Upcoming SAL Events

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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.

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An Evening with Patti Smith

Sunday, October 6, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

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.

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Richard Kenney

Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Richard Kenney, a Pacific Northwest poet, is known for his formally ambitious poetry, which employs intricate and playful verse to comment on science, politics, love, and language. His latest book of poems, Terminator (2019), is his first in ten years.

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A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of our most original and perceptive voices on racial identity, systemic racial bias, and white supremacy. The author of the bestselling nonfiction works The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, he 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.

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Hanif Abdurraqib

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:30 pm

Hinge

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and music critic born and raised in Columbus, Ohio—he os the author of A Fortune For Your Disaster, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and Go Ahead In the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest.

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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.