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Listen to 2014 Author Readings and Library Events

Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may listen to many of these programs by subscribing to the Library's authors & events podcast in iTunes or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below.


See the Calendar of Events & Classes for a complete list of upcoming programs.


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Bushwick Book Club - Original music inspired by 'A Christmas Carol'

Join us for a performance of original music inspired by Charles Dickens' Christmas classic. The program features the Bushwick Book Club Seattle's band, Read and Destroy, whose members are longtime Bushwick performers Wes Weddell, Moe Provencher, Aimee Zoe, and Geoff Larson.

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Robert Schenkkan talks about his experience writing 'All the Way' and 'The Great Society'

Robert Schenkkan talks about his experience writing 'All the Way' and 'The Great Society' and the plays' journey from pen to stage.

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Richard Ford reads from his new novel 'Let Me Be Frank With You'

Richard Ford returns readers to the world of iconic character Frank Bascombe, reinventing him in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series with Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson with the Saint Michael Trio

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

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Guardians of the Gaylaxy: Exploring LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction

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

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Seattle Writes: Successful Self-Publishing

Are you working on a book? Have you considered independent publishing? Join us for a panel discussion with publishing professionals, who will share how to successfully navigate the self-publishing world.

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2014 Jack Straw Writers Program

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.

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Storytelling with Fresh Ground Stories

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.

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Polio Then and Now: From Salk’s Game-Changing Vaccine to Today’s Resurgence

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.

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Azar Nafisi reads from 'The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books'

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

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Jodi Picoult reads from 'Leaving Time'

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

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Eric Liu discusses his latest book 'A Chinaman’s Chance'

'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?"

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Joshua Howe reads from 'Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming'

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.

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Joseph W. Scott Reads from ‘Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest’

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.

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Join us for Voyage to 'The Origin of Species'

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.

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Washington State Book Awards: Come Find Out the Winners!

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.

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Join us for “Practicing Journalism: The Power and Purpose of the Fourth Estate”

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

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Seattle Writes: Writing Teen Fiction

Are you working on a young adult (YA) novel? Don't miss this panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process.

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Irish-American novelist Joseph O’Neill reads from his new book 'The Dog'

Following a bad break-up with his longtime girlfriend, an unnamed American lawyer leaves New York for Dubai to manage the wealth of a rich Lebanese family.

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Celebrate Seattle’s Favorite Poems with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

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.

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Laila Lalami reads from her new novel 'The Moor’s Account'

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.

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Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Robert Cantwell

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

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Clarion West presents John Crowley

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.

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The Emotional Aspects of Caregiving

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

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William Wyckoff reads from 'How to Read the American West: A Field Guide'

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.

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The Caregiver's Toolbox with Erika Campbell

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

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Beacon Hill 10 Year Anniversary: Ken Mochizuki

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

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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.

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Thrilling Tales, "The Ghost Ship" by Richard Middleton

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!

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Planning Ahead: Issues in End-of-Life Care with Nancy Niedzielski

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

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Christopher Barzak reads from 'Before and Afterlives'

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

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Wild Geese Players present: Bloomsday Readings from 'Ulysses'

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.

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Geoff Dyer reads 'Another Great Day at Sea'

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."

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Panel discussion: 'Building the Central Library'

The people behind the design of the Central Library will talk about their vision, their challenges, and their dawning realization the new building would make history, as well as about the future of libraries.

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Sam Chaltain discusses 'Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice'

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.

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Joshua Prince-Ramus lectures on 'Agency'

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

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Edible Society: Growing Good Food & Sustainable Communities

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

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Irish Author Sebastian Barry reads from 'The Temporary Gentleman'

Barry's novel is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life -- of his demons and his lost love -- about Jack McNulty's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

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An evening of poetry with Samuel Green and Sally Green

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.

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Author Ken Jennings reads from his latest Junior Genius Guide: 'U.S. Presidents'

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."

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Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco

Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco's memoir, "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey."

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Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Poetry Reading by Richard Blanco

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.

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Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Main Event with Richard Blanco

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.

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Lorrie Moore reads from 'Bark: Stories'

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.

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Dinaw Mengestu reads from 'All Our Names'

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.

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Join Brad Evans for a book talk and clips from Edward Curtis' 1914 silent film

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.

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Alain de Botton presents an illustrated talk about 'The News: A User's Guide'

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.

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Susan Beilby Magee presents 'Into the Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron'

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.

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Four Teen Authors present New Books and Embarrassing Early Works

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.

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Pitt Poetry Series presents Robin Becker, Barbara Hamby and Alicia Ostriker

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.

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Bev Sellars reads from 'They Called Me Number One'

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.

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Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld discuss 'The Triple Package'

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."

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Chang-rae Lee presents 'On Such a Full Sea'

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

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Thrilling Tales Storytime for Grown Ups presents: "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell

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.

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