Upcoming SAL Events

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Local Voices

Monday, January 13, 2020

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers.

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Adam Davidson

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Adam Davidson is the founder of NPR’s Planet Money podcast and a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he covers economics and business. Previously, he was an economics writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has won many of journalism’s most prestigious awards, including a Peabody for his coverage of the financial crisis.

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Carmen Maria Machado

Friday, January 24, 2020

Women You Need to Know

Carmen Maria Machado’s short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, has been called “beautifully atmospheric and weird, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking—and full of knife-sharp commentary on living as a woman in the world” (Electric Literature). Her new memoir, In the Dream House, is Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

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Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Literary Arts

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, comes She Said (October 2019), the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.

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Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first husband and wife to share a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. The authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea in their new book, Tightrope—told through the lives of real Americans—to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

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Paisley Rekdal

Thursday, February 6, 2020


Paisley Rekdal is a Seattle-born poet whose latest work radically rewrites and contemporizes many of the myths central to Ovid’s epic, The Metamorphoses, examining personal transformation with intensity and a lyric sensibility.

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


Barbara Kingsolver

What happens when your world shifts, and you have to come to terms with a whole new reality? Barbara Kingsolver – the bestselling author of The Poisonwood BibleThe LacunaAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle, and more – has some idea. In October 2018, Kingsolver sat down with us to discuss this issue, and her latest book, Unsheltered. Listen to the entire evening on the latest episode of SAL/on air, our literary podcast.


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.


“What Lineage Affords Us:” Insights on Life & Writing from Hanif Abdurraqib

Sometimes, when we hear a poem, we struggle to make sense of it—its meaning, its tone, or our affinity to its writer. And then, sometimes, certain poems feel handed to us. Much like a gift, you don’t have to work hard to feel a kinship with it. Hanif Abdurraqib’s Hinge reading on October 23 was exactly like that. To quote the evening’s Q&A moderator, poet Quenton Baker, Hanif’s work “gives people that opportunity to grow and change, and I think everyone here has seen it and felt it and is here because of that.” Read more.