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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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 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.
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.
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 this A-Z book for kids and grown-ups alike, A is for political activist Angela Davis. With trailblazers like Isadora Duncan, Carol Burnett, Sonia Sotomayor, and Zora Neale Hurston, Rad American Women A-Z shows how American history was made by countless rad — and often radical — women.
"Any alphabet book for children where 'P is for Patti' Smith and 'X is
for the women whose names we don't know' is something I can recommend,
especially when the book is as well written, representationally diverse
and vividly illustrated as this one." — Francesca Lia Block
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.
See You in the Morning is a book about the liminal years before adulthood. Told in the narrator's angry, tender, and colorful voice, the book follows three seventeen year olds who take care of each other in their small Midwestern town. Case writes paragraph-shaped poems to create a heartbreaking and familiar portrait of a teenager in the summer before her senior year of high school. This is Bookslut columnist Mairead Case's debut novel and it makes us even more excited to see what else she has in store.
"This first book is all about firsts: painful crushes and confusing love triangles, not to mention the all-consuming strangeness of a changing body. Mairead Case presents the full portrait of a young person on the cusp of finding their self. A good book vibrates, and it embraces us, and this is precisely what this unique book does. See You in the Morning reads like a series of prayers and Midwestern parables. Like bits of drifting dream parts, the reading experience is just as akin to growing up as it is to falling in love. Each page serves as a constellation of small, but nonetheless significant epiphanies." — Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, author of Fig
The birds and the bees book we wished we had when we were kids. The bold and colorful comics and illustrations make this a beautiful book to flip through, but the positive and progressive information about sex, bodies, and growing up makes Sex is a Funny Word an invaluable resource for children and parents alike.
"Sex is a Funny Word is a wonderful resource for parents and educators who want to talk with kids about sex and sexuality in a positive, inclusive, and joyful way. For people who care about social justice and want to raise our kids to be healthy, safe, and strong, this is the book we have been waiting for!" — Eveline Shen, Executive Director of Forward Together
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.
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.
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