Upcoming SAL Events

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Elizabeth Kolbert: Online

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Journalism

This event will be streamed online—click the “Learn More” button to see details. While the COVID-19 crisis is unfolding on the world stage, what Elizabeth Kolbert has to say about our changing climate is just as pressing as it ever was. Kolbert, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Sixth Extinction, has traveled from Alaska to Greenland, visiting top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. Join us online to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Local Voices: Online Image

Local Voices: Online

Monday, April 27, 2020

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. Details on how to access the online stream to come!

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Maira Kalman

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Women You Need to Know

The illustrator, author, and designer behind The Principles of Uncertainty, And the Pursuit of Happiness, and many a New Yorker illustration, Maira Kalman’s multi-faceted projects are filled with a sense of wonder, humor, and beauty.

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Natalie Diaz

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Poetry

Natalie Diaz is the author of two poetry collections: When My Brother Was an Aztec, which centers on her brother’s addiction to crystal meth, and Postcolonial Love Poem, forthcoming in 2020. Adrian Matejka calls When My Brother Was an Aztec “a spacious, sophisticated collection, one that puts in work addressing the author’s divergent experiences—whether it be family, skin politics, hoops, code switching, or government commodities.”

Local Voices: Online Image

Local Voices: Online

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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. Details on how to access the online stream to come!

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Rick Barot

Friday, May 15, 2020

Poetry

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. Rick Barot is the award-winning author of Chord, Want, and The Darker Fall. His latest book of poems, The Galleons (2020), is in part about the centuries-long colonial structure that sustained Spanish control over Latin and South America, the Caribbean, and the Philippines.

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Podcast

Valeria Luiselli

What drives storytelling? What is the story—who gets to tell it—and how? In a twist on the American road trip genre, Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive explores these tensions. As an artist couple and their children embark on trip from New York to Arizona, wrestling with their family’s crisis, a bigger one comes to them through the car radio: that of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American and Mexican children arriving in the U.S. without papers. Listen to Luiselli speak about her novel, and the real trip that inspired it, on the latest episode of SAL/on air, our podcast for book lovers.

Community

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.