Upcoming SAL Events

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Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Chapbook Launch

Monday, June 24, 2024

Youth Programs

Please join us in celebrating the launch of the 2023/24 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Mateo Acuña’s chapbook. Published by Poetry Northwest Editions, Dear Spanish, is the 9th edition of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate series. Mateo Acuña will read from the collection alongside other talented poets. After the reading, copies of the chapbook will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

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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


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


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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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.

Seattle Arts & Lectures cultivates transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations.


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.

Gift Cards

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.


SAL counts on supporters like you to help us bring our community together – people of all ages and backgrounds – to read and write, to listen deeply, and to bring forward the voices we all need to hear. Sixty percent of our annual revenue comes from charitable donations. Please join us to power another year of inspiration, conversation, and community.