Powell’s City of Books among ‘world’s coolest’

CNN names Portland landmark bookstore among list of 17

FILE - Powell's Books in Portland. May 10, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
FILE - Powell's Books in Portland. May 10, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — It may come as no surprise to fans of Powell’s Books, but the Portland staple has been dubbed one of the “world’s coolest bookstores” in a CNN list released this week.

In a CNN.com compilation published Thursday, the website gives Powell’s City of Books and 16 other stores across the world the “coolest” title.

Situated squarely inside perhaps Portland’s pinnacle of hipness, Powell’s flagship building takes up a full block in the Pearl District. Built in 1971, Powell’s has grown into the largest used and new bookstore on the globe.

“Visitors should set aside a good two to three days to get lost in this iconic Portland landmark,” the article reads. ” … The staff’s passion for reading shines through on the store’s treasure of a website, which features an entertaining book blog in addition to a comprehensive and ambitious online store.”

Only four other bookstores in the US made the list: The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, John K. King Used & Rare Books in Detroit, Parnassus Books in Nashville and New York City’s Strand.

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