Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Paper Chatter and Printed Matter

March & April 2015

Dear Readers,

Spring is almost here and we're gearing up for a busy season full of readings, signings, exhibits and piles of new printed matter!

IN THE GALLERY: Swing by the shop this month to see Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata in Minikin Gallery. Coming up on April 17th -- a release party and exhibit for IS? (Intelligent Sentient?) with Luke Ramsey, extraordinary comic artist and cofounder of Islands Fold! On May 1st we'll be hosting Feminist Bookstore, an exhibit devoted to classic feminist tomes curated by Jennifer Armbrust and Michelle Blade. 

IN THE SHOP: Join us for a slideshow reading and signing of Rad American Women A-Z with Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl on April 12th! 

OUT & ABOUT: Say hello to Reading Frenzy and other purveyors of small press at the ACRL Conference on March 24th-27th in Portland this year (admission to vendor exhibit is free)! Coming up in April we're pleased as punch to be invited back to table at Linework NW! We'll be tabling on Saturday only and rounding up some brand new highly covetable hard to find comics and art zines for the show!

ON THE SHELVES: Lately we've been seeking out books and zines about radical art/artists, DIY self care, Risograph art zines, and of course, beautiful kid's books. Check out some of our recent favorites below!
  • Dr. Mutter's Marvels (Gotham Books, 2014) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: A true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine.
  • Eventually Everything Connects (Nobrow, 2015) by Loris Lora: a gorgeous, wordless accordion book drawing connections between California Modernists like Charles and Ray Eames, Edith Head, and Sister Korita Kent. 
  • Girl in a Band: A Memoir (Dey Street, 2015) by Kim Gordon: A candid memoir by vocalist, bassist, and founding member of Sonic Youth.
  • Home (Candlewick, 2015) by Carson Ellis: a children's picture book celebrating homes of all sorts. 
  • I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli (AK Press, 2014) by Andrea Pakieser: A lesser know writer, publisher, anarchist, and iconoclast. 
  • Here (Pantheon Books, 20014) by Richard McGuire: This experimental and nonlinear graphic novel tells the story of one corner of the earth over the course of many millennia. 

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The Ledger

10 Ways to Celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

September 14, 2014:

Well, we didn't get a key to the city or an official commendation but we've always been a little anti-establishment anyway. All we really want for our platinum anniversary is for our patrons to celebrate this milestone with us! To that end, here's a handy list of 10 ways to celebrate with us and launch us into our 3rd decade!!!

  1. Swing by the shop this month and spend $20!
  2. Become a member of 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy! Friends receive 10% off all general merchandise, and 25% Reading Frenzy brand items (t-shirts, totes, etc.) for a year.* Now only $20 ($25 value)! *Some restrictions apply (but not many).
  3. Spend $100 or more during the month of September and receive a FREE 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership (see description above)!
  4. Purchase our lovely 4-color silkscreen Not Tonight I'm Reading print designed by Mary Kate McDevitt and printed by Seizure Palace for $20 ($30 value)!
  5. Purchase a 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership and Not Tonight I'm Reading combo and get your discount on the spot -- only $35 for both ($55 value)!
  6. Pre-order a Not Tonight I'm Reading t-shirt or tote for $20 ($22-$24 value). Shipping in late September/early October.
  7. Purchase any issue of Crap Hound or from our selection of Reading Frenzy exclusive items
  8. Purchase one of these limited edition, signed and numbered, 2-color silkscreen prints from our Reading Frenzy print series for $20 ($25 value): Aaron Renier, Nikki McClure, or Kate Bingaman-Burt
  9. Purchase one of these limited edition archival pigment prints by Carson Ellis for $30 ($40 value)!
  10. Purchase an I Want to Kiss This Person print by Miranda July for $20 ($30 value)!
Special offers and discounts all expire 9/30/14, so don't dilly dally!

Rolling in the Ink: New & Notable Titles!


True Portland
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • John Day Fossil Beds by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • The Monkey Puzzle Trees of Portland by Tom Meyers -- LOCAL!
  • PDX 100 by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • The Water Storage Tanks of Portland by Tom Meyers -- -- LOCAL!
  • Wizard Island by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!


The Wonderful Egg
  • Alison and Her Robot by Fred Chao -- LOCAL!
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • Beware the Haunted Legs by Brian Cook -- LOCAL!
  • Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown
  • Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
  • Level Up by Gene Luen and Thien Pham Yang
  • Rookie Yearbook Two edited by Tavi Gevinson
  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
  • Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern
  • The Wonderful Egg by Dahlov Ipcar


Pretty In Ink
  • 100 Crushes by Elisha Lim
  • The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kerascoet and Fabien Vehlmann
  • The Big Feminist But edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly 
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  • Fight the Power: A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples by various
  • Lovf by Jesse Reklaw
  • Malcolm Gladwell Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke
  • Nick Offerman Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers 
  • Pretty in Ink: Women Cartoonists edited by Trina Robbins
  • The System by Peter Kuper
  • World War 3 Illustrated 1979-2004 edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman


Citizen Keane
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Cat by Julia Kuo
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip by Trina Dalziel
  • Citizen Keane: Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson
  • Collect Raindrops by Nikki McClure
  • Drawn In: Inspiring Sketchbooks edited by Julia Rothman
  • From Here to There: Hand Drawn Maps edited by Kris Harzinski
  • Green Guide for Artists by Karen Michel and Kristin Hampshire
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Happy People by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants & Small Creatures by Sachiko Umoto
  • Map Art Lab by Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly
  • Toilets of the World by Morna E. Gregory and Sian James


Dwelling Portably
  • Alive With Vigor: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle by Robert Earle Sutter III
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • The Atheist's Bible edited by Joan Konner
  • The Civil Disobedience edited by James Tracy
  • D.I.Y. Constitutional Amendment Kit by Nathaniel Whitten
  • Dwelling Portably 1980-2012 Box Set: Tips from the People Who Sparked the Tiny House Movement by Bert and Holly Davis
  • Hillbilly Nationalists by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
  • Mostly True: The Story of Bozo Texino by Bill Daniel
  • Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems... by Bill Adler Jr.
  • Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences by Mark Siddall


Sorrow Arrow
  • Loba by Diane Di Prima
  • Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey -- LOCAL!
  • This Planet is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra by Sun Ra
  • Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz


Uppercase #22
  • Found Magazine #9
  • Hi-Fructose #32
  • Incandescent #4: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • Incandescent #5: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory -- LOCAL!
  • My Day #30 by Nate Orton -- LOCAL!
  • Pitchfork #1 (#2 also in stock!) -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • Sugar Needle #38 -- LOCAL!
  • Uppercase: For the Creative and Curious #22
  • Women of Color #4: Home -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #5: Interviews -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #6: Women Off-Color -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #7: Around Portland -- LOCAL!
  • Wrap #10: Into the Wild


Summer Reading

P.I.E. Books: Pretty. Impressive. Entertaining. and More This Week!


  • 100 Illustrated Papers for Writing & Crafting
  • Cats in Yukio-e
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Makiba: Cute Farm Animals
  • Mushroom Botanical Art
  • Sou Sou Paper Book
  • Sweet & Nostalgic Designs in Japan: Handicrafts, Graphics, Architecture and More
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
  • Yurio Seki's Design & Patterns


Drawing Type
  • Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms


  • Maps
  • Welcome to Mamoko


  • Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald


Bitch #63
  • Bitch #63: The Tough Issue
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
  • The Mystery & Adventure Series Review #48
  • Poppycock #1: 100% Portland, 100% Nonsense
  • She Shreds #5: The Magazine Dedicated to Women Guitarists
  • Sugar Needle #38
  • Vandals Make Me Puke
  • Women of Color #4-#7: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks


Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Circle
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Dalarna

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Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 6pm

Feminist Bookstore

Curated by Jennifer Armbrust & Michelle Blade
Join us for the opening of Feminist Bookstore, a group show curated by Jennifer Armbrust and Michelle Blade featuring one of a kind custom dust jackets of classic feminist works by:
Drawing attention to the role of feminist thinking in artistic practice, Feminist Bookstore celebrates the contribution of writers, theorists and intellectuals. Each artist created a custom dust jacket for a book that has shaped their life, work, or way of being. These jackets will be displayed on the original books, inviting viewer to engage not just with the art, but with the texts themselves.

This event is free, open to the public, and all ages. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will run through May.

Jennifer Armbrust is an artist and creative consultant living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a degree in Critical Theory from The Evergreen State College. A former gallerist (with Motel), she currently runs her own creative studio,

Michelle Blade is a visual artist. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

SATURDAY, MAY 2nd, 11am

Free Comic Book Day at Reading Frenzy!

More info coming soon...

SUNDAY, MAY 3rd, 1pm

Feminist Library

With Jen Armbrust and Michelle Blade

In conjunction with our current exhibit, Feminist Bookstore, the public is invited to bring a (new or used) copy of their favorite influential feminist tome and make a custom dust jacket from provided art supplies. Participants have the opportunity to donate their book and cover to the ever-growing Feminist Library which will travel with the Feminist Bookstore exhibition. Additionally, all covers created during the event will be scanned and archived at Curators Jenn and Michelle will be facilitating the event.

SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 6:30pm

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Reading and Signing with Jessica Hopper

In collaboration with Beacon Sound we're please to present Jessica Hopper to celebrate the release of her new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books, 2015). Join us at Beacon Sound (3636B N Mississippi Ave) for a reading and discussion, afterward hop two doors down to Reading Frenzy for the signing. Beacon Sound will be hosting an after party! More event details coming soon...

Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as one of the firebrands of the form, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music, but the culture around it, revealing new truths that often challenge us to consider what it is to be a fan. With this premiere volume, spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why the New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful and humorous writing, this book serves as a document of the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption.

Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music, the ideas in songs and albums, how fantasies of artists become complicated by real life, and just what happens when you follow that obsession into muddy festival fields, dank basements, corporate offices or court records.

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in GQRolling StoneThe Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. She is a senior editor at The Pitchfork Review and the music editor at Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Hopper was the longtime music consultant for This American Life. Her book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young sons.

TUESDAY, MAY 26th, 7pm

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory and Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000

Reading and Signing with Stacy Wakefield and Ash Thayer

Join us for a reading and signing with Stacy Wakefield and photographer Ash Thayer to celebrate the release of their respective books, both focussed on squatting in NYC in the 1990s.

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books, 2015) tells the story of Sid, a young woman who gets swept up in the 1990s squatting movement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an area that continues to deal with issues of gentrification today. Stacy Wakefield's own experiences add a lot of legitimacy to the novel -- she herself squatted in both New York City and Europe in the '80s and '90s, and the novel draws heavily from her own experiences and observations. She is probably best known for her seminal nonfiction book and underground classic Not For Rent, a compilation of interviews with women she met while living in squats -- one of whom eventually became the basis for the character of Sid in The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. Stacy is also the cocreator, along with Nick Zinner of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and writer Zachary Lipez, of the photo/essay book Please Take Me Off the Guest List.

Ash Thayer's Kill City (powerHouse Books, 2015) perfectly complements the themes of Stacy's novel. The book is a compilation of photographs she took while she, too, squatted in New York City in the 1990s. Few outsiders -- especially photographers and journalists --were allowed inside these squats due to their perilous legal standing, so Thayer's book provides a rare first-hand and intimate look at a largely undocumented movement and the lives of those involved in it.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5th, 6pm

June Art Exhibit

More info coming soon...

SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 7pm

Almost Crimson

Reading and Signing with Dasha Kelly

More info coming soon...

FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 6pm

July Art Exhibit

Paintings by Rebecca Artemisa

More info coming soon...


Mississippi Street Fair

More info coming soon...

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