Bumbershoot!

If you live in Seattle, we probably don’t have to tell you that Bumbershoot is a big deal around here. The iconic music and arts festival is in its forty-fifth year and draws over 100,000 people every Labor Day weekend. The live music often draws the most buzz (you can find this year’s lineup here), but the festival also features a spectacular array of comedy, theatre, dance, film, lectures, and literary and visual arts.

This year, GFP is sponsoring a program on the Words & Ideas stage, and we couldn’t be more pumped about our lineup. Look how excited Kristin and I are in this video!

By the way, if you’ve ever wondered what our Seattle headquarters looks like, there you go.

I’ve included all the details of our lineup below so you know where and when to find us during the festival. We’re all going to be running around trying to get you to contribute to our crowd-sourced novella and to play conjunction Twister with us. You can purchase tickets here. Hope to see you there!

“Parenting with a Past with Michelle Tea and Jerry Stahl.” Two writers discuss their journeys from life on the edge to life as devoted parents. 5:30 p.m., Saturday, September 5, in the Charlotte Martin Theatre.

Michelle Tea is the author of multiple books and founder of Mutha Magazine. Her newest book is How to Grow Up: A Memoir. Jerry Stahl is a screenwriter and author. His newest book is OG Dad: Weird Shit Happens When You Don’t Die Young.

“Scary Feminist with Peaches, Chelsea Cain, and Mandy Stadtmiller.” Three iconoclastic women delve headfirst into sex, gore, and feminism. 5:30 p.m., Sunday, September 6, in the Charlotte Martin Theatre.

Chelsea Cain is a New York Times bestselling author of horror novels that turn the genre on its ear. Her newest book is One Kick. Peaches is a pop culture icon. Her latest project is the book What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches. Mandy Stadtmiller is a writer and comedian. She is the editor-at-large at xoJane and is host of the News Whore podcast.

“Writing the Northwest with Timothy Egan, Brian Doyle, and Laurie Frankel.” KUOW’s Marcie Sillman will lead a discussion among three award-winning authors on the role of place in their writing and how their disparate backgrounds influence their take on the Northwest. 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 7, in the Charlotte Martin Theatre.

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times contributor and the author of seven books, including The Big Burn. Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine and the author of Mink River. His newest book is Martin Marten. Laurie Frankel is the author of Goodbye for Now and a board member with the Seattle 7 Writers.