Upcoming SAL Events

Tana French in Conversation with Ruth Ware: Online Image

Tana French in Conversation with Ruth Ware: Online

Monday, October 12, 2020

SAL Presents

Crime-fiction writer Tana French is the author of bestsellers like The Trespasser, The Witch Elm, In the Woods, and The Secret Place. Her new novel, The Searcher, brings all of French’s powerhouse atmospherics and characterization to a story that plays with the traditions of suspense fiction and won’t fail to keep readers guessing. It’s why the New York Times proclaimed, “She is in a class by herself.” French will be in conversation with fellow crime-fiction writer Ruth Ware.

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Launched: Kathleen Flenniken, Tiffany Midge, & Donna Miscolta

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Free Events

Join us for a free Zoom reading and conversation with local luminaries Kathleen Flenniken, Tiffany Midge, and Donna Miscolta, moderated by Rena Priest. Each author plays with and against the standard assumptions of American identity—and as we roll toward this most critical of elections, what better time to examine how we learn to become Americans and the marks America leaves on our psyches?

Yamiche Alcindor: Online Image

Yamiche Alcindor: Online

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


One week after the 2020 presidential election, Yamiche Alcindor will join us for an online-only event to discuss the results. Alcindor is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics, and has garnered national attention for her robust and sober questioning of President Donald Trump.

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Yaa Gyasi: Online

Monday, November 16, 2020

Literary Arts

Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debut novels of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and AmericaGyasi’s new book, Transcendent Kingdom, is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

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Maggie Smith

Friday, January 22, 2021


Maggie Smith is the author of four award-winning books: Lamp of the BodyThe Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, named by the Washington Post as one of the Five Best Poetry Books of 2017. Her most recent book, Keep Moving, is a beautiful nonfiction work of quotes and essays, in which she writes about new beginnings as opportunities for transformation.

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Madeline Miller

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Literary Arts

Madeline Miller is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Song of Achilles (2012), a reimagining of The Iliad, and Circe (2018), a feminist inversion of The Odyssey. In each book, Miller brings a fresh perspective to ancient tales, re-centering these stories on characters whose voices have been excluded from the narrative for thousands of years.

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


Black Lives Matter. Black Stories Matter.

Black lives matter. Black stories matter. Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) stands in solidarity with Black authors, teaching artists, educators, students, colleagues, board members, volunteers, artists, partners, community members, and audience members. We stand with protestors who are demanding justice. Words matter; they have the power to spark change and to tell the stories we need to hear. But actions also matter. So how will we take action?


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 digital and in-person events.