Books

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.

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.

104 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Includes 12 color-plate images printed on a wax printer by Pine Island Press (Incandescent Photo Zine). Published by Two Plum Press.

"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."

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. Cover art by Sarah Daegling. 

 

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. Highly recommended.

240 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9780983632757. Published by Portland's Perfect Day Publishing. Nominated for the 2017 Oregon Book Award.

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.

The Richard Brautigan of the Portland, Oregon poetry scene, Chris Maday writes poems that are funny, puzzling, and perfectly odd. 

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

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. So the critically acclaimed, endlessly heartbroken singer-songwriter checks himself into a ten-day silent retreat. As those silent days unfold, Jaina attempts to rewire his own brain in a burst of unpredictable digressions and unsent love letters, musings on the miracles of science and the fallen heroes of popular music. Get It While You Can is a late-night ode to the pursuit of sanity."

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. Released on Perfect Day Publishing. ISBN #9780983632733

Last copy! 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. Published by Two Plum Press.

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."

218 pages, trade paperback.

"Ingenious, variegated, touching, important, wholly absorbing, inspiring and inspiriting."- Cynthia Ozick