Upcoming SAL Events

Bernardine Evaristo: Online-Only Image

Bernardine Evaristo: Online-Only

Monday, January 24, 2022

Literary Arts

This event has been moved to an online-only format. All ticket holders will receive an email reminder a couple of days before the event that will include a link and digital viewing instructions. Bernardine Evaristo is the author of the 2019 Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other, and the forthcoming memoir Manifesto, which investigates her long journey as a Black writer in a white-dominated industry. Evaristo’s writing is characterized by experimentation, daring, subversion, and challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities, and her books range in genre from poetry to short story to drama to criticism. Q&A with Dr. Carmen Rojas, President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation.

Cathy Park Hong in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online Image

Cathy Park Hong in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online

Friday, January 28, 2022

Ijeoma Oluo Presents: Our Existence Beyond Trauma

Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Minor Feelings is a vulnerable, humorous, and provocative essay collection, whose relentless pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world. Hong will be in conversation with Our Existence Beyond Trauma Series curator, Ijeoma Oluo, for this event, which is co-presented by Langston Seattle.

Michael Schur in Conversation: In-Person & Online Image

Michael Schur in Conversation: In-Person & Online

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

SAL Presents

From the creator of The Good Place and the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, comes How to Be Perfect—a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,500 years of deep thinking from around the world. Q&A with George Meyer. Most tickets include a copy of How to Be Perfect (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of no-book Reduced Price and Side Wing tickets). Books will be shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s door shortly after the event.

Ed Yong: In-Person & Online Image

Ed Yong: In-Person & Online

Thursday, February 10, 2022


Science journalist Ed Yong writes about everything that is or was once alive, from the microbes that secretly rule the world to the species disappearing from it. In this Journalism Series talk, Yong will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning COVID-19 coverage. A staff writer for The Atlantic, Yong is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Contain Multitudes, a book about the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes. In examining nature at its most granular, Yong’s writing seeks to change our sense of where humans belong within it. Q&A with journalist Wudan Yan.

Charles Yu: In-Person & Online Image

Charles Yu: In-Person & Online

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Literary Arts

Charles Yu is the infinitely inventive writer on HBO’s Westworld and the author of four books, including his latest, Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award. Interior Chinatown is a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Q&A with Shawn Wong.

Mira Jacob: In-Person & Online Image

Mira Jacob: In-Person & Online

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Women You Need to Know

Inspired by her popular BuzzFeed piece “37 Difficult Questions from My Mixed-Raced Son,” Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations is Jacob’s response to timely and pointed questions raised by her six-year-old son, Zakir. At an increasingly fraught time for immigrants and their families, Good Talk delves into difficult conversations about race, sex, love, and belonging that are both unavoidable and necessary. A gifted storyteller, Jacob’s work is earnest, moving, and often laugh-out-loud funny as she weaves together the threads of one American life.

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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.

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