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Posts Tagged ‘Powell’s Books’

Powell’s Books Lays Off 31 Employees

Powell’s Books has laid off 31 employees. The employees worked in four different locations at Portland, Oregon-based bookseller.

According to Portland Mercury Blogtown, no managers were targeted for layoffs. The company will institute a pay freeze in July and stop making 401(k)s contributions on February 21st. Both of these conditions will be in effect for a minimum of one year.

Powell’s Books president Emily Powell had this statement, in the release:  “I feel it is critical to make some very difficult adjustments at this time, to address our current reality and to prepare the company for success in the future, a future that looks very different than our business today.”

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Powell’s Books Wins a Visit from Suzanne Collins

mockingsmall.jpgPowell’s Books has won Scholastic’s Mockingjay in-store display contest. The bookstore constructed a 17-foot cornucopia to beat out the rest of the competition. Their prize? A visit from Suzanne Collins at their West Burnside location on Sunday, November 7th.

Powell’s staffer Suzy Wilson had this statement in the release: “A visit from The Hunger Games series author, Suzanne Collins, is better than birthdays and snow days! We are ecstatic for the legions of Mockingjay fans in our area—many of whom waited for hours for the midnight release—to have won the Scholastic contest. It is an amazing opportunity for all those passionate readers to meet their favorite author. The celebration continues, and costumes are not required…but welcomed.”

Publishers Weekly has the Powell’s Books a picture of the staff in costume. New York City’s Books of Wonder hosted a Collins visit during a Mockingjay midnight release party. Owner Peter Glassman offered these thoughts on the trendiness of YA series, ” I think what’s really great is that adults aren’t afraid anymore of being seen reading kids’ books. It’s okay for a grown-up to enjoy children’s literature.”

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North by Northwest Publishing

The Oregonian’s Abby Haight spotlights various publishers operating out of the Northwest region, including the now suddenly-successful Beyond Words Publishing. Not long ago, the 12-person company traveled the West Coast selling their titles out of the back of their car. But now that they’ve used a partnership with Simon & Schuster to sign Australian Rhonda Byrne to write THE SECRET book based on her video, the company’s success has helped reveal the vibrant but often overlooked community of publishers in Oregon, ranging from one-person presses to renowned Dark Horse Comics.

“There’s this creative energy about Portland,” says Cynthia Black, who founded Beyond Words with her husband, Richard Cohn, 24 years ago. “I think it draws a certain kind of person that has an independent, creative spirit. And the literary culture that was created by Powell’s Books has drawn people who are interested in books. Those things coming together creates almost this safe haven for these works to emerge.”

Other publishers out of the seventy-odd companies working around the Northwest include Hawthorne Press (currently making a splash with Monica Drake’s CLOWN GIRL), the Ink and Paper Group, and Multnomah Publishers (bought by Random House and folded into WaterBrook Press.)