Portland is the city for book lovers. A golden age of reading has arrived in the city, where book lovers have more than 100 shops from which to choose.
Multnomah County Library is the best-used public library in the United States with about 19.4 million books and other items circulated in 2005. Per capita, this city of a half-million residents boasts more bookstores than Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Yet, unlike these cities, Portland has no literary guidebook to help residents and millions of visitors navigate all the literary attractions this city has to offer — until now.
"City of Readers — The Book Lover's Guide to Portland" (Tall Grass Press, $15.95) is a literary umbrella, bringing together all the elements — bookstores, libraries, landmarks, authors, events, volunteer opportunities and titles — that create the climate to experience the written word in Portland.
Not just a guidebook, this volume is packed with fascinating history, including Portland's bookselling roots. There is little-known trivia about Portland's treasure-trove of authors and their local stomping grounds. "City of Readers" contains valuable resources for Portland's residents and visitors, including information about local events and more. Readers may be inspired to participate and sustain Portland's vibrant literary community and learn how everyone can pass on this enthusiasm to the next generation of Portland book lovers.
Gabriel H. Boehmer is a longtime Portland resident and lifelong book lover. By writing "City of Readers," he hopes to create an ongoing dialogue for our literary community.
Visit his web site, www.cityofreaders .com for original essays on Portland's literary life, a discussion forum where people can weigh in on their favorite aspects of literary Portland, a gallery of Portland photos and information on city-wide literary events.
Tall Grass Press is a small publishing house dedicated to creating quality and environmentally conscious nonfiction titles. "City of Readers" is Tall Grass Press's first book. Learn more at tallgrasspress.com.