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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clip show of 2012 + last chance to submit to 826 valencia

We’ll be screening the above video tomorrow at the Sports Basement as part of our pre-show festivities, along with music by Jeremy Hatch, free food and wine, games, an art show, and a raffle (that’s free, too). Only $5 suggested for the whole shebang. Read more about the show here. 6pm, readings at 7:30.

When tomorrow ends, so does your chance to submit work to be a part of our show at 826 Valencia: Pirate Lightning! Click here to submit and for more information.

(Submissions for that show are only open to authors between the ages of 6 and 18, but don’t fear! We’re also accepting submissions to our March 19th show with Feast of Words).

Enjoy that video. What a year last year was! Here’s to 2013 and the Tour Through Town!