Lanternfish Press

Rare & Strange

Welcome to N3rd Street! Hey, neighbors.

Christine NeuliebComment

Philadelphia is a great place to be a nerd.

The Philadelphia City Council recently made a great thing official and renamed North Third Street “Nerd Street,” with signage and everything. (Okay, for now the signs are just corrugated plastic tied to the posts of regular street signs with twisty ties, but we’re fairly sure the city’s planning something more permanent…?) 

The name recognizes the vibrant arts & technology corridor that runs along Third Street north of Market. And while there’s no shortage of technical innovators here, the neighborhood boasts a growing community of book lovers, too!

Lanternfish Press, which runs out of the Indy Hall coworking space, is happy to join other local purveyors of words such as Quirk BooksBrave New WorldsThe Book Trader, and Red Sofa Reading Series in calling Old City home. We’re also not far from other bookish locals like our friends at Brickbat Books and The Head and the Hand Press.

One thing we love about the city of Philadelphia is its sense of community. People don’t stay alone in their studio apartments with their laptops; they get out of the house, stroll outdoors in nice weather, hang out at the affordable local pubs and coffee shops, and do all kinds of interacting with their fellow humans IRL. There’s a thriving cafe culture here, and that’s a great thing for the arts.Thought & creativity don’t mature in isolation. They need an atmostphere of conversation, friendship, and the free exchange of ideas — face to face.

And we look forward to seeing the faces of our fellow Philadelphians at the N3rd Street Farmers’ Market, starting at the end of this month! We’ll join Red Sofa’s Hila Ratzabi and The Head and the Hand Press to sell books and poetry and to chat with YOU about books and poetry. Stop by and say hi!

Our tantalizing theme? SHERLOCK IN SPACE. Come and pick up your copies of The Legend of Sherlock Holmes (a curated collection of the original Victorian stories), The Asteroid Belt Almanac (short fiction about SPACE!), and the beautiful poetry poster Sedna in Space.

The Very First N3rd Street Farmers Market of 2014
May 20, 2014
2:00pm to 7:00pm