Best Thing I Read

Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.

The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls tells of getti   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Portland Fall Book Picks

Fall Arts
James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”��   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Headout: Wordstock Panel Picker

Which 2013 Wordstock panels should you attend?

Click on image for a larger version!ILLUSTRATION: Heather BlackGO: The Wordstock Festival writers’ panels are at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., wordstockfesti   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TechfestNW Dispatches: Andy Merkin, Guillermo del Toro and the Future of Stories

The Future of Books. Maybe.


Arts & Books
In the smaller of two stages at Techfest NW, Musicfest NW's little-sister technology festival in which smart people talk about what they do and love, an audience of mostly techies gathered to attend a discussion by Mirada Studios' Andy Merkin. Mirada Studios, if you didn't know, is the studio founded by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), a hellaciously inventive visual storyteller ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Lunch Pail Tales

Adult story time, with sandwiches.

Don’t worry, there aren’t any beanbag chairs, and these books of stories don’t have any pretty pictures. Lunch Pail Tales: A Story Hour for Grown-ups is exactly what it sounds like: an adult   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Judyth Vary Baker, Me & Lee

Love means never having to say you shot the president.

As the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination nears, in 2013, two out of three Americans still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in murdering the president. Judyth Vary    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Readings Go Rock 'n' Roll

A Q&A with the creators of This! Fest.


Arts & Books
Sellwood's the Woods will host This! Fest, a new literature and music festival, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, with readings from more than 26 prominent Portland writers and 18 musical performances. (Read more about the festival in this week's Headout.)Jeremy Hadley, the festival's official organizer, says the idea was spawned by himself and three friends: Wilson Vediner (of local band Point ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Maggie Summers

The Killer Kindle

How the e-book revolution is affecting Portland's book industry


Arts & Books
The day booksellers have been dreading is here. Amazon announced in a statement yesterday that it now sells more e-books than print books. For every 100 print books sold since April 1, Amazon has sold 105 Kindle e-books. ---So if e-books are the way of the future, what does the news mean for Portland's booksellers? In February this year, Powell's Books made national news when it laid off 31 workers, ...   More
Friday, May 20, 2011 ASHLEY COLLMAN

Interior Design Porn

Retail Therapist was out scouting this afternoon and found this lovely tome of interior design porn. Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors With The Things You Love, $35, is chock-full of inspiring photos of home interiors, decorated with homeowners' personal collections and obsessions. Author and stylist Sibella Court is the creative force behind the book—a lovely piece of design in itself, ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Retail Therapist

Obsessive Consumption: The Book

Portland artist Kate Bingaman-Burt's Obsessive Consumption (the book) is here. Kate makes art by illustrating her daily purchases, receipts and credit card bills. Out of that came her blog—also called Obsessive Consumption—and finally this book, which is a collection of years of these illustrations. Retail Therapist could make some kind of trenchant socioeconomic observation about the ...   More
Friday, April 16, 2010 Retail Therapist


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