Upcoming SAL Events

WITS Year‑End Celebration: A Digital Gallery Image

WITS Year‑End Celebration: A Digital Gallery

Monday, June 8, 2020

Youth Programs

Join us for a virtual celebration of the extraordinary poetry, prose, and comics created during the 2019/20 school year! This digital gallery will feature our WITS students sharing work written throughout the Puget Sound region and Seattle Children’s Hospital, with special introductions from their WITS mentors—plus an array of student writing designed in high-quality, downloadable digital posters.

Min Jin Lee: Online Image

Min Jin Lee: Online

Monday, June 15, 2020

Literary Arts

This event will be streamed online—click the “Learn More” button to see details. Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko, a sweeping, four-generation epic celebrated as the first novel written for an adult audience in English that focuses on Japanese-Korean culture. A finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in fiction, Pachinko is “a beautifully crafted story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance” (Library Journal).

Carol Anderson: Online Image

Carol Anderson: Online

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Literary Arts

This event will be streamed online—click the “Learn More” button to see details. Carol Anderson’s viral op-ed for the Washington Post explored the concept of “white rage” after Ferguson, Missouri erupted in 2014. Her subsequent book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her latest book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (2018), is an urgent history of voter suppression in America.

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Maira Kalman

Monday, March 15, 2021

Women You Need to Know

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. The illustrator, author, and designer behind The Principles of Uncertainty, And the Pursuit of Happiness, and many a New Yorker illustration, Maira Kalman’s multi-faceted projects are filled with a sense of wonder, humor, and beauty.

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Natalie Diaz

Friday, April 30, 2021


THIS EVENT HAS BEE N RESCHEDULED. Natalie Diaz is the author of two poetry collections: When My Brother Was an Aztec, which centers on her brother’s addiction to crystal meth, and Postcolonial Love Poem, forthcoming in 2020. Adrian Matejka calls When My Brother Was an Aztec “a spacious, sophisticated collection, one that puts in work addressing the author’s divergent experiences—whether it be family, skin politics, hoops, code switching, or government commodities.”

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The Moth Mainstage

Friday, May 21, 2021

SAL Presents

One of our most popular events of the year, each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. Theme, host, and storytellers to be announced in spring!

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


2020 Summer Book Bingo is Here—And Early!

Due to popular demand, everyone’s favorite free summer reading challenge is back early this year for both adults and kids! Download your Adult Board here or your Kid Board here.

Keep track of your spring and summer reads from now until September 8, 2020 by writing the title and author in the matching square, and submit your board by mail, in person, or through social media for a chance to win awesome prizes! Book titles may be used only once per card, and only one entry per person.


Ross Gay

Besides being a disciple of joy, Ross Gay is a gardener, a painter, a professor, a basketball player, and a founding member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a free-fruit-for-all non-profit focused on food, justice, and joy. He is also the author of three collections of poetry. The title poem in his most recent, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, is a long piece which, Ross told the Los Angeles Times, was begun as a “way to publicly imagine what it means for a person to be adamantly in love with his life. I wanted to realize joy as a fundamental aspect of our lives and practice it as a discipline.”

Listen to his full reading on the latest episode of SAL/on air, our podcast for book lovers.


Community Access Tickets

We believe that reading, writing, and creative thinking are indispensable to a curious, engaged, democratic society. Our goal is to make these experiences available to as many people as possible, regardless of economic circumstances—which is why we created our Community Access Tickets (CAT) program for our digital and in-person events.