#BookBingoNW2020 - a SAL speaker (past or upcoming)
Here are some suggestions for your Summer Book Bingo NW 2020 category: a SAL speaker (past or upcoming). Founded in 1987, Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region. For more information, visit their website at https://lectures.org/
A collection of stories, most set amid the Vietnamese exile communities of California, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer (Kirkus.) Viet Thanh Nguyen was a SAL speaker in May, 2018.
Format: eBook - 2017 First editionView The Refugees
Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
Current events and women’s issues humorously tackled by a successful and prolific black woman comedian (Kirkus.) Phoebe Robinson was a SAP speaker in October, 2018.
Format: eBook - 2018View Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
Ripper: A Novel
It may be an unusual plot line for Allende -- a string of murders in contemporary San Francisco and a teenage sleuth on the case -- but she proves can master any genre and character. Isabel Allende was a SAL speaker during the inaugural season (1988/89) and again in 2018 for the 30th anniversary.
Format: eBook - 2014View Ripper: A Novel
Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories
Fountain, author of “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” won the PEN/Hemingway award for this collection where stories are united by politics, social upheaval, adventure, and sly humor. Ben Fountain was a SAL speaker in 2017.
Format: eBook - 2007View Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories
Between the World and Me
A father’s letter to an adolescent son conveys his story as a black man understanding his circumstances through experiences, history reimagined, and reportage on the shooting of an unarmed acquaintance by the police. Ta-Nehisi Coates was a SAL speaker in 2017 and 2019.
Format: Downloadable Audiobook - 2015 UnabridgedView Between the World and Me
Educated: A Memoir
Westover recounts the challenges overcoming her survivalist family in rural Idaho, going to school for the first time at 18, and how educating herself was a means of setting herself free. Tara Westover was a SAL speaker in April, 2019.
Format: eBook - 2018View Educated: A Memoir
In Gilbert’s (“Signature of All Things”) debut, 18-year-old Ruth returns from boarding school to join the “stern men” working in the lobster fishing waters off Maine. Elizabeth Gilbert was a SAL speaker in 2015.
Format: eBook - 2009View Stern Men
Never Let Me Go
A dystopian literary mystery where three friends discover the dark secrets behind the elite British boarding school where they met more than a decade earlier. Kazuo Ishiguro was a SAL speaker in 1995.
Format: eBook - 2005View Never Let Me Go
Behold the Dreamers: A Novel
A lovely portrait of a Cameroonian immigrant family in New York City on the eve of the Great Recession. The New York Times called it a “big-hearted novel.” Imbolo Mbue was a SAL speaker in 2019.
Format: Downloadable Audiobook - 2016 UnabridgedView Behold the Dreamers: A Novel
Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me
Producer, writer, transgender rights advocate, and former magazine editor Mock's second memoir (after "Redefining Realness") takes readers from her college days to dancing at a strip club to success in the publishing world. Janet Mock was a SAL speaker in 2017.
Format: Downloadable Audiobook - 2017 UnabridgedView Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me