Books Around the Corner | 10/26/18 Newletter


A community bookshop and event space located in historic downtown Gresham.


It’s a WEEK until Books Around the Corner is unveiled! We hope to reach 1,000$ of our Indiegogo Campaign before we open our doors. Come on down to the Gresham Farmer’s Market for the last day to buy a raffle ticket and be entered to win some super cool prizes. We also want to give a special thanks to everyone at the Fall Expo and the continued support of the community. You avid readers and event goers! We are so grateful for your support and can’t wait to see you all opening weekend! Details have been updated below! Also above is a photo of our super new merchandise! $15 dollars for a shirt or bag. Limited supply but we will be taking orders!




 October 27th | Gresham Farmer’s Market
Stop by and tell us what you enjoy reading AND enter our raffle ($5 per ticket) to win a free book, wine tasting for two at Eola Hills Winery, $20 gift certificate at Eola Hills Winery, or one of two sets of four passes to OMSI!

November 2nd – 4th | Grand Opening Weekend
Come join us for our grand opening weekend! We will have an event every day and a few ongoing activities. We’ll also have some light refreshments on Friday November 2nd in the morning after our ribbon cutting. If you want to see the first reveal of Books Around the Corner we hope you will make it to our ribbon cutting at approximately 9:15am. There will be an area to take a silly selfie with some fun photo props AND a book raffle that you can enter just by coming into the bookshop during opening weekend! Specific days and event details below!


FRIDAY November 2nd | Drop-In Origami Class with Yuki Origami
5:00 – 7:00pm
Celebrate our grand opening weekend with a free drop-in origami class and make book themed origami with instructor, Yuki Martin.


SATURDAY November 3rd | Local Author Party
Celebrate our grand opening weekend with a number of local authors. Schedule is below and we’ll have an appearance by Diana Abu-Jaber sometime during the day, author of Life Without A Recipe, Birds of Paradise, The Language of Baklava, and Crescent.

Stevan Allred @1pm
Author of The Alehouse at the End of the World
When a fisherman receives a mysterious letter about his beloved’s demise, he sets off in his skiff to find her on the Isle of the Dead. The Alehouse at the End of the World is an epic comedy set in the sixteenth century, where bawdy Shakespearean love triangles play out with shapeshifting avian demigods and a fertility goddess, drunken revelry, bio-dynamic gardening, and a narcissistic, bullying crow, who may have colluded with a foreign power. A raucous, aw-aw-aw-awe-inspiring romp, Stevan Allred’s second book is a juicy fable for adults, and a hopeful tale for out troubled times.

Nathaniel Barber @3pm
Author of Luck Favors the Prepared
In his first collection of short stories, Nathaniel Barber allows a peek inside the life observant. Luck Favors the Prepared is a straightforward read, shifting from remote and comic documentary to lived-in memoir, dreamily recalling the absurd choreography of divorce, landlordship, role playing video games, misguided activism, customer service and sudden, unexpected wardrobe failures.

Luck Favors the Prepared is an unforgettable tour through the ordinary and unconventional. This full collection is lovingly handcrafted by the hardest working nobody in the Pacific Northwest.

Francesca Varela
Signing @4pm & Reading 5:30pm
Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing, and she then went on to receive her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah.

Francesca’s dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she wrote her award-winning first novel, Call of the Sun Child, when she was only 18 years old, and she wrote her second novel, Listen, when she was only 20. The Seas of Distant Stars is her latest novel and is a riveting piece of science fiction!


SUNDAY November 4th | All Ages Storytime
11:30am – 12:00pm

Join Stephanie, Books Around the Corner owner and local librarian, for all ages storytime filled with songs and stories. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for details.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Here’s how it works: Kids bring their favorite stuffed pal to our bookshop and leave their little buddy behind for the overnight bookshop party. Fun and silly photos of what these mischievous stuffed animals are doing will be posted on social media and also shared with the families who participate.

A recent study led by researcher Yoshihiro Okazaki of Okayama University, found that instilling a sense of magic and wonder is a necessary part of getting kids to fall in love with reading in the first place. What’s more, Okazaki says that sleepover programs increase reading interest. (After all, once the kids see their stuffed animals reading books, they want to read with them, too!)

Must drop off by 4:30pm!


Books Around the Corner can order any book your reading heart desires AND ship it to the bookshop in 2-3 days for now additional charge and to your front door for under $5 dollars!

Check out our Indiegogo Campaign below! Every dollar we earn helps build an even more diverse collection and helps us offer events and classes!





Email us:

Books Around the Corner
40 NW 2nd St
Gresham, OR 97030

Mon: 10-6
Tues: 10-6
Fri: 10-8
Sat: 10-8
Sun: 12-5 (Storytime at 11:30)


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