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Connie Chung

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 7:30 pm PST

In Connie, a sharp, witty, and definitive memoir like no other, iconic trailblazer and legendary journalist Connie Chung delves into her storied career as the first Asian woman to break into an overwhelmingly white, male-dominated television news industry.

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Danez Smith

Friday, September 27, 2024 7:30 pm PST

Written after two years of artistic silence, during which the world came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Minneapolis became the epicenter of protest following the murder of George Floyd, Bluff is Danez Smith’s powerful reckoning with their role and responsibility as a poet and with their hometown of the Twin Cities.

David Hong

Sandra Cisneros

Tuesday, October 8, 2024 7:30 pm PST

Acclaimed by critics and beloved by readers of all ages, Sandra Cisneros is a writer, performer, and artist who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The House on Mango Street, the essential coming-of-age novel about Esperanza Cordero and her Chicago barrio, and one of the most cherished contemporary novels.

Keith Dannemiller

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sunday, October 20, 2024 7:30 pm PST

From bestselling author of Between the World and Me comes a new collection of visionary essays, The Message. Follow Ta-Nehisi Coates as he travels the world to explore how the stories we tell—and the ones we don’t—shape our realities.

Gabriella Demczuk

Upcoming SAL Events

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Silent Reading Picnic

Saturday, August 3, 2024

Free Events

Celebrating 10 years of Summer Book Bingo, our free reading program in partnership with The Seattle Public Library! Join SAL and friends at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater on Saturday, August 3, for a silent reading picnic. Bring your books, blankets, chairs, and snacks, and get ready to relax and read. Book Bingo cards for adults, teens, and kids will be available onsite.   This event is free and open to the public.

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Connie Chung

Tuesday, September 24, 2024

SAL Presents

In a sharp, witty, and definitive memoir like no other, iconic trailblazer and legendary journalist Connie Chung delves into her storied career as the first Asian woman to break into an overwhelmingly white, male-dominated television news industry. All tickets, with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets, include a copy of Connie.

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Danez Smith

Friday, September 27, 2024

Poetry

Written after two years of artistic silence, during which the world came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Minneapolis became the epicenter of protest following the murder of George Floyd, Bluff is Danez Smith’s powerful reckoning with their role and responsibility as a poet and with their hometown of the Twin Cities. Bluff is a kind of manifesto about artistic resilience, even when time and will can seem fleeting, when the places we most love—those given and made—are burning. In this soaring collection, Smith turns to honesty, hope, rage, and imagination to envision futures that seem possible.

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Sandra Cisneros

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Encore

Acclaimed by critics and beloved by readers of all ages, Sandra Cisneros is a writer, performer, and artist who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The House on Mango Street, the essential coming-of-age novel about Esperanza Cordero and her Chicago barrio, and one of the most cherished contemporary novels. Forty years after its publication, Sandra Cisneros remains a force in the literary community.

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A Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell

Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Literary Arts

Twenty-five years after the publication of his groundbreaking first book, Malcolm Gladwell returns with a brand new volume that reframes the lessons of The Tipping Point in a startling and revealing light. Revenge of the Tipping Point is another intellectual adventure, both rigorous and page-turning, from a writer at the top of his game. Literary Arts Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscriptions, as well as single tickets—with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets—include a copy of Revenge of the Tipping Point.

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A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sunday, October 20, 2024

SAL Presents

From the bestselling author of Between the World and Me comes a new collection of visionary essays, The Message. Follow Ta-Nehisi Coates as he journeys to three resonant sites of conflict in the world to explore how the stories we tell—and the ones we don’t—shape our realities. Written at a dramatic moment in American and global life, this work from one of the country’s most important writers is about the urgent need to untangle ourselves from the destructive nationalist myths that shape our world—and our own souls—and embrace the liberating power of even the most difficult truths. All tickets, with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets, include a copy of The Message.

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Summer Book Bingo

Every summer, we partner with The Seattle Public Library to create a Summer Book Bingo card as part of our free summer reading program. Adults, teens, and kids play along from May – September to be entered in a chance to win fabulous prizes.

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Give the gift of SAL! If you’re looking for a literary-themed gift for loved ones near and far, SAL’s digital gift cards are on sale now.

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2024 Back-to-School Campaign

Support our 2024 Back-to-School Campaign! Throughout September, our goal is to raise $150,000 for SAL’s two Youth Programs—Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Youth Poetry Fellowship (YPF)— so that young people can become the authors of their own lives and ensure that all students have access to a creative life.