Portland Monthly wants you to read in silence

Guys, it's cold out there.  Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, it's time to curl up with a good book and maybe a fireplace and maybe a cat/dog/iguana and maybe a comforting beverage of your choice.  We think so, and so does Portland Monthly.  They were kind enough to include us in their excellent list of "13 Secrets of Winter Relaxation Every Portlander Must Know."

The idea verges on radical: gather adults at a bar, mix cocktails, hit “play” on Brian Eno or Philip Glass, and ask people to read. Quietly. For two hours. That’s the boiled-down directive of Portland’s Silent Reading Party, a monthly-ish attempt to reclaim time for literary serenity. The perusing usually goes down on Sunday afternoons at Beech Street Parlor, a Northeast house-turned-bar with Victorian-style couches and flocked wallpaper. The tunes are lyric-free and the cocktails bookishly named (like an orange gin-spiked “All Quiet on the Western Front”). Dog-ear the next date: 3–5 p.m. Sunday, January 29, at Beech Street.

Thanks to Portland Monthly for pointing more people our way!  We're hoping that 2017 will be the Year of Silent Reading (among other things.) 

Like the magazine says, our next Silent Reading Party is Sunday January 29 from 3-5 pm.  It will be a special partnership with Multnomah County Library's "Everybody Reads" program, with a limited number of free copies of this year's book, Evicted, available for giveaway.  Grab a copy to get started on it, or bring your own book and read your way into the new year!