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SAL has announced the lineup for its 2015/16 season. SAL’s Literary Arts Series, sold out this past season, opens at Benaroya Hall with Elizabeth Gilbert and continues at Town Hall Seattle with an impressive lineup of award-winning authors, including 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr. The Poetry Series will be at Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, and will feature readings with Claudia Rankine and others, a celebration of Pablo Neruda with Copper Canyon Press, and a talk co-presented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. SAL Presents brings back The Moth Mainstage and James McBride, this time with The Good Lord Bird Band for a concert at Town Hall. Hinge, SAL’s series of readings, lectures, and other presentations by emerging and experimental writers, continues in September with Saul Williams. And SAL is excited to launch a new series this season, Women You Need To Know, which debuts with MacArthur Genius grantee Alison Bechdel. 

Subscriptions are on sale now!

Single tickets go on sale July 20th at 10:00AM.


2015/16 Subscriber Benefits

All subscribers enjoy discounted ticket pricing over single ticket purchases, 10% partner bookstore discounts, dining deals at partner restaurants, parking discounts at the WSCC garage and near the Seattle Center, waiver of the handling fee on subscription orders and additional orders throughout the season (phone orders only), and priority presale opportunities for added special events (phone orders only). Grand Patrons have reserved seating in the front of the hall. Patrons have open seating at the front of the hall. Grand Patrons and Patrons are invited to receptions with the authors/speakers.

Dining Deals for Subscribers generously provided by the following Restaurant Partners:
Collections Cafe (Chihuly Garden and Glass) - 10% off of bill
Primo Pizza Parlor - 10% off of bill
Tulio - Chef selected appetizer to accompany dinner the night of the event. Reservations recommended.
Vito's - 10% off all food and drink purchases

10% discount for Subscribers on book purchases at the following Bookstore Partners
Ada's Technical Books
Eagle Harbor Books
Edmonds Bookshop
Elliott Bay Book Co.
Island Books
Magnolia's Bookstore
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
Phinney Books
Queen Anne Book Company
Secret Garden Bookstore
Third Place Books Forest Park 
Third Place Books Ravenna
University Bookstore
Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books

Park Please note: In the event of unforeseen circumstances, alternate speakers and lecture dates may be presented. All tickets and subscriptions are nonrefundable. Seating is not guaranteed after events begin.

Literary\Arts Series
2015-16 All SAL Pass
One price delivers an entire season of all SAL's events!
2015-16 Literary Arts Series Subscription
Gilbert, Coates, Doerr, Brooks, Mandel and Cole.
2015-16 Create Your Own Subscription 4 Part/ with Gilbert
1516 CYOS 4part Gilbert
2015-16 Create Your Own Subscription 4 Part
Choose any 4 events to make your perfect season! Gilbert not included in this package.
Single Tickets
Elizabeth Gilbert
 \ Tue, Oct 6, 2015

Gilbert is the acclaimed author of 6 books, most famously Eat, Pray, Love and most recently, The Signature of All Things. Her newest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear will be released Sept. 22.

Ta-Nehisi Coates
 \ Thu, Oct 29, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. Grand Patron and Patron level tickets will include his just released book Between the World and Me.

Anthony Doerr
 \ Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Anthony Doerr is a novelist and short story writer. His most recent novel, All the Light We Cannot See, won the 2015 Pultizer Prize winner for fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Geraldine Brooks
 \ Thu, Jan 28, 2016
Sold Out

Single tickets sold out for Brooks. However, this event is still available as part of LAS subscriptions. 

Emily St. John Mandel
 \ Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Emily St. John Mandel is a Candian writer whose most recent novel, Station Eleven, was a National Book  and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist.

Teju Cole
 \ Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of The New York Times Magazine.

Poetry Series
2015-16 All SAL Pass
One price delivers an entire season of all SAL's events!
2015-16 Poetry Series Subscription
Smith and Wrigley, Pastan, Reddy, Rankine, Neruda Event, and Roman and Smith.
2015-16 Create Your Own Subscription 4 Part
Choose any 4 events to create your perfect season! Gilbert not included.
2015-16 Create Your Own Subscription 4 Part/ with Gilbert
1516 CYOS 4part Gilbert
Single Tickets
Mary Szybist and Robert Wrigley
 \ Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Mary Szybist's Incarnadine won the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. Robert Wrigley's Anatomy of Melancoly & Other Poems received the 2014 PNW Booksellers Award. Both poets live in the Pacific Northwest.

Linda Pastan
 \ Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Linda Pastan has produced quiet lyrics that focus on themes like marriage, parenting and grief since the 1970s. She is the author of over 12 books of poetry and essays. Her newest book of poems, Insomnia: Poems will be released in October.

Srikanth Reddy
 \ Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Srikanth Reddy is a poet and a scholar. His first volume of poetry Facts for Visitors won the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. 

Co-presented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.

Joshua Roman and Tracy K. Smith
 \ Thu, Feb 25, 2016

This event will feature a reading by Smith, a performance conducted by Roman and a conversation between the two of them.

Co-presented by Town Hall Seattle.

Pablo Neruda's Lost Poems
 \ Tue, Apr 19, 2016

This National Poetry Month event celebrates the literary discovery of the decade: Pablo Neruda's Lost Poems: A Book Lauch Featuring Forrest Gander and Friends.

Co-presented with Copper Canyon Press

Claudia Rankine
 \ Fri, May 13, 2016

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

SAL Presents
2015-16 Women You Need to Know Subscription
Bechdel, Tamblyn and Woodson
Single Tickets
WITS Back to School Breakfast
 \ Thu, Sep 17, 2015

WITS second annual Back to School Breakfast features strong coffee, curious otters and a great cause!

Saul Williams
 \ Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Saul Williams is a rapper, singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor. He is known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop. He has written four collections of poetry.

Alison Bechdel
 \ Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Alison Bechel is a cartoonist best known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Her critically acclaimed graphic memoir Fun Home has been adapted into a musical which won the 2015 Tony award.

James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band
 \ Mon, Nov 9, 2015

An exuberant evening of music and words from James McBride's winning novel, The Good Lord Bird with his gospel jazz quintet.

Amber Tamblyn
 \ Wed, Feb 10, 2016

This evening will present poet and actress Amber Tamblyn and her mother, Bonnie Tamblyn, weaving together poetry and music to create a mélange of intimate and funny storytelling. 

Jacqueline Woodson
 \ Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Jacqueline Woodson is a writer of books for children and adolescents. She won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Brown Girl Dreaming. She will be giving a talk for teens and adults.

The Moth Mainstage
 \ Wed, May 18, 2016

The Moth MainStage features stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers and news breakers, and every day heroes (and even a few reformed villains).