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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

Hillary Clinton Live


Hillary Rodham Clinton travels the United States this fall. She’ll connect with audiences in a conversation about a …

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Sam Harris


Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human …

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Joe Biden


Vice President Joe Biden will appear in conversation with philanthropist Melinda Gates on the Seattle stop of his …

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Sam Wasson with Andrew McMasters


To give you some perspective on the meteoric rise of American comedy, Sam Wasson takes the stage to …

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Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas


A Town Hall tradition, the holiday edition of Short Stories Live (curated by Jean Sherrard) brings together unconventional …

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Steven Agen


The Seattle Sounders 2016 MLS ‘worst-to-first’ run was as thrilling as it was improbable. When they lifted the …

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Neil Patrick Harris


To help you rekindle that shared dream, award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris brings you The Magic Misfits, the …

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Symbolist Finland

12/7/2017 through 12/8/2017

The Symbolist Movement in late nineteenth century European art coincided with political turmoil in the Grand Duchy of …

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Dr. John Vidale


Seattleites certainly recall the haunting 2015 New Yorker article asserting that our region is long-overdue for “the big …

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