Opening soon: Rose City Book Pub

The old County Cork pub in Northeast Portland neighborhood is closing. In its place? Rose City Book Pub, Portland’s first bookstore bar.

Wait, did you say “bookstore bar?”

Well, yes, and it’s exactly what it sounds like, a working bookstore that happens to pour beer and wine. As noted by Eater PDX, which broke the bar news last week, this will be Portland’s first such establishment, joining Boston’s Trident Cafe, the Spotty Dog in Hudson, or Afterwords in Washington, D.C.

Owned by Northeast Portland native Elise Schumock, the new pub will add built-in bookshelves, hidden nooks and a “cafe-style menu” to the already charming County Cork space. The bar will feature Northwest spirits and around 20 taps for beer and wine.

The bookstore side of things will feature children’s books and used literature, including books from Schumock and her parents’ own collections.

Look for Rose City Book Pub to open Oct. 14 in the former home of County Cork, 1329 N.E. Fremont St.;

— Michael Russell

Odd Stuff in the LFL

I’ve found a couple of business cards and things for local folks in the Little Free Library over the past few months. Today was something else, though. Today I found a pile of stuff in front of the books. I check my LFL every day or two – to see what’s moving, if I need to put out more, if people have left new books in there, so I’m pretty sure all this crap got left by a single person. The best part is that business cards, flyers, and other stuff come from a total of about 6 states. I decided to not share the test results mailed to someone from a health clinic in Maryland. All I can say is, the results were negative – you’re in the clear.

large stuff

We’ve got a postcard (blank on the reverse, so I shall be sending it to one of my penpals); an ad for an artist; a CD holder for the band WoManTra – with CD, a sticker with the band’s logo, and aforementioned test results all tucked inside; a yellow index card with obviously important notes on it, flocked dog stickers; and the WoManTra sticker. I kinda like the logo







small stuff

We also have an array of business cards and flyers, Magic cards, a note that apparently was tucked into a small gift to someone special, and sweet little “Love You” note. I can only imagine someone thought these might make good bookmarks. Either that, or they think I run a recycling station. Which, I suppose, isn’t far from the truth. We’re recycling books, though, not business cards.

If you are the person who dropped all this stuff off – please know that we were entertained by it all, and then it went into the recycling bin. Except the dog stickers. I tucked them into a couple of children’s books.

Wordstock? Portland Book Festival!

The internationally-famous Wordstock has had a makeover, and has become the Portland Book Festival!

The 2018 Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will feature 100+ authors presenting on 9 stagespop-up readings throughout the Portland Art Museum galleries, and 13 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 80+ vendorslocal food trucks, and partner events all weekend long.

The festival will also feature LitCrawl Portland.  Check out the schedule as it gets updated on Facebook or Twitter.

Get your tickets ahead of time – this event often sells out!

Poster & Story Contest: Oregon Humane Society

Don’t just read stories, write them too! Poster & Story contest for students throughout Oregon, and in Clark County, Washington. See the link at the bottom for last year’s winners.

Each year students throughout Oregon and Clark County Washington are invited to create a poster or write a short story portraying part of the Oregon Humane Society’s mission.

70th Annual Be Kind to Animals Poster & Story Contest


Contest is open to all residents of Oregon and Clark County, Washington, entering grades 1st-12th in the fall of 2018.


Step 1: Review the theme for your grade level and entry instructions 2018 OHS Poster and Story Contest Instructions

Step 2: Create your poster and/or write your story based on your grade level theme

Step 3: Print and complete 2018 Poster and Story Entry Slip and glue or tape to the back of your entry (no paperclips, please). Note to Teachers, please include a class list along with your posters and/or stories.

Step 4: Mail or drop off to:

Oregon Humane Society
Attn: Poster and Story Contest
1067 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97211

For 9th-12th Grade Digital Art Entries: Click here to upload your digital art. Please be sure to read the poster theme prompt for Grades 9-12 before entering your digital art poster.


Contest begins September 1, 2018! Deadline to post mark or drop off posters and/or stories is December 14, 2018. All winners will be notified by January 11, 2019 and will be invited to the A’Cat’Emy Awards. The A’Cat’Emy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2018 at the Oregon Humane Society.

Poster & Story Contest Prizes

  • Grand Prize: Laptop
  • Runner Up: $150 Gift Card
  • First Place: $100 Gift Card
  • Second Place: $75 Gift Card
  • Third Place: $50 Gift Card
  • Honorable Mention: $25 Gift Card

All winners also receive a special award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards celebration.

For Teachers!

Enter your students’ posters and/or stories by November 1st to receive a $25 Amazon gift card as a thank you for including the Oregon Humane Society in your classroom curriculum.

For More Information

Contact the OHS Education Office at (503) 416-5034 to learn more.

See all 2018 winning posters and read the top stories here »

Postcard request!

From the Little Free Library Registered Stewards page on Facebook:

Send us a card or postcard!

5 States!

Thank you! Will you be next!
Dear Fellow Little Free Library Stewards,

We are the proud parents of two curious 10 year olds! We love history & road tripping to visit fellow Little Free Libraries across the United States (and beyond, we have visited about 65 so far in the past two years)!

We are looking to collect postcards from LFL across North America & beyond!

Please send to

Stewards Sal & Enzo Montecalvo
4 Markham Drive
Morganville, New Jersey 07751

*We will post updates on our Facebook page! Thank you so much for cultivating a love of reading & showing our boys that there is good in the world.

I’m sending my postcard out in the morning!

Because it isn’t hot enough outside

As usual, I have no affiliation with any of these sites, authors, photographers, or anyone else. 

Check out James Trevino, a “bookstagrammer” – He’s been creating photography by posing with his book collection in various scenes, often related to literature. A few of his works:


If you need me, I’ll be in my room… um, reading.

Here is his Instagram.  And oh, by the way, he’s on Facebook too.