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Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents a 2011\12 Season of Border-Crossing Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry AUG 4, 2011
In 2011\12, Seattle Arts & Lectures will present the thinkers—fiction writers and journalists, poets and historians—who shape and interpret our world. Many of this season’s speakers hail from beyond the boundaries of the United States: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ireland, India, Israel. All of them explore borders—physical, emotional, and metaphorical. We invite the local community to join us as we read, listen, learn, and are transformed.
Ticket Information
Subscriptions and single tickets to all events in SAL’s hallmark Literary\Arts Series, the Poetry Series, SAL Presents, and SAL U courses are on sale now at or by phone at 206.621.2230. Event pricing ranges from $15-$70 per single ticket, $50-$395 per series subscription, with 15% discounts for groups of five or more on all but Balcony-level tickets. Students with valid full-time student IDs may obtain free single tickets at the box office the night of events on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis. A subscription to all three SAL U courses is $25; the single-course (5 classes per course) price is $100. New this year is the All SAL Pass, a ticket to all of SAL’s public events (Literary\Arts Series, Poetry Series, SAL Presents, SAL U), available at the $650 patron level or $400 general level. The All SAL Pass can also be purchased on a monthly installment plan for $54.16 (patron) or $33.33 (general).
Literary\Arts Series (Sponsored by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation)
All events 7:30pm, Taper Auditorium, Benaroya Hall
·      Khaled Hosseini, October 11 – Afghani author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns; interviewed by physican and writer Nassim Assefi(Sponsored by Swedish)
·      Stacy Schiff, October 26 – Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Cleopatra: A Life (Sponsored by University Book Store)
·      Dennis Lehane, November 15 – Noir author of Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island (Sponsored by Teutsch Partners)
·      Jennifer Egan, February 1 – Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for A Visit From the Goon Squad (Sponsored by Stoel Rives)
·      Amanda Hesser, March 8 – New York Times food writer and founder of the website
·      Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, May 2 – Nigerian-born author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun
·      Colum McCann, May 24 – Irish author of the “first great 9/11 novel” Let the Great World Spin
Poetry Series (Sponsored by thePaul G. Allen Family Foundation, NEA, Charles & Barbara Wright) All events 7:30pm, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, unless otherwise indicated
·      Dorianne Laux, October 5 – Author of five books of poetry and co-author of The Poet’s Companion
·      Peter Cole, Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) & Nikolai Popov: Translators on Translation, November 6, STG’s Neptune Theatre – Renowned translators of Hebrew, Chinese and Buddhist texts, and Paul Celan; moderated by poet Matthew Zapruder (Co-presented by Wave Books)
·      Terrance Hayes, December 8 – Winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry
·      Albert Goldbarth, February 9 – Winner of the Mark Twain Poetry Award for humor in poetry
·      Louise Glück, March 15 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 11 books of poetry
·      Troy Jollimore & John Koethe, April 4 – Two poets who are also both philosophers
·      Matthew & Michael Dickman, May 15 – Identical twins and utterly unique poets (Co-presented by Copper Canyon Press)
SAL Presents
All events 7:30pm, locations vary
·      Amitav Ghosh, October 17, Kirkland Performance Center & October 18, Town Hall Seattle - Bengali author of nine novels, including Sea of Poppies
·      Chris Matthews, November 7, Town Hall Seattle – Host of "Hardball" and "The Chris Matthews Show”
·      David Grossman, November 10, Town Hall Seattle – Israeli author of To the End of the Land
·      Tom Brokaw, November 30, Taper Auditorium, Benaroya Hall – Former anchor & managing editor of NBC Nightly News; interviewed by Executive Editor of the Seattle Times David Boardman (Sponsored by Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens)
·      Alain de Botton, March 16, Meany Theatre, UW – Popular philosopher and essayist; author of How Proust Can Change Your Life
·      Etgar Keret, April 25, Town Hall Seattle – A favorite author and filmmaker of Israel’s younger generation
Five-part courses in the arts and culture, 7:00pm, locations vary
·      Visions of America: Barack Obama, the Tea Party & the 2012 Presidential Election, taught by UW Professor of Communication David Domke, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 6; Kane Hall 130, UW – A course exploring two very different versions of what America is and where it should go politically (Co-presented by UW Alumni Association)
·      Eternity in a Ruffle: Fashion in Art, Art in Fashion, taught by UW Associate Professor of English & Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Jessica Burstein, January 19, February 2 & 16, March 1 & 15; Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, UW – A course engaging the history of modern fashion, from Leigh Bowery to Lady Gaga (Co-presented by the Henry Art Gallery)
·      Spring course to be announced soon on
About our Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor: Seattle Times; Season Sponsor: Swedish Medical Center; Organization Sponsors: 4Culture,, ArtsFund, Humanities Washington, Medina Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, PONCHO;Media Sponsors: Seattle Met, Classical KING FM 98.1, KCTS 9, KUOW 94.9 FM Puget Sound Public Radio,, City Arts, Poetry Northwest, Crab Creek Review; Bookstore Partners: Elliott Bay Book Company, Mockingbird Books, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Queen Anne Books, Third Place Books, University Book Store, Village Books, Wide World Books & Maps;Hotel Sponsor: W Seattle
About Seattle Arts & Lectures
Founded in 1987, Seattle Arts & Lectures presents transformative programs with acclaimed writers that foster diverse ideas, the imagination, and a love of reading and writing. SAL's programs include the Literary\Arts Series and SAL Presents, original talks by internationally renowned writers and thinkers; the Poetry Series, readings by established and emerging poets; SAL U, a continuing adult education program in the arts and humanities; and Writers in the Schools, an award-winning reading and writing program that places local writers in public elementary, middle, and high schools. Please visit for more information.
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