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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

Barbara De Pirro


Beginners and experienced artists alike learn new techniques for a wide range of media at this special GOLDEN …

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Disaster Night! A KUOW quiz show


Are you curious about what would happen if the “Big One” hits or if Mt. Rainier erupts? Have …

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Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat


Author Tom Angleberger and illustrator Dan Santat join us for a signing of their new book, The Princess …

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Seattle After Party


The Seattle After Party is a chance for you to learn about people who make Seattle great. Musicians, …

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Join in at U District store for dramatic readings of the best in new and classic kids books.

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Julie Bayless and Ilona Bray


Julie Bayless and Ilona Bray present Rugs and Bugs: A Journey Through Worlds of Science and Magic at …

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Civic Minute Live!


The inaugural meetup for readers of Sol’s Civic Minute! Come hear GeekWire reporter Monica Nickelsburg talk about Seattle’s …

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Lauren Berliner


UW Bothell assistant professor Lauren S. Berliner shares her new book, Producing Queer Youth. Combining participatory action research …

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Austin Woerner with translations of Su Wei


A young man sent to the countryside for re-education during China’s Cultural Revolution is tricked into a ghost …

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