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An Evening with Drew Barrymore Now on Sale!
An Evening with Drew Barrymore Now on Sale!

We are excited to announce that we've added a new event to our fall line-up: An Evening with Drew Barrymore! This event celebrates her new memoir, Wildflower, and will feature Drew in conversation with a local moderator. A book-signing will follow the event and all tickets include a copy of the book. 


This event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm at the Center for Spiritual Living on Sandpoint Way.


Barrymore's second memoir, Wildflower, moves through Barrymore’s experiences as a fourteen-year-old living on her own to present day life. Unlike Little Girl Lost (her first memoir, published in 1991), Wildflower takes the form of autobiographical essays that contemplate moments that led Barrymore to motherhood. Writing the book “was a lot to take on,” says Barrymore, “but my daughters and my life so far have inspired me to look back and remember moments in in my life and write about them."

Click here for more information and tickets!

WITS Back to School Breakfast
SAL Presents

Thu 7:00 AM \ Seattle Aquarium
Saul Williams
SAL Presents

Thu 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
WITS Anthology Reading and Celebration

Mon 7:00 PM \ Benaroya Hall

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Mary Szybist and Robert Wrigley
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Elizabeth Gilbert
Literary\Arts Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Alison Bechdel
SAL Presents

Thu 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Literary\Arts Series

Thu 7:30 PM \ Susan Brotman Auditorium at McCaw Hall
Local Voices
SAL Presents

Tue 7:30 PM \ Richard Hugo House
Drew Barrymore
SAL Presents

Sat 7:30 PM \ Center for Spiritual Living
James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band
SAL Presents

Mon 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Linda Pastan
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ McCaw Hall

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Opportunities at SAL

Join our team! We have two exciting opportunities (Program Director for our Writers in the Schools Program and a Community Engagement Coordinator) here at Seattle Arts & Lectures. Please take a look and share these postings with smart, passionate folks you know who love writing and books.

New Series: Women You Need to Know (WYNK)

SAL is thrilled to be launching our new three-part series Women You Need to Know (WYNK). Presented in partnership with Hedgebrook and sponsored by Women’s Funding Alliance, the series will feature and celebrate prodigious women authors, artists, and thinkers. The series was designed to provide younger readers of our community with an avenue of discovery for some of the most culturally relevant women of our time, as well as appealing to those who already attend our events. The series debuts with graphic novelist and comic artist Alison Bechel.

WITS is Hiring!

Apply to join our wonderful corps of writers who teach in the schools! Spots are open for the 2015/16 school year at various schools around Seattle. Applications are due by noon on Friday, August 7, 2015. Click for full guidelines! 

WITS Year-End Reading Podcasts Now Available!

In case you missed our WITS Year-End Reading this past May or would like to hear the work of these incredible young writers again, we are excited to share audio podcasts of the event. Thank you to the Seattle Public Library for hosting these events and sharing these inspiring recordings!

Elementary and middle school students

Middle and high school students

Rachel Kessler on Judy Blume

In our continuing series featuring local writers and artists reflecting on the authors in our series, we are delighted to add WITS writer-in-residence Rachel Kessler. We asked Rachel to tell us what Judy Blume meant to her as a teenager, and means to her now as a mother. In addition to being a fabulous poet and performance artist, the multi-talented writer is also working on a memoir entitled Christian Charm Workbook about her experience of being raised by Jesus People in 1970s Seattle. From speaking in tongues to discovering riot grrl punk rock feminism to unionizing day care workers, she writes in her memoir about searching for the communal high, while battling the patriarchy and her own demons.


In this piece on Blume, she poignantly writes about the way Blume influenced her own development as a writer: "So completely did I internalize Blume’s writing, I stored some of the character’s emotional experiences as my own. I forgot the plots of her books, but certain characters glow in my memory. Even when I couldn’t relate to a character’s motivation, they were so well rendered that they stuck with me, secret pen pals from that rough patch of adolescence.” Click here to read more of this moving and funny essay!

Leija Farr, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Featured in The Seattle Times!

Newly-appointed Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr says, "Whenever I feel like the world is working against me, when I write it's like releasing those feelings." See this and other words of wisdom from Seattle's youngest poet laureate, as well as the inspiration behind her incredible poem "For Black Boys." Thanks goes to Claudia Rowe from The Seattle Times for this beautiful article on Leija's work and our new Youth Poet Laureate program. 

We have a Seattle Youth Poet Laureate!

Leija Farr, a junior from Cleveland High School, is Seattle's first-ever Youth Poet Laureate!

Leija was awarded the title on Saturday, May 23, after eight 14-19 year old finalists shared their poetry as part of the Northwest Folklife Festival. 

Click here to read the full story. 

SAL’s New Season is the Talk of the Town

On Friday, May 1, when New York Times columnist Frank Bruni joined us for a sold-out event at Town Hall, SAL announced the lineup for our 2015/16 season. With literary luminaries like Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr, Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, graphic novelist and Tony Award nominee Alison Bechdel, celebrated poet Claudia Rankine, and the return of The Moth Mainstage, just to name a few, it promises to be a very exciting and engaging season. Local media shares our enthusiasm:

The Seattle Times posted their coverage of the announcement by 9:01pm on Friday and called out our new three-part series, Women You Need to Know, which opens with Alison Bechdel, and The Stranger wrote that “The 2015/16 season of Seattle Arts & Lectures—just announced on Friday—looks amazing.”

Subscriptions for SAL’s 2015/16 season are now on sale!