Tablet (newspaper)

Tablet (newspaper)

"Tablet" was a bi-weekly alternative newspaper in Seattle, Washington published from 2000-2005. "Tablet's" focus was on the music, arts, politics and culture of the Pacific Northwest.


Founded by co-op of writers and publishers, its first issue came out on October 1, 2000. The paper began as a bi-weekly newspaper with a print run of 20,000. It was distributed for free at rock clubs, record stores, galleries and similar businesses, as well as to newsstands and newspaper boxes. Distribution included the Northwest cities of Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Bellingham, Tacoma, Bellevue, Vancouver and Olympia. Its main rivals were the "Seattle Weekly" and "The Stranger". In the "Utne Reader's" 2001 Alternative Press Awards, [2001 APA Awards] "Tablet" won the Reader's Choice award for "Best New Title." Guest writers for "Tablet" included Margaret Cho and Public Enemy's Chuck D.

In March 2004, the paper's owners De Kwok, Dan Halligan, Eric Hildebrandt and Sarah Sherman, relaunched the paper as a monthly glossy covered magazine. The magazine was higher profile than the newspaper and included more fashion and music coverage. "Tablet" worked extensively with the Rat City Rollergirls, Bumbershoot, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Vain, Three Imaginary Girls, the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, KEXP, Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Public Libraries, Roq La Rue, Richard Hugo House, Grand Illusion Cinema, I Heart Rummage, Home Alive, the Independent Media Center and most of Seattle's alternative music venues. "Tablet" folded in September 2005 after its 103rd issue.


External links

* [ "Tablet's" website and issue archive]
* [ 2001 APA Awards "People's Choice for Best New Title"]
* [ "Tablet" obituary from "Seattle Weekly"]
* [ "Tablet" obituary from Seattle Metroblog]
* [ "The Stranger" forum discussion on "Tablet's" demise]

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