Poetry, Pictures, Architecture and Orcas: January 2023 Events and Author Readings

Picture of leaves in snow by Rodion Kutsaiev with Unsplash
Courtesy Rodion Kutsaiev with Unsplash

Want something to look forward to after the holidays? The Seattle Public Library’s author programs and community events in January 2023 include a Lunar New Year celebration, the Seattle Times’ annual Pictures of the Year event, and author events highlighting Lynda Mapes’ award-winning book about orcas and a picture book about Pacific Science Center architect Minoru Yamasaki.

Many of these events require registration. Find information and registration through the event links below or at spl.org/Calendar. All Library events are free and open to the public.

January events

Ladies' Musical ClubLadies’ Musical Club Concert. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, West Seattle Branch. Join us for the monthly Ladies Musical Club Concert featuring Trios by Piazzola, de Falla and Turina.

Ladies’ Musical Club Concert. From noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, Central Library, Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium. Join us for the monthly Ladies Musical Club Concert featuring “The Human Voice,” a one-act opera by Poulenc.

: “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” by Lynda Mapes, of Seattle (Braided River and The Seattle Times)Lynda Mapes Discusses “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home.” 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12. Central Library, Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium. Lynda Mapes, Seattle Times reporter and author of the 2022 Washington State Book Award-winning book “Orca,” will share the history and future of southern resident orcas in Puget Sound. This event is part of a series celebrating the winners of the 2022 Washington State Book Awards. The book awards are presented by The Seattle Public Library in partnership with the Washington Center for the Book.

Lunar New Year performersLunar New Year Celebration Show | 农历春节联欢. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Central Library. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with Chinese dance, music, and a variety of performing arts, including a costume showcase, an accordion duet, martial arts demonstration and ensemble choir presentation. Co-presented by Seattle Sunshine Performing Arts Group and Huayin Performing Arts Group, registration is not required for this event.

Judas Goat, by Gabrielle BatesGabrielle Bates Discusses “Judas Boat.” 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21. The Royal Room, Seattle. This evening will showcase an abundant range of Seattle-area poets and culminating with a reading by Bates, award-winning author of the debut collection “Judas Goat.” Co-sponsored with Open Books: A Poem Emporium and Tin House Books. Registration is required and tickets are available for $0 to $15.


Seattle Times' Pictures of the YearsThe Seattle Times Presents: Pictures of the Year 2022. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, online. In an annual event presented by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the award-winning staff from The Seattle Times will present photographs and videos from 2022 and discuss the stories and techniques behind them. Thanks to the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation and The Seattle Times for supporting the Library’s Authors and Events series.

Shapes, Lines and LightKatie Yamasaki Discusses “Shapes, Lines and Light: My Grandfather’s American Journey.” 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Central Library, Level 1 Microsoft Audotorium. Katie Yamasaki, muralist and picture book author, wrote “Shapes, Lines and Light” to celebrate the life of her grandfather, the acclaimed Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed Pacific Science Center. The event is presented in partnership with Densho and Elliott Bay Book Company, and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation.

Find more events on the Library calendar at www.spl.org.org/Calendar. We also have virtual English conversation classes, citizenship classes, business workshops, legal consults and much more.  

Elisa M., Communications

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