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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

Neal Stephenson


Bestselling author Neal Stephenson is known for delivering novels with poignant and incisive reflections on our present and …

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Living Voices: Hear My Voice


How long was the fight for women’s suffrage? Follow Jessie as she learns about the women who started …

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Elizabeth Gilbert


STG Presents Elizabeth Gilbert – City of Girls at The Moore Theatre.

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Lawrence Lessig


The immense age of our nation’s Constitution presents a fundamental challenge for interpreters. After so much time has …

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James Ellroy


It is January, 1942, and torrential rainstorms in L.A. unearth a body in Griffith Park. The cops rate …

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Imbolo Mbue


A native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon, Imbolo Mbue is the author of the bestselling book …

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Annie Jacobson


Almost every American president since World War II has asked the CIA to conduct sabotage, subversion, and even …

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Anna Fifield


North Korea is one of the oddest and most isolated political regime in the world—one that is broken …

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Disability Rights WA


How many disabled individuals grow up isolated, wishing they could have built childhood connections with the disability community …

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