Attend author events, book discussions and literary programs from the comfort of your own living room this fall. The Seattle Public has a wide variety of online author events coming up in September and October, from a children's book about a whale's journey to local romance authors chatting about their new releases.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for each event, visit the Library's calendar to sign up.


  • 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15"Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature" Release Party. Join us to celebrate the release of Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, a collection of essays that examines what it means for Seattle to be a UNESCO City of Literature.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager discuss "The Writer's Library." Listen to “America's librarian” Nancy Pearl and noted-playwright Jeff Schwager talk about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Jasmine Silvera, Olivia Waite & Robin Bradford discuss "Binding Shadows" & "The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows." Popular local romance writers Silvera and Waite discuss their work with Pierce County librarian Robin Bradford.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 - Kelli Jo Ford discusses "Crooked Hallelujah." Ford will discuss her acclaimed new novel that tells the stories of Justine―a mixed-blood Cherokee woman―as she and her daughter move from Eastern Oklahoma to Texas in the hopes of starting a new life.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 - Seattle Reads Presents Tommy Orange. Tommy Orange joins us digitally to discuss the 2020 Seattle Reads selection "There There." A limited number of spaces are available through the digital platform.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Jill and Sasha La Pointe discuss Vi Hilbert's "Haboo." The La Pointes will discuss the newly rereleased edition of Vi Hilbert’s “Haboo,” a collection of thirty-three stories and legends of the Lushootseed-speaking people of Puget Sound.
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Keith and Chenoa Egawa discuss "The Whale Child." The Whale Child introduces children ages 7 to 12 to existing environmental issues with a message of hope, education, sharing, and action.


All physical locations of The Seattle Public Library are currently closed in accordance with public health guidelines. Find out more at Visit the Library’s Road to Reopening page for more information on book returns, Curbside Service and other Library services being offered while Library buildings are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can now place new holds on physical Library materials.