by Slingshot Collective Author
Shipping Oct 10th! Looking for a replacement 2019 planner?Any activist's necessity for over 20 years, the small Slingshot organizer is a 2020 day planner that fits in your pocket. Every page has ...
Mixed colors, 1/4 size, paperback, 160 pages
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by Slingshot Collective Author
Shipping Oct 10th! Need a replacement 2019 planner instead?The large Slingshot is a spiral-bound calendar and day planner. It includes space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical leftist ...
mixed colors, 5.5x8.5", glossy cover, spiral bound
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by Megan Lynn Kott Illustrator
A 78 card deck based around everyone's favorite feline companions! This tarot deck is based on the imagery and composition of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and brings some levity to divination with all your favorite ...
78 cards and booklet, color, 3.4x5.4x1.9, boxed set
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by Randall Munroe Author
Cartoonist, mathmatician, and constant question asker, Randall Munroe follows up his New York Times Best Sellers What if? and Thing Explainer, with this latest addition. Full of unhelpfull charts, diagrams, and ...
320 pages, b&w, 9.3 in H | 7.2 in W | 1 in T
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by Abby Artemisia Author
A bounty of different recipes for herbs you can grow and find out in the woods. Not only does this book contain specific remedies, it has great information about how and when to harvest herbs - and how to process them ...
160 pg, color, 7.8x9.5, paperback
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by Jamia Wilson Author and Andrea Pippins Illustrator
Learn how to dream big and achieve your goals with this book on self-empowerment! Perfect for the young reader who's just starting to learn their place in the world, this book provides tips and tricks on how to make ...
64 pg, color, 9.6x11.2, hardback
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by Kristen J. Sollee Author and Pam Grossman Foreword
Explore your wild side and embrace the feline feminine with this new book from the writer of Witches, Sluts, Feminists. This book explores the cat-based archetypes such as the crazy cat lady and gives readers a way to ...
224 pg, b&w, 6x9, paperback
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Since its debut in 1971, The Witches' Almanac has become a cornerstone for every witch's library. Modeled after the style of the Old Farmers' Almanac, this useful guide has information about moon phases, ...
paperback, 200 pages, b&w, 6x9"
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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan Author
A combination of travel writing, memoir and science, Michael Pollan's newest book dives not into food, but into the magic of LSD and psychedelic mushrooms.
480 pg, 2 color images, 5.5x8.4, paperback
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by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
We just received 6,000 more damaged books—and we're passing the savings on to you! We've got some books and zines with bent corners, scratched or slightly ripped covers, lil bit dirty, scuffed, or ...
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by The School of Life Author and Alain de Botton Author
Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton began The School of Life ten years ago with the goal of teaching people the tools of emotional intelligence which to enable them to not just function but flourish. ...
336 pages, b&w, 8.5 in H 5.3 in W 1.1 in T, hardback
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This book seeks to confront the uncomfortable truth of America's cities worst systemically racial residential segregations. The author examines historical elements and societal pressures to uphold and enforce such ...
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by Gavin Aung Than Author
A thought-provoking comic that details the struggles of some of the best minds in history. The perfect book to help you with your own struggle, you'll be able to see yourself in the trials and tribulations of ...
148 pg, color, 6.1x6.1, paperback
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by Pia Mayor Author
Find your inner peace and harmony with this zine. A collection of quotes, images and more to quiet your mind and help you find peace.
24 pg, b&w, 1/4 size, zine
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Dr. Faith's newest book is all about putting your frustration and rage to work rather than letting them run your life and poison your relationships. Learn to manage your anger in the moment, listen to what it has to tell you and act wisely, and hardest of all, the fine art of forgiveness.
In the same vein as his other two evocative love letters to cities, This Is Portland and This Is Shanghai, Alexander Barrett again plays quirky tour guide in This is San Francisco. Distilling the charm of San Francisco into colorful, illustrated pages, he reveals the city's magic in this good-humored, earnest homage. This isn't a guide book that will tell you where to stay or what to eat; rather, it's an invitation from a friend to come along on a walk down one of San Francisco’s historic streets, up one of its urban staircases, or along its many shorelines. Through thoughtful and funny anecdotes, essays, and illustrations, Barrett takes you on a journey through one of America’s most famous cities and makes you wish you were right there with him.
Alexander Herbert's oral history tells the stories of punk rock in western Russia, from the Soviet era to today.
Punk rock and mental health have been intertwined since the very beginning. Nervous breakdowns, anxiety, seeking acceptance, attempting to overcome internalized demons, and reacting to harmful and oppressive systems—punk rock embodies and emboldens all our feelings and experiences, positive and negative. Hardcore Anxiety charts and tracks punk movements from the 70s till today, from small towns to stadiums, from the struggles in our heads to the people actively harming us in our communities. Told from the point of view of a young man discovering punk and working through mental illness in Evansville, Indiana, this stunning nonfiction graphic novel gives punks the most important advice of all: "You aren't alone. You're going to make it through alive."
Need to find more time and energy to work on your creative projects? Jessie Kwak helps you develop a creativity system so you can complete the work that matters to you.
Kick procrastination to the curb and start designing your productivity system today! This zine gives you space to start designing a productivity system and implementing it into your life. Designed to go with the book From Chaos to Creativity.
An updated and expanded edition of our hand-illustrated and accessible introduction to the world of bike repair! Through working at both Plan-B Bike Project and French Quarter Bicycles in New Orleans, our co-authors have gathered a wealth of experience to share with would-be bicycle mechanics. The first half of this book is a complete repair manual to get you started on choosing the right bike for you, riding that bike, and fixing it when it breaks down. The second half reprints all four issues of the Chainbreaker zine, whose originals were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
Juggalos gained the political spotlight in 2017, when thousands of fans marched on Washington, DC to protest their classification by the FBI as a violent gang. Dwarfing the pro-Trump rally at the same time and place, Juggalos proved themselves to be a growing voice of dissent for some of the most neglected parts of the United States. Rock's reporting casts a light on many contradictions and perils of Juggalodom, sensitively handling questions of gender, health, religion, and what it means to be part of something. Part festival-goer's journal, part music history, part investigative report, part social commentary, Juggalo Country takes us into the heart of a much-derided and controversial movement and shows us the redemptive power of family and community.
In The News
Microcosm founder and publisher Joe Biel has written a series of blog posts sharing his twenty-three years worth of experience in the industry. He's also written a book about the topic, A People's Guide to Publishing.
Want to meet us in person, check out one of our sales tables, or see an author speak? Below are the events happening through the rest of 2019.
First is Author Events, like readings, workshops, discussions, and talks, then Tabling Events, including public events like fairs, festivals, exhibitions and conventions. There's also a full calendar at the bottom of the page.
- 8th: Lisa Loving (Street Journalist) will be part of the My Real Portland live podcast event. (Portland, OR)
- 10th: Jessie Kwak talks about her new book, From Chaos to Creativity, and helps readers get started, at Two Rivers Books, St. John's. (Portland, OR)
- 13th: Lisa Loving will be reading from her book Street Journalist at Roundabout Books at 6pm (Bend, Oregon)
- 13th: Dr. Faith G. Harper (pictured above with her books Unfuck Your Intimacy and Coping Skills) will be reading and signing books at Bookwoman (Austin, TX) 7pm
- 16th: Joe Biel talks about A People's Guide to Publishing at Third Place Books - Ravenna at 7pm (Seattle, WA)
- 26th: Alexander Herbert will be at Burning Books at 7pm (Buffalo, NY)
- 27th: Craven Rock reads from Juggalo Country at Third Place Books - Seward Park at 7pm (Seattle, WA)
- 27th: Alexander Herbert officially launches his What About Tomorrow tour at Another Story Bookshop at 7pm (Toronto, Canada).
Stops in his tour include western Canada, east coast US, and the Midwest. Check out all the dates from Sept - October (then more in February!) on Dying Scene.
- 4th: (7:30pm) Joe Biel gives a talk about A People's Guide to Publishing at Visible Voice Books in Cleveland, OH
- 5th: Joe Biel (A People's Guide to Publishing) on a panel and Q&A at Mac's Backs (Cleveland, OH)
- 12th: Lisa Loving reads at Capitol Books at 7pm (San Francisco, CA)
- 15th: Jessie Kwak (From Chaos to Creativity) will be at A Good Book (Sumner, Washington)
- 16th: Jessie Kwak (From Chaos to Creativity) will be doing a workshop at Third Place Books, Ravenna at 7pm (Seattle, WA)
- 17th: Jessie Kwak (From Chaos to Creativity) will be at Browser Books (Olympia, Washington)
- 23rd: Lisa Loving reads at Annie Blooms Books
- 29th: Lisa Loving Reads from Street Journalist at Third Place Books - Lake Forest Park at 7pm (Lake Forest Park, WA)
- 10th: Lisa Loving reads at the Book Pub at 7pm (Portland, OR)
- 13: Gina Handley Schmitt (Friending) at Third Place Books
- 17th: Lisa Loving reads at Bird and Beckett at 2pm (San Francisco, CA)
Microcosm books are made by writers, artists, and creators around the world. If you’re interested in having an author at your store or event, reach out!!
Here are the public events we'll be participating in for the rest of 2019. These are tabling events, where we'll be selling books, zines, and merch!
- 9: We're always stoked to be part of the exhibitor's hall at Portland Book Festival, Portland, OR
- 9: Find our cookbooks and more at Atlanta Veg Fest
- 16-17: We can't wait to return to the most heartwarming event ever, Geek Girl Con, Seattle
- 30-Dec 1: Come celebrate bikey gifts, crafts, and community at BikeCraft, at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland
- 8: We'll bring our radical literature and ideas to the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco
If you’re planning an event and want us to be part of it (speaking, author readings, movie screenings, setting up a book and zine pop-up shop, etc.) let us know!!
In the Portland area? We can set up a book fair at your workplace like the ones your school used to have.