We all know the feeling: the disheartenment lodged firmly in our chests when rain scuttles a perfectly planned day in Seattle. Thankfully, locals have learned to deal, or brave the downpour—sans umbrella, naturally—but visitors are often stranded in their hotel rooms (or hotel bars), getting to know the TV rather than the city. Local nonprofit 826 Seattle has a fix for that: its new anthology What to Read in the Rain, a collection of essays, poems, stories, and recipes, all with a distinct Northwest twist. Soon guests at Seattle hotels, including the Sorrento and Pan Pacific, can enjoy the work of established local writers and up-and-comers at their bedside. Here’s a sneak peak:
Comedian Lauren Weedman details a disastrously comic relationship in an essay that recalls her days on Seattle’s erstwhile sketch comedy show Almost Live!
Tom Douglas shares his daughter Loretta’s favorite breakfast recipe, buttermilk pancakes with wild blackberries. Drool.
Ten-year-old Zoë Newton showcases her blossoming skills in “The Outcasts,” a fictional adventure of four orphans on the loose in Seattle.
But this rainy day pick-me-up doesn’t require a hotel reservation. Join 826 Seattle tomorrow, October 23, from 10:30am to 12:30, to celebrate the release of What to Read in the Rain at their writing and tutoring center in Greenwood. With treats made from the book’s recipes and readings by adult authors and 826 Seattle students, what better way to spend a day appropriately forecast to be (what else) "mostly cloudy, definite showers"?