David Abel is the man behind Passages Bookshop which sells fine, rare and unusual books. Located at 1223 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, the store focuses on literature and art and features a gallery that showcases books and graphic arts. "We sell books from $5 to $20,000," Abel says. "Most are in the $20-$150 range." He ran his first book store in New York City and after a stint in Albuquerque, moved to Portland in 1997. Passages opened in the Lloyd District in January.
The shop, located on the ground floor of The Merrick, is a venue for interesting events. The first Friday in June will kick off an exhibition called 366 Skies, the result of a creative collaboration between a poet, photographer and printer. The Spare Room reading series will also have one of its homes here, a series Abel started 15 years ago and which is now approaching its 202nd reading. The art you see in the windows will change every four months and is part of a year-long nation-wide public art project.
Passages is currently the only place where you can buy Orange Lining, a compilation of all the poems that were stenciled on the erosion fences, and eventually stamped in the sidewalks, along the Orange Line. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6 pm and by appointment and chance. MENTION GO LLOYD FOR A 10% DISCOUNT. But wait -- what about that $20,000 book? If you're curious, it was published in the 60's with an original Andy Warhol silk screen cover and represents the first time Warhol used Polaroids to produce prints.