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Up Next: Annie Proulx
Up Next: Annie Proulx

From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Shipping News and Close Range, comes her masterpiece, Barkskins (2016), ten years in the writing—an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest.

In the late seventeenth century two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they suffer extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest they are charged with clearing, sometimes brimming with dreams of its commercial potential. Rene marries an Indian healer, and they have children, mixing the blood of two cultures. Duquet travels the globe and back, starting a logging company that will prosper for generations. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and descendants of these two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets, as well as the descendants of their allies and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or a fortune, or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions—accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.

Don't miss what is sure to be an inspired evening with a Seattle-based literary legend! Tickets and more information here. 



WITS Year-End Reading

Thu 6:00 PM \ Seattle Public Library

Central (Downtown) Branch
Annie Proulx
SAL Presents

Thu 7:30 PM \ Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Ann Patchett
Literary\Arts Series

Mon 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
WITS Back to School Breakfast

Tue 7:00 AM \ Fairmont Olympic Hotel \ The Spanish Ballroom
Ada Limón
Poetry Series

Wed 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
WITS Anthology Launch

Tue 6:00 PM \ Benaroya Hall

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Timothy Egan
Literary\Arts Series

Wed 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Rachel Zucker
Poetry Series

Mon 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Helen Macdonald
Literary\Arts Series

Wed 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Ross Gay
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Ellen Bass
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
2016 Summer Book Bingo Is Here!

Seattle Arts & Lectures and The Seattle Public Library are excited to announce another summer full of fabulous reading fun for adult readers. Spend your summer reading great books and you could win great prizes. Fill in a Bingo Card with the titles and authors of the books you’ve read between May 23, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016 and drop it (or a photocopy if you wish to keep the original) at any Library branch, mail it in, or post a photo via Instagram or Twitter.


Click on the header above for a downloadable copy of this year's bingo board or pick up a copy at your nearest Seattle Public Library location! Follow the fun using #BookBingoNW2016.

Subscribe to our 2016/17 Season!

Featuring fan favorite Ann Patchett, Seattle hometown hero, Timothy Egan, powerful voice of justice, Bryan Stevenson, and much more, SAL's 29th season is not to be missed! All SAL Pass, Literary Arts Series, and Poetry Series subscriptions are now on sale! Last season, the Literary Arts Series was sold out for the first time ever. Subscribe today and don't miss a single word! Click here for more event information, and order your subcription online here or by phone at 206.621.2230 x 10. 

Camp WITS Registration Is Now Open!

Join us for the inaugural year of Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer, part of our WITS (Writers in the Schools) program. Camp WITS will consist of two weeks of half-day creative writing workshops that focus on a range of genres and techniques, open to students entering 2nd through 12th grades.

Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer
July 25 – August 5
Grades 2-12

Camp WITS brings the inspiring and accomplished Seattle writers who teach comics, stories and poems in public schools throughout the year to the light-filled rooms of the School of Visual Concepts in downtown Seattle. Camp attendees will learn new ways to express their own authentic voices, join a community of young writers from across the city, create letterpress portfolios for their new work and end the camps with a celebratory reading open to family and friends.

Camp WITS is open to all experience levels and abilities, from new to seasoned writers. Sessions are taught by two acclaimed WITS Writers-In-Residence and are limited to 20 students each.


Learn more about Camp WITS and register here!