Category Archives: Book Events

Won’t Make This Sale

This Taschen sale ad grabbed my attention – something about ‘slightly damaged’ books, not to mention the 50%-75% off. IMG
Sadly, I won’t be attending. It’s in New York and I am in Oregon. Even more significantly, it was last week.


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7th Annual Rose City Used Book Fair

Looks like a good one!

Friday June 14 from 2pm to 8pm and Saturday June 15 from 10am to 5pm

Doubletree at Lloyd Center, $2 admission or $1 with a can of food for Oregon Food Bank

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Stock Up For Summer at Friends of the Multnomah County Library Book Sale in Gresham

From the Friends of the Multnomah County Library website (

Our 12th year in East County! Our Annual Spring Sale will open from 6-9 pm on Friday, April 26, 2013 to a members-only crowd. That’s a good reason for non-members to arrive with their membership fees in hand! The remaining sale will be open to all. Sunday’s sale prices will be discounted 50%, so come back for those items you by-passed the first visit. Proceeds of the sale directly support the Multnomah County Library system.

Gresham Station Shopping Center, 1271 NW Civic Drive, Gresham, OR 97030

April 26, Friday, Members Only ($10 individual/$15 year to join) and Collectors Corner 6 to 9 pm

April 27, Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm

April 28, Sunday, 50% off day, 10 am to 4 pm

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Literary Life

Book sales, author readings, and book events have always caught my eye, but since I started this blog I am almost overwhelmed by how many opportunities there are to live a life filled with book related activities.

The ones I talk about are usually most relevant to people within driving distance of Portland, Oregon but even if you can’t make it to these specific events I hope they’ll inspire you to keep your eyes open for the wide variety of ways to live a literary life!

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Pacific Northwest Reading Series

Wednesday, April 24, 7:00pm – All Ages – Free

McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue, 503-239-3982,

Hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Shades of Milk and Honey,
with Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin,

and Nisi Shawl, James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winner

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Book Sale at the Oregon Historical Society 4/20/2013

Library-Sale_4 The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue,

between Madison and Jefferson Streets in downtown Portland.

(You know it’s Portland, Oregon from the name, right?)

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Murder By the Book Farewell Party

Murder By The Book, a locally-owned independent bookstore serving the mystery reading community since 1983, will close its doors this month with a Farewell Party co-hosted by The Oregon Writers Colony Sunday, April 14 at 1pm.
In the meantime, their Biggest and Best Sale is going on.
Murder By The Book is at 3210 S.E.Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland, Oregon. Find them at:

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International Children’s Book Day


In celebration of International Children’s Book Day, I share with you two books I not only loved when I was a child but have picked up and read again several times in the past decade.

Half Magic was originally published in 1954. It tells a story of a four cousins having a boring summer until they find a charm that grants half a wish. These characters appeared in other books by Edward Eager, but this was always my favorite.

A Candle In Her Room was published in 1966. The story is told by three different generations of girls and includes a bit of dark magic in the form of a doll that seems to take hold of each of these young women. I can’t remember if the story ever scared me – but with the book out of print, the cost to buy it right now would scare me. Maybe I’ll find it at a used book sale someday! In the meantime, I’ll let the library keep a copy for me to read every few years.

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