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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Amy Tan Discusses Her Memoir "Where the Past Begins"
Join us to hear Amy Tan, the New York Times-bestselling author of "The Joy Luck Club," discuss her memoir about life as a writer and the relationship between fiction and emotional memory. Recorded on October 25, 2017.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 27.89MB] [Play time: 1 hr 00 min]
Seattle City Council Debate, Positions 8 & 9
Join Seattle CityClub and The Friends of the Seattle Public Library for a debate where citizens help set the agenda. Learn about candidate positions during this free public debate. Recorded on October 18, 2017.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 38.95MB] [Play time: 1 hr 25 min]
2017 Washington State Book Awards: Find Out the Winners!
Join writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, publishers and friends to learn who won the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. This podcast features brief readings from the winning titles. -- The Washington State Book Awards recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children's and teen literature published in 2016 and penned by a Washington writer. The four adult literature categories are: poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, and history/general nonfiction for adults. The Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award honors a children's picture book and one book each for early readers (ages 6 to 8), middle readers (ages 9-12), and young adults (ages 13 to 18).
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.96MB] [Play time: 0 hr 52 min]
M. Evelina Galang discusses "Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War"
Join us to hear renowned Filipina novelist Galang discuss the horrific and true stories of sixteen surviving Filipino "comfort women," who were kidnapped during World War II and forced into sexual slavery. Recorded on October 10, 2017.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 25.67MB] [Play time: 0 hr 56 min]
Thrilling Tales: October 9, 2017
In this classic ghost story, "The Red Lodge" by H. Russell Wakefield, a man moves into an old house with his family and begins to suspect that it is haunted. Recorded on Oct. 9,2017.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 18.46MB] [Play time: 0 hr 40 min]
How to Raise Money for Your Data-Driven Startup
This is a panel featuring representations of data science-focused companies who have successfully raised funding since last year. Learn about their experiences, struggles, and sage wisdom for others looking to raise money. Recorded on October 3, 2017.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 34.78MB] [Play time: 1 hr 15 min]