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Michelle Overby's books of casual modern haikus are such joys. Little books you want to gift, the kind of things you take a moment out of time with. Her latest, And Winter Reminds Me, packs it in. Three poems per page, each handwritten in Michelle's expressive style. As usual, it's a treat.

76 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

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A back-catalog gem from Portland food writer and publisher Andrew Barton (The Myrtlewood Cookbook). Autumn Wanderers is his travelogue of a two-month trek from London to Istanbul, following (albeit unintentionally) the path of the British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.

"During the journey, the Wanderers walk through twilit parks in London, attend a children's rugby 'match tea' in The English Countryside, stroll along the houseboat lined canals of Amsterdam, visit underground art spaces in Den Haag, see innumerable places of dreams/book/films in Paris, feel at home amongst the snow/candlelight/people of Berlin, ride trains through vast snowy landscapes past broken towns and train stations, experience the deep, hardy beauty of winter in Krakow, in glorious winter sun visit the palatial baths in Budapest, and ferrying from shore to shore of the Bosphorus, soundtracked by the call to prayer, adventure through intoxicatingly magical sites and smells of Istanbul...[ continued ]

Last copy! Big Big Wednesday, one of the best literary journals around, never disappoints. Mixing poetry, photography, fiction, paintings, nonfiction, collage and multimedia art, issue five responds to the theme "Stranger." 27 contributors, including Cynthia Cruz, Sara Sutter, Thérèse Soukar Chehade, Beth Wooten, Dara Wier, Elaine Kahn, and Hilary Plum.

124 pages, oversized trade paperback...[ continued ]

Last copy! The fourth issue of our favorite literary journal, Big Big Wednesday, works around the theme "Partial." Poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations, and photography from 24 contributors, including Ben Lerner, Jennifer Williams, Claudia Lars, Haley Rene Thompson, Emily Carr, and Francesca Capone. 

120 pages, oversized trade paperback. Pull-out mini-poster by Maren Jensen...[ continued ]

Martha Grover's observations about life on earth are one-of-a-kind. In The End of My Career, the latest essay collection from the long-running Somnambulist zine author, her eye has never been more honed. It's a book about moving back in with her parents, finding work with a chronic illness, and living as a woman in a changing city. It will make you laugh while feeling the ever-present weight of the world...[ continued ]

Everyday Mythologies is a sideways glance at the mundane myths that make up our lives. Or: three personal essays about collecting, cars, and dads (that are also about gender, masculinity, and strength). 

66 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press. ISBN #9781732159129.

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From Portland writer and musician Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can is a memoir told in vignettes full of humor and soul-searching desperation. Released on the ever-awesome Perfect Day Publishing.

"When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he’s pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he’s released or tours he’s led, he still can’t shake the feeling that he has failed at life...[ continued ]

Michael Heald's strong voice and humor shine through in everything he writes. Eleven playful essays about insecurities, relationships, and obsessions.

"After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension is not nearly as depressing as any of this sounds."

192 pages, trade paperback...[ continued ]

Zachary Schomburg's surrealist poems are some of our favorite things in this world. Hear Oars (a book of dream poems in correspondence with Mathias Svalina of Dream Delivery Service) is perfectly casual, fun, and occasionally hilarious. It's the kind of book you want to place on a coffee table, sneak onto a friend's bookshelf, watch someone discover in a free library.

56 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers...[ continued ]

The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity + Sound Advice For Writers and Artists is a playful book of great depth. The book version of a mixtape. "Part consoling sourcebook, part cultural commentary, part wry self-help manual, and part inspirational anthology, this slim volume is a celebration of the creative spirit, packed with insights relevant to any creative worker, whatever their field...[ continued ]