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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

Kristen Roupenian – You Know You Want This Simon And Schuster

1/25/2019

From the author of “Cat Person” comes the debut collection You Know You Want This, which brilliantly explores …

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Fact, Fiction, Or Both? Group Reading and Conversation Featuring: Erica Bauermeister, Jennifer Haupt, Anna Quinn, Jennie Shortridge

1/30/2019

Join in for a panel discussion and readings from four authors who write fiction and memoir (sometimes simultaneously). …

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Helen Zia

1/29/2019

We have fond memories of Helen Zia’s first visit to Elliott Bay, for one of the early readings …

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Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice: Dyani White Hawk, Keith BraveHeart, Micheal Two Bulls

2/14/2019

This body of work reflects cross-cultural experiences through the combination of modern abstract painting and abstract Lakota art …

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The Magic Hat

1/28/2019

Five brilliant humans(?) are invited to share. These humans range from talented newcomers showcasing their best in a …

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Ian Stuart Sharpe

1/27/2019

In Sharpe’s new Vikingverse novel, The All Father Paradox , storied heroes of mankind emerge in new and …

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The Bechdel Cast Live

1/25/2019

The Bechdel Cast is a podcast that examines the portrayal of women in film through an intersectional feminist …

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The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

1/27/2019

Murder and Mayhem is a new mystery, suspense, and thriller book group moderated by Edgar-nominated novelist M.J. Beaufrand! …

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Rabeah Ghaffari

1/28/2019

Another significant fiction debut is that made by film editor and screenplay writer Rabeah Ghaffari with her deft, …

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