Upcoming SAL Events

Billie Jean King: Online-Only Image

Billie Jean King: Online-Only

Tuesday, August 17, 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.

Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Danzy Senna: Online-Only Image

Maggie Nelson in Conversation with Danzy Senna: Online-Only

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Women You Need to Know

Poet, scholar, and nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson’s body of work is often described as hybrid and genre-bending; some say it defies classification. The Paris Review pinpoints the nexus of her writing as, “fluidity: gender, pleasure, desire, and the body are questioned with equal rigor as modality, criticality, and theory.” The author of the cult-classic Bluets and, more recently, The Argonauts, a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award, Nelson is back with a new volume that interweaves critical theory, pop culture, and the intimate exchanges of daily living. Her new book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Restraint, explores how we think, experience, and talk about freedom in ways responsive to the conditions of our experience. All Women You Need to Know (WYNK) Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscribers (except Student/25 & Under and complimentary subscriptions) receive Nelson’s forthcoming book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Restraint, mailed to the subscriber’s address.

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

Poetry

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.

Jelani Cobb: Online-Only Image

Jelani Cobb: Online-Only

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Journalism

Since 2012, Jelani Cobb has been contributing his deep knowledge of history and masterful journalism to The New Yorker, bringing nuance and clarity around issues of race, politics, history, and culture. Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, specializing in post-Civil War African American history, 20th-century American politics, and the history of the Cold War. Now, with co-editor David Remnick, he’s releasing The Matter of Black Lives, The New Yorker’s groundbreaking anthology on race in America—including work by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, and more—with a foreword by Cobb. All Journalism Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscribers (except Student/25 & Under and complimentary subscriptions) receive Cobb’s forthcoming book, The Matter of Black Lives, mailed to the subscriber’s address.

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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?

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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.