With over a million people, 3,000 square miles of natural beauty and vibrant cities, an adventurous history and unique arts and culture, Washington’s South Puget Sound is emerging as a distinct cultural and economic region.
Now, thanks to a team of writers and visual artists, we’ll soon have a guide book to call our own.
The team, led by artists Sean Alexander and Chris Sharp and writer Ken Miller, are creating an art-drenched guide to the best of Pierce, Thurston and Mason counties. The book is organized in over 50 “nodes” and describes hundreds of attractions from museums and restaurants to hikes and birding sites.
But the book – titled The South Sound Users Guide – won’t be the standard fare. All the illustrations will be original pen and ink art by Sean Alexander, a Tacoman working in Brooklyn, while Chris Sharp, a leader in the revival of 19th century sign art, will handle the book’s layout and design.
The text will grow from the streets and fields of the South Sound, with several dozen local writers describing the places they know best. And the book will have its own nooks and crannies: “favorites” lists like “My Favorite Bookstores” by Mark Lindquist, Helen Engle’s top birding sites and the best live music venues according to Vicci Martinez.
Scheduled for release late spring 2012, the book will be user friendly and beautiful to look at, showing visitors and newcomers the unique appeal of the South Sound, and reminding long-time residents of the joys of living in this special part of the world.
To become part of the project or to pre-order a copy of the book, please go to Kickstarter. And you can follow us on Facebook and here as well. Booksellers: Partners West will be handling distribution. Thanks for your interest!