Saturday, November 10, 2007

Notes from the Road

I'm in Portland for a few days, following a book called "City of Readers" that guides you to various bookshops.

Powell's is like Mecca. I've mail ordered from them but never visited, so had a blast wandering the various color-coded rooms at the main store and dropping in on their satellite home and cooking shop on SE Hawthorne where we also browsed their mega-mini shop of used and new titles.

We also dropped in on Murder by the Book just down the street, a cool mystery shop. Christine, who's been reading the Poirot books by Agatha Christine decided to pick up the first Campion title.

Today we hope to hit Wordstock, Portland's book festival. I'll let you know how it goes.


Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. I would love to go to something like that. Wordstock is a cool name. Gonna play in the mud?

Sphinx Ink said...

I'd love to visit Powell's--I receive their e-newsletter. Their store must be fascinating. And Wordstock IS a cool name...I'd like to experience that festival.

Anonymous said...

So glad you're visiting the City of Roses -- there's no better time of year than Wordstock to check out Portland's literary scene. Drop me a line at and let me know about your experience with my guidebbok.

Best Regards,
Gabriel Boehmer

Sidney said...

Yeah, it's worth a visit Sphinx, and Wayne tells me there's one in Chicago.

Did some more visits yesterday including 23rd Street Books, Gabriel. It's a great guide.

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