What’s your favorite area of your bookstore?
The children’s section is by far my favorite. I love the covers of the children’s books, and the stories for the little ones are fun, and the illustrations are amazingly beautiful.
What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves?
Rhianna’s book is super large – it weighs about 10 pounds. The size and her beautiful eyes catches everyone’s attention!
If you had a staff pick for a recent new release, what would it be?
The Portland Black Panthers
Do you have a strange customer story?
People coming up and literally staring at us through our store window as if they’re confused and then walking away – it happens at least a few times a week. Also people get us confused with the Third Eye Shoppe that used to be on Hawthorne. Our store name has “books” in it and folks still come in at least a few times a week looking for glassware and tie dyed T-shirts.
What author have you been starstruck to meet, or have you gotten to host a fun virtual event?
What are some misconceptions people have about working in a bookstore?
That we’ve read every book that is in our store and we know every author. We have to remind some of our customers that 12,000+ books are released every Tuesday – it’s impossible to keep up with and read every new and/backlist book out there.
What is your least favorite bookstore task?
Favorite part about working in a bookstore?
Talking to our customers and ordering cool new books… we love unpacking new books.
Can you recommend an underrated book?
We recommend No God Like The Mother by Keisha Ajose Fisher. She is a local author and the 2020 Oregon Book Award Winner for fiction.
Michelle Lewis is the owner of Third Eye Books in Portland, Oregon.
A former award-winning journalist with national exposure, Marissa now oversees the day-to-day operation of the Books Forward author branding and book marketing firm, along with our indie publishing support sister company Books Fluent.
Born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans, she has lived and developed a strong base for our company and authors in Chicago and Nashville. Her journalism work has appeared in USA Today, National Geographic and other major publications. She is now interviewed by media on best practices for book marketing.