Portland women’s bookstore in trouble

December 16th, 2008 | Uncategorized

I’ve been getting emails about Portland’s women’s bookstore, In Other Words. They need a pile of money by the end of the year in order to survive. Go to their website to buy some holiday gifts or make a donation, okay? It sounds like people are really pitching in, like they did for the fictional Madwimmin Books.


It’s a cold world. Thank god this cord of wood got delivered today.

15 Responses to “Portland women’s bookstore in trouble”

  1. Aunt Soozie says:

    Okay, let’s see…what’s today’s date? hmmmm… maybe it is time to think about gifts… I’ll go check out that bookstore website. Thanks for the head’s up Alison. and whew.. that car ride sure looked treacherous. Dang.

  2. NLC says:

    And if you need a suggestion:

    Note that Lois is posing beside a copy of Persuasion and today is Jane Austen’s birthday…

  3. Alex K says:

    Are you buying split logs or slabwood? Not much heat in bark, but the stuff that isn’t even good for pallets sure is cheap.

    If I had all your space I’d buy a load of poles. A chainsaw, a splitter, and Holly: The only thing left is stacking. Go in with a neighbour on the chainsaw and splitter, or pay for the yearly service in order to be able to borrow them when you take a delivery…

    Sometimes I love living in London, sometimes I miss, really miss, the way we used to live.

  4. The Cat Pimp says:

    It snowed in Berkeley this morning and I was so excited, I took pictures. Yet, here are AB and Holly out buying piles of wood and sawing Christmas trees in an icestorm.

  5. Juliet says:

    That’s a lotta wood. We’re not allowed to burn wood *sigh* as it contravenes all sorts of city clean air legislation.


  6. meg says:

    Stacking wood is fun! So is using a splitter!

    I miss it… now, off to shovel. *sigh*

  7. Jay says:

    Having grown up with a wood stove, I find that there is no way I can romanticize it as an adult. I didn’t like the work involved then (cutting, splitting, stacking, carrying) and I don’t like it now. The only good part is getting the stove really cooking so it’s ninety degrees in here.

  8. Anonymous says:

    thank you so much for the IOW post on your website! In my wildest fantasies others will follow suit and see how we are pulling together our community everywhere, not just in Portland, OR. Within community we CAN do anything….WE CAN BUILD COMMUIUINUITY! even in the back woods of NW Pennsylvania, even in Akron OH, even in Tennesee, even in Texas and even in Washington DC! Let this fiscal storm be a lesson in pulling together! Community building 101! And for Gods sake STOP BUYING SHIT AT WALMART!!!!

  9. Kate says:

    Yes, thank you for posting about In Other Words. I live in Portland, and the bookstore is walking distance from my house. In addition to be the last surviving woman’s bookstore, it is also a really important community center. I just donated all of the money that I could, and I hope that others donate to keep the store running.

  10. Ian says:

    Well, at least I now know how much a cord of wood is!

  11. bookseller_in_PDX says:

    Thanks very much for the posting re: In Other Words. ‘Tho I work at another indie (think complementary not rival), PDX would be much the poorer without IOW. I’ve sent out the call to PDX peeps & friends. Hopefully, moolah will be donated. IOW is a great resource!

  12. Dr. Empirical says:

    A cord of wood doesn’t look nearly as impressive once you’ve got it stacked. You can’t even build a big enough wall to make a decent fort!

    Splitting wood by hand with a maul is good exercise, and there’s a visceral satisfaction to swinging a hunk of steel and watching two pieces of wood that were formerly one, flying in different directions.

    I suspect, though, that if my personal comfort were dependent on the routine performance of this task, my attitude would be quite different.

  13. Sarah says:

    “Ho Buck! Ho Bright! Where you want this put?”

  14. Weatherwax says:

    How long does that cord last you for? The entire winter or just a little while?

    Its pretty pathetic that I don’t know this, as my family has had a wood stove for many years. We were sheltered from the actual workings of the stove though. Particularly the wood gathering, splitting, stacking, and feeding the stove. The kids helped once or twice but they quit asking us after a while. Not that I’m complaining, completely. 😛

  15. Erica says:

    In Other Words is definitely a spiritual cousin to Madwimmin Books. Online shout-outs like yours evidently resulted in a swarm of online donations. So, from all us queer-ass Portlanders: thanks!