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November 2015

Dear Readers,

For the past three weeks we've done back to back to back zine, comic, and book fests — Olympia Zine Fest, Short Run Comix & Art Fest, and Wordstock — and we discovered so many new amazing artists, writers, and publishers I don't know where to start! Perhaps I'll begin with what we've already got on our shelves — beautiful artists' books by Arrington de Dionyso, art zines and mini murals from China Faith Star, new small run books from ET Russian and friends, quirky zines by Emily Alden Foster, Ice Cream Work by Naoshi, and a pile of new titles from McSweeney's. Dozens more to come! 

Earlier this month we celebrated the four year anniversary of the Occupy movement with Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, and Arun Gupta. We have a stack of signed books waiting for those of you who couldn't make it to the event! We've got three more events coming up in November— Matthew Dineen reads from his latest zine Not for You: Stories of Music & Work from the Precarious Service IndustryThe 3rd Annual Indies First event where we'll be celebrating the release of the the 2016 Invincible Summer Calendar with Nicole Georges among many other things! and Mairead Case reads from See You in the Morning and will be joined by local author Sara Jaffe, author of Dryland

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Caturday Gift Ideas for the Cat Lover in Your Life

November 14, 2015: An assortment of gifts for bona fide cat ladies and cat-dads.

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New in Stock: Short Run Haul

November 04, 2015: The first batch of zines culled from Short Run Comix & Arts Festival are now available in the shop.

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New in Stock: Olympia Zine Fest Haul

October 28, 2015: Zines, coloring books, mini murals, and more!

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New Arrivals & Restocks: October 2015


  • The Rap Year Book by Shea Sorrano, Andre Torres, Ice-T
  • Ruins by Peter Kuper
  • Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause
  • Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes
  • Dressing by Michael Deforge
  • Hip Hop Family Tree #2 by Ed Piskor
  • Hip Hop Family Tree #3 by Ed Piskor


  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July


  • Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns and Prophets by Marcel Dzama, David Zwirner
  • Raymond Pettibon: Political Works by Raymond Pettibon, Benjamin Buchloh
  • Welcome to Marwencol by Mark Hogankamp, Chris Shellen
  • Cemetery of Reason: Ed Templeton by Ed Templeton


  • School Vol. 3: Women and Japanese Culture editor Maki Hakui


  • Imelda & the Goblin King by Briony May Smith
  • Pablo & Jane & the Hot Air Contraption by José Domingo
  • This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Tucker Nichols
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustratd Robert Lawson
  • Star Trek: Book of Opposites by David Borgenicht
  • Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen
  • Graphic Canon of Children's Literature editor Russ Kick
  • I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated Mary Blair


  • Massive Pissed Love by Richard Hell
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami
  • Reckless: My Life As a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner


  • Best American Non-Required Reading 2015 by Adam Johnson, editor
  • Sisters of the Revolution by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer


  • D.I.Y. Magic by Anthony Alvarado
  • Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Albertus Seba, Irmgard Müsch, Jes Rust, Rainer Willman
  • Ink For Beginners by Kate Leth
  • Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book by Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated Julie Novak
  • Sometimes The Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon by Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated Nathaniel Kusinitz

One Flaming Arrow: An Inter-Tribal, Indigenous Art, Music & Film Festival

June 01, 2015: One Flaming Arrowis an Inter-tribal, Indigenous Art, Music & Film festival happening from June 2nd-14th of 2015 in various venues throughout Portland, Oregon. One Flaming Arrow emerged as a collaboration between local business entrepreneur, Carlee Smith and the artist collective RISE: Radical, Indigenous, Survivance, & Empowerment's Demian Din Yazh (Din) and Kaila Farrell-Smith (Klamath-Modoc). In autumn 2014 the One Flaming Arrow collaborative came together through a collective desire to bring a platform for contemporary Indigenous art to the inter-tribal urban-Native communities of the Portland area and the project was selected as a 2014 Precipice Fund Grant awardee from Portland Institute of Contemporary Art with support from the Callagram Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. One Flaming Arrow's aim is to inspire the rural, reservation, and urban Indigenous communities: Chinook, Multnomah, Warm Springs, Yakima, Grand Ronde, Klamath, Modoc, Coos, Coquille, through interactive, intellectually stimulating examples of Survivance via-contemporary arts.

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Little Boxes

A Different Way to Shop on Black Friday & Small Business Saturday!

Little Boxes is a city-wide shopping event and prize raffle on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. For the two days after Thanksgiving, welcome in the holiday season by discovering the quality and variety of Portland’s indie and local retail shopping scene, unlock 10% off*, and enter to win a travel package, an iPad, shopping sprees, hotel packages, restaurant gift certificates and tons more goodies!


Indies First

Special Guest Booksellers at Reading Frenzy!

Join us for the 3rd annual Indies First independent bookstore promotion where we invite some of our favorite authors to be guest booksellers throughout the day! More info coming soon...


See You In The Morning

Reading and Signing with Mairead Case and Special Guest Sara Jaffe

See You In the Morning is a book about three seventeen-year-olds, Rosie, John, and the book's unnamed narrator, who take care of each other one summer in a small Midwestern town. Rosie is a mystic romantic whose dad earned so much money writing screenplays that she doesn't need an after-school job. John, Rosie's ex, works at the roller rink in a rabbit costume and takes care of his mom when she's tired after her days spent cutting hair. The narrator works at a bookstore and sometimes focuses so hard on their reading that they see polka dots take over the room. John is the narrator's best and oldest friend, so now the two of them must be in love, right? Told in paragraph-shaped poems, and in the narrator's angry, tender, colorful voice, See You In the Morning asks, what is love and how does it work?

Mairead Case earned a B.A. in Great Books at Notre Dame and an M.F.A. in Fiction at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She writes, edits, teaches and in the decade between her degrees, worked at small presses and magazines. Today Mairead lives in Colorado, where she is a Ph.D. student in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver, a columnist at Bookslut, and a poetry teacher at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.


Sara Jaffe is a fiction writer living in Portland, OR. Her first novel, Dryland, was published by Tin House Books in September 2015. Her short fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including FenceBOMBNOONPaul Revere’s Horsematchbook, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She co-edited The Art of Touring (Yeti, 2009), an anthology of writing and visual art by musicians drawing on her experience as guitarist for post-punk band Erase Errata.

Sara holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, RADAR Productions, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She is also co-founding editor of New Herring Press, a publisher of prose chapbooks.


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