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Category: Behind the Scenes

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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An Interview with Jenn St. Claire, SAL Board Member

Jenn St. Claire recently completed her third term on the SAL Board of Directors. We are so grateful to Jenn for her 9 years of generous and enthusiastic service! Lucky for us she has taken on a new role—she will be interviewing past SAL Board members in this space in the months to come. But, […]

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An Interview with Ruth Dickey, Poet & Author of “Mud Blooms”

By Gabriela Denise Frank Has there been a year when hunger rumbled more prominently in our minds than our bellies? Months ago, I gave up searching for flour and yeast, items perpetually out of stock, but this week, after hearing my husband long for homemade bagels, I searched for and found a 3-pack of Red […]

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Faces of WITS: Arlene Naganawa

The ability to express oneself clearly, with strength and beauty, is essential to creating change. With each classroom visit, our WITS Writers-in-Residence—working with students across public schools in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region—provide new tools, perspectives, and attention to students to help them develop and express these lifelong literacy skills. WITS Writers also […]

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Summer Book Bingo: Uplifting

2020 Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library, is nearly here—early! We’re giving a sneak preview of a Book Bingo square each week until the full card is released in early May. Follow along with our category reveals on social media using the hashtag #BookBingoNW2020, and learn more about […]

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Faces of SAL: Sally Roberts & Richard Broad

If you’ve been to a SAL event, then you’ve seen couple Sally and Richard. Do you need a program? They always have one in hand. Need help finding a seat? They will search for you. Have a question for the speaker? They’ll make sure it gets to the stage. For many years now, it’s been […]

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An Interview with BookTree—Kirkland’s Independent Bookstore

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.” This quote, from author Neil Gaiman, is featured on the homepage of BookTree Kirkland—it’s a fitting motto for one of the few remaining independent […]

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Jodi Kantor standing next to Mary Ellen Stone, standing next to Megan Twohey. They all face the camera and are smiling.

An Interview with King County Sexual Assault Resouce Center

April is coming soon, and while there may be a lot going on in our communities right now, it’s important to remember that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. That means it’s the perfect time for us all to brush up on our local support centers, and how we can get involved with their work—including […]

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Faces of SAL: Lynn Dissinger

We’ve enjoyed Lynn Dissinger’s warm presence at our events so much! A SAL volunteer, she’s helped us out at many events over the course of the year, so we’re excited to feature her in this new edition of Faces of SAL, our on-going series about the volunteers, staffers, and other behind-the-scenes folks you should know […]

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Meet Nancy Tollefson, our Words Matter 2020 Committee Chair

SAL Board Member Nancy Tollefson picked up the baton to chair this year’s Words Matter 2020 Gala Committee, and she’s had a smile on her face the entire time. An inspiring, fun, and natural leader, Nancy has been working tirelessly behind the scenes and cheering as each auction item has been procured, delicious desserts donated […]

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