lightning in a ship in an internet bottle

Captain Chris Cole!

If you made it to 826 Valencia on Monday for the first show of our Tour Through Town, you’re probably feeling great right now. If you’re anything like us, that is. It’s like lightning lit the sky and the sky stayed lit. If only puns were gold coins!

Thanks to everyone involved with Pirate Lightning! We’re really proud of that show and grateful to 826 — particularly to Emilie Coulson, Molly Parent, and Randy Hyde — for collaborating with us. Thanks to all the readers for being brave, bright, and absolutely awe-inspiring; to their parents for all their support and encouragement, and to our food sponsors Bi-Rite Market, OneBar and Cheddar and Chutney for making the event as fortifying physically as it was otherwise.

To watch the show, read it online for free, or purchase a copy of the book, sparkle + blink, click here.

If you don’t already, you can like us on Facebook, follow along on Twitter, and participate in our monthly Instagram contest to win a free copy of the book. Also, you can read every show over at Scribd; if you subscribe you’ll get a notice each time we publish a new book (don’t worry, we only publish one book every month:).

Are you as excited about the Tour as we are? Next stop: Tuesday, March 19th with SOMArt’s Feast of Words and a special culinary guest! We’re accepting submissions through the end of February 27th. More details coming very soon.

Pirate Lightning panorama

pirate lightning! all hands on deck:

Swing the lead, boys and girls! It’s time to make for the booty.

For our 40th show, and our first ever collaboration with 826 Valencia, we are proud to present to you the following swashbucklers:

pirate lightning!Art by Simon Cox! Click on his name for more.

Food for the event will be generously supplied by Bi-Rite Market, OneBar and Cheddar and Chutney!

Bi-Rite Market


cheddar and chutney



Our start time is a little earlier this month: 6:30pm. We’ll be kicking things off with a special performance from students in the Writing and Publishing Apprentices workshop!

This show is a suggested $5 donation, but we never turn anyone away for lack of coins.

When: Monday, February 4th • 6:30pm
Where: 826 Valencia
Cost: $5 suggested, but no one ever turned away
Why: Energy is the real gold. Bring it!

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thank yous and a message for our partners

Matt Leibel

Thanks to everyone who came out to Sports Basement last night. That was a really special way to start out the year, which continues on February 4th with Pirate Lightning! our show with 826 Valencia. Submissions to that show, open only to 6-18 year-olds (though the show will be open to all-ages), are now closed.

We are accepting submissions to our show with Feast of Words, which will be at SOMArts on Tuesday, March 19th. You can check out Feast of Words on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, so if you haven’t been you can get a good idea of how great March 19th will be on February 18th, when they’ll host Mia McKenzie and a special culinary guest (and if you can’t make it you can read and watch more about them here). Because we can only accomodate 50 people (on the 19th) we will be selling advance tickets, and will let you know more about that soon.

Tour Through Town!

If you’re looking for a good reading before February 4th, or if you just want to check out the Studio One Reading Series, with whom we’ll be partnering on May 2nd, they’ve got a great lineup for February 1st: Lyn Hejinian, Joshua Clover, and Brian Ang. If you go, tell them we said Arrrrrgh!

Videos from last night, the entire book, and more info on the show at 826 will be up soon. Until then? Be nice to people and make new friends. You never know how you might impact someone, and people are full of surprises.

argh! how to submit to pirate lightning, our show with 826 valencia

826 10To make things easy, we are happy to accept email submissions for our February 4th show at 826 Valencia. All the rules still apply, but you can now send your submissions directly to—either as an attachment or pasted in the email. There is no need to resubmit if you’ve already submitted.

Thanks! See you in the Supply Store.