At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
“I do tend to think very visually…it’s just how my brain seems to work. It’s like my mind’s a camera. I often have to see a scene in my head before I can begin to describe it on the page.”
— Julie Otsuka
Tickets for Julie Otsuka’s lecture at Benaroya this evening will be on sale beginning at 6pm at the Box Office. Tickets will be available at all levels.
Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. After studying art as an undergraduate at Yale, she pursued a career as a painter before turning to writing fiction at age 30. Her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine (2002), is about the internment of a Japanese-American family during World War II. The novel is based on Otsuka’s family history: her grandfather was arrested by the FBI as a suspected spy for Japan the day after Peal Harbor was bombed, and her mother, uncle, and grandmother spent three years in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. When the Emperor Was Divine was a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. It has been assigned to high school students and incoming freshmen at colleges and universities across the country and is a regular “Community Reads” selection.
Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic (2011) tells of a group of young women brought to California from Japan as “picture brides” in the early 1900s to become the wives of men they had never met and knew only by their photographs. Like her first novel, it is told from multiple points of view. Otsuka is the winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a 2011 National Book Award Finalist, and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian American Literary Award, and the American Library Association Alex Award. She lives in New York City, where she writes every afternoon in her neighborhood café.
Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall.
Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.
From Southbound I-5 Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound I-5 Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
By Public Transit (Bus & Light Rail)
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.
Parking is also available at:
The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.
Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. This option is present at every event at Benaroya Hall in our 2019/20 Season.
Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Benaroya Hall has an infrared hearing system, which transmits sound by light beams. Headsets are available in The Boeing Company Gallery coat check and the Head Usher stations in bothlobbies.
Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.
Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at our venues, and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Among other features, Benaroya Hall has designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in their parking garage. Elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. A unisex restroom is also available. For more details on their accessibility features, click here.
We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive.Our Patron Services Manager is available at email@example.com, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.