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    Powell's Books operates four stores in Portland, Oregon, and one in nearby Beaverton. We also have a number of warehouses and book sources locally, nationally, and internationally.

    In Portland, call us at 503-228-4651. Or, call us toll-free at 800-878-7323.

  2. Powell's City of Books (read more)
    Our flagship location with over one million books!
    1005 W Burnside St. between 10th and 11th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97209 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.52306687976776, -122.68125772476196 About Powell's City of Books: Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color-coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles. Each month, the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room) hosts a new art exhibit, as well as dozens of author events featuring acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers such as Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Chabon, Annie Leibovitz, and President Jimmy Carter. Visit The Espresso Book Machine® in the Purple Room to publish your own book or print hard-to-find titles, all in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee. The City's Rare Book Room gathers autographed first editions and other collectible volumes for readers in search of a one-of-a-kind treasure. Every day at our buyers' counter in the Orange Room, we purchase thousands of used books from the public. Powell's purchases special collections, libraries, and bookstore inventories as well. A few store facts: • 68,000 square feet packed with books. • We buy 3,000 used books over the counter every day. • Approximately 3,000 people walk in and buy something every day. • Another 3,000 people just browse and drink coffee. • We stock 122 major subject areas and more than 3,500 subsections. • You'll find more than 1,000,000 volumes on our shelves. • Approximately 80,000 book lovers browse the City's shelves every day in Portland and via the Internet. If you've already placed an order for a book via our website and would like to check on its status, please email us at More about Powell's City of Books: Store Map (PDF)Directions to Powell's City of BooksWorld Cup Coffee & Tea at Powell's City of BooksThe Rare Book Room

    Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (read more)
    3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
    Beaverton, OR 97005 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.49436771181202, -122.81029343605042 Powell's Books has served Beaverton, Oregon, with a west-side location since 1984. In November 2006, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing opened, confirming the company's commitment to Beaverton customers. The new store location with 32,500 square feet is more than double the space of the previous Cascade Plaza location and rivals the City of Books in downtown Portland. (Okay, we may be pushing it with that statement since the Burnside location is over 68,000 square feet of retail space!) With over half a million used, new, rare, and hard-to-find titles, it's very easy to get lost in the aisles of Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. "I think we take the best elements of all the Powell's stores and roll them into one," says store manager Paul Smailes. "We have the big store feel of the City of Books, a very large technical book selection to serve our neighbors like Tektronix, Intel, and Nike, along with the largest children's book section of any book store on the West Coast." An expanded author events space and upgraded amenities bring more best-selling authors and children's events to Cedar Hills Crossing. Each month the store hosts authors such as Mirielle Guiliano, Erik Larson, Nick Bantok, and Christopher Kimball. The funky atmosphere of a Powell's Bookstore and a knowledgeable book-loving staff complete this biblio paradise in Portland's western suburbs. The entirety of the Cedar Hills Crossing mall is Wi-Fi enabled, so you can connect your laptop to the wireless network from anywhere in our store.

    Powell's Books on Hawthorne (read more)
    3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97214 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.51214382316533, -122.62604981660843 From appropriately funky beginnings in a slightly funky neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne has grown into the largest used and new bookstore on Portland's east side. Located in a vibrant, diverse, and highly desirable neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne now covers more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offers more than 200,000 used and new books. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the store is big enough to warrant a map. Not as extensive as the labyrinth at the City of Books, Powell's on Hawthorne is divided into just three rooms, each named for a neighborhood landmark: Madison, Hawthorne, and Tabor. The latter is named for Mt. Tabor, the world's only extinct volcano residing within city limits. Powell's on Hawthorne hosts lively and interesting author readings several times each week in its Tabor Room. Adjacent to the reading space, readers congregate in The Fresh Pot, an inviting corner of the store serving delicious homemade pastries and other sweet delights, along with some of the best coffee in a town that really knows its coffee. Judy Jewell says, "My favorite thing about working at the Hawthorne store is the lively feeling of community I get from my co-workers and customers. I think next best is the great used books we see here. You just never know what's going to turn up or who's going to turn up to buy it. Like the other day, we got in this copy of Huber the Tuber, a book about tuberculosis. We thought it was goofy and charming so we put it in the front window. That same afternoon, a customer snatched it up, saying it was her first book. Her father had been a lung doctor, and the book had come out when she was a toddler. She was way thrilled and we were all pretty tickled about it." --

    Powell's Books for Home and Garden (read more)
    3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97214 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.51236185397973, -122.62664794921875 Whether it's instructions for home and garden projects, inspiration for decorating and remodeling, or books on cooking and entertaining, Powell's Books for Home and Garden carries the latest to help enhance your nest. In addition to ideas to transform your space, we stock a wide range of books on crafts like knitting, jewelry making, and woodworking, as well as information on the latest approach to landscape design and gardening. Here you'll also find a unique selection of items from around the world: cooking utensils, tablecloths, garden tools and accessories, antique prints, quality dishware, and more. Plus, Powell's Books for Home and Garden is only two doors down from Powell's on Hawthorne, a quintessential general bookstore and hangout. About the Neighborhood The Hawthorne District lies across the Willamette River from downtown and is home to funky shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and pubs. Of Portland's neighborhoods, Hawthorne is "the bohemian." It reflects an urban niche where alternative is considered mainstream, and tie-dyes aren't a thing of the past. Here a hint of patchouli drifts from stores; a flower vendor brightens the sidewalk scenery; "art car" sightings are commonplace (cars decorated hood to trunk with treasures ranging from high-heeled shoes to bowling trophies); and trendsetters shop in hip used-clothing boutiques. On any given evening, live music spills from the open doors of pubs, bibliophiles linger at Powell's, and sidewalk tables host many a brew enthusiast. Brews, that is, as in beer and coffee.

    Powell's Books at PDX (read more)
    7000 NE Airport Way, Suite 2250
    Portland, OR 97218 (map/directions) United States of America Work 503 228 4651 45.588996160486325, -122.59589910507202 Powell's currently has one location at the Portland International Airport, in the Oregon Market. Powell's Books at PDX offers an eclectic mix of the latest bestsellers, popular fiction and non-fiction, choice used books, games, toys and a wide range of gifts. Travelers usually don't expect to find a used bookstore in an airport, but book loving wanderers have made Powell's Books PDX a primary destination since 1988. We're not a magazine stand that carries a few books: we're a full-service bookstore offering all the amenities and services found at other Powell's locations. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff offers quick, on-the-mark recommendations for long flights, all-day business trips, vacation reading, journeys involving long hours with restless children, or any other combinations of factors involving your travel plans. Powell’s airport location even buys used books. These transactions require one or two days. Sellers can drop off books at their convenience, and after the books are assessed, our buyer will notify the seller so that they can return to pick up either the books or their used book payout. PDX is voted the seventh best airport in the world for airport shopping! Read the story at the Huffington Post

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Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.

  1. Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

    Despite the innumerable discoveries related to the workings of the brain, there is still much that baffles neuroscientists grappling to unravel the brain's mysteries. Gazzaniga's new book explores the ongoing achievements and explorations, particularly the author's split-brain theory. A fascinating scientific tale and portrait of the pioneering author himself.

    Recommended by Ted February 16, 2015

  2. Smek for President!

    Hang on to your koobish! This sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday sends Tip and J.Lo to New Boovworld to set straight the record of the Gorg defeat, but our unlikely heroes soon find that truth has taken a backseat to the upcoming presidential election. Politics doesn't get stranger (or sillier!) than this.

    Recommended by The Dot February 16, 2015

  3. My Age of Anxiety

    Both a memoir and a far-reaching exploration of anxiety's many facets. Stossel fearlessly illuminates his experiences with anxiety and his attempts to manage it, all while providing a fascinating account of anxiety throughout history, touching on everything from Hippocrates's findings to the latest neuropsychiatric research.

    Recommended by Mary Jo February 16, 2015

  4. Monstrous

    Crafted by a master storyteller, Monstrous is an intriguing, haunting fantasy featuring a unique heroine — Kym is part dragon, part cat, part bird, and part human — and a wonderful cast of supporting characters. This book is guaranteed to hold you in its grip from the very first sentence.

    Recommended by Richard C. February 16, 2015

  5. The Marauders

    The Louisiana bayou — devastated first by Katrina, then by the BP oil spill — forms the setting for this lively debut novel featuring a one-armed, substance-using (and abusing), treasure-hunting ex-shrimper along with a slew of oddball supporting characters. A funny yet provocative thriller underscoring the desperation and determination of those living in this hard-hit region.

    Recommended by Abby February 16, 2015

  6. A Kim Jong-Il Production

    Just when you thought the news about North Korea and the movies couldn't get any weirder, here comes a spectacular account of the real-life kidnappings of South Korea's biggest film stars by the late Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il. The central story is thrilling, but Fischer's narrative really shines in its stranger-than-fiction descriptions.

    Recommended by Rhianna Walton February 16, 2015

  7. Family Life

    Sharma has written a simple, shattering book about tragedy that takes you so completely on a journey that by the final line, Ajay (the narrator) is your avatar and the three-minute disaster that has shaped his life is your disaster. Family Life is one of those beautiful novels that tilts your perception of the world and changes you a little bit. Read it!

    Recommended by Lizzy February 16, 2015

  8. Red Queen

    Superpowers get a feudal twist in this new fantasy, which feels like a YA mash-up of The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Game of Thrones. There are oodles of special powers and court intrigue, all swirling around a young thief who suddenly finds herself in the middle of a love triangle... and a revolution.

    Recommended by The Dot February 16, 2015

  9. Sapiens

    A captivating book that will change your understanding of self and civilization, Sapiens is the perfect blend of history and science, retelling the fascinating narrative of humanity's evolution.

    Recommended by Ted February 16, 2015

  10. H Is for Hawk

    Shocked by her father's unexpected death, lifelong falconer Helen Macdonald decides to take on training the fearsome goshawk, considered amongst the most difficult birds to train. This beautifully written and touching memoir traverses the obscure world of falconry to living through grief, ending up in a place of hope and recovery.

    Recommended by Genevieve A. February 16, 2015

  11. On Immunity

    This slim foray into the contentious world of vaccination is courageous and stunning. In the book's introduction, Biss explains that her project began as an anxious new mother's research into the pros and cons of childhood inoculation, and ballooned into an exploration of the historical stigma and ongoing social significance of immunization. While Biss does a fine job of elucidating both sides of the vaccination debate, her real contribution is the idea that our bodies, and therefore our immunities, are social properties; in other words, when we make a private decision about vaccination, that choice impacts the overall health of our communities. Regardless of whether you agree with her conclusions, On Immunity is a thoughtful, sympathetic work about the body public that should be required reading for all parents and medical professionals.

    Recommended by Rhianna Walton February 12, 2015

  12. A Kim Jong-Il Production

    Just when you thought the news about North Korea and the movies couldn't get any weirder, here comes Paul Fischer's spectacular account of the real-life kidnappings of South Korea's biggest film stars by the late Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il. The central story is thrilling, but Fischer's narrative really shines in its stranger-than-fiction descriptions of North Korea's secretive foreign abduction program, struggling film industry, and the country's rumored concentration camps and reeducation centers.

    Recommended by Rhianna Walton February 6, 2015

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