Upcoming SAL Events

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Youth Programs

Join us for an extraordinary evening of literary talent with the Pulitzer Prize-winning voices of the future! Young authors from each of our WITS schools and Seattle Children’s will be introduced by their WITS Writer-in-Residence before sharing original poems, stories, and comics in a heartwarming showcase of emerging talent.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:00 pm

Youth Programs

Join us for an extraordinary evening of literary talent with the Pulitzer Prize-winning voices of the future! Young authors from each of our WITS schools and Seattle Children’s will be introduced by their WITS Writer-in-Residence before sharing original poems, stories, and comics in a heartwarming showcase of emerging talent.

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Solmaz Sharif

Monday, June 3, 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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Imbolo Mbue

Friday, June 7, 2019 7:30 pm

Women You Need to Know

A native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon, Imbolo Mbue is the author of the bestselling debut Behold the Dreamers, the story of a young Cameroonian couple whose new lives in New York are upended by the Great Recession. The novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s latest collection, The Tiny Journalist, is a collection inspired by seven-year-old Janna Tamimi, the “Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” who captured videos of anti-occupation protests with her mother’s smartphone.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Monday, September 23, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Malcolm Gladwell is a writer, public speaker, and podcast host whose work deals with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences. Gladwell’s latest, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about People We Don’t Know (September 2019), is a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news.

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

SAL Presents

An Evening with Patti Smith

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 7:30 pm

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

SAL Presents

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 7:30 pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of our most original and perceptive voices on racial identity, can now add novelist to his list of achievements. The Water Dancer, a boldly imagined novel of magic and adventure, is coming out this September.

Podcast

Tom Hanks

In our latest episode of SAL/on air, our podcast for book lovers, we hear from actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, who joined us in December of 2017. Seattle’s beloved librarian, Nancy Pearl, was in conversation with Hanks, who shared with us how he came to write the short story collection Uncommon Type, plus all about his obsession with vintage typewriters and highlights from his prolific career.