Attend author events, book discussions, community dialogues, expert conversations and literary programs from the comfort of your own living room this winter. The Seattle Public Library has a wide variety of online author programs coming up, including the final event featuring a 2021 Washington State Book Award winner.

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


  • From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2: Washington State Book Awards: Jennifer Haupt. Hear selections from writers who contributed to “Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19,” which was edited by Jennifer Haupt. Winner of the 2021 Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction, “Alone Together” includes essays, poems, and interviews from writers including Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough and Lidia Yuknavitch.

  • From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10: Stanlie James and Guests Discuss "Practical Audacity: Black Women and International Human Rights.” Join us for a panel about the Black women whose innovative contributions have helped to reshape international human rights scholarship and activism. Stanlie James’ book “Practical Audacity” follows the stories of 14 women whose work honors and furthers the legacy of Goler Teal Butcher (1925–93), a towering figure in international human rights law who advanced an intersectional approach to human empowerment influenced by Black women’s intellectual traditions.

  • From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10: Words, Writers, and Southwest Stories. Carol-Ann Thornton will present “Privilege and Entitlement Versus Healing and Restoration: Exploring a Slice of West Seattle History and Beyond.”

  • From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10: Virtual It's About Time Writers' Reading Series. The Ballard Branch welcomes the 387th meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. 

  • From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13: Virtual Writers Read. Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers.

  • From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17: Polish Town, Girl Attorney & The World War II Nisei Hero: Unraveling Ballard’s Past. What happens when you find oral histories from early Ballardites on tape cassettes in a basement, and decide they need to become part of a multi-media map?

  • From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22: Carloyne Wright and Derek Pollard. Join us for a poetry reading and conversation featuring local author Carolyne Wright (“Masquerade”) and Florida artist Derek Pollard ("On the Verge of Something Bright and Good"). The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company and supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation.


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. 

To learn more about the Library’s work in 2021, read Interim Chief Librarian Tom Fay’s winter message.

Visit the Library's Road to Reopening page for more information on current Library services.

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.