Upcoming SAL Events

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Tyehimba Jess

Sunday, March 4, 2018 7:30 pm


Tyehimba Jess is the author of two powerful, musically-inspired books of poetry: leadbelly, about the musician of the same name, and last year’s Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.

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Daniel Pink

Monday, March 5, 2018 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Daniel Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work, and behavior.

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Words Matter 2018 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:00 pm


It’s unprecedented!

Individual tickets for Words Matter are sold out except for people who are purchasing tickets at their table captain’s table. If you have a table captain, please fill out the registration form and enter your table captain’s name in the field provided.

Seats may become available. If you would like to be on our Words Matter waiting list, please send your name, email address, phone number, and the number of tickets you’d like to purchase to Alex Chase at achase@lectures.org or call 206-621-2230.

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Laura Lippman & David Simon

Friday, March 30, 2018 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Laura Lippman and David Simon met and married as crime reporters for the Baltimore Sun. Lippman took that experience and translated it into a career as a bestselling detective novelist; Simon, in turn, created HBO’s The Wire, Treme, The Deuce and more. The event will be followed by a Q&A moderated by fellow journalist and author Neal Thompson.

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A Conversation with Lidia Bastianich

Friday, April 13, 2018 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Lidia Bastianich is the author of thirteen beloved cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen.

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Madeleine Albright

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Madeleine Albright was America’s first-ever female Secretary of State. Now, in Fascism: A Warning, she gives us an urgent examination of Fascism in the 20th century and how its legacy shapes today’s world. All tickets will be sold through www.stgpresents.org.

Seattle Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

Literary Arts

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30 pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016, for what the Pulitzer Prize Citation observed as “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”

Women You Need to Know

Ariel Levy

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

Ariel Levy is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of two books: Female Chauvinist Pigs, a classic work on gender and the rise of “raunch culture,” and, published this year, the searing memoir The Rules Do Not Apply.

Youth Programs

WITS Year-End Reading & Celebration: Elementary & Middle Schools

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for an extraordinary evening of literary talent with the Pulitzer Prize-winning voices of the future! Student writers from 27 schools throughout the Puget Sound region and Seattle Children’s Hospital will share original poems, short stories, and memoirs created during their residencies with the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.