The Lines
That Make Us
Stories from
Nathan’s Bus

Nathan Vass
Introduction by Paul Constant

Tome Press is excited to announce that Seattle's Chin Music Press will distribute this book nationally beginning Spring 2021!

The Lines that Make Us is a collection of thirty stories and thirty photographs by Seattle bus driver Nathan Vass (The View from Nathan’s Bus).

Watch an interview with Nathan on KING 5's New Day Northwest (November 21, 2018).

“Read this beautiful book about junkies and hookers and bankers and lawyers in the last place in America they can’t avoid each other.”—Paul Currington, Fresh Ground Stories

Nathan “...describes the riders—often poor, often not white, often going to bad news, often just being in the world—with a prose that’s at once elegant, rhythmical, and clear.”—Charles Tonderai Mudede, writer, editor, filmmaker, cultural critic

With an introduction by Paul Constant (The Seattle Review of Books).

Paperback with flap, 228 pages, 5.5 × 8.5 inches, 30 illustrations.
Title Information Sheet
ISBN 978-1-6340501-5-9 (Chin Music Press)
ISBN 978-1-7327641-0-1 (Tome Press)

Flip Phone Orphans

There was a brief window of time between 2002 and 2007 when cellphones suddenly had tiny cameras and anybody could take photographs anywhere at anytime. Smartphones did not yet exist and ever-present social media was still years away. With no audience, who were these inconveniently-formatted, poorly-composed, garishly-exposed, low-resolution, blurry snapshots for? This collection of orphaned photos is from a more innocent time, free from the burden of documenting a curated life.

Paperback, 72 pages, 9 × 7 inches, 72 illustrations.

Look Around
Selections from
the Eykemans Collection

A formal catalog of artwork from a personal collection featuring paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from Erdman to Rembrandt.

Introduction by Frank J. Mather.

Paperback, 72 pages, 8 × 10 inches, 60 illustrations.


A makeready sheet tests color and ink coverage when offset printing. These are often printed on recycled scrap paper, resulting in surprising juxtapositions as different books print upon one another. This salvaged makeready overlays Chinese paintings onto Dutch etchings.

Book launch October 18, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Book Fair.
Paperback, foldout poster, 16 pages, 9 × 12 inches.


The oubliette — or in German, das Angstloch ("fear hole") — is one of the most terrifying medieval inventions imaginable. This artist book explores the subject through dimensional typography, compelling one to look into its black depths to uncover the very letterforms themselves.

Cloth hardcover tunnel book with magnetic flaps, 9 pages, 4¼ × 4¼ inches, edition of 2.

Animal Entropy

Inspired by a memorable passage in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, this short story imagines the steps involved to bring animals back to life from their fate as food.

Paperback, Risograph-printed, meandering book, 16 pages, 2¾ × 2¾ inches, edition of 50.

Outside In

This book documents the aspirational nature photography pervasive to the windows of downtown Seattle storefronts and contrasts it with the complex realities of an urban setting.

Paperback with clear jacket, 48 pages, 4¼ × 5½ inches.


Twenty years of fortune cookie wisdom bound in a single tiny book.

Paperback with slipcase, 100 pages, 2¼ × ½ inches, edition of 1.


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