Powell's Books shifts in-house author events to digital

Jun 17 2020, 2:09 pm

World-famous Powell’s Books has transitioned some of their upcoming author events online in the wake of growing concerns over COVID-19.

While many regions of Oregon have entered the first or second phase of the state’s plan to reopen the economy, recent stuttering in the fight against the spread of coronavirus has caused progress to be paused.

Last week, Governor Kate Brown put a one week hold on the advancement of reopening, as the state sees its largest numbers of new cases per day, in consecutive days.

While Powell’s strives to raise Black voices in a time of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, they have recently reopened physical orders for pick-up at their main Burnside location.

However, the events calendar in Portland’s beloved bibliophile haven is one of its greatest attractions. For years, Powell’s has had an astounding number of in-person author events for signings and readings. Now, in the wake of the global pandemic, and further complications to reopening their physical locations, Powell’s has officially moved some of their events to a digital platform.


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With six events currently scheduled to take place via Zoom, book lovers and interested parties can register to view the live calls via the Online Events portal on Powell’s.

Author talks include Gregory Benford and Larry Niven on June 30, and Julia Alvarez in Conversation With Samantha Mabry on July 9.

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