Upcoming SAL Events

Billie Jean King: Online-Only Image

Billie Jean King: Online-Only

Thursday, September 23, 2021

SAL Presents

The impact and indomitable spirit of Billie Jean King—pathbreaking feminist, champion of equality, world-class athlete—transcends her spectacular sports achievements. Her new memoir, All In, chronicles King’s journey to find her true self, from her humble beginnings to her brilliant tennis career, her activism, and her unwavering commitment to fairness and social justice. All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets), include a copy of King’s forthcoming book, All In, shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s address. This event will be pre-recorded due to timezone differences.

2021 WITS Back-to-School Virtual Fundraiser Image

2021 WITS Back-to-School Virtual Fundraiser

Thursday, September 23, 2021


Please join us for an afternoon of inspiration, possibility, and community to help Seattle Arts & Lectures raise $110,000 to send our WITS Writers-in-Residence back to school!

Anthony Doerr: In-Person & Online Image

Anthony Doerr: In-Person & Online

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

SAL Presents

In the Pulitzer Prize–winning All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr crafted one of the most beloved novels of our time. A writer of immense imagination and compassion, Doerr has returned with Cloud Cuckoo Land, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood searching for hope in a broken world. Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart. All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets), include a copy of Anthony Doerr’s forthcoming book, The Cloud Cuckoo Land, shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s address.

Kaveh Akbar: In-Person & Online Image

Kaveh Akbar: In-Person & Online

Friday, October 15, 2021


How does one recover from addiction without destroying the self-as-addict? Pilgrim Bell, Kaveh Akbar’s newest collection of poems, meditates on this question, taking readers on a spiritual journey through disavowal, divinity, and belonging. With formal virtuosity and ruthless precision, Akbar’s brilliant poems unfold in the empty space where song lives, teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness. Q&A with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha.

Lauren Groff: In-Person & Online Image

Lauren Groff: In-Person & Online

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Literary Arts

The author of six books of fiction, Lauren Groff has been described as brilliant and hard-working, “a woman of intellect and integrity, generous and warm, and hard to keep up with.” The same could be said of her stunning, glimmering prose. The two-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author returns with an exhilarating new novel called Matrix, her first since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies. In this tale of historical fiction, Groff follows the real-life figure of Marie de France into a violent, sensual world of religious ecstasy and consuming passion—a world that refuses to reconcile itself with Marie’s bold heart and crusading existence. All Literary Arts Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscribers (except Student/25 & Under and complimentary subscriptions) receive Groff’s forthcoming book, Matrix, mailed to the subscriber’s address.

Patrisse Cullors in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: Online-Only Image

Patrisse Cullors in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: Online-Only

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Ijeoma Oluo Presents: Our Existence Beyond Trauma

Social activist Patrisse Cullors is the New York Times bestselling author of When They Call You A Terrorist and the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated global foundation, supporting Black-led movements in the US, UK, and Canada. Now, in her new book, An Abolitionist’s Handbook, Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors, An Abolitionist’s Handbook offers a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist. Cullors will be in conversation with Our Existence Beyond Trauma Series curator, Ijeoma Oluo, for this online-only event, which is co-presented by Langston Seattle.

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SAL’s COVID-19 Policies for 2021/22

SAL is requiring proof of full vaccination for our in-person events this season. We will require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Likewise, our staff and volunteers will be vaccinated and masked. We hope these actions will keep you and our greater community safe while also allowing us to experience the magic and community of live events again. Click “Learn More” below to read more.


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 in-person and digital events.

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