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Literary Events & Lectures

Seattle is proud to be recognized as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature.

With a thriving literary community and a highly educated and book-loving populace, Seattle offers an abundance of riches for lovers of the written and spoken word.

Richard Hugo House is a community of readers and writers, offering readings and classes for youth and adults. Dive in to the always-popular lecture or poetry series at Seattle Arts and Lectures, or visit the Seattle Public Library for an author reading and discussion. Town Hall Seattle presents lectures on science, culture, and civics as part of its active program schedule. Long time local landmark University Book Store hosts and presents hundreds of author events each year. The Elliott Bay Book Company not only offers more than 150,000 titles in their beloved store but hosts almost daily author readings in their intimate reading room.  And the Jack Straw Writer’s Program connects writers to audio resources, producing lectures, podcasts and more.

We love words and ideas in Seattle. Learn more about our UNESCO World City of Literature designation at

See Seattle's NEW Literary Map here!

Seattle Literary Map

Seattle Bookmarked Series

Experience the city that has inspired readers and authors alike in #SeattleBookmarked. Each episode honors an excerpt from one of the many stories that have been set in Seattle.

Seattle Bookmarked: The Boys in the Boat

Fall into the meditative flow state inspired by Seattle’s waterways and the rituals of rowing celebrated in Daniel James Brown’s bestseller, The Boys in the Boat, as read by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. #SeattleBookmarked

Seattle Bookmarked: I Can Make This Promise

Feel the electric energy of Seattle’s Pike Place Market as described by Christine Day in her young adult novel I Can Make This Promise, as read by chef and restaurateur Kristi Brown. #SeattleBookmarked

Seattle Bookmarked: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Experience the beauty of Seattle in all its drizzly glory in this excerpt from The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein as read by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. #SeattleBookmarked

Upcoming Literary & Lecture Events

Untold Stories: Wire, Life, and Art with Kristin Tollefson


Artist and educator Kristin Tollefson traveled to Slovakia as a Fulbright Scholar, immersing herself in the rich tradition …

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Disability Justice


Patty Berne, co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of Sins Invalid, will discuss the importance of intersectionality in disability …

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Replay Matinee: Angela Garbes

1/11/2024 through 1/12/2024

This Replay Matinee features Angela Garbes, who spoke with Lindy West on Town Hall’s stage in 2018 about …

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Life on Thin Ice | National Geographic Live

1/22/2024 through 1/23/2024

Through beautiful images and awe-inspiring moments, National Geographic Live takes you on a journey with their first Indigenous …

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