Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium
A selection of hand-picked gems from our downtown Portland store. Minimum order of $8.
(1-11 of 19 items)
Renowned bookseller Andrew Laties offers a radical and creative new paradigm for independent booksellers on all sides of the cash register, written to inspire a revival of community bookselling. In his 20 years of revolutionary retail, Latie's ideas were adapted by Barnes & Noble, Zany Brainy and scores of independents. Rebel Bookseller challenges today's bookstore workers to improvise the wildly imaginative indie bookstores of tomorrow, and includes a behind-the-scenes history of the book industry, humorous anecdotes and bittersweet lessons, ten interlacing Rants, and three Rough Rules of Rebel Bookselling Blending adventurous memoir, satire and sharp-tongued jibe, the author dares the chains to sell this revolutionary book.
One More for the People collects eight years of Martha Grover's zine Somnambulist. Intimate, frank, and hilarious, Grover's voice is blessed with a keen perception. From her everyday work world behind the cheese counter to her sudden onset of Cushing's Disease, hospital stays and family meetings, to childhood stories of wrestling her six brothers and sisters for limited resources, Grover never loses the reader in self pity but rather waves them in and hands them a beer.
In 2005 we starting publishing Crap Hound for our pal, Sean Tejaratchi. Sean made a beautiful set of Crap Hound-esque alphabet prints for us, and we're turning them into a book! A is for Zebra is an all-ages* alphabet, activity, and art book, intended for lovers of graphic design, typography, alphabets, word play, and vintage commercial art. Each page features a single brightly colored letter of the alphabet surrounded by dozens of (mostly) vintage black and white illustrations depicting words that begin with that letter. From obvious to obscure, there's fun for the whole family in identifying the images! Answers are included in the back of the book.
*May be considered slightly subversive/borderline inappropriate for children if you don't want them to learn words like "ashtray" and "urinal".
In case you missed it, here's our Kickstarter project where you can view a video and numerous images from the book.
Custom prints are available here.
When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he's pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he's released or tours he's led, he still can't shake the feeling that he has failed at life. So the critically acclaimed, endlessly heartbroken singer-songwriter checks himself into a ten-day silent retreat. As those silent days unfold, Jaina attempts to rewire his own brain in a burst of unpredictable digressions and unsent love letters, musings on the miracles of science and the fallen heroes of popular music.
Get It While You Can is an honest, funny, and thought-provoking journey through Nick Jaina's life as he struggles to accept the course that it has taken. Heartbreak has never been such a compelling read.
Intelligent Sentient? is a series of illustrations that are tied together not in narrative but in a progressing theme, the takeaway being that everything is connected. Ramsey's images take us from the organic to the man-made, from the distant past to the conceivable future. The drawings contain the fine detail of a watchmaker and the visual scope of a social reform muralist. This book is meant to be read forward and backward and returned to and treated like a mystical text.
Wakefield spent years living in squatted buildings in Europe and New York and brings firsthand knowledge to Sid's story: how urban homesteaders lived without plumbing or electricity, how they managed their semi-legal status, and what they cared about and fought for. With Sid, Wakefield has created a character who belongs to that world and is also entirely relatable. Sid shows us that society's toughest and most ingenious members might be hiding on the edges, just out of sight. Sid is a resourceful, intrepid young woman with a wry sense of humor; she's great company on our journey into the lost world of New York City's recent past.
Alicia's artwork hearkens back to other eras from the gilded age to the great depression. For the past three years Alicia and her boyfriend, Jacob Balcom, have been hosting Record/Coloring nights at local lounges, inviting friends and fans to to while away the evening sipping cocktails and coloring pretty pictures of mostly early golden era Hollywood film stars (especially those with sordid pasts and/or tragic deaths).
student Gould-Wartofsky debuts with an inside look at the “new, new Left” that
emerged when fewer than 2,000 people seized New York City’s Zuccotti Park, near
Wall Street, in 2011, sparking similar protest rallies against the
wealthiest “1 Percent” in some 1,500 towns and cities. As a participant observer from the very earliest days of the movement,
Gould-Wartofsky blends writing styles and perspectives as he deepens
what we know about social movements in general. He maps the various
tactics, factions, and motivations that drove the movement, but also
what it felt like to be in Zuccotti Park.
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 demonstrates that when embarking on a new adventure, the right words of encouragement can be a priceless gift. Pairs well with Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon.
Take a trip around the world with Everyone's Favorite Zinester, Dave Roche. If Nothing Else the Sky
is about his trips to Australia and Southeast Asia. He got bit
by a penguin, slept in a record store in Kuala Lumpur, saw a kangaroo
with a huge sack, got shaken down at the Soekerno Hatta airport and
thought he caught bird flu. It's also about getting older and Dave
worrying that he's trying too hard to hold on to his youth. He wonders
if it's cool that he's still sleeping on the couches of friends of
friends or is he too old for that.
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