After blitzing the internet with Raffle Prize Announcements, Awful Interviews, and other promotional things, I realize you may have some questions about the upcoming Vouched San Francisco festivities. So here’s our third ever Vouched Presents FAQ for our first ever Vouched SF birthday.
When does this shin-dig start?
6pm, approximately. I estimate readings to begin between 6:15 and 6:30.
Is there a cost for admission?
Nope, you can attend for free! That being said, there will be things for sale: merchandise from 826 Valencia (the world’s Premiere Independent Pirate Supply Store), books from Vouched and our readers, and of course, drinks and more drinks at the bar. Every $5 you spend at the birthday party (on Vouched or 826 Merchandise) gets you an raffle ticket for one of our sweet prizes! And a portion of drink and book sales (and 100% of 826 merch sales) goes to support community programs at 826 Valencia!
What are the totally sweet raffle prizes?
Oh, you want a list? Fine. Here you go:
- Ticket vouchers for you and a friend to Literary Death Match, plus five (5) Cyrano-de-Bergerac-style texts from world-renowned love and dating expert Adrian Todd Zuniga for you to send to someone you like (or whoever you want–we aren’t here to boss you around)
- An 826 Valencia gift pack!
- Everything our intern found on the streets of the Mission in one day!
- A gift certificate for a free haircut at Edo Salon
- A sweet gift pack from Litography
- Surprise gift pack from famed comedy bad boy and/or family man Scott Simpson!
- A book gift pack from The Rumpus!
- [Get stood up on] a date with Dave Eggers!
- Vouched Books gift pack!
- A year-long book-of-the-month membership to Vouched Books!
How do I win those totally sweet raffle prizes?
Great question! Participants in our raffle will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $5 donated or spent on 826 Valencia or Vouched merchandise. (So say, for instance, you buy a book from me that costs $10. For that you will receive not only your book, but 2 raffle tickets! Which could win you all sorts of amazing prizes!)
Wait, so who is reading?
The evening will start out with the re-launch of Portuguese Artists Colony, so as you come in, you will vote on writing prompts to give to the four live writers. Then, you watch (and Michael Mullen, songwriter for Pocket Shelley and The Size Queens, will make beautiful music) as they have 10 minutes to turn out a beautiful response to that prompt. They read what they wrote, and you get to vote on the piece you like best!
Our live writers:
Our featured readers:
Maisha Z. Johnson
Maw Shein Win
Tim Toaster Henderson
Where do my donations go?
All donations will go to the 826 Valencia. Vouched Books will not receive any of the money donated.
Where can I learn more about 826 Valencia?
You can learn more about 826 Valencia here!
I heard there will be a chapbook-making station and a pile of donuts. Is this true?
Our chapbook-making station will be run by the delightful Jason Schenheit! We will also have a poetry station and a photobooth for taking wedding portraits with the sea (we are talking about pirates, after all). Every rumor you have heard about the donuts is true.
What’s the Milk Bar, is there milk?
The Milk Bar is a beautiful bar and event venue in the Haight. This event is BYOM.
The poster has a lot of balloons. Will there be balloons?
Yes, there will be balloons. There will also be a bear, though he is unlikely to harm you.
Are we going to party? Really?