Upcoming SAL Events

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WITS Back-to-School Luncheon

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:00 pm


Come be inspired by the courage and imagination of our next generation of creative writers. This event will raise essential funding for SAL’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, which matches talented professional writers with local public schools and Seattle Children’s for year-long writing residencies. Last year, WITS writers helped more than 6,000 students at 27 public schools to build self-confidence, community, and essential writing skills as they learned to tell their unique stories through creative writing.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Monday, October 1, 2018 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She will speak on her forthcoming book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which will explore presidential leadership throughout history.

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Alice Walker

Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:30 pm


Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated, prolific writer, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry.

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Van Jones

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:30 pm


Van Jones is a social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor, and host of The Van Jones Show on CNN. Famous for his heartfelt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red and blue states throughout the volatile 2016 political season.

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Jill Lepore

Friday, October 12, 2018 7:30 pm

Women You Need to Know

Jill Lepore is an award-winning history professor at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. In her new book, These Truths: A History of the United States (September 2018), Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

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Barbara Kingsolver

Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Renowned American novelist Barbara Kingsolver, author of the instant classics Flight Behavior, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Lacuna, will speak about her life in reading and writing, as well as her forthcoming novel, Unsheltered.

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.


How to Listen to Water

In this special feature from Poetry Northwest, contributor Michelle Peñaloza reviews Oceanic, the latest collection by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. “The whole of Oceanic,” Michelle writes, “reads like a favorite record you put on and lie on the rug to listen to; you relish the whole experience, but you sit up and rest on your elbows when your favorite tracks strike up.”


Isabel Allende, Part Two

Tune in for Isabel Allende on the most recent episode of our new podcast, SAL on/air. One of the world’s most widely-read Spanish language authors, Chilean writer Isabel Allende is a master of magical realism and a colorful storyteller.

On November 28, SAL had the pleasure of welcoming Allende back to our Literary Arts Series after her last visit thirty years ago, which we shared in our previous episode. From the transformative potential of women in power, to the healing work of truth-telling, to advice for eternal youth, her warm conversation reveals Allende to be not only a candid comic genius and a passionate storyteller, but ultimately, an ambassador of joy.