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Closure for repairs

07/12/2015 12:00 pm
07/27/2015 8:00 pm

On May 8th, a large chunk of plaster fell off our old building's façade.  It made a heckuva mess and revealed some structural issues.  We were closed for almost the entire month of May for engineering assessments, safety work, and permitting.  Our landlord is working with the city and a construction team to complete repairs.  St. Johns architect Joseph Purkey of Convergence Architecture has worked with engineers Julie and Jason Havelka, and contractor RJR Construction, to design repairs that include significant visual and energy-efficient improvements to our elderly storefront.  We are advised that we must be closed for two weeks during the process, due to safety hazards.  We welcome your support as we prepare for this second significant closure.  And when all this is behind us, we mean to have a proper party!   Construction dates posted here are subject to change as the construction team makes final adjustments.  For now, here's an advance look at our spruced-up storefront:

 

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Kate Carroll de Gutes launches Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

06/25/2015 7:30 pm

On the surface, Kate Carroll de Gutes’ debut collection of essays considers her sexuality, gender presentation, and the end of her marriage. But, as editor Judith Kitchen says, “peel it back, begin to take it apart, semantically and linguistically and personally, and it all comes clear.”

Kate Carroll de Gutes invites readers to become collaborators in essays about issues we all face: growing up, identity, love, loss, and sometimes, as in de Gutes’ case, the quest for the perfect fashion accessory. With wit matched by self-compassion and empathy, the essays offer a lesson on the inevitable journey back to the places we all began.

 Join us to applaud the release of this spectacular book and celebrate the 10th anniversary of this bookstore!  Light refreshments will be served. 

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Voices From the Rainbow with Traci Taylor and friends

05/07/2015 7:30 pm
Traci Taylor is joined by contributors to Voices From the Rainbow for this presentation.  This collection of stories from more than fifty individuals presents the unsent letters, trials by fire, and heart-songs of wounded spirits begging to be heard. Traci Leigh Taylor listened, to coming-out stories and more. Four years of interviews and correspondence with LGBTQ people across the United States and around the globe is captured in first-person accounts that lift hearts and rend souls. Voices from the Rainbow delves into the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer—where the human struggle for love and acceptance is the common denominator. This book offers a path to understanding, acceptance, and healing. It is a call to love.
$13.93
ISBN-13: 9780692262276
Availability: Available at Our Distributor- Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mother Warrior Press, 10/2014

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Bards Deluxe!

05/09/2015 3:00 pm
When the parade is over and the party is on, drop by St Johns Booksellers for poetry from the Bards Deluxe!

The current issue of The Bear Deluxe (one of our favourite journals) celebrates Poetry of Place. To that end, The Bear held a poetry contest and the winners, selected by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, have been published in issue #36. Five of the "Bards" Deluxe (Laura Dunn, Megan Freshley, Heidi Greenwald, Marj Hogan, and Ross Robbins) will read at your bookstore following the St Johns Parade.
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8622 N Lombard St
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97203-3731
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GenderFuck

05/15/2015 7:00 pm

Join your host, Kate Carroll de Gutes, on the 3rd
Friday of each month--now in our neighbouring space, The Central Hotel!
Open mic signup is available at 6:30pm. Call us here at the bookstore
for more info. GenderFuck is an open mic and performance space for
queer, transgender, and genderqueer writers. Because we’re queer and we
cross boundaries, that means we’re not limited by genre, either. You can
write essays or short stories or sonnets. You can be a spoken word
artist or a shy poet who rarely reads out loud. It’s a welcoming place
to try out new material and hone your performance skills. And it’s a
place where a girl in a bowtie or a boy in a dress is welcomed and
should feel comfortable. We are so much more than M or F, gay or
straight. Let’s move beyond binary.

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8608 N Lombard St
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Portland
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Oregon
Postal Code:
97203-3731
Country:
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CHANGE OF VENUE! JUST SAY YES! with Catherine Hiller

05/08/2015 7:30 pm

CHANGE OF VENUE: Due to an unforeseen issue with our elderly building, this even has been moved to a nearby location.  Join us at ATELIER GALLERY, 7315 N Alta.  It's right around the corner, behind the movie theatre and catty-corner from Proper Eats.  Thank you to Shae and John for their neighbourly kindness in opening their space tonight.

JUST SAY YES, perhaps the first marijuana memoir ever
published, is a positive account of long-term cannabis use. With
ruthless honesty and deadpan humor, the author observes the effect of
weed upon every aspect of her life: marriage, motherhood, friendship,
work, sport, sex. Phillip Lopate, Nonfiction Director of Columbia
University's MFA Writing Program, lauds JUST SAY YES: "This funny, wry
and very candid memoir purports to be a Confession of an American
Pot-Smoker but is really a cultural/personal history of the past fifty
years. The narrative progresses backward and not only the past but
innocence itself is recaptured." John Updike wrote about Hiller's short
story collection, SKIN, this is "good, brave and joyful writing."

$10.74
ISBN-13: 9781942762010
Availability: Available at Our Distributor- Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heliotrope Books LLC, 4/2015

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Left Coast Crime! Kenneth Wishnia, Wendy Hornsby, & Travis Richardson

03/13/2015 7:00 pm
Join Kenneth Wishnia, Wendy Hornsby, and Travis Richardson for a bookstore reading during Crimelandia, the 2015 Left Coast Crime convention in Portland, OR.

KENNETH WISHNIA, author of the Edgar Allan Poe Award-nominated Filomena Buscarsela series. kennethwishnia.com

WENDY HORNSBY, author of The Color of Light, The Hanging, and The Paramour’s Daughter. Edgar Award winning author of the Maggie MacGowen mysteries. wendyhornsby.com

TRAVIS RICHARDSON, editor of Sisters-In-Crime Los Angeles newsletter Ransom Notes, author of Lost in Clover and Keeping the Record. tsrichardson.com

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8622 N Lombard St
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Portland
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97203-3731
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GenderFuck

02/20/2015 7:00 pm

 

Join your host, Kate Carroll de Gutes, on the 3rd Friday of each month--now in our neighbouring space, The Central Hotel!  Open mic signup is available at 6:30pm.  Call us here at the bookstore for more info.

GenderFuck is an open mic and performance space for queer, transgender, and genderqueer writers. Because we’re queer and we cross boundaries, that means we’re not limited by genre, either. You can write essays or short stories or sonnets. You can be a spoken word artist or a shy poet who rarely reads out loud. It’s a welcoming place to try out new material and hone your performance skills. And it’s a place where a girl in a bowtie or a boy in a dress is welcomed and should feel comfortable. We are so much more than M or F, gay or straight. Let’s move beyond binary. 

Location: 
Street:
8608 N Lombard St
City:
Portland
,
Province:
Oregon
Postal Code:
97203-3731
Country:
United States

Berlin Gunning presents The Ill Fortune To Be Dark In the Eyes

02/21/2015 3:00 pm

What if eye color rather than skin color determined race? What if you were one of only a few in your country with a twenty-first-century understanding of genetics and heredity? Or if members of the same family with eyes of different colors were treated as members of different races? What if you were significantly disabled, but nobody minded...as long as you didn't have THE ILL FORTUNE TO BE DARK IN THE EYES? What if you alone stood between a schemer and her desire to throw an entire nation into turmoil?  Author Berlin Gunning takes on these ideas in her new science fiction novel.

Born in Seattle in 1982, Berlin Gunning is the youngest of her father's seven daughters. She is the first of them to earn a Master of Arts degree, in writing, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from Oregon's Portland State University. Miss Gunning lives, writes, indulges her twin passions for classical music and horses, and is happily single in the City of Roses, Portland Oregon. She has blue eyes.

 

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8622 N Lombard St
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Behind the Badge In River City with Don DuPay

03/06/2015 7:30 pm
Behind the Badge in River City; A Portland Police Memoir, with foreword by crime writer Phil Stanford, is a fascinating first-hand account of the Portland Police Department during the gritty 60s & 70s. DuPay's compassionate and insightful book paints compelling--and sometimes disturbing-- portraits of a cop, a police department and a city.  Join us for the launch of this book, enjoy treats with us, and hear Don's anecdotes about the St. Johns of 40 years ago.
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8622 N Lombard St
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Oregon
Postal Code:
97203-3731
Country:
United States
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