Books & Talks

Dave Eggers Hosts the What to Read in the Rain Party

Our local writing center is getting national attention.

By Allison Williams November 15, 2011

Student authors will be on hand to sign books, getting their first taste of delicious fame.

The question and answer are the same: Hmm, what to read in the rain? Make it What to Read in the Rain, an anthology produced by nonprofit 826 Seattle.

The writing and tutoring center will release its second edition of student and adult work on Sunday, with a milk toast to celebrate (in champagne flutes, natch). Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, will be on hand; he’s the founder of the nationwide 826 chain, and he’s bringing local comic artist David Lasky to the free event.

What to Read in the Rain is placed in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed tourists can read student poetry and fiction (including tales of robotic chickens) in addition to new work by Tom Robbins and local scribes Karen Finneyfronk and Garth Stein.

The party doubles as a thank you from the center to their community for their latest achievement, the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for stellar after-school programs. Michelle Obama handed out the prize personally in early November to 11 organizations from across the country, but only New York and Seattle had two recipients apiece (shout out to Seattle’s Young Shakespeare Workshop). It’s hard to compete with the Emerald City—especially when our nonprofits offer rocket parking on the roof.

The What to Read in the Rain publication party runs 1–3pm at 826 Seattle on Sunday, Nov 20.

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