Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Happy New Year!

January 2015

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,

Chloe

 

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Reading Frenzy's Staff Favorites from 2015

December 15, 2015:  

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Nikki's Favorite Books from 2015:

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Nikki's Favorite Zines and Mini Comics from 2015:

  • Working it 1-4, edited by Red Bickers

  • The Lesbian Lexicon by Stevie Anntonym

  • Bloody Pussy: A Feminist Rag by the Blood Sisters

  • Chicago Haunts by Jillian Barthold

  • A Miniature Bestiary by Sera Stanton

  • The Swan the Vulture by Anna Vo

  • All of Them Brujas by Rebecca Artemisia

  • Astrology for People who Hate Themselves and Everyone Else by CC Teakell

  • The Prince Zine by Joshua James Amberson

  • That's Not Okay: Boundaries for the Conflict-Avoidant by Breeane Boland

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Books That Helped Me Smash the Patriarchy in 2015:

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Ian's Favorite Comics and Books from 2015:

  • Mowgli's Mirror by Olivier Schrauwen

  • Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

  • Crickets #4 by Sammy Harkham

  • Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver

  • Dressing by Michael Deforge

  • Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

  • Black River by Josh Simmons

  • Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton

  • Super Magic Mutant Academy by Jillian Tamaki

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Adam's Top Ten Books for Fighting Creative Block:

  • DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity by Anthony Alvarado

  • Women Street Artists of Latin America by Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik

  • Found Magazine: The Early Years

  • Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater by Eric P. Nash

  • Drawing is Magic by John Hendrix

  • Creative Block: Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa

  • Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

  • Beautiful Birds of the World by PIE Books

  • Map Mania by PIE Books

  • Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

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Nicolette's Favorites from 2015:

  • The Wilds by Julia Elliott

  • M Train by Patti Smith

  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  • Illuminating the Stars Coloring Book by Alicia Justus

  • The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine by Janine Vangool

  • Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography from the Thanatos Archive

  • Gift by Lizz Lopez

  • Sullen Girl: Poems About Fiona Apple by Kiki Nicole

  • Ghost Guide by Rebecca Artemisa

  • Selfish Vol. 1 & 2

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Small Business Saturday & Indies First at Reading Frenzy!

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This Small Business Saturday, Reading Frenzy celebrates the 3rd annual Indies First by hosting local authors as special guest booksellers throughout the day!

This year our honorary booksellers will be Delphine Bedient and Michelle Overby (Two Plum Press) from 11-3, Joshua James Amberson (Antiquated Future) and Sara Renberg from 3-5, and Nicole J. Georges (Invincible Summer, Calling Dr. Laura) and Ponyo the chihuahua from 5-7! We're also hosting the release party for Nicole Georges' Invincible Summer calendar from 5-7 — and yes, Ponyo will be available for petting and photos!

Each guest bookseller will have their own books for sale as well as hand-picked recommendations. To learn more about Indies First, check out this year's spokesperson Cheryl Strayed's letter to authors.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, 5pm

Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese

Reading and Signing with Gordon Edgar

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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.