Marjorie and the MOD squad have most of your holiday retail needs dialed in, but there are a few options out there for book-minded shoppers to snag unique small press/local/signed gifts:
Publication Fair—If you're looking for a one-stop sampling of Portland's vibrant small-press community, you won't do much better than Publication Studio's annual Publication Fair. There's something here for every taste: relative heavyweights like publisher Tin House, retailers like Ampersand and Nationale, and a range of small publishers including the handmade offerings of Bedouin Books and art-minded publisher Container Corps. The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th, Sun Dec 16, noon-6 pm
Oregon Humanities Holiday Event—Oregon Humanities rounds up a handful of locals for this author-focused event, including Dan DeWeese, Brian Doyle, and the Mercury's own Sarah Mirk—her Oregon History Comics box set is kind of a no-brainer Christmas present, right? The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th, Tues Dec 18, 4:30-7 pm, $5 suggested donation
Reading Frenzy Homegrown Sale—Reading Frenzy reimagines their annual Cheap Art Show as "Homegrown," a craft show focusing on handmade and small-batch crafts including toys, prints, accessories, and more—all under $50. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, show runs through December.
Bridge City Stocking Stuffer—Bridge City Comics and Top Shelf Productions team up to offer some deep discounts on Top Shelf titles, and publisher Brett Warnock will be on hand to provide personalized recommendations from a catalog that includes the kid-favorite Owly, Jeff Lemire's spooky The Underwater Welder, and James Kochalka's autobiographical American Elf collections. Plus: free beer! Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi, Fri Dec 14, 6-9 pm