Mother Foucault’s Bookshop is a serious book lover’s haven with a curated collection of literature, philosophy, literary criticism, foreign language books, and more. They regularly host literary events such as readings, talks, panels, and performances.
Passages Bookshop specializes in unusual, out-of-print, and rare books, prints, and original materials with a focus on poetry, modern art and literature, fine printing and artists' books, and related fields. They also host events and readings in their shared studio and gallery space.
A neighborhood independent bookstore, Annie Bloom’s Books carries a broad range of new (not used) books across many genres. Along with a strong fiction section, they excel in children's and young adult, travel, current events, and cooking. The bookstore hosts frequent book readings and signings, writer talks, local authors, and First Friday activities.
The City of Books, as the four-story flagship store in Portland, Oregon, is known, occupies an entire city block, and carries more than one million books. Each month, the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room) hosts a new art exhibit, as well as dozens of author events featuring acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers.
This west side location of Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing hosts popular author events, talks, and readings throughout the year. This bookstore also provides an expansive setting for customers to explore over half a million used, new, and hard-to-find books across every category and genre.
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne is a smaller, more relaxed counterpart to Powell’s City of Books flagship location. Located in the heart of Southeast Portland, Powell’s Books on Hawthorne covers more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offers more than 200,000 used and new books. They host lively author readings several times each week in the Tabor Room.
The Strand carries over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books, covering topics as far-ranging as occult to philosophy to finance. Their in-store events feature some of today’s most interesting and provocative personalities, from James Franco to Patti Smith and dialogues between such greats as Junot Diaz and Hilton Als. The Strand regularly hosts readings, panels, book signings, and other literary events.
192 Books is a general interest bookstore in the Chelsea neighborhood featuring recent titles and past best-sellers, as well as selected rare and out-of-print books, on a variety of subjects, including literary fiction, art and photography, history and biography, natural history and science, works in translation, film, poetry, music, and current affairs. 192 Books hosts art exhibitions and an extensive series of readings by distinguished writers and artists, signings, group readings, discussions, and a weekly story hour for children at eleven each Wednesday.
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop is New York’s only all-poetry bookstore. They sell poetry books and chapbooks, celebrate art, creativity, performance, and the handmade, and are a partner to many small presses local to Brooklyn, around the country, and worldwide. The shop is a place to read, to hear poets read, to meet poets and readers, and to join a community.
Bluestockings is a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The store carries over 6,000 titles of social-justice themed books on such topics as race, class, and the environment, in addition to fiction and poetry. Bluestockings also hosts readings, workshops, performances, discussions, and films almost every night of the week. The café offers organic, vegan, and fair trade menu items.