Cataclysms, Convergences, Stars Aligning

May 11, 2009 | 826 Blog Post

What we are getting at with the title of this blog is: You know those odd days when for whatever reason, roughly a hundred (or, in this particular case, three) things are set to happen on the same date? The type of things you want to schedule over a year’s time, just to savor, and look forward to, and spread around? But then, you get excited they’re happening on the same day, because then it makes that day, like, a MEGA-day?

My friends, we are having one such day this Thursday, May 14, the convergence of two mammoth events and one visit from one of our very favorite people.

Thursday evening, at 5pm, we’ll be manning the release of How to Rise or, I Put My Heart into the Close, this year’s in-school publication. We could not be more excited about this event. In fact, if we were more excited, I would be VERY worried for our health, and our hearts, which would be beyond maximum capacity, and surely at risk of exploding. Forty-six students in Trudy Adams’s English 12 class at Ypsilanti High School have been working tirelessly with our volunteers for the last year on memoirs, poems, and stories which we will be picking up from the printer, literally, any moment now, that moment being thirty seconds after we get the call from Cushing Malloy, our wonderful printer. Student readings, cupcakes, good cheer, and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I don’t think you can ask for anything more on a Thursday evening.

You couldn’t, surely, but you will get more anyway. After the release party, we’re rushing to the Michigan Theater for a pre-release screening of Away We Go. The response for this screening has been so gigantic that we’ve moved from the two-hundred-seat screening room to the seventeen-hundred-seat main theater. Which is, if you didn’t know, one of the most LOVELY places EVER to see a movie. The movie — which stars Maya Rudolph, John Krasinski, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Alison Janney, Catherine O’Hara, and more (as if that wasn’t enough) — follows a couple about to have their first baby. It looks funny and sad and touching and, basically, all the things you want in a movie. The screening’s at 7:30, and you can get tickets here until midnight Wednesday, at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair until showtime, and at the Michigan Theater Thursday night.

You’d think that was enough, but there’s more. This screening is a very special fundraiser for us, and therefore, it features one of the writers of the film, Dave Eggers, aka the writer/editor/philanthropist/all-around-great-guy who started 826. He’ll do a Q&A after the screening, and we’re having a VIP reception following that. Many thanks to our friends at Focus Features who set this up!

Phew! Am I right? I mean, PHEW. That is a SOLID day. We hope to see you there!

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