SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Summer Book Bingo: Top 7 Books Gone Blockbuster

By Rachel Bachler It only takes a moment. The peer through a locked door, the knock of an unexpected guest; a moment that, in an intimate bigness, all at once fills our eyes with wonder and our heart with anticipation. Occasionally, a moment comes along imparting such wonder and curiosity that we can’t help but […]

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SAL’s Partner Restaurants: 9 Delicious Reasons to Subscribe

Being a SAL subscriber means saying “yes” to a year-long conversation with new and favorite authors, fellow readers, and your own bookshelf. But it also means saying “yes” to some great subscriber perks, including 10% off of books at local independent bookstores, free ticket exchanges, select “bring a friend” vouchers, and more. “More” includes a roster of discounts at […]

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“Sundays at Seven,” by Wei-Wei Lee

Sundays at Seven Sunday mornings rising. Not of the faith, never been to church, but here I am in the biting air like a street vendor with a cotton candy cart; my breaths spun-sugar white. They pull up with no announcement, no fanfare— faces turned, expecting, though. Here we are; off we go. No people […]

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“Poetry Resonates”⁠—An Interview with Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee

Wei-Wei Lee, our 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate, is a poet whose work pays tribute to both Taiwan and America in her writing. This summer, we sat down virtually with Wei-Wei to ask her about everything from coping with writer’s anxiety, to how place informs her creative practice, to the advice she would give youth writing […]

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A Summer Playlist Inspired by SAL Authors

What’s better than a summer playlist? A summer playlist of songs that SAL authors love! Find out what Lindy West, Malcolm Gladwell, Rachel Maddow, and others are listening to. Access the playlist on Spotify here, play it below, or click on the song titles for YouTube videos of each track.   Hanif Abdurraqib A Tribe […]

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“Dibujar,” by Daniel Chamale

Dibujar Con este lápiz Para encontrar Lo que no es fácil Con puntas de grafito Para crear Rostros, paisajes y el infinito Me gusta practicar Mi estilo en un borrador Es fácil de frustrar Es muy tentador Soy programador Tengo persistencia Soy luchador No olivden mi presencia Soy un soñador No lo sé mostrar Soy […]

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A High School Senior Takes on Summer Book Bingo

This week, our Writers in the Schools program has been delighted to work with high school student and Summer Book Bingo hopeful Tula Hanson, who is job-shadowing with us. Below, Tula gives her recommendations for three reads, including one about a fox who eavesdrops on children’s bedtime stories. As a bonus, if you’re still looking […]

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“Full Moon,” by Josephine Jensen

Full Moon My name is Full Moon but you could call me a cluster of matter ready to pop I believe in protecting humanity, the Earth doesn’t I am made up of my father, womanhood, Erykah Badu I come from the sunshine on the surface of the lake, music leaking through the floorboards My people […]

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2019 Summer Book Bingo: Today’s Top 5 in YA

By Rachel Bachler Something about adolescence is fleetingly romantic. Dystopian odds, unassuming heroes, nights that linger long after the mid-day sun has appeared; worlds that are often lost along the way to more seasoned-life literature. But every now and then, we allow ourselves a nostalgic indulgence in the Young Adult corner of Elliott Bay Book Company—only […]

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Summer Book Bingo 2019: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore

By Danielle Palmer-Friedman Few know books better than independent booksellers—that’s why each year, there’s a #BookBingoNW2019 square dedicated to their sage reading advice. This summer, we decided to take it a step further. What if, instead of just one square, your ENTIRE board was suggested by the experienced, avid readers at your favorite local bookstore? Well, we […]

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