Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka

Past Event: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Tickets for Julie Otsuka’s lecture at Benaroya this evening will be on sale beginning at 6pm at the Box Office. Tickets will be available at all levels.

Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. After studying art as an undergraduate at Yale, she pursued a career as a painter before turning to writing fiction at age 30. Her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine (2002), is about the internment of a Japanese-American family during World War II. The novel is based on Otsuka’s family history: her grandfather was arrested by the FBI as a suspected spy for Japan the day after Peal Harbor was bombed, and her mother, uncle, and grandmother spent three years in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. When the Emperor Was Divine was a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. It has been assigned to high school students and incoming freshmen at colleges and universities across the country and is a regular “Community Reads” selection.

Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic (2011) tells of a group of young women brought to California from Japan as “picture brides” in the early 1900s to become the wives of men they had never met and knew only by their photographs. Like her first novel, it is told from multiple points of view. Otsuka is the winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a 2011 National Book Award Finalist, and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian American Literary Award, and the American Library Association Alex Award. She lives in New York City, where she writes every afternoon in her neighborhood café.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.