Books Around the Corner | 11/02/18 Newletter


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


Our grand opening is finally upon us and Books Around the Corner is unveiled! We want to give a special thanks to Cafe Delirium for generously donating coffee to our grand opening and Hope’s Bakery for providing some delicious treats. We also received a warm welcome from the Gresham Chamber of Commerce and Riverview Community Bank. Sugar Cubed stopped by to welcome us to the neighborhood with some mouthwatering mini cupcakes. Lastly thank you to every person who has shown excitement for our bookshop. We are so excited to finally be open for business for this one-of-a-kind community! 


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 this Sunday and every Sunday. 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!


FRIDAY November 16th | Pajama Party with the #STEPHANIES
‪6:30pm – 6:55pm
7:00pm-7:25pm ‬


‪Join Books Around the Corner owner, Stephanie Rose, and local author, Stephanie Solomon for a super fun all ages pajama party! ‬

‪She will be sharing her new story book, #knowyourworth. The book is inspired by her Russian tortoise, Penelope, who will also be making an appearance!

Books Around the Corner will be donating 10% of sales to Stephanie’s cause and a portion of the proceeds from every book sold will go towards breast cancer research and education in honor of the author’s loved one. ‬

‪This is a pajama party so all are encouraged to wear pajamas. Best pajama outfit will win a #knowyourworth prize of choice and a children’s book from Books Around the Corner! ‬

‪RSVP today! ‬

MONDAY November 19th | Wine Painting Class by Le Painted Grape
6:30 – 8:00pm

Come join us for this fun and creative Wine Glass Painting Class held at BOOKS AROUND THE CORNER, 40 NW 2ND ST, GRESHAM OR!
This month’s design: SANTA BABY. In this 1.5 hour class, you will hand paint a design on a wine glass guided by an instructor from Le Painted Grape. All painting supplies and wine glass included. Come see the new bookstore in Gresham We teach you STEP BY STEP so no exp. necessary. Sign up with your friends!


Books Around the Corner has more than just books but bookish gifts for this holiday season. Come check out a few shirts, locally made greeting cards, pins, and more!

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





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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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