Upcoming SAL Events

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Carmen Maria Machado

Friday, January 24, 2020

Women You Need to Know

Carmen Maria Machado’s short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, has been called “beautifully atmospheric and weird, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking—and full of knife-sharp commentary on living as a woman in the world” (Electric Literature). Her new memoir, In the Dream House, is Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

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Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Literary Arts

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, comes She Said (October 2019), the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.

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Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first husband and wife to share a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. The authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea in their new book, Tightrope—told through the lives of real Americans—to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

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Paisley Rekdal

Thursday, February 6, 2020


Paisley Rekdal is a Seattle-born poet whose latest work radically rewrites and contemporizes many of the myths central to Ovid’s epic, The Metamorphoses, examining personal transformation with intensity and a lyric sensibility.

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Local Voices

Monday, February 10, 2020

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers, featuring Laura Gamache, Matt Gano, Evelin Garcia, Ramon Isao, Greg Stump, and Ann Teplick—read more about them below!

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Local Voices

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers.

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


Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry has functioned as both literary maverick and visionary to Americans for half a century, issuing warnings about industrial farming and the breaking apart of rural communities—concerns that are more immediate than ever. Listen to his entire reading from May 2011 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.