People Talking and Singing
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826 Seattle

Announcing the 3rd annual People Talking & Singing fundraiser!

HOSTED by JOHN RODERICK of The Long Winters. FEATURING author DAVE EGGERS, comedians TODD BARRY and EUGENE MIRMAN, the New Yorker music critic SASHA FRERE-JONES, and musicians ROSIE THOMAS and GEOLOGIC of Blue Scholars!


Tickets available for between $35 and $100 per seat. The cost of admission not only guarantees a night of hilarity and highbrow entertainment, but it will also help countless Seattle young people learn to write better –  certainly an important and noble cause.

Get your tickets to this event at the door on the night of the event.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Third Annual People Talking and Singing, November 8th, 2007 at Town Hall Seattle. Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30.


In 2005, at the premier People Talking and Singing event, some 2,800 Bumbershoot attendees packed McCaw Hall and donated more than $10,000 in dimes and quarters. Regina Hackett of the Seattle P-I wrote: “Hearing (Lemony) Snicket, (Mike) Doughty and Death Cab (for Cutie) brought the capacity crowd to its feet, howling like Irish setters. This for me was Bumbershoot at its best. It had everything—nerve, heart, brains and rock ‘n’ roll.” Read the article here:

In September 2006, Daily Show Resident Expert™ John Hodgeman and singer Jonathan Coulton led a star-studded cast, including Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, This American Life’s Sarah Vowel, Decemberist Colin Malloy, Smoosh, and Stephin Merritt, on a wild journey of laugher, well-crafted songs, and serious reflection on matters such as the offspring of gingerbread men, buddy punches, and the childhood trials and tribulations of well-respected children’s authors.

The 2nd Annual People Talking and Singing 826 Seattle Benefit set a new standard for 826 fundraising events.  Read more about the 2006 show here:

The following YouTube clip shows a truly spectacular moment at the 2nd Annual People Talking and Singing: the entire cast joins Colin Malloy singing the "worst" song ever written, "Dracula's Daughter".

Carrying on this great tradition, 826 Seattle has gathered together for the 3rd Annual People Talking and Singing, a cavalcade of luminaries, both literary and musical, that promise to delight, if not amaze.

JUST ANNOUNCED: There will be a truly spectacular silent auction. The following items will be available for bid:

  • Fantagraphics hardcover collection of The Complete Peanuts.
  • Year of Music: tickets from The Showbox, Neumo's and El Corazon
  • A night of singing in the Vera Project karaoke room. Karaoke, man!
  • Red Bull sports package.
  • A weekend pass to The Seattle Tattoo Convention.
  • Signed merchandise extravaganza from The Shins (with a special surprise included.)
  • A Gibson guitar signed by all our spectacular performers.


826 Seattle is the city's only writing center entirely dedicated to helping students, ages 6 to18, improve their written communication skills. All 826 programs are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to a young person’s future success. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, 826 Seattle offers free after-school tutoring, special writing workshops, class field trips, in-school programs, and publishing opportunities for Seattle students to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing.

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