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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

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival

Now through 7/21/2018

Come experience world-class storytelling as a panel of six master tellers transform PowellsWood into a riveting garden theater.

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Austin Woerner with translations of Su Wei


A young man sent to the countryside for re-education during China’s Cultural Revolution is tricked into a ghost …

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Ayobami Adebayo


One of 2017’s most acclaimed fiction debuts was that of young Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo with her astonishing …

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Kate Alice Marshall


Kate Alice Marshall joins us for a signing of her new book, I Am Still Alive. Jess hadn’t …

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Seattle Poetry Slam National Team Send Off Show


Seattle Poetry Slam is sending a team to National Poetry Slam in Chicago to compete against 96 other …

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Donna Miscolta


Join writer Donna Miscolta for a reading, discussion, and writing prompts based on Ofelia and Norma, a novel-in-progress.

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Roy Scranton with Miranda Mellis and Eirik Steinhoff


Roy Scranton, editor of Fire and Forget, returns to Elliott Bay today to speak about the accelerating effects …

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Barbara De Pirro


Beginners and experienced artists alike learn new techniques for a wide range of media at this special GOLDEN …

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Henrik Tuxen


Book talk with Danish author and rock journalist Henrik Tuxen on his recent book, an alternative Pearl Jam …

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