Reading Frenzy -- An Independent Press Emporium -- is a small, specialty bookshop/gallery/event space in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1994, we are devoted to supporting independent/alternative media and culture. We stock hundreds of hard to find titles, host dozens of literary and art events every year.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 7-10pm
Join us in welcoming author and activist Greg Jobin-Leeds and local author, activist, and scholar Walidah Imarisha to celebrate the release of WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World (The New Press, January 2016)! In WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! longtime social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte—a collective of innovative artists and organizers—to capture the stories, philosophies, tactics, and art of six of today’s most pressing movements: immigrant rights, the LGBTQ movement, the fight for quality public education, the prison justice movement, the struggle for economic power, and the environmental movement. “Wonderful…inspiring…WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! portrays vividly, and creatively, how alone we may seem small, but together we can become a powerful force to make a better world. A timely and impressive work.” —Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of linguistics, emeritus “As protests and demonstrations sprout across the land, young organizers and activists need to know why and how movements are sustained, and how they grow. That resource has arrived.” —Mumia Abu Jamal, author and activist http://www.facebook.com/events/167729903591599/
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 6:30-9:30pm
Reading & Signing with editors Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein. Until the Rulers Obey features sixty-seven interviews with leaders and grassroots activists from fifteen countries presenting their work and debating pressing questions of power, organizational forms, and relations with the state. These interviewees have mobilized on a wide range of issues: fighting against mines and agribusiness and for living space, rural and urban; for social space won through recognition of language, culture, and equal participation; for community and environmental survival. The book is organized in chapters by country, each introduced by a solidarity activist, writer or academic with deep knowledge of the place. Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein say, “This is the book we’ve been waiting for. Anyone interested in the explosion of social movements in Latin America—and the complex interplay between those forces and the ‘Pink Tide’ governments—should inhale this book immediately.” http://www.facebook.com/events/469909333113829/
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 7-10pm
Join us to celebrate the release of I Am Not A Poet! From Street Roots, Portland's flagship, non-profit newspaper supporting social advocacy, I Am Not A Poet offers an intimate, honest look into the multiple dimensions of the human experience. Tackling concepts of love and lust, addiction and recovery, street life and survival, hope and humanity, I Am Not A Poet proves that -- poet or not -- poetry is a vehicle for truth and empowerment. Compiled from fifteen years of printed Street Roots poetry penned by people experiencing homelessness and poverty, proceeds from the anthology support Street Roots' social advocacy and poverty alleviation work. Tonight's readers: Leo Rhodes, Dan Newth and Julie McCurdy, all featured poets in the anthology, will read selected poems throughout the evening. Rhodes and Newth are both Street Roots vendors who have experienced bouts of homelessness in the past; Rhodes is a board member of Street Roots and a homeless advocate. McCurdy has been a contributing writer to the paper for several years and is an advocate for women seeking to escape domestic violence. This event is free! http://www.facebook.com/events/1437029029867594/