Upcoming SAL Events

2022 WITS Back-to-School Fundraiser Celebration Image

2022 WITS Back-to-School Fundraiser Celebration

Friday, September 30, 2022


You are joyfully invited to celebrate the final stretch of our 2022 Back-to-School Fundraiser for Writers in the Schools! All month long, we’re raising $160,000 to support WITS Writers-in-Residence as they creatively engage thousands of public school students this year. On Friday, September 30, get a glimpse into the WITS experience and toast to all we’ll make possible as a community! Can’t attend? Make a gift to WITS!

A Conversation with Maggie O’Farrell: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Maggie O’Farrell: In-Person & Online

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Literary Arts

Maggie O’Farrell, the Northern Irish author of the “magnificent and searing” novel Hamnet, returns with The Marriage Portrait, an electrifying new tale. Full of the drama and verve with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life and offers an unforgettable portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

A Conversation with Celeste Ng: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Celeste Ng: In-Person & Online

Monday, October 17, 2022

SAL Presents

Celeste Ng is the bestselling author of three novels: Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere, and her latest work, Our Missing Hearts. In 2020, Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere was adapted into a popular limited series on Hulu, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Following its nationwide success, Ng’s latest work, Our Missing Hearts, explores the ways that supposedly civilized communities can pretend to ignore the most searing injustice. Q&A with Danya Kukafka, author of Notes on an Execution and Girl in Snow. Most tickets, with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can and complimentary tickets, include a copy of Our Missing Hearts, mailed to the ticket holder’s door.

A Conversation with Julian Aguon: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Julian Aguon: In-Person & Online

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Sasha LaPointe Presents

An Indigenous human rights lawyer and writer from Guam, Julian Aguon is the founder of Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. Part memoir, part manifesto, his forthcoming book, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies is a coming-of-age story and a call for justice—for everyone, but in particular, for Indigenous peoples.

John Irving: Online-Only Image

John Irving: Online-Only

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

SAL Presents

John Irving has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time, from The World According to Garp to The Cider House Rules. Irving returns with The Last Chairlift, his first novel in seven years—a ghost story, a love story, and a lifetime of sexual politics, set between Colorado and New England. Q&A with author and playwright Jeff Schwager. This event has moved to an online-only format. Most tickets, with the exception of a limited number of Pay What You Can and complimentary tickets, include a copy of The Last Chairlift, mailed to the ticket holder’s door.  

Jon Meacham: In-Person & Online Image

Jon Meacham: In-Person & Online

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Literary Arts

Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Jon Meacham chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln in And There Was Light, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America. “Written with wisdom and grace, his story of Lincoln’s complex moral journey to Emancipation mirrors America’s long and troubled quest to live up to its founding ideals,” writes Doris Kearns Goodwin. Q&A with Margaret O’Mara, Professor of History at the University of Washington. Literary Arts Series subscriptions include a copy of And There Was Light, mailed to the subscriber’s door. Please note: complimentary subscriptions and single tickets do not include the book.

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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 and see our policy exceptions.


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.

Gift Cards

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