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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

Jesmyn Ward

1/17/2018

Jesmyn Ward has been called “fearless and toughly lyrical” by the Library Journal. Her novel Salvage the Bones, …

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Denise Fairchild

1/18/2018

Climate change advocates and social justice groups say that a global energy war is underway. It’s a struggle …

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History Cafe: Preserving Neighborhood Stories through Oral History

1/17/2018

Throughout most of the twentieth century, the Central District was the only Seattle neighborhood in which African Americans …

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Making our Mark Artist Discussion Series: Teaching Artists

2/15/2018

BAM’s Director Emeritus Michael Monroe and Pratt Fine Arts Center Executive Director Steve Galatro will moderate three discussions …

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Towards a Universal Network History of Humankind

1/18/2018

Hear from Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Center for Data Science at University of Washington Tacoma. Muhammad will discuss a …

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Sara Zaske

1/22/2018

German parents give their children a great deal of freedom?much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to …

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Carmen Maria Machado

1/18/2018

Carmen Maria Machado’s dazzling, genre- and gender-bending debut book of stories, Her Body and Other Parties, has not …

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Light and Color in the Art of Jan Vermeer

2/8/2018

Vermeer, working in seventeenth century Delft, took infinite care with every square inch he painted; his paintings are …

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Lovett or Leave It

1/26/2018

Former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House and co-host of the wildly popular podcast Pod …

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