Laura Lippman & David Simon

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Laura Lippman & David Simon

Past Event: Friday, March 30, 2018

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Laura Lippman and David Simon met and married as crime reporters for the Baltimore Sun. Lippman took that experience and translated it into a career as a bestselling detective novelist; Simon, in turn, created HBO’s The Wire, Treme, The Deuce and more.

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than 20 awards for her detective fiction—and been nominated for thirty more, including the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, and the Nero Wolfe. Since her debut in 1997, she has published over 20 works, including a novella, a collection of short stories, and the wildly popular detective series about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan.

Lit Hub recently named her one of the “essential” female crime writers of the last hundred years. She also has written for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and T Magazine, and prior to her career as a novelist, she was a journalist for two decades.

Her novel Every Secret Thing, optioned for film by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning.

David Simon

David Simon is an author, screenwriter, and producer. From 1983 to 1995, he was a crime reporter with the Baltimore Sun, and during that time, he learned to draw from his insights as an investigative journalist to craft rich narratives that confront some of the most daunting challenges facing America’s urban centers. Simon has authored a wide range of nonfiction works, both in journalism and book-length form, but he is best known for his contributions to television.

Simon has been a screenwriter and producer for several critically-acclaimed television series, including Homicide: Life on the Street, which won him the WGA Award for Best Writing, The Wire, which delivered a panoramic portrait of Baltimore’s era of economic decline, corruption, and broken social systems; and Treme, set in a post-Katrina New Orleans working to rebuild its neighborhood and culture. This latest series The Deuce, a gritty look at the pornography industry in the 1970s, premiered on HBO this year. He is also the creator of the HBO miniseries The Corner, Generation Kill, and Show Me A Hero. 

Simon received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and co-author of The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. Simon has won several Emmys, among other television awards, and was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow and named a Utne Reader visionary in 2011.

Lippman and Simon live in Baltimore with their daughter.

Selected Works:

Laura Lippman


Baltimore Blues (1997)
Butchers Hill (1998)
In Big Trouble (1999)
The Sugar House (2000)
In a Strange City (2001)
The Last Place (2002)
By A Spider’s Thread (2004)
No Good Deeds (2006)
Another Thing to Fall (2008)
The Girl in the Green Raincoat (2011)
Hush, Hush (2015)


Every Secret Thing (2004)
To The Power of Three (2005)
What the Dead Know 2007)
After I’m Gone (2014)

David Simon


The Deuce (creator/writer, 2017-Present)
Show Me a Hero (writer, 2015)
Treme (creator/writer, 2010-2013)
Generation Kill (writer/producer, 2008)
The Wire (creator/producer/writer, 2002-2008)
The Corner (writer/producer, 2002)
Homicide: Life on the Street (writer/producer, 1993-1999)


The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (1997)
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991)

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

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.

By Car

  • 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 I-5 via Westbound I-90
    Take the 2C exit for I-5 North. Follow signs for Madison Street/Convention Place and merge right onto Seventh Avenue. Turn left onto Madison Street. Proceed three blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue four 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.

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 both lobbies.

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 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, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.