Upcoming SAL Events

Maribel Morey and Megan Ming Francis on White Philanthropy Image

Maribel Morey and Megan Ming Francis on White Philanthropy

Monday, September 12, 2022


Building upon the recent publication of White Philanthropy, author Maribel Morey will come together with Megan Ming Francis, author of “The Price of Civil Rights,” to discuss white philanthropy’s historical role in narrowing our definitions of racial equality in the United States. Morey and Francis also will discuss how, today, we can take steps towards shaping more liberating relationships between funders, scholars, and movement activists, as means towards supporting and sustaining more meaningful national definitions of racial equality.

A Celebration of Alice Wong’s Year of the Tiger: Online-Only Image

A Celebration of Alice Wong’s Year of the Tiger: Online-Only

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Free Events

Leah Laksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Elsa Sjunneson celebrate the release of Year of the Tiger on Alice Wong’s behalf. Join SAL and The Seattle Public Library for a free community event celebrating the release Alice Wong’s new memoir, Year of the Tiger. Wong is a disabled activist, writer, media maker, and consultant. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014.

Abdulrazak Gurnah: In-Person & Online Image

Abdulrazak Gurnah: In-Person & Online

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Literary Arts

Winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Afterlives is a sweeping, multi-generational saga of displacement, loss, and love, set against the brutal colonization of east Africa. Following the story of Ilyas, a boy stolen by German colonial troops, Afterlives is a novel that “gathers close all those who were meant to be forgotten, and refuses their erasure. Q&A with author Sonora Jha.

A Conversation with Maggie O’Farrell: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Maggie O’Farrell: In-Person & Online

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Literary Arts

Maggie O’Farrell, the Northern Irish author of the “magnificent and searing” novel Hamnet, returns with The Marriage Portrait, an electrifying new tale. Full of the drama and verve with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life and offers an unforgettable portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

A Conversation with Celeste Ng: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Celeste Ng: In-Person & Online

Monday, October 17, 2022

SAL Presents

Celeste Ng is the bestselling author of three novels: Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere, and her latest work, Our Missing Hearts. In 2020, Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere was adapted into a popular limited series on Hulu, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Following its nationwide success, Ng’s latest work, Our Missing Hearts, explores the ways that supposedly civilized communities can pretend to ignore the most searing injustice. Most tickets, with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can and complimentary tickets, include a copy of Our Missing Hearts, mailed to the ticket holder’s door.

A Conversation with Julian Aguon: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Julian Aguon: In-Person & Online

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Sasha LaPointe Presents

An Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam, Julian Aguon is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. Part memoir, part manifesto, his forthcoming book, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies is a coming-of-age story and a call for justice—for everyone, but in particular, for Indigenous peoples.

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SAL’s COVID-19 Policies for 2021/22

SAL is requiring proof of full vaccination for our in-person events this season. We will require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Likewise, our staff and volunteers will be vaccinated and masked. We hope these actions will keep you and our greater community safe while also allowing us to experience the magic and community of live events again. Click “Learn More” below to read more and see our policy exceptions.


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 in-person and digital events.

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