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Category: Special Events

How to be Patti Smith: A Guide in 10 Steps

Listen—we can’t all be a rocker, a genius lyricist, a Bohemian New Yorker, a style icon, and an award-winning author. That particular blend of legendary is reserved for Patti Smith, and we on the SAL staff are just her acolytes. So if you, too, find it impossible to achieve even “Step 1” on this how-to […]

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Storytelling For Life

Bill Bernat is a TED speaker, storyteller, comedian, and mental health awareness advocate. In this guest post, he speaks about the power of crafting and telling stories to help people live well, in light of our community partner NAMI Washington’s upcoming event, The Brainpower Chronicles: Mental Health Stories. Learn more information about The Brainpower Chronicles here. […]

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Brandi Carlile to Make a Special Guest Appearance at Pete Souza!

Did you know American folk rock singer Brandi Carlile and former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza are good pals? Well, they are, and we’re delighted to announce that Brandi Carlile will be making a special guest appearance at our upcoming event with Pete Souza on Sunday, November 11, at Benaroya Hall—she’ll even perform a couple songs! Tickets are […]

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Memories from 2018 Independent Bookstore Day

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director It’s no secret that at SAL we love independent bookstores. And so, one of our favorite annual holidays has become Independent Bookstore Day, when we get to embark on the phenomenal adventure of trekking to 19 independent bookstores all around the region in one glorious, caffeine-fueled, book celebrating extravaganza […]

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SAL’s Gift Guide for Literature Lovers

Still searching for the perfect gift for the voracious reader in your life? We’ve got a few suggestions they’ll flip for – and we don’t just mean flipping pages!   SAL Flex Pass Give them the gift of conversation, connection, and inspiration. Only available until noon on December 23, SAL’s 4-Part Flex Pass gives you […]

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2016-17 WITS Anthology Launch: Closing Remarks

Ronica Hairston, the mother of 2016-17 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador Joseph Hairston–whose poetry you can find here and here–generously made these warm remarks in support of Writers in the Schools at our 2016-17 WITS Anthology Launch. At this celebration, over 60 K-12 students shared the poetry, stories, comics, and memoir from the brand new WITS […]

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Shop sandylew Today to Support SAL!

Up for a SAL shopping spree? Now you can support SAL and have fun getting dressed by joining us at sandylew today, Thursday, September 7, from 6-8 PM—enjoy light bites, bubbles, and fashionable clothes and accessories to jazz up your fall wardrobe. Exclusive items and looks will be unveiled, and Sandy will generously donate 25% of […]

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Introductions: Jeffrey Tambor

On May 23 at Town Hall Seattle, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor spoke about his new memoir, Are You Anybody?, to close our 2016/17 SAL Presents Series. SAL Associate Director introduced the evening, and the night’s conversation was moderated by Seattle entertainment writer Melanie McFarland, who wrote about the experience on By […]

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Summer Book Bingo: Square One

Summer Book Bingo is designed to provide free summer reading fun for both adults and kids. Last summer, participants read a total of 8717 books, and we received a whopping 248 blackout cards and 227 bingo cards—let’s do it again! Swing by one of SAL’s partner bookstores this year to grab an Adult or Kid Bingo Card […]

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