Upcoming SAL Events

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WITS Back-to-School Luncheon

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:00 pm


Come be inspired by the courage and imagination of our next generation of creative writers. This event will raise essential funding for SAL’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, which matches talented professional writers with local public schools and Seattle Children’s for year-long writing residencies. Last year, WITS writers helped more than 6,000 students at 27 public schools to build self-confidence, community, and essential writing skills as they learned to tell their unique stories through creative writing.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Monday, October 1, 2018 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She will speak on her forthcoming book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which will explore presidential leadership throughout history.

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Alice Walker

Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:30 pm


Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated, prolific writer, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry.

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Van Jones

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:30 pm


Van Jones is a social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor, and host of The Van Jones Show on CNN. Famous for his heartfelt election night coverage, Jones showed up as “the voice of reason” for people in red and blue states throughout the volatile 2016 political season.

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Jill Lepore

Friday, October 12, 2018 7:30 pm

Women You Need to Know

Jill Lepore is an award-winning history professor at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. In her new book, These Truths: A History of the United States (September 2018), Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

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Phoebe Robinson

Friday, October 19, 2018 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress who is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the hit WNYC Studios podcast 2 Dope Queens, which was turned into four one-hour, critically-acclaimed HBO specials. This event will be a stand-up style exploration of her sophomore book, Everything is Trash, But It’s Okay.

Seattle Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

Literary Arts

Barbara Kingsolver

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 pm

Renowned novelist Barbara Kingsolver, the author of the instant classics Flight Behavior, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Lacuna, will speak about her life in reading and writing, as well as her forthcoming novel, Unsheltered.

SAL Presents

Pete Souza

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 7:30 pm

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. His new book, Shade (October 2018), is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions between the Obama and Trump administrations.


Danez Smith

Monday, November 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer and slam performer. Their most recent collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Lit Hub says of the collection: “Aching and elegiac, these poems bless our world in all its ruin, beg it to be otherwise, and begin the bloody work of writing it anew.”


Lucie Brock-Broido

When Lucie Brock-Broido, poet of the witching hour, sadly passed away in March 2018, we released audio of her reading “Infinite Riches in the Smallest Room,” a title that’s an apt description of her entire body of work. Now, in our latest episode of SAL/on air, our podcast for book lovers, we are delighted to share her SAL reading in its entirety, which took place on April 2015 at Chihuly Garden and Glass.