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December 22, 2014

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

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Audio Archive

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Clay Jenkinson, November 22

Watch history come alive in an afternoon with Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and the Saint Michael Trio.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 2 Hours 2 Minutes /file size: 57 MB]


Guardians of the Gaylaxy panel, November 17

Join us and five Washington State writers who boldly explore star systems and fantasy realms while spotlighting LGBTQ main characters and relationships.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes /file size: 41 MB]


Self-Publishing Panel, November 15

Join us for a panel discussion with publishing professionals, who will share how to successfully navigate the self-publishing world.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 22 Minutes /file size: 38 MB]


Jack Straw Writers, November 8

Join the Washington Center for the Book and Jack Straw Productions for readings by 12 literary artists who were selected for the program, including Laurel Albina, Claudia Castro Luna, Margot Kahn, Loreen Lilyn Lee, Susan Meyers, John Mullen, Michelle Peñaloza, Gigi Rosenberg, Raúl Sánchez, Anastacia Tolbert, Jane Wong, and Kristen Millares Young.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 7 Minutes /file size: 31 MB]


Fresh Ground Stories, November 1

Everyone's got a story. What's yours? Join Paul Currington and Fresh Ground Stories for an afternoon celebrating true, first-person storytelling inspired by The Moth Radio Hour.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 34 Minutes /file size: 16 MB]


Rob Lin, October 28

Kathleen Murray, a colleague of Salk's, discusses the legacy of vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, and Rob Lin, an expert on current polio eradication efforts worldwide discusses the challenges that still face us in eliminating polio.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 17 Minutes /file size: 36 MB]


Azar Nafisi, October 27

"The Republic of Imagination" is about the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran."

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 33 Minutes /file size: 15 MB]


Jodi Picoult, October 24

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult will read from her latest novel, "Leaving Time," and talk about the research that went into her work.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 Minutes /file size: 27 MB]


Eric Liu, October 22

"A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream" combines personal essay, searching history, and provocative commentary on contemporary, politics, and culture, asking "What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment of China and America?"

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 11 Minutes /file size: 32 MB]


Joshua Howe, October 20

Joshua Howe talks about his book "Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming," exploring the history of global warming from its roots as a scientific curiosity to its place at the center of international environmental politics.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 8 Minutes /file size: 31 MB]


Joseph Scott, October 12

Dr. Joseph W. Scott reads from and discusses "Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest," a fascinating modern day ethnographic analysis which tells the untold story of the Ethiopian community here in Seattle.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 11 Minutes /file size: 33 MB]


Pepper Trail, October 11

In this entertaining talk, Darwin himself (with some assistance from evolutionary biologist and lecturer Pepper Trail) will recount how his country childhood, his voyage on The Beagle, and his vibrant circle of friends and colleagues led him, sometimes reluctantly, to the insights that revolutionized our understanding of the world.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 59 Minutes /file size: 27 MB]


Washington State Book Awards, October 10

Join writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and friends to learn who wins the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. For the first time, winners are announced the night of the event.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 41 Minutes /file size: 19 MB]


Paul Steinle and Sara Brown, October 6

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Times for an illustrated talk by Paul Steinle and Sara Brown about their recent book "Practicing Journalism."

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 2 Minutes /file size: 29 MB]


Seattle Writes: Teen Fiction, October 4

Seattle authors Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock and Jennifer Longo discuss writing young adult fiction, finding your voice and reaching teen readers.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 6 Minutes /file size: 31 MB]


Joseph O'Neill, October 1

Joseph O'Neill talks about his novel, "The Dog," about a lawyer who leaves New York to start afresh in Dubai.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 39 Minutes /file size: 18 MB]


Robert Pinsky, September 18

Celebrate beloved poems with other local poetry lovers. Seattle's Favorite Poems will bring together local luminaries, poets, and community members for an evening of everyone's favorite poems.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 19 Minutes /file size: 37 MB]


Laila Lalami, September 16

Laila Lalami talks about her book, "The Moor's Account," an imagined memoir of the first black explorer of America -- an educated slave and Moroccan Muslim who was left out of the history books.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 Minutes /file size: 27 MB]


T.V. Reed and Jess Walter, August 27

Join us for a conversation between T.V. Reed, author of "Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left: A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction," and writer Jess Walter

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes /file size: 32 MB]


John Crowley, July 29

Author John Crowley -- writer of science fiction, fantasy and literary mainstream fiction and a 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop instructor -- reads from a work in progress.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 2 Minutes /file size: 29 MB]


Karen Kent, July 29

Karen Kent discusses the emotional aspects of caregiving and coping techniques for both the care giver and care receiver.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 57 Minutes /file size: 26 MB]


William Wyckoff, July 16

See our country's landscape in new ways as William Wyckoff, author of "How to Read the American West," discusses the natural and human history of the American West.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 Minutes /file size: 24 MB]


Erika Campbell, July 15

Get an overview of resources and tricks of the trade for family caregivers and adults with aging parents.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 48 Minutes /file size: 22 MB]


Ken Mochizuki, July 12

Ken Mochizuki, author of "Beacon Hill Boys," reads from his work, followed by an open mic for local writers.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 55 Minutes /file size: 26 MB]


Beacon Hill 10 Year Anniversary: Design Panel, July 12

Hear architects, librarians, and library users talk about the design and building of the new Beacon Hill Branch, celebrating 10 years since opening.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 Minutes /file size: 26 MB]


Thrilling Tales, July 7

In this classic of nautical terror, a strange abandoned ship is found floating in the middle of the ocean. Where did her crew go? You won't believe the answer!

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 43 Minutes /file size: 20 MB]


Nancy Niedzielski, July 1

Speaker Nancy Niedzielski, sponsored by the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, will discuss of end-of-life issues and practical concerns.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 Minutes /file size: 26 MB]


Christopher Barzak, June 25

Christopher Barzak reads from his latest collection of stories of the supernatural, "Before and Afterlives."

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 46 Minutes /file size: 21 MB]


Wild Geese Players, June 15

Each year, the Wild Geese Players stage a public reading of James Joyce's "Ulysses" to commemorate this classic novel, which takes place entirely on June 16, also known as Bloomsday.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 29 Minutes /file size: 42 MB]


Geoff Dyer, June 2

British writer Geoff Dyer chronicles two weeks as writer-in-residence on an enormous American aircraft carrier in "Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush."

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 2 Minutes /file size: 29 MB]


Building the Central Library panel, May 22

A panel discussion about the process of building the Central Library.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 29 Minutes /file size: 42 MB]


Sam Chaltain, May 19

Chaltain documents a year in the life of two schools in the nation's capital -- one a new charter school just opening its doors, the other a neighborhood school that first opened in 1924.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 1 Minute /file size: 29 MB]


Joshua Prince-Ramus, May 15

Joshua Prince-Ramus, co-architect of the Central Library, discusses the impact that the Library has had on other important buildings and public spaces.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 25 Minutes /file size: 40 MB]


Growing Good Food & Sustainable Communities, May 12

Local chefs, growers, farmers and good food advocates will tell stories about growing, cooking and sharing food in the Puget Sound Region.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 17 Minutes /file size: 36 MB]


Sebastian Barry, May 7

Sebastian Barry talks about his book "The Temporary Gentleman," a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life -- of his demons and his lost love.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 54 Minutes /file size: 25 MB]


Sally & Samuel Green, May 6

Samuel Green reads from his new collection, "All That Might Be Done." Sally Green reads from "Full Immersion," a limited-edition hand-bound chapbook with a letterpress cover.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 9 Minutes /file size: 32 MB]


Ken Jennings, May 5

Ken Jennings, a nationally best-selling author who holds the record for the longest winning streak on the game show Jeopardy!, reads from the upcoming "Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guide: U.S. Presidents."

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 54 Minutes /file size: 25 MB]


Richard Blanco, April 29

Richard Blanco, Seattle Reads author of "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey," reads from his book and talks with people at the Northeast Branch.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 11 Minutes /file size: 33 MB]


Richard Blanco, April 28

Join us for an evening of poetry with Richard Blanco, author of "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey." Blanco reads a selection of poems from his body of work.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 24 Minutes /file size: 39 MB]


Richard Blanco Main Event, April 26

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from "For All Of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey." Author Richard Blanco joins the director and cast for post-performance discussion.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes /file size: 41 MB]


Lorrie Moore, April 12

Moore's new collection of short stories -- her first in 15 years since "Birds of America" -- explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 6 Minutes /file size: 31 MB]


Dinaw Mengestu, March 25

Award-winning author Dinaw Mengestu talks about his new novel "All Our Names," a story about exile and the loneliness and fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 48 Minutes /file size: 22 MB]


Brad Evans, March 22

Co-editor Brad Evans discusses "Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtis, the Kwakwaka'wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema" and shows clips from Curtis' 1914 silent film.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 50 Minutes /file size: 23 MB]


Alain De Botton, March 7

Alain de Botton discusses his latest book, "The News: A User's Guide," which takes a thought-provoking look at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 1 Minute /file size: 29 MB]


Susan Magee, March 4

Join Susan Magee for an illustrated talk about Kalman Aron, a master artist and one of the last European émigré career artists still alive who survived the Holocaust.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 57 Minutes /file size: 27 MB]


Four YA Authors Read, February 27

Authors Adele Griffin, Robin Wasserman, Sarah Mlynowski and E. Lockhart will read from their latest works for young adults, as well as some of their cringe-worthy early writings.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 7 Minutes /file size: 31 MB]


University of Pittsburgh Press poets, February 27

Join poets Robin Becker, Barbara Hamby and Alicia Ostriker for readings from three new books of poems. University of Pittsburgh Press presents an evening of poetry from three distinguished poets with distinctly different voices.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 43 Minutes /file size: 20 MB]


Bev Sellars, February 16

Join Bev Sellars, chief of the Xat'sull Indian Band, to hear a first-hand account of her childhood at a residential school for Indians in British Columbia.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 53 Minutes /file size: 25 MB]


Amy Chua & Jeb Rubenfeld, February 12

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, husband and wife professors at Yale Law School, discuss their new book, "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America."

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 Hour 3 Minutes /file size: 29 MB]


Chang-rae Lee, January 15

Hear Chang-rae Lee read from his new novel, "On Such a Full Sea," about the immigrant experience in a richly-imagined future America.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 34 Minutes /file size: 16 MB]


Thrilling Tales, January 6

Thrilling Tales Storytime for Grown Ups presents: "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell. It was clear she'd killed her husband, but no man could find the evidence that would convict her. A classic tale inspired by a true story.

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 49 Minutes /file size: 23 MB]


Audio Archive

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2012 Podcasts

2011 Podcasts

2010 Podcasts

2009 Podcasts

2008 Podcasts

2007 Podcasts

2006 Podcasts