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.


Writers in the Schools is Hiring!

Writers in the Schools is looking for creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and cartoonists/graphic novelists—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers to create environments that foster a sense of inquiry, creativity, and inclusion.


Philip Roth

In our latest episode of SAL/on air, our podcast for book lovers, we hear from one of the pre-eminent authors of the 20th century—Philip Roth. He joined us back in October 1992 for a reading from his National Book Award-winning memoir, Patrimony: A True Story. Written with great intimacy at the height of his literary powers, Patrimony is Roth’s elegy to his father, who he accompanies, full of love and dread, through each stage of terminal brain cancer.

Previous episodes of SAL/on air feature talks by Isabel Allende, Ruth Ozeki, and Elizabeth Strout, so tune in and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.