Upcoming SAL Events

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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.

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Min Jin Lee

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Literary Arts

Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko, a sweeping, four-generation epic celebrated as the first novel written for an adult audience in English that focuses on Japanese-Korean culture. A finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in fiction, Pachinko is “a beautifully crafted story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance” (Library Journal).

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Rick Barot

Thursday, March 19, 2020


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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Words Matter 2020 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Friday, April 3, 2020


Join us for a night of joyful celebration! As SAL’s most important fundraising event of the year, Words Matter raises more than $350,000 to inspire readers and writers of all generations and backgrounds.

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Carol Anderson

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Literary Arts

Carol Anderson is one of the premier scholars of black American history. Anderson’s viral op-ed for the Washington Post explored the concept of “white rage” after Ferguson, Missouri erupted in 2014. Her subsequent book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her latest book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (2018), is a history of voter suppression in America.

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Elizabeth Kolbert

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Elizabeth 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 on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day for Kolbert’s exploration of environmental journalism.

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


Rachel Maddow

When Rachel Maddow, host of the Emmy Award-winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, set out to research her latest book, Blowout, she wasn’t necessarily looking to write about the oil and gas industry. Instead, the question she was asking was this: at a time when democracy is falling and authoritarianism is rising globally, what do we do? Find out by listening to 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.