Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium
A selection of hand-picked gems from our downtown Portland store. Minimum order of $8.
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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.
This is a must for any Lynda Barry fan. In the style of a Composition Notebook, Barry writes and draws about her experience teaching art classes. I only wish my notebooks from school looked this cool.
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).
A collected anthology of the first four issues (now out of print) of FOUND Magazine. The 25-page introductory essay by founder Davy Rothbart traces the magazine's DIY roots and his personal journey building the magazine. Filled to the brim with notes, letters, scribbles, photographs, and drawings found
and sent in by readers, this book is an engaging read for anyone enjoys getting
lost in the mystery of other people's lives. Bundle it with FOUND Magazine #7 and FOUND: After Dark for the full FOUND experience.
"Poignant, hilarious, deeply compelling, and frequently profound. No one could pick up a copy and not be instantly, utterly fascinated." — The Guardian
This children's board book accounts for every monster out there, from Alien to Zombie, with gorgeously quirky illustrations and silly verses that prove there's nothing to fear.
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