Powell’s Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell’s headquarters, dubbed Powell’s City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Powell’s City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space.
The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used, rare and out-of-print books. Powell’s buys around 3000 used books a day.
Aleister can always be found somewhere in Powell’s, either sipping coffee in the cafe or in the stacks, suddenly appearing to give assistance to those trying to find the strange, the weird, and the rare found between the more mundane titles being held there. He’s an older man in a tweed suit and cap with a friendly, helpful demeanor.