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Category: 2020/21 Season

Introductions: Tana French in Conversation with Ruth Ware

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director We are here tonight to celebrate the publication of Tana French’s eagerly anticipated new novel, The Searcher. I will confess that Tana French is one of the writers I’d been hearing everyone from Nancy Pearl to a childhood friend rave about for years but hadn’t yet read until this […]

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Tech Tips for Online Events

Welcome to your step-by-step guide to accessing online events with Seattle Arts & Lectures! The SAL Box Office is always happy to assist you with any trouble you may encounter in connecting to our online events, but before you reach out, we recommend reading this troubleshooting guide first—your question is likely answered below. Steps 1-4 […]

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Introductions: Claudia Rankine

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director We are here tonight to celebrate the publication of Claudia Rankine’s brilliant new book, Just Us: An American Conversation. Claudia Rankine is an author, poet, playwright, and multi-media artist. Her book Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, and […]

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Comments from Summer Book Bingo Readers

It seems like we could all use a pick-me-up lately, and when we started receiving our usual September flood of completed Summer Book Bingo boards via postbox, email, and social media, we couldn’t help but be uplifted by your responses in the space where we encouraged you to reflect on your reading adventures. Before we […]

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A Comic from Margaret Atwood’s Conversation

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know of Tessa Hulls, the “SAL Official Doodler” and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Feeding Ghosts (MCD Books, 2022). We were so lucky that Tessa watched Margaret Atwood’s online-only SAL Presents conversation with Cheryl Strayed on September 9, and made this ultra-cool illustration! Take […]

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Introductions: Margaret Atwood

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director We are here tonight to celebrate the paperback release of Margaret Atwood’s riveting, Booker Prize-winning book, The Testaments. As the book begins, we hear from Aunt Lydia, who is writing of the corruption and excesses of Gilead. Lydia writes to a hopeful future reader, “I’ll stash this screed in […]

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“the ones left behind,” by Iris Worrall

the ones left behind i am the rocks you gathered and stuffed in your pocket the bubbles that escaped your mouth as you sunk to the bottom i am the faces they made when your body was dredged up from the lake the newspapers that told of your death bubbles escaped your mouth when you […]

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Ruth Dickey stands at a lectern speaking into the microphone while holding a piece of paper.

A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, In the first poem in 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee’s book, In the Footsteps of a Thousand Griefs, she writes:   Since then, I am always half-turned, wherever I go. Into classrooms, turning corners. On Metro buses or LINK trains. Walking to school in the soft wash of sun and dew or headed home, […]

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Ruth Dickey stands at a lectern speaking into the microphone while holding a piece of paper.

A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, August is (since 2017) the month of The Sealey Challenge, launched by Nicole Sealey, former Executive Director of Cave Canem. The challenge is simple—read 31 books or chapbooks of poetry in 31 days—and I’m cheating on my Summer Book Bingo to participate this year for the first time. I love feeling like I’m […]

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A Musical Journey with David Mitchell and Hari Kunzru

Throughout our online event with English novelists David Mitchell and Hari Kunzru on July 23, many of us found ourselves frantically jotting down misspelled names of musicians, albums, and obscure musical genres as we tried to keep up with their listening recommendations. Mitchell, who has most recently penned the psychedelic rock portrait Utopia Avenue, and Kunzru, […]

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