: Yeti & Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon

Find “Yeti & Squatch” on an Oregon Book Tour

Oregon’s top independent bookshops host special "Yeti & Squatch" events.
November 20, 2019

When the leaves were still orange and red and yellow and green, Yeti & Squatch went birding in Klamath Falls — the first of their seven little trips across Oregon this winter. The leaves kept falling in Oregon, and the furry BFFs traveled north to the John Day River, where they cast their line for fall steelhead. 

The furry duo continued their winter adventures across the state, skiing in fresh powder at Mt. Bachelor, soaking in the Terwilliger Hot Springs, storm watching on the Coast and finally beer tasting in Portland (don’t worry — their Oregon IDs show they are well over 21). 

Designed by Wieden+Kennedy with whimsical illustrations by Psyop studios, Travel Oregon’s “Yeti & Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon” campaign has brought to life some of the state’s most iconic activities in the cooler months — and has given us lots of smiles along the way. 

 

Illustration of Yeti & Squatch fishing with otters and fish underwater
Yeti & Squatch go fishing on the John Day River.
Illustration of Yeti & Squatch skiing down Mt. Bachelor with an adaptive skier right behind them.
Yeti & Squatch shred powder on Mt. Bachelor.
Illustration of Yeti & Squatch soaking in hot springs, albeit Yeti is cannonballing.
Yeti & Squatch soak in the Terwilliger Hot Springs.

You can pre-order a keepsake of these adventures with a free, limited-edition Yeti & Squatch storybook, available in December 2019. Copies are available to fans in the United States and Canada, or you can pick one up at Oregon Welcome Centers across the state for a limited time.

Yeti & Squatch superfans may want to stop in for a reading of the book in Portland by Cheryl Strayed, Portland author of “Wild” and other best-selling titles, including “Tiny Beautiful Things,” “Brave Enough” and “Torch.” Strayed will also read two family favorites: “Shortest Day” written by Susan Cooper and illustrated by Portland-based Carson Ellis; and “Mice Skating” written by Annie Silvestro and illustrated by Pacific Northwest local Teagan White. The children’s storytime reading is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Portland’s Powell’s City of Books — the largest independent bookstore in the world. (Afterward, hop on the MAX Red Line or Blue Line to enjoy one of the city’s favorite winter traditions, Oregon ZooLights, Nov. 29-Jan. 5, 2019.)

Whether it’s picture books, young-adult dystopian thrillers, storm-watching romance, spine-tingling thrillers, juicy memoirs or best-selling fiction that tickles your fancy, Oregon is full of deliciously cozy shops to curl up with a book. Here are some to explore — each of which will have a limited number of copies of the Yeti & Squatch book at special readings in December.

 

A person peruses the many books of Powell's.
Powell's City of Books

Portland Region

Famously known as the world’s largest independent bookstore, Powell’s City of Books houses a full city block of titles for browsing and readings. It’s been on book lovers’ bucket lists since 1971. Get lost along the new and used novels, warm up inside the cafe, and then take advantage of Oregon’s lack of sales tax and hit the designer stores clustered in the Pearl District.

Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading with Cheryl Strayed: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Southern Oregon

Located in a vintage bank across from Lithia Park, TreeHouse Books has been a mainstay in downtown Ashland since 1978. Specializing in children and young-adult books, as well as unique gifts, TreeHouse transports little ones to other worlds. Each genre or reading level represents a magical land and monthly story-games follow inventive themes like Gnome for the Holiday (held in December). Cap your reading adventure with bites at vegetarian-friendly Greenleaf Restaurant down the block. 

TreeHouse Books, 15 N. Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading: Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

A tabby cat sits in front of novels.
The Book Bin's Tess the Cat posts her book reviews online.

Eastern Oregon

Betty’s Books in historic downtown Baker City is a gathering place for bibliophiles, as the only bookstore for new and used books in Baker County. Housed in Main Street’s Bamberger Building, est. 1888, the shop is full of history, with medicine bottles and other artifacts that were once part of the old pharmacy in the building. Pore over your books with a sandwich next door at The Lone Pine Cafe.

Betty’s Books, 1813 Main Street, Baker City, OR 97814
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Willamette Valley

The Book Bin has been a staple for generations of readers in Corvallis for more than 30 years. Its most famous book reviewer is Tess the Cat, who posts her eloquent reviews on Facebook and Instagram. Grab some new releases and head two blocks east for a slice at American Dream Pizza Downtown

The Book Bin, 215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

The bookstore is filled with novels, activity books and gifts.
The Dalles' Klindt’s Booksellers is the oldest bookstore in Oregon. (Photo credit: Kim Moore)

Central Oregon

Roundabout Books is a newer shop in Bend — just around the corner from The Sparrow Bakery and Restaurant’s Northwest Crossing location —  working to nurture young book lovers. Their carefully curated assortment of children’s and young-adult fiction, local authors, and Northwest regional culture is enough to keep readers of all ages busy all season. A small on-site cafe offers a selection of snacks, wine and beer.

Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mount Washington Drive #110, Bend, OR 97703
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading: Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oregon Coast

The Curry Public Library opened to the public in 2008 and has remained a community centerpiece ever since. The spacious facility on the Southern Oregon Coast will host a “Yeti & Squatch” reading, with its surrounding property home to a formal garden and green space. Afterwards visit Gold Beach Books, which is part bookshop, part coffeehouse and part art gallery showcasing local artists. The two floors of space house a whopping 75,000 volumes of new and used books — making it the largest bookstore on the Oregon Coast. Spend a rainy afternoon exploring the rare-book area, with leather-bound sets of famous and autographed books from all over. 

Curry Public Library, 94341 3rd St., Gold Beach, OR 97444
Gold Beach Books, 29707 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach, OR 97444
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading: To be announced

Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles has serious roots: Established in 1870, it is the oldest bookstore in Oregon. The tiny, unassuming downtown storefront next to to Route 30 Bottles and Brews carries an array of new and out-of-print titles as well as cards, toys, crafts, stationery and more. 

Klindt’s Booksellers, 315 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
“Yeti & Squatch” book reading: To be announced

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Schedule of Readings for “Yeti & Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon”

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Powell’s City of Books with Cheryl Strayed (Portland, Portland Region)
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: TreeHouse Books with K.T. Vogt (Ashland, Southern Oregon)
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: North American Bigfoot Center with Cliff Barackman (Boring, Mt. Hood & the Gorge)
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Siuslaw Public Library (Florence, Oregon Coast)
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Betty’s Books with Nancy Coffelt (Baker City, Eastern Oregon)
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: The Book Bin with Scott Keeney (Corvallis, Willamette Valley) 
  • Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Roundabout Books with Shanan Kelly (Bend, Central Oregon)
  • Thursday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Curry Public Library (Gold Beach, Oregon Coast)
  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Klindt’s Booksellers (The Dalles, Mt. Hood & the Gorge)

More events to be announced as confirmed.

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Jen Anderson
Jen Anderson writes and edits Travel Oregon's e-newsletters, annual Visitor Guide and other editorial content. She loves finding the latest places to eat, drink and play around the state with her husband and two young boys. Brewpubs, beaches and bike trails top the list.