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Literary Events & Lectures

Seattle is proud to be recognized as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature.

With a thriving literary community and a highly educated and book-loving populace, Seattle offers an abundance of riches for lovers of the written and spoken word.

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. Dive in to the active 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. Learn more about our UNESCO World City of Literature designation at

Upcoming Literary & Lecture Events

National Geographic Live – Capturing The Impossible

3/24/2019 through 3/26/2019

For extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith, the line between going for it and going too far is often blurry …

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Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad


Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab (, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations …

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Sabrina Benaim


Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performance and teaching artist, whose home base is Toronto. She was a member …

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Sarah Schulman


Novelist, playwright and cultural critic Sarah Schulman’s novel, Maggie Terry, is the story of a woman who wants …

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Peter Bagge


Joining in this evening are two graphic novelists published by Drawn and Quarterly. Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, who …

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Valeria Luiselli


Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States. The author of two novels and a …

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Spring Into Words


On the eve of National Poetry Month, come celebrate the joy of words with three award-winning poets who …

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The Future of Humanity


Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility–and a …

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Poems of Legacy, Poems of Transformation


Monica Youn, author of Blackacre, Ignatz, and Barter and former lawyer, will read her poetry, which explores new …

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