Big News from Your Faithful Proprietress!
As some of you have heard, I'm running for Portland City Council this year! For the past 21 years I've been doggedly pursuing my mission to support and foster independent, small press, and self-published media in order to amplify underrepresented voices through my bookshop Reading Frenzy. I'm proud of my accomplishments -- keeping the shop afloat through many challenges, pulling off 500 free literary and art events, and co-founding the Independent Publishing Resource Center to name a few -- but while I love being a bookseller, for several years I've had a nagging feeling that it wasn't enough, so in the last decade I've done stints on the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the District Parent Involvement Committee, I co-founded the Special Education PTA of Portland, and more recently I've become deeply involved in affordable housing advocacy and renter's rights.
Six months ago I had no intention of running, but when no viable candidate emerged who is strong on our most pressing issues, I felt compelled to step up. I'm running because Portland is not working for its low and moderate income residents, including at least half of its renters (that's nearly 150,000 people!). It's not working for those of us who live in neighborhoods that lack basic amenities like sidewalks, curb cuts, and crosswalks. And this month we learned it's not working for those of us who are breathing in extraordinarily high levels of cadmium, arsenic, and other toxins due to poor environmental regulation.
Portland is facing a crisis of disconnection, and we need representatives who are directly in touch with the challenges that the majority of our residents are facing, not just career politicians and political insiders. As someone from a working class background, who is a small business owner, a single parent, a renter, and a longtime activist and advocate for a variety of causes, I definitely fit that bill. Besides, one of our most beloved Mayors was a bartender -- I don't think a bookseller is too much of a stretch for City Commissioner!
I've been surprised and heartened by the outpouring of support for my campaign. While I know this will be an uphill battle, and the odds are against me unseating an incumbent, I'm fighting hard to get to the primary and to keep the conversations focussed on vital issues like affordable housing, living wages, the environment, and equity across our communities. If I don't win this time around, I'll be back at it two years from now.
We've raised over $10,000 so far but have another $90,000 to go before the May primary. Here's how you can help:
- Make a campaign contribution here.
- Check out my website and sign up for our mailing and/or volunteer list here!
- Like and follow my campaign on Facebook.
- Share our website and Facebook page with your friends!
More Recent Additions:
- Heads In The Clouds
- Golden Hour
- For Keeps
- Every Fire Has It's Starter
- Different Realities
- LiarTown USA: Social Justice Kittens Postcard Pack of 12
- The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine
- The Jaywalker
- LiarTownUSA: Postcards Vol. 1 Pack of 12
- LiarTownUSA: Mustache Ride Postcard
FRIDAY, JULY 1st
- SUNDAY, JULY 31st
New Work by Caitlin McDonagh
Golden Hour is a body of work inspired by the transition between day and night, night and day. The quiet moments when things pause. The dreamy states where things rejuvenate and rest. These paintings explore the cycles between waking and dreaming, and the beings who occupy, grow and live within them.
Caitlin McDonagh is a self-taught visual artist born and raised on Vancouver Island, and currently resides in Powell River, BC, Canada. She creates intricate illustrative works that are deeply inspired by folklore, storytelling, traditions and architecture from various real and unreal sources. McDonagh’s medium of choice is acrylagouache paint which allows for fine opaque detail and transparent washes while maintaining vibrant colours.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11th, 7pm
The Funeral Papers
Reading and Signing with Josh Gross
The Funeral Papers is a co-memoir, written by Josh and his father Arnie, who bequeathed Josh a large stack of short stories, poems, and newspaper profiles detailing slices of life in the wild west of the 1970s Sausalito houseboat community—including their armed clashes with police and the county—when he died. As Josh and his father did not speak for many years before Arnie passed, the archive was the last available window into the complex, volatile, occasionally violent, nature of their relationship, and the book uses those documents to investigate how and where it all went sideways, and if it is possible to forgive.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, 7pm
Reading & Signings with John Jodzio
More info coming soon...