Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may watch video recordings of recent programs on our YouTube channel. Our archive of audio recordings goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of memorable Library events.
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“A Time for Unity”: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Native Communities
A Native-led talking circle about the impact of mass incarceration on Indigenous communities. Recorded on May 21, 2019
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 45.39MB] [Play time: 1 hr 39 min]
A Place for Us: a Celebration of West Side Story, with the 5th Ave Theatre
Join us and the 5th Ave Theatre for a celebration of this American masterpiece. Recorded on May 20, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 25.18MB] [Play time: 0 hr 54 min]
Tony Horwitz discusses 'Spying on the South'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Tony Horwitz will discuss his new book, "Spying on the South." Recorded on May 18, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.48MB] [Play time: 0 hr 51 min]
Over the Moon, Under the Bridge: Building a Stronger Music Community
A community conversation surrounding the intersection of poverty, mental illness and addiction in the local music industry. Recorded on May 12, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 42.44MB] [Play time: 1 hr 32 min]
Bill McKibben discusses Falter
McKibben's earlier work offered prescient warnings about climate change. But in his newest book he suggests the danger is broader than that. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about the future. Recorded on May 2, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.24MB] [Play time: 1 hr 19 min]
Emergent Strategy: An Evening with Adrienne Maree Brown
Join a community-centered conversation with author/activist Adrienne Maree Brown. Recorded on April 18, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 47.79MB] [Play time: 1 hr 44 min]
2019 Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Thi Bui will discuss "The Best We Could Do." The evening will also feature a staged reading from the book, adapted by Susan Lieu and directed by Kathy Hsieh, in partnership with Book-It Repertory Theatre. Recorded on April 13, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 39.09MB] [Play time: 1 hr 25 min]
Laila Lalami discusses The Other Americans
Lalami will discuss her powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant - a family saga, murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture. Recorded on April 2, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.54MB] [Play time: 0 hr 53 min]
Behind the Songs
A 5th Avenue Theatre Community Conversation in connection with their upcoming production of the new Ahrens and Flaherty musical "Marie - Dancing Still" Recorded on April 1, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.14MB] [Play time: 1 hr 18 min]
Cory Doctorow discusses "Radicalized"
Join us to hear Doctorow discuss his timely book, comprised of four science fiction novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near future. Recorded on March 28, 2019.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.69MB] [Play time: 1 hr 02 min]