A Day of Visiting Bookstores that Have Relocated

Portland’s bookstore scene often changes in the blink of an eye. A new one opens. An old one closes. Another one moves. I’d been meaning to visit the bookstores that have relocated recently so I spent today doing so.

First up was Backstory Books & Yarn. It used to be by a Filipino restaurant that I actually went to today. Now, it’s near Powell’s Books on Hawthorne and an odd hole-in-the-wall shop selling used books and other odd assortment of stuff that I only finally found out was called The Needle. Backstory Books occupied what was Hawthorne Boulevard Books, a true Portland institution that was in business for 34 years!

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Next up was Paper Moon Book which moved from just across the street. It has had many homes since 1977.

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Finally, I went to Books with Pictures which moved up the street after a successful Kickstarter campaign. It was where Longfellow Books used to be where the wonderful Alice in Wonderland mural is still up. I hope to continue seeing Books with Pictures grow in leaps and bounds.

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What’s a bookstore you visited recently?

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