Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may watch video recordings of recent programs on our YouTube channel. Our archive of audio recordings goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of memorable Library events.
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Avery R Young
Enjoy an evening with Chicago's spoken word legend Avery R Young.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 48.24MB] [Play time: 1 hr 45 min]
Leslie Jamison and Claire Dederer Discuss 'The Recovering'
Join us to hear New York Times best-selling author Leslie Jamison discuss the stories we tell about addiction and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 26.27MB] [Play time: 0 hr 57 min]
Anthony Ray Hinton Discusses 'The Sun Does Shine'
Join us to hear Anthony Ray Hinton discuss his new memoir, a powerful story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 32.02MB] [Play time: 1 hr 09 min]
A Queer Anti-Militarism Town Hall
A dialog about US militarism and transgender communities after recent attempts to change the law.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 38.73MB] [Play time: 1 hr 24 min]
Luis Alberto Urrea discusses 'The House of Broken Angels'
Hailed by NPR as a “literary badass” and a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Mexican American author Luis Alberto Urrea will read from and discuss his latest novel, "The House of Broken Angels."
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 37.43MB] [Play time: 1 hr 21 min]
Aminatta Forna discusses 'Happiness'
Join us to hear Aminatta Forna discuss her latest novel, a delicate tale of love and loss that considers the interconnectedness of lives and the true nature of happiness.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.96MB] [Play time: 0 hr 54 min]
Resilience - The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
Join NW Children's Fund and the Seattle Public Library for a free screening and panel discussion of Resilience.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 27.19MB] [Play time: 0 hr 59 min]
Yascha Mounk discusses 'The People Vs. Democracy'
Join us to hear Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk discuss the rise of populist nationalism across the world, and how it may endanger the precepts of democracy itself.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 35.15MB] [Play time: 1 hr 16 min]
Sarah McBride discusses 'Tomorrow Will Be Different'
Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, will share her own story of coming out as transgender, finding love, and working for LGBTQ+ equal rights.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 25.32MB] [Play time: 0 hr 55 min]
Samuel Harrington discusses 'At Peace'
After working with patients and as a hospice trustee, Dr. Harrington offers a unique perspective on end-of-life planning and care. Harrington will appear in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.02MB] [Play time: 1 hr 01 min]