1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
Cue the trumpets! Cue the elephants and dancing girls. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Powell’s. Really, what else is there to say?
This is where books go to heaven: The largest new and used bookstore in the world. 68,000 sq ft. — a full city block long — books, books, books, coffee, and books. People on every floor and in every cranny. People streaming in all day.
I can almost promise that you will find the book you’re looking for. 3,000 used books are purchased every day. If it was published, it’s sure to be in one of the 9 color-coded rooms, on one of the four floors. Just ask a bookseller. You’re sure to find someone. There are, after all, around 200 employees working here.
The store has been around since 1971. It’s a valuable part of the community. A tourist destination of the first order and one of the largest draws in the state. There’s also the website,complete with reviews, author interviews, essays and blog.
It’s truly a labyrinth that would make Borges swoon. Not only will you find books you’re looking for, you’ll find books you had never even considered, but realize you suddenly need.
Every bibliophile should make a point to visit this store. Every person in the book business should as well. Every bookseller, author, agent, publicist, editor, publisher, and intern should have to set foot inside this store and look for one book. Just for the sheer joy of it.
An absolutely must not miss!