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Literary Events & Lectures

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With a thriving literary scene and a highly educated population, Seattle delivers a spoken word scene that will have you donning your thinking cap.

Richard Hugo House hosts some of the most interesting literary events in Seattle; from youth programs to poetry readings, author workshops and exhibits open to the public. Look up the current lecture or poetry series at Seattle Arts and Lectures, or visit the Seattle Public Library for an author reading and discussion. Town Hall Seattle presents lectures on science, culture, and civics as part of its active program schedule. Long time local landmark University Book Store hosts and presents more than 500 author events each year. The Elliott Bay Book Company also offers, on average, ten author readings each week in their intimate reading room.  And the Jack Straw Writer’s Program connects writers to audio resources, producing lectures, podcasts and more. We love words and ideas in Seattle, so much so that we’ve applied to be designated as a UNESCO World City of Literature. Learn more at


Upcoming Literary & Lecture Events

Original Stories Celebrating Motherhood

Town Hall Seattle
5/7/2016 through 5/7/2016

The old adage “Listen to your mother” comes to life this year (the day before Mother’s Day) in …

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Geoff Manaugh

Town Hall Seattle
5/5/2016 through 5/5/2016

Architecture guru Geoff Manaugh (bldgblog) takes all that he’s learned in the building world to unlock the secrets …

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Sophie Egan with Tim Egan

Town Hall Seattle
5/11/2016 through 5/11/2016

The popular saying “you are what you eat” could be more true than we know. According to Seattle-based …

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The Source: Art

Waterfront Space
5/12/2016 through 5/12/2016

Artist Martha Rosler’s Seattle Hidden Histories (1991) , a set of one minute TV public service announcements made …

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Peter Willcox

Town Hall Seattle
5/6/2016 through 5/6/2016

For 30-year Greenpeace veteran and captain Peter Willcox, events like last year’s Kayaktivist protest of Shell oil’s presence …

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Pamela Haag

Town Hall Seattle
5/2/2016 through 5/2/2016

Gun control is one of the most hotly-debated topics in America. According to historian Pamela Haag (The Gunning …

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Hugo Literary Series: Jenny Offill, Laura van den Berg, Maged Zaher, and Dawn Cerny

Richard Hugo House
5/20/2016 through 5/20/2016

The Writing’s On the Wall: that’s the cliche inspiration for this evening’s new work. The night features novelist …

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Jo Langford – One Click Away

Seattle Children’s Hospital
5/24/2016 through 5/24/2016

Join Langford in ParentMap’s Lecture Series event: One Click Away: Encouraging smart choices in a wired world. Education …

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Ask the Oracle

Sorrento Hotel
5/10/2016 through 5/10/2016

All the audience has to do is show up, write questions on sticky notes, and hand them to …

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