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 or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below. Our archive goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of podcasts of memorable Library events.
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Over the Moon, Under the Bridge: Building a Stronger Music Community
A community conversation surrounding the intersection of poverty, mental illness and addiction in the local music industry. Recorded on May 12, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 42.44MB] [Play time: 1 hr 32 min]
Bill McKibben discusses Falter
McKibben's earlier work offered prescient warnings about climate change. But in his newest book he suggests the danger is broader than that. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about the future. Recorded on May 2, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.24MB] [Play time: 1 hr 19 min]
Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Thi Bui will discuss "The Best We Could Do." The evening will also feature a staged reading from the book, adapted by Susan Lieu and directed by Kathy Hsieh, in partnership with Book-It Repertory Theatre. Recorded on April 13, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 39.09MB] [Play time: 1 hr 25 min]
Laila Lalami discusses The Other Americans
Lalami will discuss her powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—a family saga, murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture. Recorded on April 2, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.54MB] [Play time: 0 hr 53 min]
Cory Doctorow discusses "Radicalized"
Join us to hear Doctorow discuss his timely book, comprised of four science fiction novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near future. Recorded on March 28, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.69MB] [Play time: 1 hr 02 min]
Ralina L. Joseph Reads And Discusses 'Postracial Resistance'
Race and media scholar Ralina L. Joseph reads from “Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity.” Recorded on March 26, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.46MB] [Play time: 0 hr 53 min]