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Sherman Alexie coming to Salem

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in All Blog Posts | 0 comments

The great news is that Sherman Alexie will be visiting our neck of the woods soon (Willamette University, March 11). The bad news is the event is sold out, and so I will not get a chance to see Mr. Alexie this time around. But since he will be in town, and conceivably walking the streets of Salem, perhaps he will find his way here to the Book Bin.  He is, after all, a huge supporter of independent bookstores, and besides, what book lover can resist the magnetic pull of our gigantic store sign and all that it promises? So, let us imagine Sherman Alexie here at the Book Bin where I shake his...

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Pasadena Book Fair

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Bookseller Adventures | 0 comments

While our stores in Oregon were closed by the snow today a few intrepid Book Binners were down in California staying warm and selling rare books at the Pasadena Antiquarian Book Fair. As you can see our southern neighbors love books too and flocked to our...

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Neil Gaiman in Portland

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Bookseller Adventures | 0 comments

It was a great day. It was almost 100 degrees. I swear. I’m pretty sure the thermometer would have said 90, or 95, but really, that’s almost 100. I expected to spend the morning sitting on a sidewalk, in the sun, guzzling water and wondering where I was going to pee. Because we had heard that other stops on the tour, it had taken over five hours to get all the way through, to get every book signed, we wanted to be as close to the front as possible. We had driven by the Crystal Ballroom (if authors can be rock stars, Neil Gaiman is definitely there. He sold out the Crystal...

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