Our Portland Story in Retail Stores

Our Portland Story has been pounding the pavement recently. We’ve taken the book out of our dusty hallway and to the streets in search of some new homes. Luckily, we have met some nice folks who are excited to carry Our Portland Story Volume One. You can now find copies at Reading Frenzy, Floating World Comics, Microcosm, Tender Loving Empire, Monograph Bookwerks, Rad Summer, Filter Talent and Land. Coming soon to Powell’s Books. These are some of our favorite stores in Portland and there is no doubt you will find many other treasures in these local shops.

Here is a listing with addresses:

Reading Frenzy
921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205-2804

Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101
Portland, OR 97209

636 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Tender Loving Empire
412 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Monograph Bookwerks
5005 NE 27th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

Rad Summer
2742 E Burnside
Portland, OR 97214

3925 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Filter Talent
733 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

If you are a retailer and wish to carry Our Portland Story, let me know at melissa@ourportlandstory.com.

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Our Portland Story at Wordstock, or Delivered to you by Bike

Wordstock This Weekend

Our Portland Story Volume One will be available for sale at the Wordstock Book Fair this Saturday and Sunday – October 9th and 10th at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Find the book at the p:ear booth. p:ear is an organization that  creatively mentors homeless street youth, and I have personally been volunteering with them for two years. The book will be on sale for $28, cash or check only, and $6 from every book sold will go directly to p:ear. I will be volunteering at the booth personally from 2:00-6:00 on Saturday.

Delivery by Bike

Our Portland Story is offering free bike delivery of books to the inner Portland Metro area for those who enter “PDX Bike Delivery” in the city field when purchasing books online. We will bike deliver the books right to your door within a week. We thought this would be a fun way to get some exercise, and create a fun promo!

Art Opening and Readings at Backspace in November

We are also happy to announce a save the date notice for our second event, an art show and reading event at Backspace – 115 NW 5th Ave. The fine folks at Backspace have graciously offered their gallery space for the month of November. The curator will be choosing pages from the book that we will have enlarged, printed, framed and displayed in the gallery. The gallery will officially open on November 4th, in a First Thursday evening event party. That night we will have readings, music, drinks, etc. I will notify you if you are an author or designer whose page is chosen to be displayed. Until then, save the date!

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TV Interview with Outlook Portland

The CW’s TV show, Outlook Portland, asked Our Portland Story to appear as a guest to talk about the book, the people and the process. I asked OPS author, Paul Sorenson and designer, Megan Clark to join me in the interview. The taping went very well, and I am happy to announce that the segment will air on October 17th, 2010 at 6:30 am on the CW. If you miss it then, it will be available online as well, and I will post when it goes up. The interview featured readings from Paul’s page along with Aimee Heigold’s story, and the topics and design of the pages by Alice Gustafson and Molly Wolverton were discussed among other mentions. Thanks to the folks at Outlook Portland for the opportunity!

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OPS Launch Party a Success!

Thanks to all the 200+ attendees of the Our Portland Story Volume One launch party last night at Mississippi Studios! What a great crowd, and a truly successful, rain-free kick-off. Mad props to the readers of the evening: Lois Leveen, Steve Snell, Natalie El-Jourbagy, Dan Haneckow, Katy Kavanaugh, Joy Cartier, Matt Wiater , Miriam Feder, Paul Sorenson, Richard Mavis, and Dan Peski.

If you missed out on the fun, don’t fret. You can buy the book online from the “Shop” tab above, or stay tuned as we get more events and readings on the calendar.

More photos from the event can be found on the facebook page or flickr.

Thanks to DJ Ryan Scheel, my wonderful group of volunteer friends, and Mississippi Studios for making the event a success!

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Our Portland Story Launch Party – September 23rd

Our Porltand Story cover pageWe invite you to join us as Our Portland Story celebrates its inaugural book launch on September 23rd, 2010. The event is FREE and books will be available for the first time, for $28, cash only.

The party will be hosted by the wonderful folks at Mississippi Studios, and the event is all ages. We will host the party out on the patio unless the weather pushes us inside. The party will be private, limited to authors, designers and their guests from 5:30-6:30. Then from 6:30-8:30 the party will be open to the public and feature readings from selected OPS authors: Lois Leveen, Richard Mavis, Natalie Morad El-Jourbagy, Dan Haneckow, Katy Kavanaugh, Joy Cartier, Matt Wiater, and Paul Sorenson.

Below are the details about the event.

September 23rd

Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

5:30 – Doors open to authors and designers only, each allowed one guest
5:30-6:30 – Welcome + book buying/giving + author/designer meet and greet
6:30 – Party is open to the public
6:45-7:45 – Speakers + readings + book buying
7:45- 8:30 –  Closing party with DJ Ryan Scheel

9:00pm – Mississippi Studios hosts music by: PERFUME GENIUS, BRIGHT ARCHER plus guests
. Stick around to hear the music after the book party: Cost: $10.

I look forward to meeting all of the wonderful contributors, and welcoming the public to celebrate this initial launch!

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