Powell's City of Books
Backstory and Context
Inspired his son's successful bookstore in Chicago, retired contractor Walter Powell opened this store in Portland in 1971. His son, Michael, bought the store in 1982 and by 1984 the company opened its first branch location near Washington Square. Powell's played an important role in the resurgence of independent bookstores across the country, opening a travel bookstore in 1985 and nearly one store per year for the next several years. Powell's began taking internet orders via email in 1993 and launched its own website by 1994. Today, Powell's is run by Walter Powell's granddaughter, Emily Powell. She says the goal of a bookseller should be to "connect the writer's voice with the reader's ear and not let our egos get in between," a sentiment instilled by her grandfather.
History of Powell's Books, Powell's website, (Accessed 6/4/2016) http://www.powells.com/locations/powells-city-of-books/ Jeremiah Chamberlain, "Inside Indie Bookstores: Powell’s Books in Portland," The Practical Writer, May 2010. (accessed 6/4/2016) Oregonhttp://www.pw.org/content/inside_indie_bookstores_powell_s_books_in_portland_oregon?cmnt_all=1