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The Seattle Public Library celebrates the written word through literary and humanities programs, including readings and talks by local, national and international authors, Seattle Reads, and the annual Washington State Book Awards, American history lecture, and Living History or Living Literature series.
 
The Seattle Public Library celebrates the written word through literary and humanities programs, including readings and talks by local, national and international authors, Seattle Reads, and the annual Washington State Book Awards, American history lecture, and Living History or Living Literature series.
 
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This month’s online presentation welcomes the Ballard Writers Collective. Established in 2010 the Ballard Writers Collective is a loose collective of Ballard-based writers of all genres, published and unpublished. This is their 11th Annual Event and will feature (up to) 11 writers reading new works on the theme "Contagious."…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes the 2021 Jack Straw Writers.C. R. Glasgow is a non-binary, queer, first-generation Afro-Caribbean. Doc serves as writer, psychologist, spiritual creative, and public speaker. Doc has been writing since 7 years old, beginning with poetry. Doc won the NYC Borough President’s Award at the age of 10. Doc’s crea…
 
Join us for a four-part intergenerational series that celebrates Black joy and brilliance with local authors from African-American Writers’ Alliance, storytellers, youth, and elders from Seattle’s Black community. Topics to be covered include food and celebrations, nature and the outdoors, family and friends, and new experiences (memories new and o…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Erica Bauermester, Judith Skillman and Mary Jean Lord.Erica Bauermeister is the NYT bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper (a Reese’s Book Club pick). Her latest work is a memoir entitled House Lessons: Renovating a Life.Judith Skillman is a res…
 
Join us for a four-part intergenerational series that celebrates Black joy and brilliance with local authors from African-American Writers’ Alliance, storytellers, youth, and elders from Seattle’s Black community. Topics to be covered include food and celebrations, nature and the outdoors, family and friends, and new experiences (memories new and o…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Marjorie Osterhout, Marlena Williams, Asia Renee, and Laura S. Tarasoff.Marjorie Osterhout is a writer, editor, and storyteller. Her essays and articles have appeared in anthologies like It’s A Boy (Seal Press) and magazines including Parents, Parenting, and ePregnancy. She also spent a whirlwind three year…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Seven Writers NW.Early in 2020, Seven Writers NW, a decade-long writing group began to reflect on our experiences of living through the pandemic and the constant stream of unsettling news. Lest we forget the little moments of our upended lives, we wrote…and wrote…and wrote. We collected our thoughts, outrag…
 
Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo first coined the term “white fragility” in 2011, and since then it’s been invoked by critics from Samantha Bee to Charles Blow. As DiAngelo explains,"White people in North America live in a society that is deeply separate and unequal by race, and white people are the beneficiaries of that separation and inequality…
 
Join us for a four-part intergenerational series that celebrates Black joy and brilliance with local authors from African-American Writers’ Alliance, storytellers, youth, and elders from Seattle’s Black community. Topics to be covered include food and celebrations, nature and the outdoors, family and friends, and new experiences (memories new and o…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Miriam Bassuk, Millie Renfrow and Madelle Quiring. In 1997 these writers met in an extension class and have been writing together ever since. Hear about their process and readings.Miriam Bassuk has been published in Snapdragon, Between the Lines, PoetsWest Literary Journal, and 3 Elements Review. She was on…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Allison Green and E. Lily Yu.Sylvia Byrne Pollack was raised in a music-loving family in Batavia, NY. In the wake of Sputnik, she chose to study science. She earned a B.A. in Zoology from Syracuse University, a Ph.D in Developmental Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A…
 
Join us for a four-part intergenerational series that celebrates Black joy and brilliance with local authors from African-American Writers’ Alliance, storytellers, youth, and elders from Seattle’s Black community. Topics to be covered include food and celebrations, nature and the outdoors, family and friends, and new experiences (memories new and o…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Amber Nelson, Mary Ellen Talley and Diane Elser.Amber Nelson is the author of two full-length books of poetry, In Anima: Urgency and The Sexiest Man Alive (Spooky Girlfriend Press), as well as numerous chapbooks, most recently First Apocalypse (The Magnificent Field). She was the co-founder of alice blue re…
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes Shin Yu Pai, Meredith Clark and Arlene Kim.Shin Yu Pai is the author of 10 books, including ENSO (Entre Rios Books, 2020), AUX ARCS (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), Sightings (1913 Press, 2007), and Equivalence (La Alameda, 2003). Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, City Arts, Yes! Mag…
 
The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to take part in Seattle Reads "Stories for Boys," a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. -- Martin’s quirky, heart-wrenching memoir looks at family secrets, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness. As Martin …
 
This month’s online presentation welcomes the Ballard Writers Collective (BWC) to celebrate their 11th Annual Event. Join multi-genre writers on the theme, "The Elephant in the Room." With eleven members of the BWC including Carol Levin, Stephen Lundgren, Joel Bell, Sharon Hennessey, Janet Margot, Karen Gamble, and others!…
 
This month’s online presentation features Donna Miscolta, Catalina Marie Cantú, and Claudia Castro Luna.Donna Miscolta’s third book of fiction is Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories, about lessons a young Mexican American girl learns in a world that favors neither her race nor gender, released from Jaded Ibis Press in September 2020. Her story collec…
 
How do child and family detention camps and the SCOTUS upholding of the travel ban follow a broader historical arc? Join a conversation, punctuated with arts and creativity, where community leaders who are responding to recent changes in immigrant policy and law map out social movements for inclusivity and equality. Highlights will include Native s…
 
What is the role that libraries can play in imagining a future without prisons? Join an interactive community dialog featuring local leaders and national advocates on criminal justice reform to close out our year-long meditation on criminal justice. Our presenters include:•Patrisse Cullors (co-founder Black Lives Matter)•Luis Rodriguez (Los Angeles…
 
What is the role that libraries can play in imagining a future without prisons? Join an interactive community dialog featuring local leaders and national advocates on criminal justice reform to close out our year-long meditation on criminal justice. Our presenters include: • Patrisse Cullors (co-founder Black Lives Matter)• Luis Rodriguez (Los Ange…
 
The Ballard Branch welcomes the 370th meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. Registration required.Description: This month’s online presentation features Pamela Moore Dionne, Tamara Kaye Sellman, and Lauren Davis.Poet, writer and visual artist Pamela Moore Dionne’s work has appeared in a num…
 
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will present a talk titled "Martin Luther King Jr and (African) American Leadership in the 21st Century." Dr. Dyson, an American Book Award recipient, and two-time NAACP Image Award winner is one of the nation's most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African American…
 
This month’s online presentation features Loreen Lilyn Lee, Euphrates Moss Phrate, Lyn Coffin, and Glenda West.Loreen Lilyn Lee is a Seattle writer born and raised in pre-statehood Honolulu. She moved to Seattle in 1986, when computers were just being introduced into the workplace. Her debut book The Lava Never Sleeps: A Honolulu Memoir won the 201…
 
This month’s online presentation features Kait Heacock, Suzanne Edison and Alison Eckels.Kait Heacock is a book publicist, the Pacific Northwest editor for Joyland, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Mineral School artist’s residency. Her fiction has appeared in Esquire, Joyland, KGB Bar Lit Mag, Portland Review, Tin House, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.…
 
Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from "Stories for Boys," adapted and directed by Laura Ferri. Author Gregory Martin joins Ferri and cast for a post-performance discussion. -- Martin's quirky, heart-wrenching memoir looks at family secrets, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness. As Martin struggles to come to terms …
 
“Con Trâu Rừng Cuối Cùng Trên Đảo” là một tuyển tập gồm mười lăm bài viết đã phản ảnh và đi sâu vào các vấn đề như di sản Việt Nam, những trải nghiệm của người Mỹ gốc Việt, và sự đi tìm bản sắc của họ. Trong bối cảnh Seattle, King County và Việt Nam, tác gỉả đã trải rộng tình tự của mình, qua nhiề…
 
Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense!This week, get into the Halloween spirit with classic scary stories by Washington Irving and M.L. Hum…
 
Listen in to our 2016 Seattle Reads - Main Event, as Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” Karen Joy Fowler joins adapter, director, and cast for a post-performance discussion. -- Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way exce…
 
The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with Th…
 
The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with Th…
 
The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with Th…
 
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