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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

Walk Tall Y’all: Feeling Grumpy in Transmogrified Seattle


Meet artist Dale Hom as he shares his latest work. In this graphic novel sequel, Wallace has just …

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Matt Hern and Am Johal


Down from Vancouver come two collaborators in a timely book drawn largely from the tar sands of northern …

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Dr. Jordan Peterson


Seattle Theater Group welcomes Dr. Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life Tour – An Antidote to Chaos. Dr. …

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Tales of the Klondike


Chris Gibbs as he reads selections from “mostly true” stories and anecdotes about the Klondike Gold Rush.

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History Cafe: Exploring Land Trusts with Queer the Land


Community land trusts were born from a legacy of people living and working together to build sustainable communities. …

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Monet and His Garden at Giverny

6/7/2018 through 6/8/2018

Claude Monet’s chief passions were painting and gardening, which intertwined in the four decades he lived in Giverny. …

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Viola Davis


Viola Davis has the honor of winning the triple crown of acting-Tony, Oscar and Emmy. This Juilliard grad …

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Alex Vitale and David Correia


Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression among activists, journalists, and politicians. …

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On the Spot Gallery Talks


Dive deeper into the world captured in Al Smith’s photographs with 30 minute gallery talks on the first …

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