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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Russell Simmons, February 24Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons discussed "Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All," written with Chris Morrow. Through personal stories, real-life examples, yogic principles, and proven philosophies, Simmons offers a guide to making the most out of life. His message: People who do what they love and don't expect anything in return are the ones who will get the most out of life; the affluence that follows is just icing on the cake.
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Graham Salisbury, February 17Graham Salisbury, Global Reading Challenge guest author, spoke to students from seven Global Reading Challenge schools about growing up in Hawaii and being a writer.
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Jack Hamann, February 13Award-winning journalist Jack Hamann discusses "On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of World War II." On the night of Aug. 14, 1944, African-American soldiers from segregated units attacked Italian prisoners of war at Seattle's Fort Lawton, resulting in a riot. Researching the story, Jack Hamann came to believe that the U.S. Army had bungled the investigation, destroyed and withheld key evidence during the trial, and covered it up by railroading the black soldiers.
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Jamie Ford, February 6Jamie Ford read from his bestselling novel, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," at The Seattle Public Library. Alternating between the present and the past, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" tells a poignant story about fathers and sons, memory and regret, identity and racism, and how events in history affect the course of real people's lives.
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Lynne Iglitzin, February 5Lynne Iglitzin gave an an illustrated talk about Margaret Bourke-White, one of the most famous women of the 20th century, on Feb. 5, 2011. Iglitzin, former professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and a specialist in Women's Studies, tells how Margaret Bourke-White pioneered new techniques in photojournalism and opened the door for women in photography.
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Douglas Brinkley, February 4Award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley discussed "The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960." Building on the environmental issues he discussed in "The Wilderness Warrior," Brinkley documents the fight to save wild Alaska from despoilers.
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Alice Hoffman, February 3Bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman read from her latest novel, "The Red Garden," on Feb. 3, 2011 at The Seattle Public Library. In a series of linked, consecutive stories, Hoffman traces the life of Blackwell, Massachusetts, a mythical town in the Berkshire Mountains, from its founding up to the present.
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Harnessing the Body's Own Healing Potential, February 2Kim Harmon, M.D., UW Sports Medicine at Hall Health, talked about how to jump-start the body's own healing processes with a new procedure called platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP). Learn more about how athletes are using their own blood to heal faster from sports-related injuries and how similar treatments can be used to heal chronic injuries in athletes and exercisers of all ages and ability levels.
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Mark O'Connor, January 28Seattle-native Mark O'Connor, a world-renowned jazz violinist/folk fiddler and Grammy-winning composer, played modern classical music and talked about his craft. Widely known as one of America's more inventive and innovative composers, Mark O'Connor demonstrated his American style of string playing, his improvisational abilities and the process of composition.
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Edmund Morris, January 26Historian Edmund Morris discussed his new biography, "Colonel Roosevelt." Thirty years after Morris published his Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and the bestseller "Theodore Rex," he has written the third and final volume of one of the most indelible and significant figures in American history.
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