics (Dutton), weighing in on such diverse issues as health care, gun control, and marriage equality with his characteristic straight talk and humor. This event is sponsored by the Q Center.
Poets Elizabeth McLagan, Jennifer Boyden & Nance Van Winckel
Sunday the 2nd, 4:00PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Three Pacific Northwest poets present their newest collections: Elizabeth McLagan with In the White Room (Wordtech Communications), Jennifer Boyden with The Declarable Future (University of Wisconsin Press), and Nance Van Winckel with Pacific Walkers (University of Washington Press).
Sunday the 2nd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Featured in the book Born to Run, coach and performance guru Eric Orton has spent a lifetime learning and thinking about running and the limitless possibilities of the human body and mind. In The Cool Impossible (New American Library), Orton shares his knowledge in an inspiring step-by-step guide that will open up a new world of achievement for runners of all levels of ability and experience.
Monday the 3rd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven't found the pack they can call home. Tarnished (Tor), the second book in Rhiannon Held's wonderful urban fantasy series, plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us.
Monday the 3rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In his heroic, hilarious debut novel, American Spirit (New Harvest), Dan Kennedy, a mainstay of the storytelling phenomenon The Moth, gives us an everyman who takes us to the dark valleys and neon-lit edges of contemporary American life.
Monday the 3rd, 7:30PM Newmark Theater
And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead), Khaled Hosseini's new novel, is a story about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives around the globe, the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each new page. Hosseini will be joined in conversation by Maria Wulff, president of the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
Monday the 3rd, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
The Walker family is good at keeping secrets. Max Walker is the perfect son, a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. Abigail Tarttelin's Golden Boy (Atria) is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.
Fierce Reads: Young Adult Fiction Tour
Tuesday the 4th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for the Fierce Reads tour, featuring new works by four authors of young adult fiction: Anna Banks with Of Triton (Feiwel & Friends); Leigh Bardugo with Siege and Storm (Henry Holt); Jessica Brody with Unremembered (Farrar Straus Giroux); and Emmy Laybourne with Monument 14 (Square Fish) and its sequel, Monument 14: Sky on Fire (Feiwel & Friends).
Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory
Tuesday the 4th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Breaking Chains (Oregon State University Press), R. Gregory Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon's pre-Civil War courts. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, shedding light on a somber part of the state's history. This event is sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society.
Wednesday the 5th, 3:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Wednesday the 5th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Ru Freeman's On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf) is a tender, evocative novel about the years leading up to the Sri Lankan civil war. A beloved sister and her overprotective siblings, and a rejected son and his twin sisters, contrast sharply with the petty prejudices of the adults charged with their care.
Poets James Arthur, Natalie Diaz & Tomás Q. Morin
Wednesday the 5th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Three poets present their collections of poems: James Arthur with Charms against Lightning (Copper Canyon); Natalie Diaz with her debut, When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon); and Tomás Q. Morin with his award-winning debut, A Larger Country (American Poetry Review).
First Thursday: Sabrina Ward Harrison
Thursday the 6th, 6:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Sabrina Ward Harrison's writing and multimedia art explore questions of love, faith, growing pains, peer groups, and identity. Uniquely conceived, her art encourages viewers to draw, paint, collage, and journal as a way to express their own originality. She is the author of several books on creativity.
In Search of Fatherhood
Thursday the 6th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
At 52, Kevin Renner realized that he wasn't the father he'd hoped to be. In Search of Fatherhood (Publish Your Words) is the result of a year spent interviewing women from around the world to understand how men unknowingly set their daughters' lives on trajectories that soar, sink, or drift.
Thursday the 6th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
For the first 23 years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then it took her 15 years to resolve to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg (Bloomsbury) is a funny, warmhearted, 21st-century tale of making a family, illustrated with hundreds of her witty cartoons.
Karen Joy Fowler
Friday the 7th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
From Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club, comes We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Marian Wood), the story of an American family, middle class in middle America and ordinary in every way but one — their close family member was a chimpanzee.
Friday the 7th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Alafair Burke's suspenseful new novel, If You Were Here (Harper), journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks. What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search.
Saturday the 8th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Squish #5: Game On!
Saturday the 8th, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In Squish #5: Game On! (Random House), the newest entry in Matt Holm's hilarious graphic novel series, Squish can't get enough of his awesome new video game Mitosis. In fact, he may even be obsessed, playing at home, at school... even in his sleep! Are video games taking over Squish's life?
Saturday the 8th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
A masterful twist on the classic serial killer tale, Lauren Beukes's The Shining Girls (Mulholland) is the story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace — until one of his victims survives.
Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America
Sunday the 9th, 4:00PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle) is an extraordinary look at the most beautiful and serene gardens of the United States and Canada. Featuring an intimate look at 26 gardens, David Cobb's stunning photographs detail their style, history, and special functions.
Deborah J. Ross
Sunday the 9th, 4:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
The Children of Kings (Daw) is Deborah J. Ross's new fantasy adventure set in the Darkover world. In The Seven-Petaled Shield (Daw), the first volume of a new fantasy trilogy, a newly widowed young queen, guardian of the magical Seven-Petaled Shield, is forced to flee from a conquering emperor.
Sunday the 9th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Part Texas epic, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, Philipp Meyer's The Son (Ecco) maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim.
Monday the 10th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
The inspiration for A&E's Longmire finds himself in the crosshairs in A Serpent's Tooth (Viking), the ninth book in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother, but clues are scarce. Longmire and his crew embark on a high-plains hunt in hopes of reuniting them.
Monday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
It's the summer of 1995, and in the heat of the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is trying to find redemption in rock 'n' roll. Rob Yardumian's debut novel, The Sound of Songs across the Water (MP Publishing), tells the story of bittersweet inspiration and the pain of bringing art to life.
Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly
Monday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Susan Schorn's Smile at Strangers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a rollicking memoir about the rewards of risk and the surprising facts of safety and self-defense — where enlightenment is as much about embracing absurdity and landing a punch as finding that perfect method of meditation.
Jon Mooallem & Black Prairie
Tuesday the 11th, 12:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
With propulsive curiosity and searing wit, and without the easy moralizing and nature worship of environmental journalism's older guard, Jon Mooallem's Wild Ones (Penguin Press) merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into, a broken world. Black Prairie (featuring members of the Decemberists) will be on-hand to perform songs from Wild Ones, a soundtrack album created to accompany Mooallem's book.
Science Fiction Book Group
Tuesday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Tuesday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In Jeffery Deaver's The Kill Room (Grand Central), a U.S. citizen in the Bahamas is shot by a sniper, and the investigation reveals that the victim was assassinated by the U.S. government. Lincoln Rhyme, the nation's most renowned investigator and forensics expert, is drafted to investigate.
Tuesday the 11th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In 1959, a scientist scrutinizing a single human cell under a microscope detected a missing piece of DNA. Jessica Wapner's The Philadelphia Chromosome (Experiment) charts that landmark discovery and the sequence of scientific and medical discoveries that brought about the first-ever successful treatment of a lethal cancer at the genetic level. Wapner will be joined in discussion by Knight Cancer Institute Director Dr. Brian Druker. This event is sponsored by the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU.
Wednesday the 12th, 3:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Wednesday the 12th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior-turned-companion) as they race against the clock to stay alive in The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die (Henry Holt).
Wednesday the 12th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Counterclockwise (Rodale) is Lauren Kessler's frank, funny exploration of the anti-aging movement and what staying young really takes — and means. In a voice that speaks to every woman who feels that her date of birth and sense of self have little in common, Kessler explores her own fears, attitudes, and assumptions about aging, resulting in a thoughtful, hilarious, and informative work.
JayFest — Sci-Fi Book Fair & Group Signing
Thursday the 13th, 6:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Please join us for JayFest, a group signing and book fair featuring a dozen NW sci-fi authors. In support of local author Jay Lake, the book fair will run from 6 to 9pm, with the group signing at 7-8pm. Lake will be joined by David Levine, Phyllis Irene Radford, Devon Monk, Barb and J. C. Hendee, Shannon Page, Mark Ferrari, J. A. Pitts, M. K. Hobson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Tina Connolly.
Deadly Diversions Book Group
Thursday the 13th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Dry Rot: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery
Thursday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
A losing labor strike, a union leader framed for murder, a rag-picker poet, and collapsing city bridges — each competes for Sage Adair's attention as he sloughs through the Pacific Northwest rain and mud to find answers before someone else dies. Set in 1902 Portland and the Pacific Northwest, S. L. Stoner's Dry Rot (Yamhill Press) is the third novel in the Sage Adair Mystery series.
Buried in the Sky
Thursday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
For as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalayas, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when 11 climbers lost their lives on K2, two Sherpas survived. Peter Zuckerman's Buried in the Sky (W. W. Norton) reveals their astonishing story for the first time, re-creating one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history.
Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society
Friday the 14th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (Last Gasp), edited by John Law, is a history of the most influential underground cabal that you have never heard of. Rising from the ashes of the mysterious Suicide Club, the Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities and influenced much of what was once called the underground. Flash mobs, urban exploration, and culture jamming are a few of the pop culture trends that Cacophony helped kick off.
Kids' Storytime with Zoe Burke
Saturday the 15th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Today, Zoe Burke will be joining us to read from her book, Charley Harper's What's in the Woods? (PomegranateKids). Accompanying Charley Harper's ingenious portrayal of birds, animals, trees, and plants, Burke's rhyming text imagines a walk through the park.
Ransom Riggs & Tahereh Mafi
Saturday the 15th, 2:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk Books) is an unforgettable, spine-tingling fantasy that will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. In Unravel Me (HarperCollins), Tahereh Mafi's pulse-pounding sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette learns to control her powers but is forced to choose between her heart and Adam's life.
C. C. Humphreys
Monday the 17th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Jessica Anya Blau
Monday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
A new comic novel based loosely on Alice in Wonderland, Jessica Anya Blau's The Wonder Bread Summer (Harper Perennial) is the thrilling story of Allie Dodgson, a straitlaced college student on the lam after stealing a Wonder Bread bag filled with cocaine.
Daniel James Brown
Monday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat (Viking) tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals including the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in Berlin.
Tuesday the 18th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In Requiem (Tor), the fourth book in Ken Scholes's Psalms of Isaak series, the plots within plots are expanding as the characters seek their way out of the maze of intrigue. Who is the Crimson Empress, and what does her conquest of the Named Lands really mean? Who holds the keys to the Moon Wizard's Tower? Hidden truths reveal even deeper truths, and nothing is as it seemed to be.
Tuesday the 18th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
From Tao Lin, one of this generation's most talked about and enigmatic writers, comes Taipei (Vintage), a deeply personal, powerful, and moving novel about family, relationships, accelerating drug use, and the lingering possibility of death. Taipei is an ode — or lament — to the way we live now.
Wednesday the 19th, 3:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Wednesday the 19th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur) is NoViolet Bulawayo's unflinching and powerful novel about a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe to America. A literary debut that calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her — from Zadie Smith to Monica Ali to J. M. Coetzee — Bulawayo tells a vivid, raw story all her own.
Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health
Thursday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Eating on the Wild Side (Little Brown) is the first book to reveal the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables. Starting with the wild plants that were central to our original diet, investigative journalist Jo Robinson describes how 400 generations of farmers have unwittingly squandered a host of essential fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.
Thursday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
The most mature work yet from National Book Award-winner and incomparable storyteller Colum McCann, TransAtlantic (Random House) is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.
Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
Friday the 21st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake in the continental United States. Science reporter Sandi Doughton's Full-Rip 9.0 (Sasquatch) reports on the scientists who are trying to understand when, where, and just how big "the big one" will be. Ian Madin, chief scientist at Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and Jay Wilson, vice chair on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and emergency manager, will join Doughton for a panel discussion.
Saturday the 22nd, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living
Sunday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Wendy Tremayne's The Good Life Lab (Storey) is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently.
Monday the 24th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Psychologist Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls, returns with The Wonder of Aging (Atria), a comprehensive, holistic look at the emotional, spiritual, and physical dimensions of life after 50, showing readers how to embrace and celebrate life as they age.
Monday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Bad Monkey (Knopf) has Carl Hiaasen back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida — now, in the Bahamas too — get their comeuppance in ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.
Tuesday the 25th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
A riveting new thriller from Kevin O'Brien, Unspeakable (Pinnacle) takes readers into the darkest corners of the human mind, where a therapist unwittingly uncovers a tangled web of deception, corruption, and murder.
Tuesday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Richard Melo's Happy Talk (Red Lemonade) is an absurdist take on history in the style of a '60s-era postmodern, black-humor novel that walks the edge of contradiction — satiric yet sentimental, avant-garde yet accessible, offensive yet agreeable — and provides a serious look into the American soul.
Wednesday the 26th, 3:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Wednesday the 26th, 6:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg delivers an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins (Grand Central) explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and society's devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food. Please join the author for an in-store reception at 6:30pm, to be followed by a reading at 7:30pm. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.
Wednesday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Whitney Otto's Eight Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner) is a profoundly moving novel about the lives of women, imagining the thoughts and events that produced eight famous female photographers of the 20th century. These memorable characters seek the extraordinary through their art, yet also find meaning and reward in the ordinary tasks of motherhood, marriage, and domesticity.
Temple Grandin — SOLD OUT
Wednesday the 26th, 7:00PM Bagdad Theater
In The Autistic Brain (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Temple Grandin weaves her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, introducing the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior. This event is already sold out. If you would like to be among the first to know about upcoming events, please sign up for our newsletter at Powells.com/events.
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Alex Morgan Booksigning
Thursday the 27th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
From Portland Thorns star forward and Olympic gold-medalist Alex Morgan comes Saving the Team (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), the first book in an empowering, fun-filled, sports-themed series for middle-grade girls about believing in themselves and working as a team. Please note: this is a booksigning only.
Thursday the 27th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Satellite Sister Lian Dolan is back with another smart, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Elizabeth the First Wife (Prospect Park Books) is the lively and very funny tale of Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, reinventing her life in unexpected ways.
E. R. Brown
Thursday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Medicinal marijuana can be murder in E. R. Brown's Almost Criminal (Dundurn Group), the first novel in his Crime in Cascadia Mystery series. This tightly wound tale of steadily building suspense is the story of a young man's eagerness to impress his mentor and earn the trust of his family, as well as his desperate attempt to escape before violence sweeps him, and everyone he loves, away forever.
Thursday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Matt Bell's epic, mythical debut novel, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (Soho), newlyweds escape the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and to build a house upon the dirt between, where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world.
Friday the 28th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Rosanne Parry shines a light on Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s, a time of critical cultural upheaval. In Written in Stone (Random House Books for Young Readers), Pearl, a young Makah, must deal with the death of her father and the loss of her tribe's traditional ways.
Friday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
The ideal companion to Flour — Joanne Chang's beloved first cookbook — Flour, Too (Chronicle) is a mouthwatering collection featuring 100 gratifying recipes and the most-requested savory fare to have made Chang's four cafés Boston's favorite stops for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Saturday the 29th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Neil Gaiman — SOLD OUT
Saturday the 29th, 3:00PM McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom
Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow) captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel and could very well be Gaiman's most accomplished work to date. This event is already sold out. If you would like to be among the first to know about upcoming events, please sign up for our newsletter at Powells.com/events.
Sunday the 30th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Paul Collins's Duel with the Devil (Crown) tells the true story of a sensational murder mystery in the early days of the United States — one that shocked the young nation and inspired bitter rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to join forces in the pursuit of justice. Collins is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as the "literary detective."