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  2. Powell's City of 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, open 365 days a year. 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 help@powells.com. 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


    Phone
    503-228-4651

    Hours
    Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

    Sell Us Your Books:
    Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Rare Book Room:
    Daily: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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, open 365 days a year. 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 help@powells.com.

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


 

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

  1. Press Start to Play

    An anthology of short stories about video games, Press Start to Play is the brainchild of Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams. Whether you grew up playing River Raid, Tomb Raider, or Assassin's Creed, there’s something here for every generation of video game aficionado.

    Recommended by Mary Jo August 25, 2015


  2. Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes

    Grab your spear, polish your shield, and go back about 4,000 years with the funny and irreverent Percy Jackson as he describes ancient Greek heroes in this highly entertaining and informative companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Fantastic Illustrations by Caldecott honoree John Rocco immerse you right in the middle of the adventure.

    Recommended by Kim T. August 25, 2015


  3. Last Bus to Wisdom

    The final novel from one of the Northwest's most beloved writers, Ivan Doig's The Last Bus to Wisdom is the story of 11-year-old Donal Cameron and his travels across the country by Greyhound bus. Each of the cast of characters Donal meets during his journey have stories to tell and insights to offer. Doig does a superb job of bringing this bygone era alive for the reader.

    Recommended by Mary Jo August 25, 2015


  4. Fortune Smiles

    These six substantial stories by the Pulitzer Prize–winning Adam Johnson range in topic from hurricane Katrina to North Korea; his convincing characters are trying to make the best of some very difficult circumstances. Wrenching, masterful, and occasionally grimly funny, Fortune Smiles is one of the strongest story collections of the year.

    Recommended by Tessa August 25, 2015


  5. The Day the Crayons Came Home

    Broken! Lost in the couch! Stuck to a sock! Eaten by a dog! It's one tale of woe after another for Duncan's poor crayons, told through a series of colorful postcards, in this hilarious, inventive story of artful adventure with a sweet surprise at the end.

    Recommended by Gigi Little August 25, 2015


  6. The Wonderful Things You Will Be

    In this soon-to-be classic, Portland artist and author Emily Winfield Martin is back with her beautiful and charming vintage-inspired illustrations and a lovely message of unconditional love, acceptance, and wonder from parent to child.

    Recommended by Kim T. August 25, 2015


  7. Randoms

    This space adventure throws one average kid into an intergalactic mishmash of weird aliens and weirder political schemes. Not only have the aliens been watching us, but they've been sneaking clues about their existence into our books, movies, and TV shows! Can Zeke use his sci-fi know-how to make friends, get the girl, and save the planet?

    Recommended by Victoria August 25, 2015


  8. The Nature of the Beast

    With each new release, Penny's intricately plotted, wonderfully nuanced Chief Inspector Gamache novels just get better and better. In this 11th installment, the now-retired detective must confront the dark side of human nature once again as he grapples with a murder weighing heavily on his conscience.

    Recommended by Abby August 25, 2015


  9. The Fall of Princes

    Some books are meant to be sipped and savored, others consumed whole. The Fall of Princes should be ingested in a single marathon session like one of the cocaine- and champagne-induced benders it so vividly depicts. Goolrick perfectly captures the arrogance and hubris of New York in the 1980s. His characters wallow in the Gatsbyesque decadence before ultimately seeking redemption.

    Recommended by Shawn D. August 25, 2015


  10. Asking for It

    Asking for It is not a fun book, but it is an important one. Harding presents stories and statistics exposing America's rape culture, showing that our unwillingness as a society to take rape seriously drastically affects victims as well as perpetrators. Thankfully, she also suggests ways we can take action on both the individual and community level.

    Recommended by The Dot August 25, 2015


  11. Another Day

    What if you spent the perfect day with the one you love, but he or she doesn’t remember it the next morning? What if you then found out that your companion that day wasn't, in fact, the same person? A haunting companion to Levithan's Everyday, this is Rhiannon's side of the story and her search for the truth.

    Recommended by Richard C. August 25, 2015


  12. Wind/Pinball

    Murakami's first two novels never saw wide English-language distribution and have long been out of print. Now packaged together as Wind/Pinball, the books are finally available again and include a new introduction by the author. These remarkable stories serve as a coming of age, not just for their characters but for Murakami as well.

    Recommended by Shawn D. August 12, 2015


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