Upcoming SAL Events

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Local Voices

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:30 pm

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers.

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Katherine Boo

Monday, January 28, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Katherine Boo is an internationally celebrated journalist on a quest to amplify the voices of underprivileged populations. Boo’s latest work explores social mobility in low-income families, drawing on years of intimate reporting in African-American neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.

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Soraya Chemaly

Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:30 pm

Women You Need to Know

Soraya Chemaly is an award‐winning writer and activist whose works focus on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. Rage Becomes Her (2018) is her conversation‐shifting book that urges women to understand their anger, embrace its power, and use it for positive change.

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Solmaz Sharif

Monday, February 11, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of the poetry collection LOOK (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award and the winner of the 2017 American Book Award for poetry.

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A Conversation with Zadie Smith

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Zadie Smith is one of the world’s preeminent fiction and non-fiction writers. Her novels include White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and Swing Time, among others; and her many non-fiction works on a range of subjects from pop culture to politics are collected in Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays and 2018’s Feel Free.

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An Evening with Dean Baquet & Marty Baron

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:30 pm

Journalism

Two of the leading voices in journalism, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, and Marty Baron, the executive editor of the Washington Post, will be in conversation about the importance of investigative journalism and the path forward for media in this political era.

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Literary Arts

A Conversation with Zadie Smith

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:30 pm

Zadie Smith is one of the world’s preeminent fiction and non-fiction writers. Her novels include White TeethThe Autograph ManOn Beauty, and Swing Time, among others; and her many non-fiction works on a range of subjects from pop culture to politics are collected in Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays and 2018’s Feel Free.

Journalism

Kara Swisher

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:30 pm

Interested in the role of social media in our current political landscape, or in more accountability in the tech industry? Kara Swisher has been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” (New York Magazine) and the “grumpy lady of tech” (by herself). Swisher, known for hard-hitting interviews with tech’s most influential people, is the editor at large of Recode and host of the Recode Decode podcast.

Podcast

Viet Thanh Nguyen

In this special Thanksgiving episode of SAL’s podcast for book lovers, we hear from Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees. Nguyen is introduced by Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director, and is interviewed after his talk by Jamie Ford, the celebrated author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.