Upcoming Events at SAL

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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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Local Voices

Monday, March 11, 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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Ilya Kaminsky

Monday, April 1, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Ilya Kaminsky is a hard of hearing Russian-Jewish-American poet, critic, translator, and professor, whose latest collection, Deaf Republic (2019), is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

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Valeria Luiselli

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States. The author of two novels and a collection of essays, Luiselli’s most recent book, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, was described by the Texas Observer as “the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era.”

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Local Voices

Wednesday, April 24, 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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HERE: Poems for the Planet, featuring Francisco Aragón & Kimiko Hahn

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Just in time for Earth Day, we’ll ​be celebrating eco-poetics as a mode of creative resistance​. This reading and discussion will launch the​ Copper Canyon Press​ anthology HERE: Poems for the Planet. Featuring poets who write with urgency and hope about the natural world, the event is supported by three organizations that create a better and more just landscape for poets and poetry: Cave Canem, Cant​oMundo, and Kundiman.

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Anthony Ray Hinton

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:30 pm

Hinge

Anthony Ray Hinton was released in April 2015 after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was released with the help of the Equal Justice Initiative, where he serves as EJI’s Community Educator and travels both nationally and internationally to speak about his experience.

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Kara Swisher

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:30 pm

Journalism

She’s been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” (New York Magazine) and the “grumpy lady of tech” (by herself). Kara Swisher, known for hard-hitting interviews with the most influential people in tech, is the executive editor of Recode and host of the Recode Decode podcast.

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A Conversation with Melinda Gates

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda reveals the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies.

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Tayari Jones

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Tayari Jones is an award-winning author whose runaway bestseller, An American Marriage, features a newlywed couple and their reckoning with the horrors of mass incarceration, navigating ethically-charged questions about faithfulness and sacrifice.

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Jericho Brown

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Jericho Brown is the award-winning author of three books of poetry, including a forthcoming collection with Copper Canyon Press, each work posing questions about race, masculinity, and sexuality, often through the lens of the Bible.

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The Moth Mainstage

Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.

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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.