If you enjoy books and are anywhere near the city of Portland, a visit to Powell’s Books is mandatory. Powell’s claims to be the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world and who are we to challenge that?! The bookstore occupies an entire city block with other buildings and branches nearby. They have also managed to change with the times and they have an extensive online business.
Booklovers and others will want to check out their Events Calendar which has interesting things scheduled on almost every day of the week. All kinds of authors speak at Powell’s and the bookstore has book clubs and children’s reading hours. It is also an amazing place to just take a break, relax, and browse the bookshelves.
A Personal Note
My father grew up in Portland, Oregon long before the 1971 creation of Powell’s. However, as a lifelong bibliophile, he discovered the bookstore on visits back to Portland to see his parents and became a great fan. He and my mother spent hours poring through the aisles and returned home to California with numerous unique book finds for us. Looking over those treasures still brings a smile to my face.
Powell’s Books is the second stop on our Oregon Trail!
Rebecca Blake Beech