Specialties We specialize in buying and selling used books. We buy thousands of books from people every day so that our stores have a wide variety of inexpensive books.
We also have an amazing room devoted to rare and collectible books.
And, check out our art gallery in the Pearl Room. We have a new exhibit every month.
And not to brag too much, but we've been voted sexiest staff in Portland a couple of times in recent years by the Portland Mercury.
History Established in 1971
From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms (
Powell's roots began in Chicago, where Michael Powell, as a University of Chicago graduate student, opened his first bookstore in 1970. Encouraged by friends and professors, including novelist Saul Bellow, Michael borrowed $3, 000 to assume a lease on a bookstore. Michael's father Walter, a retired painting contractor, worked one summer with Michael in the Chicago store, and upon returning to Portland opened his own used bookstore.
Michael joined Walter in 1979, creating a bookstore with a unique recipe that, though viewed as unorthodox, worked: Used and new, hardcover and paperback, all on the same shelf, open 365 days a year and staffed by knowledgeable and dedicated book lovers.
The Lipton Collection : Antique English Silver Designed for the Serving of Tea
Book (The Museum)
Illustrated History of Religious Murder2010-12-05 17:19:43 by 58andfixed
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"Holy Horrors" chronicles the grim spectrum of religious persecution from ancient times to the present, including such historic massacres as the Crusades, the Islamic jihads, the Catholic wars against heretics, the Inquisition, witch hunts, the Reformation, and such atrocities as the Holocaust, the seemingly insoluble Catholic-Protestant schism in Northern Ireland, religious tribalism in Lebanon, and the barbaric cruelty of the theocracy in Iran.
Oroville Calendar — Mercury-Register
"Arsenic and Old Lace." The three-act play features two eccentric maiden sisters full of kindness, generosity and sympathy tenderly poisoning their lonely, elderly male lodgers.
Exhibits — The Moscow Times
Open Storage of rare books, paintings, graphics, porcelain, bronzes, ceramics, genealogical materials and private collections. Pushkin and ..
Greetings from Portland
Book (Schiffer Publishing)
The Pacific Monthly June 1908 Portland Rose Festival
Book (The Pacific Monthly Company)
Minerva Clark Gives Up the Ghost
Book (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Sixty Milestones of Progress 1859-1919
Book (Ladd & Tilton Bank)