Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Paper Chatter and Printed Matter

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!

PORTLAND/PNW RELATED

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!

KID'S & YA BOOKS

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

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

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

ART, DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

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

NON-FICTION

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


FICTION & POETRY

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

MAGAZINES & ZINES

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

MISC.

Summer Reading

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

P.I.E. BOOKS FROM JAPAN


  • 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

MISC. BOOKS

Drawing Type
  • Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms

KID'S BOOKS

Maps
  • Maps
  • Welcome to Mamoko

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Superzelda
  • Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald

MAGAZINES & ZINES

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

PAPER GOODS

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


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TUESDAY, MAY 26th, 7pm

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

Reading and Signing with Stacy Wakefield



Join us for a reading and signing with Stacy Wakefield to celebrate the release of The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books, 2015)! 

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory 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. Longtime Reading Frenzy enthusiasts may also be familiar with Stacy's small press publications through My Evil Twin Sister co-created and published with her sister Amber Gayle.


 
 

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5th, 6pm

One Flaming Arrow -- An Inter-Tribal Indigenous Art, Music, & Film Festival

Exhibit

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MONDAY, JUNE 22nd, 7pm

City of Roses

Book Release Party with Kip Manley

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MONDAY, JUNE 22nd, 7pm

Almost Crimson and The Revolution of Every Day

Reading and Signing with Dasha Kelly and Cari Luna

Join us to welcome Dasha Kelly, author of Almost Crimson (Curbside Splendor, 2015) and this year's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction recipient and author of The Revolution of Every Day (Tin House, 2013), Cari Luna! 

Almost Crimson: For as long as she can remember, CeCe has taken care of herself. With her father gone and her mother crippled by chronic depression, CeCe struggles to find fulfillment in the sacrifice required to keep their lives together. As her mother's condition worsens, CeCe is forced to stay close to home and stifle her dreams. With the poetic dexterity of Nikki Giovanni and an unforgettable cast of compassionate characters, Dasha Kelly examines one woman's struggle to choose between her obligation to care for her mother and living life on her own terms.

Dasha Kelly is a nationally-respected writer, artist and social entrepreneur. As a spoken word artist, Dasha has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa. Her previous titles include HitherAll Fall DownHershey Eats Peanuts, and Call It Forth. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Revolution of Every Day: In the midnineties, New York's Lower East Side contained a city within its shadows: a community of squatters who staked their claims on abandoned tenements and lived and worked within their own parameters, accountable to no one but each other. On May 30, 1995, the NYPD rolled an armored tank down East Thirteenth Street and hundreds of police officers in riot gear mobilized to evict a few dozen squatters from two buildings. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna's debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, imagines the lives of five squatters from that time. But almost more threatening than the city lawyers and the private developers trying to evict them are the rifts within their community. Amelia, taken in by Gerrit as a teen runaway seven years earlier, is now pregnant by his best friend, Steve. Anne, married to Steve, is questioning her commitment to the squatter lifestyle. Cat, a fading legend of the downtown scene and unwitting leader of one of the squats, succumbs to heroin. The misunderstandings and assumptions, the secrets and the dissolution of the hope that originally bound these five threaten to destroy their homes as surely as the city's battering rams. Amid this chaos, Amelia struggles with her ambivalence about becoming a mother while knowing that her pregnancy has given her fellow squatters a renewed purpose to their fight -- securing the squats for the next generation. Told from multiple points of view, The Revolution of Every Day shows readers a life that few people, including the New Yorkers who passed the squats every day, know about or understand.

Cari Luna's writing has appeared in SalonJacobinElectric LiteratureThe RumpusPANK, and elsewhere. Cari lives in Portland, Oregon.


FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 6pm

July Art Exhibit

Paintings by Rebecca Artemisa

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SATURDAY, JULY 11th

Mississippi Street Fair

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SATURDAY, JULY 18th

Portland Zine Symposium

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SATURDAY, JULY 18th, 7pm

Dave Roche and Friends

Blair Bogan, Vicky Lim, Jim Joyce, Dave Roche

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FRIDAY, JULY 31st, 7pm

One Thing Leads to Another

Reading and Signing with Dan Stiles

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th, 6pm

August Art Show

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