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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

Bootsy Holler Book Reading


Seattle native artist Bootsy Holler comes back from L.A. to do a reading and signing for TREASURES: Objects …

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Mark Arax


Who knows what this July holds where rain, drought, and fires are concerned. Mark Arax, the California author …

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Joy L. Wiggins


Bellingham writer Joy Wiggins’ work examines the ways social realities influence our day-to-day communications across cultures. Her work …

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Kevin O’Brien


It’s midsummer and high time to celebrate the publication of a new thriller by Seattle writer Kevin O’Brien. …

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Artist Talk: Joe Max Emminger:


Join exhibiting artist Joe Max Emminger for a lecture exploring his inspiration, process of creation, and more. Joe …

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Eighth Generation: How a Seattle Company is Defining the Native American Dream


Learn how local artist Louie Gong (Nooksack) parlayed interest in his hand-drawn shoes to create Eighth Generation, the …

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Fonda Lee


In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival …

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To be Black is rich. Sabayet is an interactive healing experience. Sacred and creative meet through live storytelling …

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Jack Dann


Jack Dann has written or edited more than seventy-five books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral, The …

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