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March & April 2015

Dear Readers,

Spring is almost here and we're gearing up for a busy season full of readings, signings, exhibits and piles of new printed matter!

IN THE GALLERY: Swing by the shop this month to see Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata in Minikin Gallery. Coming up on April 17th -- a release party and exhibit for IS? (Intelligent Sentient?) with Luke Ramsey, extraordinary comic artist and cofounder of Islands Fold! On May 1st we'll be hosting Feminist Bookstore, an exhibit devoted to classic feminist tomes curated by Jennifer Armbrust and Michelle Blade. 

IN THE SHOP: Join us for a slideshow reading and signing of Rad American Women A-Z with Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl on April 12th! 

OUT & ABOUT: Say hello to Reading Frenzy and other purveyors of small press at the ACRL Conference on March 24th-27th in Portland this year (admission to vendor exhibit is free)! Coming up in April we're pleased as punch to be invited back to table at Linework NW! We'll be tabling on Saturday only and rounding up some brand new highly covetable hard to find comics and art zines for the show!

ON THE SHELVES: Lately we've been seeking out books and zines about radical art/artists, DIY self care, Risograph art zines, and of course, beautiful kid's books. Check out some of our recent favorites below!
  • Dr. Mutter's Marvels (Gotham Books, 2014) by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: A true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine.
  • Eventually Everything Connects (Nobrow, 2015) by Loris Lora: a gorgeous, wordless accordion book drawing connections between California Modernists like Charles and Ray Eames, Edith Head, and Sister Korita Kent. 
  • Girl in a Band: A Memoir (Dey Street, 2015) by Kim Gordon: A candid memoir by vocalist, bassist, and founding member of Sonic Youth.
  • Home (Candlewick, 2015) by Carson Ellis: a children's picture book celebrating homes of all sorts. 
  • I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli (AK Press, 2014) by Andrea Pakieser: A lesser know writer, publisher, anarchist, and iconoclast. 
  • Here (Pantheon Books, 20014) by Richard McGuire: This experimental and nonlinear graphic novel tells the story of one corner of the earth over the course of many millennia. 

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10 Ways to Celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

September 14, 2014:

Well, we didn't get a key to the city or an official commendation but we've always been a little anti-establishment anyway. All we really want for our platinum anniversary is for our patrons to celebrate this milestone with us! To that end, here's a handy list of 10 ways to celebrate with us and launch us into our 3rd decade!!!

  1. Swing by the shop this month and spend $20!
  2. Become a member of 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy! Friends receive 10% off all general merchandise, and 25% Reading Frenzy brand items (t-shirts, totes, etc.) for a year.* Now only $20 ($25 value)! *Some restrictions apply (but not many).
  3. Spend $100 or more during the month of September and receive a FREE 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership (see description above)!
  4. Purchase our lovely 4-color silkscreen Not Tonight I'm Reading print designed by Mary Kate McDevitt and printed by Seizure Palace for $20 ($30 value)!
  5. Purchase a 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership and Not Tonight I'm Reading combo and get your discount on the spot -- only $35 for both ($55 value)!
  6. Pre-order a Not Tonight I'm Reading t-shirt or tote for $20 ($22-$24 value). Shipping in late September/early October.
  7. Purchase any issue of Crap Hound or from our selection of Reading Frenzy exclusive items
  8. Purchase one of these limited edition, signed and numbered, 2-color silkscreen prints from our Reading Frenzy print series for $20 ($25 value): Aaron Renier, Nikki McClure, or Kate Bingaman-Burt
  9. Purchase one of these limited edition archival pigment prints by Carson Ellis for $30 ($40 value)!
  10. Purchase an I Want to Kiss This Person print by Miranda July for $20 ($30 value)!
Special offers and discounts all expire 9/30/14, so don't dilly dally!

Rolling in the Ink: New & Notable Titles!


True Portland
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • John Day Fossil Beds by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • The Monkey Puzzle Trees of Portland by Tom Meyers -- LOCAL!
  • PDX 100 by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • The Water Storage Tanks of Portland by Tom Meyers -- -- LOCAL!
  • Wizard Island by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!


The Wonderful Egg
  • Alison and Her Robot by Fred Chao -- LOCAL!
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • Beware the Haunted Legs by Brian Cook -- LOCAL!
  • Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown
  • Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
  • Level Up by Gene Luen and Thien Pham Yang
  • Rookie Yearbook Two edited by Tavi Gevinson
  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
  • Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern
  • The Wonderful Egg by Dahlov Ipcar


Pretty In Ink
  • 100 Crushes by Elisha Lim
  • The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kerascoet and Fabien Vehlmann
  • The Big Feminist But edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly 
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  • Fight the Power: A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples by various
  • Lovf by Jesse Reklaw
  • Malcolm Gladwell Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke
  • Nick Offerman Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers 
  • Pretty in Ink: Women Cartoonists edited by Trina Robbins
  • The System by Peter Kuper
  • World War 3 Illustrated 1979-2004 edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman


Citizen Keane
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Cat by Julia Kuo
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip by Trina Dalziel
  • Citizen Keane: Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson
  • Collect Raindrops by Nikki McClure
  • Drawn In: Inspiring Sketchbooks edited by Julia Rothman
  • From Here to There: Hand Drawn Maps edited by Kris Harzinski
  • Green Guide for Artists by Karen Michel and Kristin Hampshire
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Happy People by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants & Small Creatures by Sachiko Umoto
  • Map Art Lab by Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly
  • Toilets of the World by Morna E. Gregory and Sian James


Dwelling Portably
  • Alive With Vigor: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle by Robert Earle Sutter III
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • The Atheist's Bible edited by Joan Konner
  • The Civil Disobedience edited by James Tracy
  • D.I.Y. Constitutional Amendment Kit by Nathaniel Whitten
  • Dwelling Portably 1980-2012 Box Set: Tips from the People Who Sparked the Tiny House Movement by Bert and Holly Davis
  • Hillbilly Nationalists by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
  • Mostly True: The Story of Bozo Texino by Bill Daniel
  • Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems... by Bill Adler Jr.
  • Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences by Mark Siddall


Sorrow Arrow
  • Loba by Diane Di Prima
  • Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey -- LOCAL!
  • This Planet is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra by Sun Ra
  • Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz


Uppercase #22
  • Found Magazine #9
  • Hi-Fructose #32
  • Incandescent #4: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • Incandescent #5: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory -- LOCAL!
  • My Day #30 by Nate Orton -- LOCAL!
  • Pitchfork #1 (#2 also in stock!) -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • Sugar Needle #38 -- LOCAL!
  • Uppercase: For the Creative and Curious #22
  • Women of Color #4: Home -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #5: Interviews -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #6: Women Off-Color -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #7: Around Portland -- LOCAL!
  • Wrap #10: Into the Wild


Summer Reading

P.I.E. Books: Pretty. Impressive. Entertaining. and More This Week!


  • 100 Illustrated Papers for Writing & Crafting
  • Cats in Yukio-e
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Makiba: Cute Farm Animals
  • Mushroom Botanical Art
  • Sou Sou Paper Book
  • Sweet & Nostalgic Designs in Japan: Handicrafts, Graphics, Architecture and More
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
  • Yurio Seki's Design & Patterns


Drawing Type
  • Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms


  • Maps
  • Welcome to Mamoko


  • Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald


Bitch #63
  • Bitch #63: The Tough Issue
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
  • The Mystery & Adventure Series Review #48
  • Poppycock #1: 100% Portland, 100% Nonsense
  • She Shreds #5: The Magazine Dedicated to Women Guitarists
  • Sugar Needle #38
  • Vandals Make Me Puke
  • Women of Color #4-#7: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks


Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Circle
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Dalarna

Just In: A BUNCH of New Books!

Hot Weather, Hot New Titles!

This Week's Fresh Titles

New Arrivals!

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Paper Chatter

Installation by Brittany Powell Parich and Tae Kitakata

Join us this 1st Friday for Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata!  Paper Chatter. Conversation cut-outs.  Visual talks.  Brittany and Tae will be hanging words -- whole conversations of words -- at mouth-height.  Made of cut paper, the words will chat, respond, complain, comfort, shout, and ignore each other. The paper words are tangible, see-able conversations and visitors to the gallery can interact with the installation as if they themselves are speaking. Imagining, saving, and documenting what may otherwise be throw-away interactions.

About Tae:  My work varies between intricately cut paper and brightly colored wall paintings spanning twenty feet.  I like turning sketchbook doodles into reality and prefer simple processes with immediate results, like polaroids and drawing on paper.  The aesthetics of my personal space is always an important consideration that can deeply affect my creativity.  I find that ideas often dictate the media I use, but sometimes it's the other way around.

About Brittany:  In alphabetical order, the things that interest me are domestic items, the everyday, food, humor, Oregon, and products.  When I create my work, I look for the place where the mass-produced meets the personalized through the methods of inventorying, making products, and setting up environments.  My ways of working thus far range from rendering a Mexican restaurant in contact paper to recreating buildings in my hometown in cut-and-fold models to embroidering Ikea furniture assembly instructions onto a quilt.

About Low-Commitment Projects: During art school, our studios were connected by an open doorway.  We started as strangers, but for the first (and only) assignment of the two-year program, our instructor paired us together.  So began a back-and-forth of materials, ideas, and foods. Since school, we've both returned to our home states.  Hawaii and Oregon aren't exactly connected by a tele-transporter, so it is hard to keep up the co-generation of ideas.  That's where Low Commitment Projects comes in. Low-Commitment Projects provides us a chance to share concepts and schemes without a huge outlay of time, energy, or money.  These ventures are like the materialization of mental sketches; there's minimal risk because they're quick.


Upcoming Events


Shock & Awe Release Party

Slideshow Reading & Signing with Ethan Rafal

Join us to celebrate the release of Ethan Rafal's Shock and Awe -- A twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay, Shock and Awe is a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. Completed over countless years traveling the United States, the project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the book presentation is both a reading, and a show-and-tell. The performance will last approximately 40 minutes, followed by an open discussion about the issues explored in the project. Walnut Pie will be served.

Ethan Rafal began working on this project in 2001, though he didn't know it for the first five years. Profoundly affected by the events of September 11th, and still deep in shock as the US began the invasion of Afghanistan, he instinctually stopped shooting skate videos and began documenting the up-turned social landscape of his North Jersey world. Out of reflex, he became a photographer, and soon found himself traversing the country, to document, collect, and preserve.

Years later, after photographing war and losing several friends to it, he rediscovered this early archive. It held acute personal significance, as it held the remains of his youth; however, he also felt it provided an early view of the national moral and corporeal collapse that loomed around him. He re-opened this project full time, revisiting the country he had once known, hoping to tell what was then - before the recession - the unheard story of an exhausted American homeland drained by its relationship with war.

After a couple of years, the world caught up. The toll of the homeland became the doublespeak of politicians and headlines, and he watched as the noise of the "recession story," diluted and stripped of larger and longer standing causes, drowned out a trauma that, like his subjects, he too could no longer escape.

His subjects are as much a reflection of himself as they are products of this time. But, he too is a product of this time, and it has been his primary task with this project to reclaim his story from the fog. Ultimately, this work is autobiographical and it is the artist's hope that, in his search, you see yourself, too.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12th, 3pm

Rad American Women A-Z

Reading & Signing with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

On the occasion of their 60th anniversary has published their first kid's book! Please join us to celebrate the release of Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History... and Our Future (City Lights, 2014) with author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl! Children should have easy and plentiful access to books and to characters that reflect their own lives, their communities, and their interests. Rad American Women A-Zis diverse in many ways, including representations of women from different class, race, and geographical backgrounds, women of different sexualities, and abilities, from different times in our country's history. Children's books should also represent a diversity of life choices, and our book showcases a range of things that women can do -- flip through the pages and you'll find an actor, a judge, a scientist, a dancer, a community organizer, a pilot, a novelist, and more.

"I need 2 of these books, one to read to all the kids in my life and one to rip the illustrations out of so I can frame them! This MUST HAVE super fun read fills in the missing pieces in so many kids' (and grown-ups') educations. Couldn't recommend it enough." -- Kathleen Hanna, singer, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin 

"I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can't wait for my son to read this." -- Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day 



Companeras: Zapatista Women's Stories Reading with Hilary Klein

Reading with Hilary Klein

Companeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers -- who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Companeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.

"A guiding light for a new generation of feminists and others who would challenge patriarchy, poverty, gender oppression, racism, and all the other inhumanities maintained by global capitalism." --Elaine Brown, Black Panther Party leader

"Beautifully written, Companeras is a story of love and courage that gives a new depth to our understanding of the Zapatista movement and resonates beyond Chiapas." --Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch

Hilary Klein lived in Chiapas, Mexico, for several years, where she worked with women's projects in Zapatista communities. After she edited a book of Zapatista women's testimonies to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Hilary Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities.

This event is co-sponsored by The Hella 503 Collective

FRIDAY, APRIL 17th, 6pm

IS? (Intelligent Sentient?)

Art Exhibit and Book Release Party with Luke Ramsey

Join us to celebrate the release of Luke Ramsey's new book IS? Drawn and Quarterly, 2015) and enjoy a companion exhibit of a dozen prints from the book as well as original drawings. 

Intelligent Sentient? feels like an artifact from another time -- a lost feature in OMNI magazine or the album booklet for a late-1970s Hawkwind record or perhaps a print version of Koyaanisqatsi. Beautiful, detailed filigreed drawings fold in on themselves and blossom out at the reader as time speeds up and contracts. A loose story is told that involves a society of giant people, strange art, and inexplicable scientific experiments utilizing nonexistent technology. Factories and tree houses teem with life, and the city nestles up against a landscape filled with dinosaurs, apes, and dragonflies living peacefully side by side.

Intelligent Sentient? is a series of images that are tied together not in narrative but in a progressing theme, the takeaway being that everything is connected. The drawings contain the fine detail of a watchmaker and the visual scope of a social reform muralist. This book is meant to be read forward and backward and returned to and treated like a mystical text.


Linework NW Illustration & Comics Fest

Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.)

Come see us on Saturday at Linework NW! 

FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 6pm

Feminist Bookstore

Curated by Jennifer Armbrust & Michelle Blade
A dozen (or so) artists reimagine the covers of influential feminist tomes. Each artist will create a custom jacket for a book that has shaped their life, work, thinking or way of being. Drawing attention to role of feminist thinking in our practice, the exhibition celebrates the contribution of writers, theorists and intellectuals and invites viewers to engage not just with the art, but with the texts themselves. Both the artwork and the books will be on display and for sale.

Jennifer Armbrust is an artist and creative consultant living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a degree in Critical Theory from The Evergreen State College. A former gallerist (with Motel), she currently runs her own creative studio,

Michelle Blade is a visual artist. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

SUNDAY, MAY 3rd, 1pm

Feminist Bookstore Art Party!

With Jen Armbrust and Michelle Blade

More info coming soon...

SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 6:30pm

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Reading and Signing with Jessica Hopper

In collaboration with Beacon Sound we're please to present Jessica Hopper to celebrate the release of her new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books, 2015). Join us at Beacon Sound (3636B N Mississippi Ave) for a reading and discussion, afterward hop two doors down to Reading Frenzy for the signing. Beacon Sound will be hosting an after party! More event details coming soon...

Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as one of the firebrands of the form, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music, but the culture around it, revealing new truths that often challenge us to consider what it is to be a fan. With this premiere volume, spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why the New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful and humorous writing, this book serves as a document of the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption.

Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music, the ideas in songs and albums, how fantasies of artists become complicated by real life, and just what happens when you follow that obsession into muddy festival fields, dank basements, corporate offices or court records.

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in GQRolling StoneThe Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. She is a senior editor at The Pitchfork Review and the music editor at Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Hopper was the longtime music consultant for This American Life. Her book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young sons.

TUESDAY, MAY 26th, 7pm

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory and Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000

Reading and Signing with Stacy Wakefield and Ash Thayer

Join us for a reading and signing with Stacy Wakefield and photographer Ash Thayer to celebrate the release of their respective books, both focussed on squatting in NYC in the 1990s.

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books, 2015) tells the story of Sid, a young woman who gets swept up in the 1990s squatting movement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an area that continues to deal with issues of gentrification today. Stacy Wakefield's own experiences add a lot of legitimacy to the novel -- she herself squatted in both New York City and Europe in the '80s and '90s, and the novel draws heavily from her own experiences and observations. She is probably best known for her seminal nonfiction book and underground classic Not For Rent, a compilation of interviews with women she met while living in squats -- one of whom eventually became the basis for the character of Sid in The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. Stacy is also the cocreator, along with Nick Zinner of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and writer Zachary Lipez, of the photo/essay book Please Take Me Off the Guest List.

Ash Thayer's Kill City (powerHouse Books, 2015) perfectly complements the themes of Stacy's novel. The book is a compilation of photographs she took while she, too, squatted in New York City in the 1990s. Few outsiders -- especially photographers and journalists --were allowed inside these squats due to their perilous legal standing, so Thayer's book provides a rare first-hand and intimate look at a largely undocumented movement and the lives of those involved in it.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 7pm

Almost Crimson

Reading and Signing with Dasha Kelly

More info coming soon...

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