SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

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Summer Book Bingo: Nature

2020 Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library, is coming very soon! We’ve been giving a sneak preview of a Book Bingo square each week until the full card is released in early May (past reveals: Uplifting and On Your Shelf). To hear it first, follow along with our […]

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An Interview with Kristen Millares Young, author of “Subduction”

By Gabriela Denise Frank We are sharing a seismic moment. An unprecedented global pause is shifting space-time as we know it. Our struggle with sheltering in place has revealed both tension and gaps in our relationships that require tending. We are forced to stay and listen when we might otherwise leave. This quarantine has also […]

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“El Amar Y El Querer,” by Marta Juárez-Aguilar

El Amar Y El Querer Es el cielo o el infierno Aquella voz como fuego Que consume mente y cuerpo Cenizas dejadas al viento Saberlo todo y vivir la nada Estar viva y morir viviendo Comprender, no comprendiendo Es el yugo que a mi mente mata Ligado al dueño del sentimiento Estar dormida y soñar […]

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A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, I was so moved by Viet Thanh Nguyen’s editorial in the New York Times last week, which made me want to return to my notes from when Nguyen came to SAL in May 2018. I got to bring him to visit students at Nathan Hale High School while he was here, and one of the things […]

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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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Stepping Up Together: Help SAL Support Kids & Teachers

Seattle Arts & Lectures has the chance to provide critical support to kids and their teachers right now, and we need your help. On Monday, April 6, Gov. Inslee announced that Washington state schools will not reopen this year. Teachers are scrambling to pull together online lessons so that kids can keep learning. Will you […]

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Next on the SAL Podcast: Ross Gay

In our latest episode of SAL/on air, our literary podcast featuring talks from across Seattle Arts & Lectures’ thirty years, we hear from poet Ross Gay. In a time like this, where do you look to for joy? In an episode of Krista Tippett’s podcast, On Being, poet Ross Gay recently said, “It is joy […]

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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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How to Support Local Restaurants Right Now

Tons of local restaurants are finding ways to provide to-go food for their communities while honoring Governor Inslee’s orders to stay home and stay healthy. We can’t all be Lizzo, who just generously bought lunch for the staff at UW Medical Center, but if you are able to support your local restaurants right now, what’s […]

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A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, I’ve been thinking a lot about these words: unprecedented, unimaginable, unknown. Perhaps like many of you, I keep notes on the moments from lectures and conversations that particularly move me, and sometimes when I need solace or inspiration, I return to those notes. The first season I worked at SAL, we hosted Rebecca […]

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