About once a month I visit Third Eye Books, Portland’s only independent, Black-owned bookstore. Located right off Division Street and 33rd Ave in inner SE Portland, this delightful bookstore is tucked away inside an old Portland house.
From posting funny quips to sharing ideas for family-friendly reading activities, these stores have been going above and beyond to reach their communities, all while fielding business in a challenging new way.
Early on a brisk October Saturday, bleary-eyed but with coffee in hand, I stumbled off the longest pre-dawn bus ride of my life into the brightly lit lobby of the Portland Holiday Inn Conference Center, which was packed for the occasion with books and the people who make books their business. A perky volunteer handed […]