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.

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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 ]

In short: One of our favorite little books around! A modern classic, even. Five years of collected plays written by Portland, Oregon preschoolers and collected by preschool teacher/Two Plum Press publisher, Andrew Barton. Hilarious, invariably bizarre, oddly brilliant, sometimes surprisingly profound. Perfect for putting out on the coffee table, reading aloud to friends, impromptu group performances...[ 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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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 ]

Nylon is Sofia Alvarez's off-Broadway play about relationships, the past, secrets, and hard truths. Smart, tense, gripping.

From the screenwriter behind the recent smash-hit Netlfix films To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

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

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PS: The Wolves is a playful, smart, sexy bit of poetic historical fiction from one of our favorite Portland writers (and humans), Justin Hocking (The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld). Playing with letters that Bram Stoker wrote to Walt Whitman, as well as the text of Dracula, Hocking creates tales of unfulfilled literary longing. Prose, poetry, erasures, imagined histories...[ continued ]