Live from Seattle’s Central Library (and Online): Author events this April and May

Last night (April 12), for the first time in two years, the Central Library opened the doors of its Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium for an in-person author event. Award-winning author Reyna Grande joined Seattle-area writer Kathleen Alcalá on stage for a conversation about her novel “The Ballad of Love and Glory,” about an unforgettable romance set against a forgotten war.

Event sign at the Central Library, April 12, for Reyna Grande event

Another first for the Library: Attendees could choose between coming to the Library or tuning in online from the comfort of their home.

The Library is holding several other in-person events in April and May, testing the waters of live events again with extra safety precautions in place, including limiting attendance to 50% of the auditorium’s capacity. Mask use, although not required, is strongly encouraged. (More information about Library safety precautions is below.)

From Clyde Ford to Douglas Stuart, we have an exciting lineup for both in-person and virtual events in April and May. Registration is required, but all Library events are free. Check event descriptions at spl.org/Calendar for registration links and more information.

Clyde Ford "Of Blood and Sweat"From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 15. Clyde Ford discusses “Of Blood and Sweat”online only. Join us at this virtual event to hear about award-winning writer Ford’s new book “Of Blood and Sweat,” which examines how Black labor helped create and sustain the wealth of the white one percent throughout American history. This event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 18. Emily St. John Mandel Discusses “Sea Of Tranquility”in-person and online. The best-selling author of “Station Eleven” will be at the Central Library in conversation with Kristen Millares Young to discuss her new book, a novel of art, time, love, and plague. It is presented with Elliott Bay Book Company, and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. 

Nicola Griffith's SpeakFrom 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. Nicola Griffith discusses “Spear”in-person and online. Join us at the Central Library or online to hear local writer Nicola Griffith, author of award-winning novels including “Hild” and “Ammonite,” discuss “Spear,” a new take on Arthurian legends. It is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. There will be ASL interpretation and CART transcription for this event.

Young MungoFrom 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 3. Douglas Stuart discusses “Young Mungo”in-person and online. Douglas Stuart, the Booker Prize-winning writer of “Shuggie Bain” will be at the Central Library to discuss his new novel “Young Mungo,” a story of queer love and working-class families, in conversation with Rick Simonson. “Shuggie Bain,” Stuart’s first book, was one of the most successful literary debuts of the century. The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. It is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation.

Safety Precautions

Limited in-person programming is being offered at the Central Library starting in April. These events will be restricted to 50% capacity and mask use is strongly encouraged. In-person programming is not yet offered at other Library locations. Additional safety precautions are in place: Library staff are fully vaccinated and continue to wear masks; the Library offers free masks and hand sanitizer to patrons at sanitation stations; and all Library locations have high-quality ventilation and air filtration.

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