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Summer Book Bingo is Here!
Summer Book Bingo is Here!

Remember when you were a kid, the summers seemed endless, and the best thing in the world was Summer Reading? Hours reading in the shade! Popsicles and books! Prizes!

Well, who says the fun has to end? Or just be for kids? Our intrepid crew of passionate readers here at SAL have teamed up with our friends at the Seattle Public Library to bring back summer reading fun for you, and we’re thrilled to roll out for the community our inaugural year of Summer Book Bingo! We unveiled our bingo card last night with Judy Blume and Nancy Pearl, and if you weren’t there with us, you can get your card at any Seattle Public Library branch, at Town Hall Seattle, on our website, and at our bookstore partners.

We hope you’ll get a card and spend the summer reading with us — all summer long, we’ll be spotlighting different SAL folks and what we’re reading for each square. As added incentive, the grand prize (if you complete the entire card and are then picked as the lucky winner) is two All SAL Passes, which will give you tickets to every single SAL event next year and a library of books from authors coming in our 2015/16 season. That’s quite a prize, so get a card, and let the summer reading fun begin! 

WITS Back to School Breakfast
SAL Presents

Thu 7:30 AM \ Seattle Aquarium
Saul Williams
SAL Presents

Thu 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
WITS Anthology Reading and Celebration

Mon 7:00 PM \ Benaroya Hall

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Mary Szybist and Robert Wrigley
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Elizabeth Gilbert
Literary\Arts Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Alison Bechdel
SAL Presents

Thu 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Literary\Arts Series

Thu 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Local Voices
SAL Presents

Tue 7:30 PM \ Richard Hugo House
James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band
SAL Presents

Mon 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Linda Pastan
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Anthony Doerr
Literary\Arts Series

Wed 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
WITS Year-End Reading Podcasts Now Available!

In case you missed our WITS Year-End Reading this past May or would like to hear the work of these incredible young writers again, we are excited to share audio podcasts of the event. Thank you to the Seattle Public Library for hosting these events and sharing these inspiring recordings!

Elementary and middle school students

Middle and high school students

Rachel Kessler on Judy Blume

In our continuing series featuring local writers and artists reflecting on the authors in our series, we are delighted to add WITS writer-in-residence Rachel Kessler. We asked Rachel to tell us what Judy Blume meant to her as a teenager, and means to her now as a mother. In addition to being a fabulous poet and performance artist, the multi-talented writer is also working on a memoir entitled Christian Charm Workbook about her experience of being raised by Jesus People in 1970s Seattle. From speaking in tongues to discovering riot grrl punk rock feminism to unionizing day care workers, she writes in her memoir about searching for the communal high, while battling the patriarchy and her own demons.


In this piece on Blume, she poignantly writes about the way Blume influenced her own development as a writer: "So completely did I internalize Blume’s writing, I stored some of the character’s emotional experiences as my own. I forgot the plots of her books, but certain characters glow in my memory. Even when I couldn’t relate to a character’s motivation, they were so well rendered that they stuck with me, secret pen pals from that rough patch of adolescence.” Click here to read more of this moving and funny essay!

Leija Farr, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Featured in The Seattle Times!

Newly-appointed Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr says, "Whenever I feel like the world is working against me, when I write it's like releasing those feelings." See this and other words of wisdom from Seattle's youngest poet laureate, as well as the inspiration behind her incredible poem "For Black Boys." Thanks goes to Claudia Rowe from The Seattle Times for this beautiful article on Leija's work and our new Youth Poet Laureate program. 

We have a Seattle Youth Poet Laureate!

Leija Farr, a junior from Cleveland High School, is Seattle's first-ever Youth Poet Laureate!

Leija was awarded the title on Saturday, May 23, after eight 14-19 year old finalists shared their poetry as part of the Northwest Folklife Festival. 

Click here to read the full story. 

SAL’s New Season is the Talk of the Town

On Friday, May 1, when New York Times columnist Frank Bruni joined us for a sold-out event at Town Hall, SAL announced the lineup for our 2015/16 season. With literary luminaries like Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr, Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, graphic novelist and Tony Award nominee Alison Bechdel, celebrated poet Claudia Rankine, and the return of The Moth Mainstage, just to name a few, it promises to be a very exciting and engaging season. Local media shares our enthusiasm:

The Seattle Times posted their coverage of the announcement by 9:01pm on Friday and called out our new three-part series, Women You Need to Know, which opens with Alison Bechdel, and The Stranger wrote that “The 2015/16 season of Seattle Arts & Lectures—just announced on Friday—looks amazing.”

Subscriptions for SAL’s 2015/16 season are now on sale!