Anacortes bookseller Patti Pattee informs us that her town has murals of its “famous” residents all over the place, but that local artist Christine Olsen has, “added a whole new element.” Pattee should know. One of these elements lives on the side of her bookstore, Watermark Book Co. The Bookworm Sasquatch went up in August, featuring—this is so Northwest—Robert Michael Pyle’s Where Bigfoot Walks. Since that time, Watermark’s furry billboard has taken to reading monthly selections such as The Help and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Olsen updates the covers for the store, accordingly. February’s read is Jonathan Evison‘s Pacific Northwest Book Award winning West of Here, which features characters that—again, so Northwest—report to the Sasquatch Field Research Organization.
For her part, Bookworm Sasquatch seems to love the cheeky homages and attention, regularly posing for pictures with passersby. Pattee says, “She lives around the corner from Watermark and adds a lot of color to our town,” actually referring to the artist, but the same clearly goes for Sasquatch.
Special thanks to book rep Kurtis Lowe for the photos and the term “literate hominid.”