Photo: Nicola

Literary Events & Lectures

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

Survivorman – Les Stroud Live and Acoustic


Survivorman – Les Stroud Live and Acoustic is a musical/story telling and video concert experience like no other. …

Details Event Website

Michael David Lukas


Novelist Michael David Lukas, here a few years ago for his prize-winning debut novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, …

Details Event Website

Whales In The City


Learn about the rarest large whale in the world at this informative and inspiring chat featuring biologists, educators, …

Details Event Website

Andrea Gibson


Andrea Gibson is an American poet and activist from Calais, Maine, who has lived in Boulder, Colorado since …

Details Event Website

Laura Lippman and David Simon


Laura Lippman and David Simon met and married as crime reporters for the Baltimore Sun. Lippman took that …

Details Event Website

John Cleese


Come spend a hilarious evening with the one and only John Cleese, the legendary comedic actor best known …

Details Event Website

Complex Exchange: Figuring Black Futures Today


Complex Exchange features presenters and practices that reference black experience and lives of people of color from a …

Details Event Website

Deepak Chopra


Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.

Details Event Website

Nutrition: Women and Children In Developing Countries


Shawn Baker, Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Nutrition Team will talk about improving nutrition for …

Details Event Website


Seattle’s best every month in your inbox

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Partner Advertisements