Thursday, April 20, 2017
In celebration of the 2017 Seattle Independent Bookstore Day, local artist and Third Place Books graphic designer Stephen Crowe has created the Independent Bookstore Day Challenge Map, a gorgeous full-color poster featuring the 19 participating local stores throughout the region. The map will serve as a “passport” that visitors can pick up at each of the stores.
On a personal level, Crowe’s map is exemplary of his skill and love of books. In economic terms, the map points to a flourishing bookstore community. Literally.
On April 29, visitors who get their Independent Bookstore Day passport stamped at each of the 19 stores will receive 25 percent off at all participating stores for a year. In 2015, 42 valiant souls made the trek, and in 2016 that number grew to 120 bookstore “champions.” Booksellers are expecting the total to increase this year as word spreads. Those who visit three or more stores will be entered to win bookstore gift cards.
Stephen Crowe is an accomplished designer and illustrator whose work has always skewed literary. He moved to Seattle from the U.K., where he gained a small following with his illustrated Finnegan’s Wake, and in 2014 was commissioned to illustrate an edition of James Joyce’s The Dubliners. He lives with his wife in Seattle. More of his work can be found at www.invisibledot.net.
Read Third Place in-house interview with Stephen Crowe here