Portland - and Powell's City of Books
Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
24Trip End Jun 24, 2008
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This entry's blogger: Kory
If I ever "go missing," I'll tell you now where to look for me: in Powell's City of Books in Portland. But it's so huge, you may still not be able to find me. I was familiar with Powell's, the world's largest independent bookstore of used and new books, from the Internet, but oh my! What an experience in person! The rooms in Powell's are color-coded: we entered green and I headed straight for blue (poetry and literature). I have NEVER seen so much poetry in one place. We are talking about 2 LONG (like 50 feet) aisles of poetry from the floor to well above my head. AND there were people in the aisles reading it. I wished I had my manuscript with me so I could pull it out and offer a reading on the spot
Powell's also had an impressive collection of new and used literary journals, small press books, and the like. Nirvana! I wanted to look up every writer I know, but I limited myself to my friend Darnell Arnoult (they didn't have her poetry book, but did have 5 copies of her novel Sufficient Grace, facing forward on the shelf), and the book that I have an essay in, She's Such a Geek (2 copies, in the purple room). So, even though I didn't get to stay as long as I'd like, I'm taking some comfort in the fact that I am still there, in a way, amidst all those books...
My local writer friends might be interested to know that Richard Bausch read at Powell's earlier this week.
I'll let Kelsey tell you more about the rest of Portland, but many of these photos are of the art on the streets and in the parks, and of our theater tour of the Portland Center for Performing Arts. We had a personal tour with Jean, a charming lady who loves the Center and has been giving tours there for 20 years. I am probably not saying this quite right, but 1% of the budget of new public construction in Portland (or in the state, I'm not sure which) must be reserved for ART. How cool is that? Jean said that hasn't always been popular, but it has definitely paid off over time. Portland's a lovely city - the traffic seemed pretty heavy, but once we took off on foot, moving around was more enjoyable. Overcast skies all day today, and just a tad warmer - pleasant for a walk!