Laura Lippman & David Simon

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Laura Lippman & David Simon

Past Event: Friday, March 30, 2018

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Laura Lippman and David Simon met and married as crime reporters for the Baltimore Sun. Lippman took that experience and translated it into a career as a bestselling detective novelist; Simon, in turn, created HBO’s The Wire, Treme, The Deuce and more.

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than 20 awards for her detective fiction—and been nominated for thirty more, including the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, and the Nero Wolfe. Since her debut in 1997, she has published over 20 works, including a novella, a collection of short stories, and the wildly popular detective series about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan.

Lit Hub recently named her one of the “essential” female crime writers of the last hundred years. She also has written for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and T Magazine, and prior to her career as a novelist, she was a journalist for two decades.

Her novel Every Secret Thing, optioned for film by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning.

David Simon

David Simon is an author, screenwriter, and producer. From 1983 to 1995, he was a crime reporter with the Baltimore Sun, and during that time, he learned to draw from his insights as an investigative journalist to craft rich narratives that confront some of the most daunting challenges facing America’s urban centers. Simon has authored a wide range of nonfiction works, both in journalism and book-length form, but he is best known for his contributions to television.

Simon has been a screenwriter and producer for several critically-acclaimed television series, including Homicide: Life on the Street, which won him the WGA Award for Best Writing, The Wire, which delivered a panoramic portrait of Baltimore’s era of economic decline, corruption, and broken social systems; and Treme, set in a post-Katrina New Orleans working to rebuild its neighborhood and culture. This latest series The Deuce, a gritty look at the pornography industry in the 1970s, premiered on HBO this year. He is also the creator of the HBO miniseries The Corner, Generation Kill, and Show Me A Hero. 

Simon received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and co-author of The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. Simon has won several Emmys, among other television awards, and was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow and named a Utne Reader visionary in 2011.

Lippman and Simon live in Baltimore with their daughter.

Selected Works:

Laura Lippman


Baltimore Blues (1997)
Butchers Hill (1998)
In Big Trouble (1999)
The Sugar House (2000)
In a Strange City (2001)
The Last Place (2002)
By A Spider’s Thread (2004)
No Good Deeds (2006)
Another Thing to Fall (2008)
The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2011)
Hush, Hush (2015)


Every Secret Thing (2004)
To The Power of Three (2005)
What the Dead Know 2007)
After I’m Gone (2014)

David Simon


The Deuce (creator/writer, 2017-Present)
Show Me a Hero (writer, 2015)
Treme (creator/writer, 2010-2013)
Generation Kill (writer/producer, 2008)
The Wire (creator/producer/writer, 2002-2008)
The Corner (writer/producer, 2002)
Homicide: Life on the Street (writer/producer, 1993-1999)


The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (1997)
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991)

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go


Laura Lippman and David Simon will discuss their work and creative processes. The event will be followed by a Q&A moderated by fellow journalist and author Neal Thompson.



University Book Store will have copies of select titles by Laura Lippman and work by David Simon available for purchase at their table in the lobby.



There will be no book-signing for this event.


Grand Patron & Patron Reception from 6:30–7:15 on the Promenade!

Grand Patron and Patron ticket holders, join us for a chance to meet Laura Lippman and David Simon at the pre-event reception on the Promenade. Ushers will direct you upon arrival. The reception will take place from 6:30–7:15.


Student Ticket Holders

Don’t forget to head to the special door marked “Student” for entry into the auditorium. A valid student ID is required for admission into the event.


For Passover & Good Friday Observers

We recognize this event falls on two religious holidays, and we would like to apologize for the inconvenience in scheduling. Subscribers to our Literary Arts Series have the option to exchange their tickets for another event in the 2017/18 season with tickets available if they will not be able to attend for religious reasons. To exchange your tickets, please call the SAL box office at 206-621-2230 x10, or email us at


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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).

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.


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Open Captioning occurs at every event that takes place at Benaroya Hall. It is also always available upon request for all events in our other halls, with a two-week minimum notice. To make a request for Open Captioning services, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10.

Assisted Listening Devices, including Hearing Loop Assisted Listening Systems, are available at all of our venues, with the exception of Broadway Performance Hall. If you would like more information, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10.

ASL-Interpretated Events are always available upon request, with a two-week minimum notice. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10.

Wheelchair Accessible Ticketing is available in all sections at our venues, and and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. If you would like more information, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10.

For any further questions or requests, or to offer Seattle Arts & Lectures feedback on how we can be more accessible and inclusive, please reach out to our Patron Services Manager at or 206.621.2230×10.