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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

Robert Spalding


Robert Spalding takes us on a tour of Seattle’s monuments, statues, busts and plaques in his book, Monumental …

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Hallgrimur Helgason


As part of a Seattle visit that includes the University of Washington, renowned Icelandic novelist, columnist, and artist …

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Writers Under the Influence: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin


Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away January 22 of this year at the age of 88 was …

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David Sedaris


David Sedaris’ annual lecture tour appearances have become a Seattle tradition and this year’s event is—again—nearly sold out …

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The Myth of Capitalism


Many Americans envision capitalism as a driving ideal of our country, but some economists contend that a few …

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Adrienne Mayor


The first robot to walk the earth was a bronze giant called Talos. This wondrous machine was created …

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Danez Smith


Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer and performer, whose most recent collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

11/26/2018 through 11/27/2018

Adventures in Science Literacy. The joys of knowing how the universe works and the disasters that can unfold …

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Bob Woodward


Watergate’s theme of secret government is a common thread throughout Woodward’s career that has spawned 19 books – …

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