Upcoming SAL Events

Words Matter 2021 Virtual Benefit Gala & Literary Auction Image

Words Matter 2021 Virtual Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Friday, April 23, 2021


Please join us for an online evening of delights and inspiration at Words Matter 2021 to ensure that Seattle Arts & Lectures can continue to cultivate transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations.

Natalie Diaz: Online & Pre-taped Image

Natalie Diaz: Online & Pre-taped

Friday, April 30, 2021

SAL Presents

Natalie Diaz is the author of two poetry collections: When My Brother Was an Aztec and Postcolonial Love Poem. The New York Times Book Review called her most recent work “no doubt one of the most important poetry releases in years, one to applaud for its considerable demonstration of skill, its resistance to dominant perspectives and its light wrought of desire.” The Q&A will be moderated by Laura Da’. This event is online only and will be pre-recorded.

Mary Roach: Live & Online Image

Mary Roach: Live & Online

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Literary Arts

“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post), the ever-curious and darkly irresistible Mary Roach is the author of books like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, books that are about human beings as much as they are about the human body. Her forthcoming book is about the often fraught encounters between animals and people. This event will be live and online only, with moderator Deborah Blum. Please note: this event begins at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).

Patrick Radden Keefe: Online & Pre-taped Image

Patrick Radden Keefe: Online & Pre-taped

Monday, May 10, 2021


A New Yorker staffer and investigative writer, Patrick Radden Keefe is the author of three books, including the New York Times best-selling book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. The book is a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and its devastating repercussions. Keefe is also behind the new podcast, Wind of Change, about the wild story behind the classic metal ballad.

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Local Voices: Online

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Free Events

Now in a digital format, Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers. View the event as a Zoom Webinar on May 12th at 7:00 p.m, or catch it streaming on Facebook Live! Click “Learn More” to see the line-up of readers.

The Moth Mainstage: Live & Online Image

The Moth Mainstage: Live & Online

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! This event is live and online only.

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


Black Lives Matter. Black Stories Matter.

Black lives matter. Black stories matter. Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) stands in solidarity with Black authors, teaching artists, educators, students, colleagues, board members, volunteers, artists, partners, community members, and audience members. We stand with protestors who are demanding justice. Words matter; they have the power to spark change and to tell the stories we need to hear. But actions also matter. So how will we take action?


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.