Former Arkie and Hendrix alum Lauren Hall is the latest featured in Bookslut's Indie Heartthrob Interview series
. She's the development director of 826 National
, the nonprofit tutoring organization founded by Dave Eggers and associated with McSweeney's. There are seven cities across the country with 826 branches. Each has a front — a superhero supply store, a spy shop, a pirate outfitter — masking, sort of, the back and bulk of the space, where students come to get free tutoring in writing. After Eggers came to the Clinton School a few months back
, there was some talk, among some friends of mine, about trying to apply to get a branch here. It's quite a bit of work
, but from what I've read, it seems like it could be hugely beneficial.
Hall's Q&A offers a nice overview of the program.