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June 2015

Dear Readers,


June is usually a quiet month around these parts, what with people either flocking to Portland for Rose Festival events or avoiding them like the plague, so we're taking a bit of a breather between our June art opening featuring artists Grace Rosario Perkins and Natalie Ball in conjunction with One Flaming Arrow: Inter-Tribal Art, Music, and Film Festival on June 3rd and welcoming authors Dasha Kelly and Cari Luna on June 22nd, but July will be jam-packed with events both in the store and out in the community!

Speaking of July -- it's getting hot in here! We need to come up with a chunk of change to install a small, energy efficient air conditioner (probably 2K+) so we're opening our 500 Friends of Reading Frenzy program back up to new members. For just $25 a year, you get shop discounts starting at 10% and other special perks for helping us make much needed improvements to the shop. You can learn more and purchase one here.

We have lots of exciting developments in the works that I will save for a rainy day -- I'm off to enjoy the Oregon sun now!

Your Faithful Proprietress,
Chloe


 

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Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids!

Dasha Kelly & Cari Luna Reading Tonight!

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.

More information and schedule here: http://www.oneflamingarrow.com/

New Arrivals and Restocks: May 2015

ART & DESIGN

  • Character Design Now: Effective Characters in Advertising
  • Letter Press: A New Trend in Letter Press by Miki Usui 
  • Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury 
  • Comic Mix Design
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Girly Design Idea
  • Maja Isola: Art, Fabric, Marimekko
  • Myopia by Mark Mothersbaugh

COLORING & ACTIVITY BOOKS

  • The Indie Rock Coloring Book by Yellow Bird Project, Andy J. Miller
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly by Trina Dalziel
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf 
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Hell Yeah: Best Colouring Book in Sports Entertainment by Various artists 
  • More Than A Woman: Shading Through the Women of Hip Hop 
  • Osiris by Mike Coley, Nick Alston
  • The Magic Book of Nightmares by Mike Coley

COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  • This is Cezanne by Jorella Andrews, Patrick Vale
  • This is Matisse by Catherine Ingram, Agnes Decourchelle 
  • This is Van Gogh by George Roddam, Slawa Harasymowicz
  • Hip Hop Family Tree Volumes 1 & 2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set by Ed Piskor
  • Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  • Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud 
  • Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp
  • Marbles by Ellen Forney 
  • Here by Richard McGuire
  • The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet 
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
  • Black River by Josh Simmons
  • Pablo by Julie Birmant, Clement Oubrerie
  • Beyond the Surface by Nicolas Andre
  • How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Jim: Jim Woodring's Notorious Autojournal by Jim Woodring
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Sugar Skull by Charles Burns
  • Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast 
  • The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
  • Syllabus: Notes from An Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
  • What It Is by Lynda Barry
  • Showa 1926-1939: History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson
  • Showa 1939-1944: History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson

KID'S BOOKS

  • Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki 
  • The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature by Russ Kick
  • Amazing Animals: A Collection of Creatures Great & Small by Quarto Press 
  • Beautiful Beasts: A Collection of Creatures Past & Present by Quarto Press
  • Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska 
  • The World of Mamoko: In the Time of Dragons by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska
  • Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story by John & Jana
  • Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo
  • The Wild Piano by Fred
  • Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgel 
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
  • Benny's Brigade by Lisa Hanawalt & Arthur Bradford 
  • Moomin's Desert Island by Tove Jansson 
  • Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2- Tove Jansson 
  • Who Will Comfort Toffle? by Tove Jansson
  • Star Trek: Book of Opposites by David Borgenicht 
  • Animus by Seonna Hong

MAGAZINE/ZINE

  • Fluke Fanzine #12
  • Pitchfork Review #4 and #5

MISC.

  • Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
  • CarSick by John Waters
  • Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout! Records by Kevin Prested
  • This Planet is Doomed by Sun Ra
  • Love Not Given Lightly by Tina Horn
  • Your Life is a Book: How To Craft & Publish Your Memoir by Brenda Peterson, Sarah Jane

Jessica Hopper at Reading Frenzy/Beacon Sound!

May 13, 2015: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

We're excited to welcome Jessica Hopper and hear her read from her book on Sunday May 18, at Beacon Sound (3636 N. Mississippi Ave). The show is free and all ages are welcome! A record shop will be the perfect setting for Hopper's talents.

Jessica Hopper, a senior editor at Pitchfork, has been tackling music and culture for over a decade. A sizable chunk of her work has been collected and published in a new book of essays,The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. 

Hopper has made more than a few waves in the past decade detailing the not-so-subtle sexism in the emo music scene and by examining the accusations of abuse made against R.Kelly. Feminism is more than an undercurrent in Hopper's work. Her essays offer sharp and entertaining insight any discerning music buff will appreciate. Hopper's approach to criticism is nuanced and discerning because she herself holds it in such high regard. In a new interview with Willamette Week Hooper said "We're so nostalgic about music and what it means to us. It's more influential to culture than almost anything, if we're talking about books and movies. It helps us orient ourselves in the world, gives us a sense of identity when we're young."  The full interview is here and is a great introduction to Hopper's work. 


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!

PORTLAND/PNW RELATED

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!

KID'S & YA BOOKS

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

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

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

ART, DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

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

NON-FICTION

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


FICTION & POETRY

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

MAGAZINES & ZINES

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

MISC.

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SATURDAY, JULY 11th, 10am

The 14th Annual Mississippi Street Fair

From Fremont to Skidmore on North Mississippi Avenue!

Mississippi Street Fair -- the biggest street fair in Oregon -- is packed with fun things to do for the whole family! For the second year running the IPRC will be joining us and for the first time ever the fair will include a "Print Row" featuring vendors who create fantastic printed matter and paper goods! This year's street fair has a strong emphasis on local handmade or produced products and promises to be one of the best year's ever. We'll have a booth out front and will be running specials and offering treats throughout the day. We hope to see you there!

SATURDAY, JULY 18th

Portland Zine Symposium

More info coming soon...

THURSDAY, JULY 23rd, 7pm

Logophile Reading Series

Organized by PSU's Creative Writing MFA Alumni with Special Guest Leni Zumas

We're very pleased to present the first ever Logophile Reading Series organized by PSU's Creative Writing MFA alumni! Eight local emerging authors will give short readings of their recent work and will be joined by special guest Leni Zumas.

  • Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator and the novel The Listeners, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She teaches in the MFA program at Portland State University.
  • Jenny Forrester has been published in a variety of print and online publications including the Literary Kitchen, Hip Mama, Nailed Magazine, Seattle's City Arts Magazine, and Indiana Review. She was a participant in the 2015 Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop. Jenny organizes Portland's Unchaste Readers Series.
  • Melanie Alldritt has been published in Perceptions and The Gravity of the Thing. When she isn't writing in her kitchen at 3am, she's in the gorge climbing things and swimming.
  • Marina Callahan's work has been featured in the anthology Winged: New Writing on Bees. She is currently working on a collection of short stories celebrating women and their choices regarding abortion, living independently, and engaging in marital relationships that buck traditional matrimony.
  • Nick Mattos is a writer and yoga teacher whose work has been featured in publications including The Guardian, PQ Monthly, Portland Mercury, El Hispanic News, Just Out, and Relevant Magazine. His first essay collection, In Which Faith Shall I Raise My Cat?: Essays, will be released later this year; he is currently working on a creative nonfiction memoir exploring the personal and social dimensions of the practice of forgiveness.
  • Katrina Carrasco's short stories have found homes at Quaint Magazine, Post Road, and Circa. Her current project, a novel, follows an undercover detective who alternates between female and male disguises while investigating a drug-smuggling ring.
  • Thea Prieto's short fiction has been featured in The Good Men Project, her nonfiction is currently on display at Fouladi Projects Art Gallery in San Francisco, and for her novel writing she has been invited to the 2015 Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop. She is also a writer for Oregon Music News, and an editor for the online literary magazine The Gravity of the Thing.
  • Nikki Levine is Jersey-bred, junkie-raised apprentice in the art of sentence magic. Her work appears in Blackheart, Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class and sixteen years worth of zines.
  • Matthew Robinson's words have appeared online at Word Riot, Nailed Magazine, and elsewhere and in print Gobshite Quarterly, the short-story anthology The Night, and The Rain, and The River, published by Forest Avenue Press.

FRIDAY, JULY 31st, 7pm

One Thing Leads to Another

Reading and Signing with Dan Stiles

More info coming soon...

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th, 6pm

Take Cover

Exhibit by Robert Tomlinson

Take Cover Image

Join us to celebrate the opening of "Take Cover" a collection of 50 altered book covers by Robert Tomlinson. Books are more than the stories they tell. They reveal something about the people who created them. They document the times and places they come from, becoming a valuable cultural resource.  But they are also alive to the reader with various invitations:  to be held, to imagine a new world, to establish an ongoing and often intimate dialogue with characters.

Adults and children make scribbles and notations inside the books, often innocently illustrating daydreams or immediate frustrations. "Take Cover" is inspired by the private notations and drawings made by previous, now anonymous book owners. Tomlinson's responses to their initial efforts emerge from his fascination with the crossroads where language and the visual arts intersect. He has treated each cover as an individual work, using lots of materials:  inks, pencils, paints, fabrics and objects. They do, however, like chapters in a novel, need each other. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th, 6pm

Read On!

Reading Frenzy Anniversary Celebration & Exhibit!

Join us for our 20th anniversary do over celebration and art exhibit! More info coming soon...

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 7pm

Fortune Favors the Brave

Book Release Party with Lisa Congdon!
Fortune Favors

A treasure trove of inspiring quotations in the tradition of the bestselling Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this new volume from beloved author and artist Lisa Congdon gathers rousing wisdom from history's great minds on how to be bold, stay strong, and take courage. Congdon lends her signature style of brilliant hand lettering to sage advice on such subjects as perseverance ("If you fell down yesterday, stand up today" -- H.G. Wells), authenticity ("What should I be but just what I am?" -- Edna St. Vincent Millay), and confronting fear ("Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" -- James Baldwin). Filled with uplifting reminders to seize the day, Fortune Favors the Brave shows that when embarking on a new adventure, the right words of encouragement can be a priceless gift.

Lisa Congdon is an artist, illustrator, hand letterer, teacher, and author based in Portland, Oregon.

 
 
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