Author readings and community dialogues in April
release date: 03/31/2021
Attend author events, book discussions and community dialogues, expert conversations and literary programs from the comfort of your own living room this spring. The Seattle Public has a wide variety of online readings and discussions coming up in April, from the history of the West Seattle food bank to superstar librarian Nancy Pearl to a panel discussion with Black authors and publishers of speculative fiction.
Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for each event, visit the Library's calendar to sign up.
READING & DISCUSSION SCHEDULE
- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 1 - Close to Home: Virtual Stories of Health, Tech and Resilience. Join us for a live, online conversation with Jay Woolford from Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations (SHAG) and Sara Sisco from Hopelink Mobility Management.
- 6 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. Thursday, April 8 - Words, Writers and Southwest Stories. West Seattle Food Bank board member, local teacher and pastor Ron Marshall presents "Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank."
- 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8 - It's About Time Writers' Reading Series. The Ballard Branch welcomes the 377th meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics.
- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 9 - Quiara Alegría Hudes discusses "My Broken Language." Join us to hear Hudes, a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, talk about coming of age, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.
- 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10 - Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains. Join us for the first in a five-part series of events, curated by local writer D.A. Navoti, which examine the highs and lows of growing up.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11 - Virtual Writers Read. Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers.
- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12 - Clarion West & Seattle Writes presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction. Join us for a series of conversations featuring today’s Black publishers and editors of anthologies and magazines, aimed at expanding our understanding of the ways in which editorial roles impact the worlds of speculative fiction. The series will conclude with events on May 16 and 17.
- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15 - Age Friendly Seattle Virtual Civic Coffee Hour. Join us for a live, online conversation with Emily Alvarado of the Seattle Office of Housing.
- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 - Rónán Hession and Nancy Pearl discuss "Leonard and Hungry Paul." Join us for a special conversation between beloved superstar librarian Nancy Pearl and Rónán Hession, whose novel “Leonard and Hungry Paul” is the 2021 One Dublin One Book selection.
- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 - Nguyen Phan Quế Mai with Karl Marlantes discuss "The Mountains Sing." Celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s shares her first novel in English, an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War.
- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29 - Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains. Join us for the second in a five-part series of events, curated by local writer D.A. Navoti, that examine the highs and lows of growing up.
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