Happy New Year!
2015 was one of our best years yet. We hosted a slew of readings and events, held an array of art shows in our Minikin Gallery, and stuffed our little shop full of goodies for your reading and viewing pleasure. So many inspiring makers and their wares passed through our doors, and we hope you were able to take a piece home with you.
Now that the new year is in full swing, we're looking forward to a few exciting events and developments — and we have many more in the works. On January 27th, join us in celebrating the release of Greg Jobin-Leeds' new book, WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World. And speaking of grassroots movements, our very own Chloe Eudaly has announced that she is planning to run for Portland City Council! Portland's favorite mayor was a barkeep — who says a bookseller for city council is too far of a stretch? Stayed tuned for more developments on this and other happenings at Reading Frenzy.
Thank you for helping us make 2015 our highest-grossing year to date. We look forward to seeing more of you in the shop and the gallery in 2016. Here's to another great year!
Your Faithful Proprietress,
More Recent Additions:
- 25 Lives
- Tell it Like it Tiz!
- Money's Nothing
- Sadie, Wolf, and Friends
- Pictures of my Mother Touching Wild Animals
- I Stayed Up Listening
- Down and Out on a Yacht
- Social Animals
- Ice Cream Work
- The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future
SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 5pm
Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese
Reading and Signing with Gordon Edgar
Join to welcome author Gordon Edgar (Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge) back to celebrate the release of his latest book, Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of American's Most Iconic Cheese! One of the oldest, most ubiquitous, and beloved cheeses in the world, the history of cheddar is a fascinating one. Over the years it has been transformed, from a painstakingly handmade wheel to a rindless, mass-produced block, to a liquefied and emulsified plastic mass untouched by human hands. The Henry Fordism of cheddar production in many ways anticipated the advent of industrial agriculture. They don’t call it “American Cheese” for nothing.
Cheddar is one man’s picaresque journey to find out what a familiar food can tell us about ourselves. Cheddar may be appreciated in almost all American homes, but the advocates of the traditional wheel versus the processed slice often have very different ideas about food. Since cheddar—with its diversity of manufacturing processes and tastes—is such a large umbrella, it is the perfect food through which to discuss many big food issues that face our society.
More than that, though, cheddar actually holds a key to understanding not only issues surrounding food politics, but also some of the ways we think of our cultural identity. Cheddar, and its offshoots, has something to tell us about this country: the way people rally to certain cheddars but not others; the way they extol or denounce the way others eat it; the role of the commodification of a once-artisan cheese and the effect that has on rural communities. The fact that cheddar is so common that it is often taken for granted means that examining it can lead us to the discovery of usually unspoken truths.
Edgar is well equipped to take readers on a tour through the world of cheddar. For more than fifteen years he has worked as an iconoclastic cheesemonger in San Francisco, but his sharp talent for observation and social critique were honed long before then, in the world of ’zines, punk rock, and progressive politics. His fresh perspectives on such a seemingly common topic are as thought-provoking as they are entertaining.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1st, 6pm
The Tale & The Speech
Print Show by Katie Baldwin
Former Olympia based artist, Katie Baldwin, will be exhibiting The Tale & The Speech, a collection of ten woodblock prints, to coincide with the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Portland. These works are a non-linear narrative that uses text and image to tell the story of a journey along the Erie Canal from two points of view. The theme of the work is inspired by the initial digging of the Erie Canal, its subsequent two expansions, and the way in which this parallels technology, communication and travel.
Baldwin's work and research investigates text, image, and the way in which narratives are built. Her interest in language as text begins with the development of writing, the invention of the printed word, and the mechanization of typesetting in printing multiples. The ability to write and ultimately to print, allowed people to record their thoughts outside of their own heads— to put thoughts down on paper to be retrieved later. And yet today, our writing has become increasingly ephemeral. In her work, thoughts of the characters are revealed as printed words. She uses the process of monotype casting and hand set letterpress printing. Her use of obsolete processes for printing text is driven by the contrast between the physical limitations of a job case and the infinite possibilities of arranging letters to make words, words to make sentences, sentences to tell stories.
Exhibit will run through April.