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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

Richard Rhodes

Town Hall Seattle
5/31/2016 through 5/31/2016

Seattle-based sculptor and stonemason Richard Rhodes has been hailed as the “last apprentice” since Siena’s ancient masonic guild …

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Mark Kurlansky

Town Hall Seattle
5/27/2016 through 5/27/2016

In today’s technology-dependent world of e-books and computer screens, what’s the fate of physical paper? Historian Mark Kurlansky …

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Lunch and Learn: Humaira Abid

Tacoma Art Museum
6/1/2016 through 6/1/2016

Humaira Abid turns ordinary images from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. She “explores the effects of relationships.” …

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J. Kael Weston with Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Town Hall Seattle
6/8/2016 through 6/8/2016

For soldiers who have received a grievous facial wound, the “mirror test” is the moment when they get …

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An Evening with Mary Roach

Town Hall Seattle
6/15/2016 through 6/15/2016

“America’s funniest science writer” Roach has turned her attention to one of humanity’s most pressing (and, as it …

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Lindy West

Town Hall Seattle
5/25/2016 through 5/25/2016

Two years ago, Seattle writer Lindy West’s used a particularly nasty confrontation with an internet troll as a …

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Paul Park

University Book Store – U District
6/21/2016 through 6/21/2016

Paul Park’s multilayered, surreal fiction uses familiar archetypes in unfamiliar ways to convey the depth and variety of …

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Word Works: Domingo Martinez on Fearlessness

Richard Hugo House
5/26/2016 through 5/26/2016

Martinez, author of the bestselling memoirs The Boy Kings of Texas and My Heart is a Drunken Compass, …

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Edward Weston’s Guggenheim Fellowship

Frye Art Museum
6/9/2016 through 6/10/2016

This lecture will look at the first Guggenheim Foundation grant awarded to a photographer, Edward Weston, in 1937, …

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