SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

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

A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, When Carol Anderson was with us just over two weeks ago, she talked about how the work of racial equity and justice is like a symphony that needs all the various players to work. She shared, “One of the things that really comes to the fore when you study the strategies of the [Civil Rights […]

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SAL’s Guide to Bookstore Re-Openings

Although many wonderful Seattle-area bookstores have online offerings and curbside pick-ups during this time, there’s something about roaming the shelves that we just miss. If you’ve been wondering which independent bookstores are re-opening near you, look no further than this guide to our 2020/21 bookstore partners’ new hours and offerings, updated as of July 9, […]

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2020 Summer Book Bingo: Two Books by the Same Author

With summer here, we’re busy playing 2020 Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library! Download your card here. Engage with others and their own reading adventures by using the hashtag #BookBingoNW2020 on social media. Sarah Burns, our Event & Corporate Giving Manager, shares what she’s reading and offers ideas for the […]

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“To the Moon” by Stella Hoffman Logan

We’re pleased to share a poem from one of our Writers in the Schools students to celebrate the “Buck Moon” or “Thunder Moon” that will accompany the Lunar Eclipse on the evening of July 4 (or the wee hours of July 5). Stella Hoffman Logan wrote this poem, “To the Moon,” as a 4th grader […]

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2020 Summer Book Bingo: In Translation

Sunshine is here and so is 2020 Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library! Download your card here. Get going on your summer reading now and aim for a bingo or blackout for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Engage with others and their own reading adventures by using the hashtag […]

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2020 Summer Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore—Part Two

It’s officially summer, and 2020 Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library, is underway! Download your card here. Get going on your summer reading now and aim for a bingo or blackout for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Engage with others and their own reading adventures by using the hashtag […]

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“To Who I Think: I Want These Things to Stop,” by Ebenezer Tewolde

Although we couldn’t share a reading from our Writers in the Schools student to open our 2019/20 Literary Arts Series event with Carol Anderson, we’re pleased to be able to share the poem “To Who I Think: I Want These Things to Stop” by Ebenezer Tewolde, a 5th grader at Leschi Elementary School, written with WITS […]

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Introductions: Carol Anderson

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director Every summer, the SAL staff picks an author from the coming season and reads one book all together. Last summer, the book we read together was Carol Anderson’s New York Times bestselling One Person, No Vote, and I remember sitting in a circle and sharing our outrage at what […]

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A close up of Min Jin Lee, wearing a white blouse, smiling and looking into the camera.

Introductions: Min Jin Lee

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director I read most of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko on a plane, back when we flew on planes and had the sensation of the whole world condensed to our single seat, the luxury of hours focused on a single book. It’s a special sort of reading time that’s hard to […]

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“Hyphenated Identity Crisis,” by Bitaniya Giday

Hyphenated Identity Crisis   And the American war machine takes on the motherland And I finally am no longer A hyphenated identity crisis See the words Ethiopian-American Imply me a patriot for the casualty of war they make out of my birthplace We diaspora longed to find home on the winning Side, in exchange our […]

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