Like us, you have a lot going on this fall. But trust us: You will want to make room in your calendar for at least a few of these inspiring, thought-provoking, community-driven and entertaining events at the Library. (Note: This list covers September and October; stay tuned for November and December!)
All Library events are free and open to everyone. Most events require registration beforehand, which you can find at the link. Questions? Go to www.spl.org/Ask. Find more events at www.spl.org/Calendar.
Banned: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom. Monday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Online. Seattle-area writers Jewell Parker Rhodes (“Ghost Boys) and Jonathan Evison (“Lawn Boy”), along with librarians Soraya Silverman-Montero, of The Seattle Public Library, and Deb Sica, of Alameda County Library, discuss censorship and intellectual freedom as well as the challenges faced by librarians and schools. Presented with Folio Seattle.
The Business of Books, four-part series. Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Beacon Hill Branch. Want to start a book-related business but don’t know where to start? This four-part workshop series designed for BIPOC literary entrepreneurs kicks off with an overview of the industry by former Sasquatch Books publisher Gary Luke; and a roundtable discussion with publisher Christina Vega, author and festival founder Jeffrey Cheatham II, and longtime bookseller Karen Maeda Allman. Other workshop dates are Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 6.
Bibliophilia, a four-day festival. Tuesday to Friday, Sept. 27, 28, 29, 30. Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library. Guest curator Jekeva Phillips brings the page to the stage combining poetry and prose with improvisational theater. Themes include “Heathcliff Letters” (Sept. 27), “Bestsellers” (Sept. 28); “Vonnegut” (Sept. 29); and a “Quiz Show” finale (Sept. 30, with games, prize packages and live reading and performance).
Legendary Children 2022. Friday, Sept. 23, 8 to 11 p.m. Olympic Sculpture Park and online. The annual celebration of Queer and Trans Black Indigenous and People of Color (QTBIPOC) communities celebrates the amazing artistry of the Pacific Northwest’s house and ball culture, with live performances, an outdoor dance party, hot DJs, and premier drag royalty. This virtual event is trans-affirming, QTBIPOC-led and all ages. Partners include Seattle Art Museum, Office of Arts & Culture and Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas.
The Future is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Online. Join us to celebrate the release of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinh’s follow-up essay collection that expands on her bestselling book, “Care Work,” centering and uplifting disability justice and care in the pandemic era.
Monthly Ladies Musical Club Concert. Wednesday, Oct. 12, noon. Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium. After a pandemic hiatus, the Ladies Musical Concerts returns! From October through May, the Ladies Musical Club offers free classical music concerts on the second Wednesday of the month at noon. Enjoy local musicians performing vocal and instrumental pieces in diverse musical styles and periods. Other dates: Nov. 9 and Dec. 14.
Seattle Reads “The House of Broken Angels.” Wednesday – Thursday, Oct. 19 – 20. Read this year’s Seattle Reads pick, “The House Broken Angels,” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Luis Alberto Urrea, and then hear Urrea discuss the book in person. In a Spanish-language event, he will appear at Centilia Cultural Center on Beacon Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. He will appear at the Lake City Branch on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.; and –the main event – on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium (with La Sala, Seattle Escribe and El Centro de la Raza). Find out more and download the discussion guide at www.spl.org/SeattleReads.
Many of these events are supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation.