Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may listen to many of these programs by subscribing to the Library's authors & events podcast or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below. Our archive goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of podcasts of memorable Library events.
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Bill McKibben discusses Falter
McKibben’s earlier work offered prescient warnings about climate change. But in his newest book he suggests the danger is broader than that. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about the future.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.24MB] [Play time: 1 hr 19 min]
Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Thi Bui will discuss "The Best We Could Do." The evening will also feature a staged reading from the book, adapted by Susan Lieu and directed by Kathy Hsieh, in partnership with Book-It Repertory Theatre.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 39.09MB] [Play time: 1 hr 25 min]
Laila Lalami discusses The Other Americans
Lalami will discuss her powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—a family saga, murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.54MB] [Play time: 0 hr 53 min]
Cory Doctorow discusses "Radicalized"
Join us to hear Doctorow discuss his timely book, comprised of four science fiction novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near future.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.69MB] [Play time: 1 hr 02 min]
Barry Lopez discusses "Horizon"
Join us to hear National Book Award winner Lopez discuss one of his most personal books yet: a vivid and poetic account of his world travels and the encounters that have shaped his extraordinary life.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 40.33MB] [Play time: 1 hr 28 min]
An evening of science fiction with Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead and Daryl Gregory
Join science fiction authors Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead and Daryl Gregory for a reading and discussion. The Q&A will be moderated by the always funny fellow writer Adam Rakunas.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 40.59MB] [Play time: 1 hr 28 min]
Samantha Allen discusses Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
Join us to hear about Allen’s cross-country road-trip through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 27.09MB] [Play time: 0 hr 59 min]