Attend author events, book discussions and literary programs from the comfort of your own living room this winter. The Seattle Public has a wide variety of online author events coming up in January and February, from essays by disabled people to a discussion with a hyperlocal media journalist.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for each event, visit the Library's calendar to sign up.


  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 - Raven Chronicles Presents "Take A Stand: Art Against Hate." With over 170 contributors, including Jericho Brown, Lucille Clifton, Marge Piercy, and Danez Smith, Take a Stand features poetry, artwork, essays, and fiction that confront past and ongoing injustices and offer visions of positive change. This event’s readers will include Anna Bálint, Tess Gallagher, Lawrence Matsuda, Tiffany Midge, Shankar Narayan, henry 7 reneau, jr., and Penina Ava Taesali.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 - “Disability Visibility Project” discussion with Alice Wong, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha And Elsa Sjunneson. Just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people. Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, will speak with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Elsa Sjunneson about their contributions to the anthology.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 - “The Nutritionist’s Kitchen” with Carly Knowles. Join Carly Knowles, registered dietitian nutritionist, nutritionist and author of the new book, “The Nutritionist’s Kitchen,” for a conversation with Dr. Tori Hudson, naturopathic physician, as they discuss simple but powerful ways to transform your diet, health and our planet.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 - WA State Book Awards: Eric Liu and “Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy.” Winner of the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, “Become America” offers stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice, and powerful citizenship. Liu will do a brief reading followed by a discussion on civic involvement and a Q&A.
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 - WA State Book Awards: Aaron Bobrow-Strain and “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez.” Winner of the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Biography, “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story” asks: What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? Bobrow-Strain will discuss his book and the future challenges around immigration and the border.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 - Close to Home: Virtual Stories of Health, Tech and Resilience. Meet Omari Salisbury, co-founder of Converge Media, the Central Area’s independent media company raising the voices and perspectives of Seattle’s African American community. Converge Media produces livestreamed videos, podcasts, and local news coverage. Salisbury and Trae Holiday co-host “The Morning Update Show” which delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience with an analysis of the day’s local and national headlines.
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Brandon Hobson and David Heska Wanbli Weiden discuss “The Removed.” Join us for a discussion of “The Removed,” the new novel from National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson. Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, Tommy Orange calls The Removed “spirited, droll, and as quietly devastating as rain lifting from earth to sky.”
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 - James Dales and Dr. Maya Rockymoore Cummings discuss "We're Better Than This." Join us for a conversation about the late Representative Elijah Cummings’ life and legacy. Known for his poise, intellect, and influence until his death in October 2019, Elijah Cummings was one of the most respected figures in contemporary politics, a politician who held fast to his beliefs but was not afraid to reach across the aisle in the name of friendship and progress.


The Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.

The Seattle Public Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.