Publishing Projects

With the help of excellent teachers and gifted book-making professionals, we publish select student work created in the Bureau of Fearless Ideas workshops and during our publishing projects. Our anthologies are on sale in our store and online. All proceeds from the sale of books (and space travel supplies) go to fund our programs.

Publishing Projects
What to Read in the Rain 2018

What to Read in the Rain 2018

Welcome to the 2018 edition of What to Read in the Rain, a collection of fiction, essays, poetry, songs and comics by famous Seattle writers and Bureau of Ideas’ surely soon-to-be famous students! Every year we invite adult writers from Seattle’s unparalleled writing community and student writers from our dazzling array of free classes and workshops songwriting, comics, poetry, fiction, and many others, taught by such creative forces of nature as Ben Gibbard and David Lasky—to contribute to an anthology unlike any other. This year’s theme is “growth” for two reasons—one, we normally release What to Read in the Rain in autumn, but this year, it will come out when everything is growing and blooming, because two, we’ve been busy opening a satellite tutoring center on Yesler Terrace! 2018’s What to Read in the Rain features work by students at our beloved original tutoring space (cleverly concealed behind our storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply) as well as by a few of our very first Yesler Terrace students, and fabulous adult writers like Robert Lashley, David Schmader, Tara Atkninson, Frances McCue, and Shin Yu Pai. Come to think of it, there’s a third reason our theme this year is “growth” –every copy of What to Read in the Rain sold goes to finance free tutoring and the free workshops that generate all the student work you’ll read here, and nurture another generation of excellent writers.

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$20 paperback. Published by The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

What to Read in the Rain 2017

What to Read in the Rain 2017

What lemonade is to sunshine, books are to rain—the perfect complement. This fact, understood by all Pacific Northwesterners, is the driving force behind this annual story compilation published by the Bureau of Fearless Ideas. Bursting with amazing adventure stories written by BFI students and adult-author friends of BFI, including Tom Robbins, Barbara Earl Thomas, Peter Mountford, Davy Rothbart, Myla Goldberg, and Lauren Weedman, this book is the perfect gift for anyone with eyes. 

$15 paperback. Published by The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

Encyclopedia Greenwoodia

Encyclopedia Greenwoodia

The Bureau's latest book, Encyclopedia Greenwoodia, a compendium of writings by BFI students and grown-up author friends of BFI, explores our beloved neighborhood of Greenwood. And then, this goofy little book took on new significance, after the gas explosion that rocked the Greenwood neighborhood on March 11, 2016. The very first piece in the book, written by a BFI student, is about Mr. Gyros, which was destroyed in the blast.

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$10 paperback. Published by The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

What to Read in the Rain 2015

What to Read in the Rain 2015

Our annual anthology is back! Our first publication under the Bureau of Fearless Ideas colophon, the 2015 edition of What to Read in the Rain is all that you’ve come to expect—stories of fearlessness, flights of fancy, devilish dalliances of daring, and a selection of skookum sentences. Included are contributions from over thirty BFI students along with work from notable local authors like Jennie Shortridge, Peter Mountford, Kathleen Alcalá, and Matthew Simmons.

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$15 paperback. Published by The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, December 2014. 192 pages.

The Genesis Vol. III

The Genesis Vol. III

The third volume of 826 Seattle's literary magazine has stories, poems, notes, debates, acrostics, novels, suggestions, ovations, and more. Over thirty student writers' works originating from our workshops, in-schools, and tutoring make for an entertaing, diverse read. Read the full online version here.

$8.26 paperback. Published by 826 Seattle, June 2014. 34 pages

What to Read in the Rain 2014

What to Read in the Rain 2014

The fourth edition of our annual anthology, featuring famous adult and not-yet-famous youth writers. We offer you both the best writing of our 826 Seattle students but great writing by Myla Goldberg, Susan Olean, Neal Thompson, SJ Weinberg, Sean Beaudoin, Thor Hanson, Jen Graves, Claire Dederer, Georgia Hunter, and Tom Robbins; a comic by Nikki McClure; artwork by Skylaar Amann; poetry by Jared Leising, and Ed Skoog.

$15 Paperback. Published by 826 Seattle, December, 2013. 220 pages.

The Genesis Vol. II

The Genesis Vol. II

A lot of writing is generated in 826 Seattle workshops, in-schools projects, and after-school-tutoring. And we love to share it! The Genesis II is the best venue to find the latest exciting writing from our students. View the online version here.

$8.26 paperback. Published by 826 Seattle, June 2013. 42 pages