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Hawthorne Books intern Chelsea Wicks.

Hawthorne Intern Chelsea Wicks Weighs in on Local Bookstores

Posted by Chelsea Wicks on 19 Feb 2015

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Everyone who’s ever visited or lived in Portland knows Powell’s Books—it’s as much part of the Portland experience as Voodoo Doughnut or Stumptown Coffee. What tourists and even locals (or semi-locals like me) might not realize is that Portland is home to many independent bookstores as unique and awesome as Powell’s.

I recently moved back to the Portland area after graduating from the University of Oregon, and while I explored some of Eugene’s great local bookstores, I have failed...Forward

Megan Kruse author of the debut novel Call Me Home signing books at the Hawthorne Books office.

Megan Kruse's Call Me Home Book Tour

Posted by Chelsea Wicks on 04 Feb 2015

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This month I’ve had the sincere pleasure of working with Megan Kruse on planning the upcoming tour for her debut novel Call Me Home which launches on March 1st. Hunting down contact information for bookstore event coordinators and sending out mass emails has been a bit convoluted, and juggling schedules with logical travel routes hurts my brain, but it’s all paying off. We now have more than 20 events scheduled in nearly 20 cities, and we’re not even done planning!

Megan gave me an outline...Forward

Liz Crain

Author’s Note

Liz Crain

Author of Food Lover's Guide to Portland

Liz Crain and Mark Bittman at the Portland fundraiser dinner last week for the James Beard Public Market. Photo by Alan Weiner.

Liz Crain with Mark Bittman at James Beard Public Market Fundraiser Dinner

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I’m a very lucky lady. I got to be Mark Bittman’s date when he was in town for the James Beard Public Market fundraiser dinner at Leftbank Annex last night. Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant put together an incredible Pacific Northwest bounty meal comprised of recipes inspired by Mr. B’s latest book How to Cook Everything Fast which Higgins joked in his intro. to the event was probably “the longest book on fast cooking.” It’s a whopping 4+ pounds after all. (My favorite dishes that I’ve cooked...Forward

Liz Crain

Author’s Note

Liz Crain

Author of Food Lover's Guide to Portland

Mark Bittman in conversation at Powell’s City of Books for his How to Cook Everything Fast.

Liz Crain In Conversation with Mark Bittman and Dana Cowin at Powell's Books

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I’ve been writing about food and drink in Portland since 2003 and apparently 10 is the lucky number because 2013 forward has been incredible to me. I co-authored Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. with chef John Gorham in fall 2013 with McSweeney’s, authored the second edition of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland in fall 2014 with Hawthorne and immediately following the launch of that I got to host author and longtime The New York Times writer Mark Bittman and longtime Food & Wine...Forward

Director Jean-Marc Vallee (from left to right), Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed, Laura Dern and producer Bruna Papandrea. The Portland red carpet premiere of “Wild”, a movie adapted from local Cheryl Strayed’s book, was held Monday at Cinema 21. The cast, including Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, attended. Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian

Cheryl Strayed's Wild Premiere in Portland, Oregon

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 11 Dec 2014

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I had the great fortune to attend the premiere in Portland, Oregon, of Wild, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. I want to pause for a moment and say thank you to Cheryl for being a longtime supporter of Hawthorne books and its writers. Thank you are puny words to express my gratitude for her generosity. During one of the busiest times while she was on tour for Wild, Cheryl took the time to write an introduction to Poe Ballantine’s memoir Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere....Forward