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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

Curtis White


Essayist, critic and novelist Curtis White, author of We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data, …

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Survivorman – Les Stroud Live and Acoustic


Survivorman – Les Stroud Live and Acoustic is a musical/story telling and video concert experience like no other. …

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ArtVenture: Dream City Diorama


Help sculpt a city that works for everyone. Families will think about how they benefit from their own …

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Bruce Holbert


A resident of Nine Mile Falls—way over in the eastern part of Washington—and pretty much a lifelong resident …

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Maker Day: Pinhole Camera


Al Smith photographed Seattle’s Central District documenting the neighborhood and the people who inspired him. Join photographer Janet …

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Aminatta Forna


The author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, as well as …

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Andrea Gibson


Andrea Gibson is an American poet and activist from Calais, Maine, who has lived in Boulder, Colorado since …

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Sorting Room Residency Group


Seattle7Writers’ Sorting Room Residency, so named for the work-storage space used to sort book donations for S7W’s Pocket …

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Neil Hilborn


Neil Hilborn is a bestselling author, and with over 100 million views to his credit, he is the …

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