Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Book Shop Loss and a Book Shop Benefit

Great Northwest Books in Portland, Oregon

The used and rare book world suffered a sad loss earlier this month when Great Northwest Books, a longtime favorite in Portland, Oregon, burned down. More than 100,000 volumes--and owner Phil Wikelund's life's work--were destroyed.

To compound the tragedy, the economic downturn had caused the owner to let the insurance on the building and contents lapse.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 4-6, there will be a benefit book sale held at 3025 S.W. 1st Ave in Portland to raise funds for the demolition of the building remains. Other booksellers in the Northwest are donating merchandise, and Oregon authors Bill Cameron, Carola Dunn, Richard H. Engeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doc Macomber, Daniel Matthews, Michael Munk, and Sheila Simonson have donated new, signed copies of their work.

Salavageable books from Great Northwest, which specialized in Western Americana, will also be sold. Most books are priced at $0.75 to $3.00, with the new, signed books priced at $25. Books remaining on Sunday will go for $5.00 per bag. The sale will be open Friday June 4 & Saturday June 5, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday June 6, 11 am - 2 pm. For more details, directions, and instruction on how to donate books or cash to the cause, please visit

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