A new bookstore named The Nearsighted Narwhal recently opened in Tacoma, Washington in the 6th Ave district and I’ve got to tell you, I’m stoked. Why? Because Ossain and Christina, the fine folks who run the store, celebrate all things DIY, including self-published books.
Imagine my wonderment as I walked into the funky and unassuming yet awesomely eclectic space and saw shelf after shelf of self-published books, local fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, zines and comics, along with an exciting mix of locally made art.
They hold workshops on everything from travel sketching to teens making zines to grant writing for artists. There’s a strong sense of community radiating from the place and I instantly felt welcome when I entered the store.
I don’t know about you, but The Nearsighted Narwhal tells me self-publishing has arrived. Giving indie published books this much shelf space says something about our culture and how it’s transforming the way art is perceived. Not to mention the whole collaborative, helping-each-other-succeed vibe that permeates the DIY/Indie movement as a whole.
If you live nearby or plan on visiting Tacoma, do yourself a favor: stop by The Nearsighted Narwhal and try it on for size 😀
The Nearsighted Narwhal / 610 6th Avenue / Tacoma, WA 98406
Yvonne Hertzberger says
That is so cool. May the trend continue.:)
Hear, hear, Yvonne!
Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) says
Definitely cool and maybe I can stop by next year when I’m at the PNWA Conference. Just now realized you live in that neck of the woods, too 😉
Yes! Definitely let me know when you’re in town (Seattle or Tacoma), Jeri–I’d be happy to meet up and show you around 😀
sherry fundin says
That is awesome. If I am ever in that neck of the woods, I will surely stop in and check it out. Technology has made it so easy to share, I feel Indies will only continue to thrive. Thanks for sharing D.
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sherry fundin says
Oh yeah, I love the name. I would have to stop in and check out the place no matter what they sold. LOL
Agreed, Sherry! The mascot is hilarious and the sort of whimsical thing you don’t forget. He just draws you in and makes you smile.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂