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Wallace Books listed as "AAA Favorite"; January author event planned

Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - James Maynard, on the staff at Westmorelands Wallace Books, plans a January 23rd free local author event at SMILE Station in Sellwood, featuring readings by poet/authors Kate Gray and Paulann Petersen.Westmoreland’s Wallace Books was featured in the November-December Issue of “Via”, the magazine of AAA Oregon for members in the Pacific Northwest.

The distinctive little blue-and-yellow bookstore on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Knapp Street was likened to “a miniature Powell’s Books”, overflowing with new and used reading material for all ages. Like Dr. Who’s “Tardis”, there’s a lot more room inside than there appears to be outside!

Indeed, owner Julie Wallace worked several years at Powell’s “City of Books”, subsequently using her experience and love of reading to address book needs in Inner Southeast neighborhoods with her store.

This area is home to not only a large population of readers, but also to many published authors as well. Wallace is on a first-name basis with many of her customers, too – keeping their interests in mind and in stock.

Wallace places the new publications in the cozy lobby of her bookstore at 7241 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Books by Portland authors are prominently displayed, along with other nationally popular tomes. Staff will help you search for old favorites, order new editions, and even buy back books you’re finished with, for credit.

The store’s Staff Assistant, James Maynard, plans to host an authors’ reading at Sellwood’s SMILE Station, at S.E. 13th and Tenino, in January. “Poet Kate Gray will be reading from her first fiction book, ‘Carry the Sky’,” says Maynard. “Sellwood resident Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s former Poet Laureate, will also read some of her poetry.” The free event is scheduled for January 23rd at 7pm, at 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue. Call 503/235-7350 for more information.