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Words Matter is March 12!
Words Matter is March 12!

Words Matter is Seattle Arts & Lectures' annual gala to celebrate the power of words and inspiration. 2015 is shaping up to be our most exciting year yet—we have once-in-a-lifetime experiences with some of the hottest authors currently writing, a remarkable new auctioneer, and an incredible new AV team—we absolutely can’t wait until March 12! The evening will be even more special if you are a part of it; we invite you to join us for this inspiring evening!

Beyond the lively cocktail hour, inspiring program, scrumptious dinner, and the dessert dash featuring the region's most celebrated patissiers and restaurants, the 2015 Words Matter gala is presenting another remarkable set of unique literary opportunities. And we will be presenting the second annual Sherry Prowda Literary Champion Award to Ron Sher, Robert Sindelar and Michael Coy of Third Place Books.

Be the very first to get the scoop on SAL's 2015/16 season! Words Matter attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to enter a raffle for 2 Patron ALL SAL Passes for next season, which grants them Patron access to every 2015/16 SAL event. The winner also will join Executive Director Ruth Dickey and Associate Director Rebecca Hoogs for a pre-season reveal lunch where they'll be the very first to hear about next season's lineup!

Our silent auction is a one-of-a-kind collection of books chosen by nearly twenty local luminaries and visiting authors, inscribed with a personal note from them about their chosen texts. This year's contributors include Gillian Flynn, Satya Nadella, James McBride, Jon Talton, Nancy Pearl, and many more. Hometown hero Sherman Alexie is bundling a collection of his ten favorite books!

The live auction is one of the most thrilling parts of the evening, and this year's collection of literary experiences offer dream opportunities with local heroes and writing legends Daniel James Brown, Rebecca Wells, Frank Bruni, Nicole Hardy, Jamie Ford, Petter Miller, Kathryn Robinson, and a mystery author to be announced.

Words Matter
Thursday, March 12, 6 - 9:30pm
Herban Feast SoDo Park

Tickets are $150/person. Cocktail attire. Register online.

P.S. If you aren't able to join us in person, please consider supporting SAL with a gift in lieu of attendance and mention Words Matter in the comment field.

Cheryl Strayed
Literary\Arts Series

Thu 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Thinking Animals: Species, Power and the Politics of Care in the World #5

Fri 7:00 PM \ Henry Art Gallery Auditorium

University of Washington
2015 Words Matter
SAL Presents

Thu 6:00 PM \ Herban Feast Sodo Park
A Lecture by Timothy Donnelly
Poetry Series

Thu 7:30 PM \ Chihuly Garden and Glass
An Evening with Ann Hamilton
SAL Presents

Mon 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Master Class with Lucie Brock-Broido
Poetry Series

Wed 6:00 PM
Lucie Brock-Broido
Poetry Series

Thu 7:30 PM \ Chihuly Garden and Glass
WITS Writer Work-in-Progress Reading

Wed 7:30 PM \ Richard Hugo House
Ruth Dickey and the Turnaround at Seattle Arts & Lectures

"In the 18 months since Dickey took over as executive director of SAL, the organization is drawing big names, filling rooms, creating buzz and operating in the black for the first time in years.

Subscriptions are up almost 40 percent. Ticket sales, to date, are higher than all of last season. Ten of the 12 Literary Arts Series events held over the last two years have sold out.

And the local book community is primed for “Words Matter,” SAL’s annual gala, to be held March 12.

So what exactly is going on over there?"

Nicole Brodeur profiled Executive Director Ruth Dickey in the Seattle Times on February 20. They talked about some of the challenges the organization has faced in the past, what SAL has been doing to get its groove back, and Ruth’s big dreams for SAL moving into the next 25 years.

Click here to read the full story.

Sheri Fink Visits Cleveland High School

"Journalism is a lot like the scientific process. We all want to prove our own theories about the things we are researching, but all of the facts and evidence must be in order before we can do that." The connections author Sheri Fink made between the writing and scientific processes resonated with over one hundred students at Cleveland High School, who stayed after classes ended for the day, in order to hear her speak this past Tuesday. Themselves in the middle of a mock trial inspired by Fink's book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist was careful to present her information gathering techniques and writing approach to the students as fact-based insights, so as not to bias their perspectives mid-case.

Dr. Fink spoke to many questions about the people she interviewed, her experiences on the ground in New Orleans and the process of putting together a truthful accout of a complicated story using research compiled over six years, inspiring a new generation of scientists and journalists with equal force.

Read more about Dr. Fink's visit to Cleveland High School on the WITS blog.

Elizabeth George Foundation and Fales Foundation renew and increase support for WITS!

Seattle Arts & Lectures is grateful to the Elizabeth George Foundation and Fales Foundation for supporting our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program! For the 2014/15 program year, the Elizabeth George Foundation has granted WITS $18,500 and Fales Foundation has granted WITS $4,000. Thank you both for investing in the next generation of readers and writers!