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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 seattlecityoflit.org.

Upcoming Literary & Lecture Events

ACTivate Reading Series: ACTivate Reading 3

11/11/2017

ACTLab’s newest series of readings in collaboration with both theatrical and civic partners. Together we share a play …

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Kelly Jones – Murder, Magic, and What We Wore

10/24/2017

The year is 1818, the city is London, and 16-year-old Annis Whitworth has just learned that her father …

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A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

11/5/2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates will be presented in conversation about his forthcoming book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An …

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Matthew Walker

10/24/2017

Matthew Walker’s sideways look at sleep is enlightening on many levels. Walker takes on cultural notions that equate …

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Theo Gray

10/22/2017

With Reactions, Gray continues an exciting journey through our molecular and chemical world like no one ever has. …

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Behind the Seams: The Miracle of American Fashion

10/21/2017

Get a peek into MOHAI’s textile collection and view treasures rarely seen. After WWII the American ready-to-wear industry …

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Roger Mello – You Can’t Be Too Careful!

10/22/2017

Roger Mello is the Brazilian author and illustrator of You Can’t Be Too Careful. He is the 2014 …

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Up and Vanished Live

10/19/2017

Experience the hit podcast in it’s first ever live tour! Host Payne Lindsey, will reveal never before seen …

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Ignite Seattle

10/19/2017

This popular series returns with its simple premise: Enlighten you, but make it quick! Ignite Seattle is the …

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