Powell’s: A City of Books & More

In honor of my recent visit to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, a veritable mecca for booklovers, I thought I would share some of their unique resources for book groups.

Powell’s has staked its reputation over the years as a robust independent bookseller with knowledgeable staff and one of the biggest general collections of new and used books in the world.  They have been boosting their online presense over the years, and have begun a series of author interviews from their extensive reading series.  I often send their interviews along to my group members before our discussion to give them additional insight into an author or title.  And with interviews with the likes of Sherman Alexie, Jodi Picoult, Ian McEwan, and Aimee Bender, there is something for every group out there.

Another section in Powell’s Author section that may be useful are the INK Q & A columns.  Powell’s also features some Original Essays from authors that can also round out your reading experience.

Powell’s also has a blog and we love those, don’t we?  But one of my favorite Powell’s perks is their “Review-a-Day” e-mail service where you receive a book review in your e-mail inbox each and every day.

So there you have it, my homage to one of the best book stores out there, bar none!

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Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library.

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