ALL OVER THE CITY, there's a persistent jingle: It's the sound of Portland's artist types putting their renowned creativity to work shaking down shoppers for holiday change. Bookstores and publishers aren't about to miss out on the action—here's a quick guide to some of the city's book-minded fairs and sales.
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 the art-minded press 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's Homespun—Reading Frenzy re-imagines their annual Cheap Art Show as Homespun, an art show and sale focusing on handmade and small-batch crafts including toys, prints, accessories, and more—all under $50. The beloved small-press emporium has thrown a holiday sale every year for more than 15 years—and Homespun marks the last one in their current location, as their building's landlord is remodeling and eliminating Reading Frenzy's space. They're moving out on March 1. (Proprietor Chloe Eudaly is currently searching for a new location.) Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, show runs through Dec 31
Bridge City Stocking Stuffer—Bridge City Comics and Top Shelf Productions team up to offer some deep discounts on comics released by Top Shelf, 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
Powell's Holiday Sale—Powell's holiday gift guide offers 30 percent off on some of the year's best titles, including Chris Ware's Building Stories, David Byrne's How Music Works, and the year's most covetable cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home, which is a sure bet for any cook in your life. Any Powell's location or powells.com