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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 seattlecityoflit.org.

 

Upcoming Literary & Lecture Events

Anicka Yi

Henry Art Gallery
2/11/2016 through 2/11/2016

Yi expands the sensory address of “visual” art. Through explorations of culinary, floral, and scientific traditions, her work …

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Temperance and Prohibition in Washington

Nordic Heritage Museum
2/11/2016 through 2/11/2016

In conjunction with the Skol exhibit here, local historian Shanna Stevenson presents an historical perspective on emperance and …

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Hugo Literary Series: D. A. Powell, Heidi Julavits, Sierra Nelson, and OCnotes

Richard Hugo House
2/12/2016 through 2/12/2016

The new year begins here at with What Goes Around Comes Around featuring poet D. A. Powell; author …

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Jeb Wyman

Town Hall Seattle
2/17/2016 through 2/17/2016

The untold, invisible wounds of war have far-reaching effects. For many soldiers, sharing their stories can be cathartic. …

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Josh Faught

Henry Art Gallery
2/18/2016 through 2/18/2016

In sculptures built upon a base of stretcher bars and woven textile, detailed with tchotchkes, texts, pin-back badges, …

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Rick Hanson

Town Hall Seattle
2/20/2016 through 2/20/2016

Being content and happy has a strong link to brain science and, according to psychologist Rick Hanson (Hardwiring …

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Fiction, From Mother to Son

Town Hall Seattle
2/21/2016 through 2/21/2016

Anthony Trollope — “still the novelist of the way we live now” (The New Yorker) — is now …

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Stories of Anthony Trollope

Town Hall Seattle
2/21/2016 through 2/21/2016

Anthony Trollope — “still the novelist of the way we live now” (The New Yorker) — is now …

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John Allen Paulos

Town Hall Seattle
2/22/2016 through 2/22/2016

Whether you like math or not, numbers are all around us. In A Numerate Life, Temple University mathematician …

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Andrew Faas

Town Hall Seattle
2/24/2016 through 2/24/2016

Workplace bullying is a dangerous “epidemic” and, according to the Washington-based Workplace Bullying Institute, there are a number …

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