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September 29, 2017

Do you know a person age 16-24 who is considering a literary career? Literary Career Day takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at The Seattle Central Library from 11:00am–4:00pm. This free event provides attendees with direct access to industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging conversations, and performances. Participants are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities, including writing, editing, publishing, arts administration, retail, library sciences, journalism, teaching, and more.

Literary Career Day is produced in partnership with One Reel, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Office of Film and Music, and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.


The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books. See the complete list of finalists in The Seattle Times and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s prolific writers.

Poets Against Hate

February 6, 2016

Poets Against Hate

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Seattle Public Library will welcome Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle’s Civic Poet, and a company of 60 outstanding poets, speaking out against hate. This free, family-friendly, public event, co-sponsored by the Jack Straw Foundation, 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Raven Chronicles, and It’s About Time Writers Reading Series, will include poems in English, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and Russian. See the list of poets at Raven Chronicles.

Congratulations, finalists!

September 11, 2015

Washington State Book AwardsThe Washington Center for the book has just announced their finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. The poets include Kelli Russell Agodon, the late Kim-An Lieberman, Tod Marshall and Red Pine. The winners will be announced at a 7:00pm reading on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Public Library. See the full list of finalists in Mary Ann Gwinn’s article in The Seattle Times.

Seattle Writes

July 29, 2015

Seattle Writes

Seattle Writes is a free, public program of The Seattle Public Library that offers workshops, write-ins and writing space. The Seattle Writes calendar currently includes a workshop on SELF-e, the Library’s free self-publishing platform, a presentation on book publishing by author Jayne Ann Krentz, and weekly NaNoWriMo write-ins during the month of November. Learn more on Seattle Writes.

SPL Washington Center for the BookThe Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library has announced the finalists for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Books are considered in several categories: fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction and four groups of children’s books.

The winners will be announced at a free, public event on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Central Library. The evening event will include readings, music, book sales and signings.

We congratulate this year’s poetry finalists:

See the complete list of finalists and more information about the Washington State Book Awards.

July 7 reading - Floating Bridge
Floating Bridge Press presents a free reading and conversation with Risa Denenberg, Sue Sutherland-Hanson, and Katy E. Ellis, with host Kathleen Flenniken. At the Fremont Branch, Seattle Public Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

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