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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

Jack Straw Writers

Elliott Bay Book Company
7/29/2016 through 7/29/2016

Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator (this year, Karen Finneyfrock) for Jack Straw Writers, …

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Sjohnna McCray

Elliott Bay Book Company
7/31/2016 through 7/31/2016

July at EBBS ends on a high, poetic note as Walt Whitman Award-winning poet Sjohnna McCray visits from …

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Donald Ray Pollock

Elliott Bay Book Company
7/25/2016 through 7/25/2016

A writer who has come at it all differently than most who visit, Donald Ray Pollock makes this …

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Kevin O’Brien

Elliott Bay Book Company
7/27/2016 through 7/27/2016

One day after its official street date release, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone (Pinnacle), the newest of …

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Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
7/25/2016 through 7/25/2016

Set in an alternate, early-20th-century Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, Marjorie Liu and …

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John Corey Whaley in Conversation with Alex R. Kahler

University Book Store – U District
7/28/2016 through 7/28/2016

Further proving the YA genre’s role in facilitating understanding and openness surrounding mental illness, the latest book by …

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Geoff Ryman

Seattle Public Library: Central Branch
7/26/2016 through 7/26/2016

Geoff Ryman is a Canadian living in the United Kingdom. His novel The King’s Last Song was inspired …

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Painting | The Multi-Faceted World of Native Art

Frye Art Museum
7/28/2016 through 7/28/2016

This five-lecture series examines indigenous knowledge, bounded space, and knowledge visualization in the context of four Native art …

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Throwing Shade

8/11/2016 through 8/11/2016

Throwing Shade is a smart, hilarious and irreverent weekly podcast and web series, hosted by homosensual Bryan Safi …

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