How does one best celebrate National Read Aloud Day? 826CHI students wrote books (that they can wear as necklaces) and then read them aloud to their fellow students and volunteers. Celebrate Read Aloud Day everyday!
What a weekend! On Thursday, we welcomed the Rumpus to the center which quickly became packed with fans of Nick Flynn, Cheryl Strayed, Peter Orner, Sommer Browning, Brian Spears, Stephen Elliott, Dan Telfer and Hawley.
Then on Friday, the house remained packed as we welcomed McSweeneys for another evening of awesome readings. This time, from the likes of Matthea Harvey, Rebecca Lindenberg, Tom Barbash and Adam Levin.
Our thanks to everyone who came and generously donated to 826CHI!
Adults weren't the only ones reading this weekend, though. On Saturday, while we continued to man a table at the leviathan of literary endeavors, AWP, in the basement of the Hilton, our high school students were up the street, reading poems they wrote for the Louder Than a Bomb competition.
We're proud to announce that 826CHI after-school students released their latest compilation, One Is Bald and the Other One Isn't. With cookies in mouth at the release celebration, they read stories about best friends and pencil super heroes. It ended with the spirited, tragic story of two chicken breasts replete with a recreation of the song and dance the doomed birds performed in the face of the deep frier. Pick up your copy at the Boring Store today!
Compendium III, the latest compilation of student work, will soon be here. The book features all sorts of great pieces written at 826CHI over the past year. You can pre-order your copy (which includes Quinn's reflections on love) from the Boring Store now. Expected ship date is late March.
Skulk, scurry and scavenge as you track down clues and secret hideouts in order to solve a great mystery. Where your typical scavenger hunt has much to do with brains, athleticism, and luck, the Clandestine Quest has everything to do with all those noble traits plus cheating.
By wisely choosing from an array of officially sanctioned cheats, you can, perhaps, ensure your team's victory. With the purchase of the cheats, you can, definitely, ensure that 826 Chicago can continue to offer free writing programs to Chicago youth.
The fun takes place throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown on Saturday March 10 at noon. Team registration is now open! Must be 21+. Only $15 per person and that includes a t-shirt! For more information and to be a part of the fun head on over to www.826chi.org/quest.
We can't say too much just yet about the Clandestine Quest that will take place March 10th in the neighborhood ... other than ... you should be a part of it. We highly recommend, as you glance at your calendar and realize that January has almost already disappeared, to take a look at our Upcoming Events, and plan to be there!