What’s better than a soda and a bag of chips? New summer reading material that comes straight out of a vending machine. Bingo.
You may have noticed these magical machines pop up at a couple of locations around Seattle — first at the Northwest African American Museum and most recently at Distant Worlds Coffeehouse. Another will go in Black Coffee Northwest‘s upcoming cafe in the Central District.
The book dispensers are part of a project from Oakland-based Sistah Scifi, an indie bookstore that celebrates genre lit written by Black and Indigenous women.
Just press a couple of buttons and you can buy a fantasy title like “The Deep” from Rivers Solomon, or even a selection from Sci-Fi icon Octavia E. Butler who used to live in Lake Forest Park.