The Seattle Public Library will feature writers and their work at several locations throughout Seattle in November.


Jack Straw Writing Program Showcase 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Join us to hear new work from members of the Jack Straw Writing Program, curated by poet, performer and teaching artist Daemond Arrindell.

Mimi Pond and Rina Ayuyang1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. In a fun, informal conversation moderated by local artist and animator Clyde Peterson, cartoonists Pond and Ayuyang will discuss musicals, classic movies, celebrity autographs and their recent graphic novels. This event is presented in partnership with Short Run Comix & Arts Festival.

Susan Orlean7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Bestselling author Orlean discusses her latest, "The Library Book"—an examination of Los Angeles' legendary library fire and of the crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

David Skover6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Southwest Branch. Skover discusses his book, "Robotica: Free Speech & Artificial Intelligence." In the book, Skover and co-author Ronald Collins explore the relationship of "machine speech" and the development of artificial intelligence with free speech law. Is robotic expression "speech" within the meaning of the First Amendment?

Michael Twitty7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Renowned culinary historian Twitty discusses his illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture. "The Cooking Gene" traces his ancestry through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Jonathan Franzen7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at the Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave. Join us to hear best-selling author Franzen discuss his new essay collection, "The End of the End of the Earth." These essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature and with some of the most important issues of our day—made more pressing by the current political scene.

Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Fremont Branch. Dorpat and Sherrard’s new coffee-table book, "Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred," highlights the Seattle photo-history column that Dorpat has produced for The Seattle Times over the past 36 years.


Author readings at the Central Library are supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.

Author readings at the Southwest Branch are a part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula.

The Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.