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Join us for SAL’s 2018/19 Season!

We’re thrilled to announce select speakers for our 2018/19 Literary Arts Series and our brand new three-part Journalism Series.

The Literary Arts Series presents original talks with the leading fiction and non-fiction writers of our time. To respond to the moment, this year’s Literary Arts Series will feature a line-up of all female writers. World-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will open LAS in October, followed by Barbara Kingsolver, renowned American novelist and author of the instant classics Flight Behavior, The Poisonwood Bible, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, later in the month. In April, the rising star Valeria Luiselli, an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States, will present on her third novel, and Oprah’s latest book club pick, Tayari Jones, will discuss the best-seller An American Marriage, about an African-American couple whose lives are shaken when the husband is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. All Literary Arts Series subscribers (except Student/Under 25) will receive copies of Goodwin’s and Kingsolver’s latest books.

Subscribe to the 18/19 Literary Arts Series Here.

The Journalism Series – official title to be decided – is a new series created in partnership with National Book Award-winning writer and correspondent Timothy Egan, and renowned journalist Sam Howe Verhovek. Created by journalists for journalists and protectors of free press, this three-part series will feature CNN contributor and host of The Van Jones Show, Van Jones, and a conversation with Dean Baquet and Marty Baron, respectively the executive editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post. One more event will be revealed. All subscribers to the Journalism Series (except Student/Under 25) will receive copies of Van Jones’s latest book, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.

Subscribe to the 18/19 Journalism Series Here.

SAL’s Associate Director and program curator, Rebecca Hoogs, said of this season: “We wanted to respond to the moment and the many movements shaping our national discourse. Through story, language, and conversation we can cross the bridges that divide us.” Other highlights of our 2018/19 Season will include:


  • our Poetry Series (opening with Alice Walker!), which will move to a new, more accessible home in the heart of Capitol Hill on the campus of Seattle Central Community College.
  • expanding our Student ticket level to include ages 25 and under. This new “Student/Under 25” price point will be available for subscriptions and single tickets to full-time students at any age and anyone age 25 or under with a valid ID.

More events and series announcements will be posted in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!