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,  It’s been an extraordinary last two weeks at SAL, hearing from Bill Gates, Bill Bryson, and Toi Derricotte. Each event was delightful in its own way, and I’ve been thinking about how each spoke to the power of curiosity and learning—Gates talked about scheduling half-days for diving into topics, and Bryson spoke of […]

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Meet Tessa Hulls, our 2021 Summer Book Bingo Board Illustrator!

The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures are so pleased to announce that Tessa Hulls, SAL’s longtime “Official Doodler,” will be drawing our 2021 Summer Book Bingo Board! Every year, we partner with The Seattle Public Library to create a Summer Book Bingo card as part of a free program of summer reading […]

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“A Letter to Her” by Clarissa Perez

Do you remember when goodbye left your lips as I walked away then looked behind Mami, I could see it in your eyes How much you wished you could’ve held me Like life should’ve let happen Before fetantyl met you at your front door And took advantage of your weakness As you slipped away Into […]

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A Triptych on Toi Derricotte

This essay is part of a series in which Seattle Arts & Lectures partners with Poetry Northwest to present reflections on visiting writers from the SAL Poetry Series. On Friday, February 26, Toi Derricotte will read and discuss her work in an online event at 7:30 pm (PST). Tickets are still available! By Bettina Judd […]

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Introductions: Bill Bryson

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director I first learned of Bill Bryson’s work from my brother and sister-in-law, who have what I believe is one of the most romantic hobbies. For 25 years, they have read books out loud to one another, and Bryson was one of their early favorites. Diving into his work, it’s […]

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Faces of SAL: Sherry Prowda, Founder of SAL

By Gabriela Denise Frank Sherry Prowda, the founder of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL), never used the word synchronicity when she unfolded SAL’s origin story for me, but it hovered over our conversation. Instead, she spoke of fortune and luck, gifts and generosity, even signs from the gods. When I asked how SAL began, she […]

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Bookshop Superheroes: Phinney Books

As we approach the anniversary of the start of the pandemic in our region, we are reflecting back on the year that has passed. And we know this for sure: bookstore workers and owners have been absolute essential workers—heroes on the frontlines of our mental health. After those first months when reading felt really hard, […]

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“How to Ask a Question” by Christian Adams

1 Trail blazing through his work, a student loses himself to the sound of thoughts and inquiries echoing throughout his skull, disregarding exchanged pleasantries passing by that would only encave him. 2 Blindly wandering the streets, a child loses themselves, taking their time getting home, asking the question of where it ever was, if they […]

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A Letter from Melanie and Conner

Dear SAL community, As you learned last week, Ruth will be leaving SAL at the end of April to become the next Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. On behalf of the Board, we thank Ruth for her work over the past 8 years. SAL is strong and stable, with a talented leadership team and staff, an […]

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