Upcoming SAL Events

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s latest collection, The Tiny Journalist, is a collection inspired by seven-year-old Janna Tamimi, the “Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” who captured videos of anti-occupation protests with her mother’s smartphone.

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WITS Anthology Reading & Celebration

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Youth Programs

Come celebrate the publication of the annual WITS Anthology, featuring the very best creative writing by K-12 students from last year’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. Young writers will read original works of poetry, prose, comics, and memoirs in a powerful display of youth voices.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Monday, September 23, 2019

Literary Arts

Single tickets are sold out, but Malcolm Gladwell’s event is still available via our 6-part Literary Arts Series subscription.

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WITS Back-to-School Luncheon

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Come be inspired by the courage and imagination of our next generation of creative writers. This event will raise essential funding for SAL’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, which matches talented professional writers with local public schools and Seattle Children’s Hospital for year-long writing residencies.

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An Evening with Patti Smith

Sunday, October 6, 2019

SAL Presents

A writer, musician, and visual artist, Patti Smith rose to fame in the 1970s for her singular blend of poetry and rock music. In The Year of the Monkey, Smith embarks on a year of solitary wandering, taking us from the Santa Cruz coast, to the Arizona desert, to a Kentucky farm. This haunting memoir blends fact and fiction, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroid photographs.

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Rachel Maddow

Friday, October 11, 2019

SAL Presents

All tickets for this event are sold out. However, we will be selling standby tickets, space provided, the night of the event. We will begin handing out standby numbers at the Benaroya Box Office beginning at 6:30pm. $40 general admission; $10 for Students/25 & Under (ID required), cash preferred.

Event Info
Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.


Summer Book Bingo

Everyone’s favorite free summer reading challenge is back for both adults and kids! Keep track of your summer reads from now until September 3, 2019 for a chance to win awesome prizes.


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.


Madhur Jaffrey

In the latest episode of our literary podcast, SAL/on air, we hear from Indian-born food and travel writer Madhur Jaffrey, who joined us in November 2013 for a talk on how we become who we are. At the time of her visit, Jaffrey, who is recognized for helping to bring Indian cuisine to the western hemisphere, had written nearly 30 cookbooks and won several James Beard Awards, as well as her critically-acclaimed memoir, Climbing the Mango Trees.