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Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 24

Saturday, April 24, is Independent Bookstore Day. We’re lucky to have numerous indie bookstores in the Portland area – this year The Oregonian| visited 16 independent bookstores in the Portland suburbs, from Gresham to Hillsboro to Oregon City to McMinnville. To learn about what makes each of them tick. Look for the OregonLive guide to suburban Portland bookstores at .   Content source: Photo:  Ashley Byrd on Unsplash You may also enjoy,  How I got here and why it matters by Carol Doane .

What DO people do with books?

Book sales went up by 8% in 2020. Guess we were cooped up in the house enough to drive us to read, and stir crazy enough to drive MORE of us to read, or as a recent study says, “engage” with books. An article on highlighted the 2020 survey done by Portland State University that challenged our assumptions about who uses books and how books are used. Noting that, “Data just about reading ignores a large portion of the things people do with books.” What DO people do with books? The Immersive Media & Books Study surveyed 4,314 people who had “engaged with” at least one book during 2020, and provides new insight on what people do with books. The study defines “engage” as buying, borrowing, reading, giving or subscribing to all or part of a physical, digital or audio book. That's a pretty broad definition, but it certainly covers the territory. The conclusions of the study were as most would assume and, in some instances, a surprise. Books are more than entertainment. 

360 Convos with Carol Doane: I'll think about it later

360 Convos with Carol Doane:  I left the grocery store with enough bags threaded on my arm that I should have kept the grocery cart, but I didn’t want the indecision of leaving the cart next to the car or being a good citizen and pushing it back to the store. I managed to wrestle the key in my pocket to open the trunk and set the bags inside, realizing that the clerk had inserted a refrigerated item in each plastic bag, so I’d have to unload everything once I got home, instead of leaving a few things for later. Leaving a few things for later seemed to be my... Read the full article using the link above. Source: NAMI Writing Project NAMI SWWA Creative Writing for Wellness Fridays, 12:00 – 1:30 PM PST You may also enjoy,  How I got here and why it matters by Carol Doane .

There There by Tommy Orange

If you've ever wondered why sports teams that have (had) Indians as mascots is offensive, read the prologue of There There by Tommy Orange. I discovered Tommy Orange at Portland, Oregon's Book Fest in an appearance he did with Trevino Brings Plenty. Their event was recorded by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and is found on their website here: Portland Book Festival | Tommy Orange | Trevino Brings Plenty This book presents a diverse cast of characters with one thing in common: struggle. Deftly written, propels the reader to the ending. Source: Purchase You may also enjoy,  How I got here and why it matters by Carol Doane .

Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski

I started to read this book but didn’t finish before my library loan expired. Later, during the library’s Bookapoolza Sale, where they sell hardbacks for a dollar and paperbacks for 50 cents, I snagged the hardback published in 2010. I was looking for answers, for help. It is demoralizing to be in a work environment where younger versions of yourself walk in the door with no experience and command a higher base (I’m in sales) than you. To live that is a poison you to your self-worth and to continue to take it is not what I want to model for my daughter. Pay inequity pushes good people to a breaking point, either it breaks them, or they break out of here. She details working women who feel lucky, grateful, willing to apologize at the drop of a hat, and more than ready to work hard to be deemed valuable. Yet value is the unreachable brass ring. And that striving creates a destructive cycle of labor for which there is no end. Brzezinski holds herself accountable for most of the