The Night, and the Rain, and the River

May 1, 2014. A current of longing runs through twenty-two short stories by Oregon writers. As the characters strive for connection, they make mistakes, reach out to the wrong people, and recalibrate their lives based on what they desire, whether or not it’s attainable—or even a good idea. A shy pyromaniac takes a chance on love. A […]

Carry the Sky

Carry the Sky by Kate Gray Named one of 11 must-read books set in high schools by Bustle Magazine. A Kindle bestseller in the literary gay/lesbian fiction category. A Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Book Club pick. The November 2014 Another Read Through Lesbian Book Club Pick.  Kate Gray takes an unblinking look at bullying in her debut novel, Carry the […]

The Gods of Second Chances

Family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit-happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed her college fund, Ray seeks help from a multitude of gods and goddesses—not to mention ad-libbed rituals performed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend. But kitchen […]

A Simplified Map of the Real World

Two Powell’s employees chose Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World as their favorite book of 2013. Staff Top 5s are released annually, and participants get to write a blurb-like review about their #1 picks. This year, 295 books are spotlighted by fifty-nine employees. Here’s this year’s edition. Read the blurbs, reviews, features, and other […]