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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Seattle In Black and White, April 3
Joan Singler, Maid Adams, Jean Durning and Bettylou Valentine gave first-hand accounts of local civil rights activism from members in the Seattle Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In 1960, Seattle was effectively a segregated town with no black bus drivers, sales clerks, or bank tellers. In the new book "Seattle in Black and White: The Congress of Racial Equality and the Fight for Equal Opportunity," the many challenges to this unfair system are documented.
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Alexander McCall Smith, April 1Alexander McCall Smith read from "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party." Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, the "Isabel Dalhousie Series," the "Portuguese Irregular Verbs" series, and the "44 Scotland Street" series.
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Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 8A trio of librarians share what they've been reading, including "Revolver" by Marcus Sedgwick, "Ask Me Why I Hurt" by Dr. Randy Christensen, and "Occupied City" by David Peace.
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Ursula K. Le Guin & Roger Dorband, March 23Ursula K. Le Guin read poems and Roger Dorband showed photographs from "Out Here" on March 23, 2011 at The Seattle Public Library.
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Charitable Gift Planning Workshop, March 22
Learn more about the types of gifts you can make and how changes in the 2011 tax laws will affect your philanthropic giving by listening to this charitable gift planning workshop. Guest speaker Akane R. Suzuki of Garvey Schubert Barer, Chair of the law firm's Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Litigation Group, brings expertise and insight to help support your philanthropy.
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Urban Agriculture, March 22
"Urban Agriculture" featured a panel discussion of local organizations. Local experts from Mithun, the P-Patch Trust, Alleycat Acres and other organizations discussed the successes and challenges of their unique design processes as well as the many benefits of locally grown food. This program was co-sponsored with the Seattle Architectural Foundation.
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Thrilling Tales: March 7, 2011
"Jean-ah Poquelin" by George Washington Cable. Laissez les bon temps rouler! In this gothic tale set in New Orleans, raucous revelers throw a party fit to raise the dead. Read more in Shelf Talk. (Recorded in March 7, 2011)
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New Treatments in the Pipeline for Parkinson's Patients, March 2Hojoong (Mike) Kim, M.D., acting, assistant professor, department of Neurology, discussed new studies and treatments that involve pharmaceutics, gene therapy and stem cell transplantation. If you have Parkinson disease or are caring for someone who does, there are new treatments on the horizon that may provide real hope. This event series was co-sponsored with UW Medicine.
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T.C. Boyle, March 1T.C. Boyle reads from "When the Killing's Done." In Boyle's latest novel, California's Galapagos, the wild Northern Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, become the setting for a dramatic showdown between two factions of environmentalists, each utterly convinced of their beliefs in preserving the islands and the natural world.
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Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 7Librarians Misha and David are joined by author Jennifer Worick to discuss publishing, and "Publish Your Passion," an upcoming program at the Library, for everyone who has a book inside them longing to get out. They also share what they've been reading, including Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time," "A Discovery of Witches," by Deborah Harkness, and "The Chronology of Water," by Lidia Yuknavitch.
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