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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

James Frey


Join in for a reading and book-signing of Katerina, the newest book by the James Frey, bestselling author …

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Sy Montgomery


A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by heralded nature writer Sy Montgomery, whose 2015 book, …

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Daniel Mason


One of those who manages to be both highly regarded for fiction writing and being a physician), Daniel …

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Rebecca Brown


EBB welcomes beloved Seattle writer and teacher Rebecca Brown’s much-awaited new work of fiction into the world this …

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Jennifer Baker


A publishing professional who has been working to foster more diversity in all aspects of the book world, …

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Arjun Singh Sethi


Activist, lawyer, and law professor Arjun Singh Sethi speaks on his timely book, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.

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Benjamin Balint


Benjamin Balint, a library fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, has been doing serious literary footwork …

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Christian Kracht


Swiss novelist Christian Kracht visits with his award-winning novel, The Dead, translated from the German by Daniel Bowles. …

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Jill Lepore


Jill Lepore is an award-winning history professor at Harvard University and a staff writer at “The New Yorker.” …

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