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Bryan Cranston kicks off the Sherman Alexie Loves Series on October 16.

Want to feed the brain with indelible words from smart and creative people but don't know where to start? Seattle Arts and Lectures exists as a sort of one-stop-shop for illuminating evenings with local and visiting artists, writers, and thinkers.

The SAL 2016–17 lineup again brings in some huge names in the arts for evenings of discussions and readings, along with a catalog of events that shows off the organization's dedication to foster and promote regional voices.

New to this season is Sherman Alexie Loves, three nights of conversation with the beloved local writer, featuring a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, a trio of first-time novelists, and star of TV, movies and stage Bryan Cranston. 

Tickets for SAL's 2016–17 season are on sale now.

2016–17 Seattle Arts and Lectures Season:

Sherman Alexie Loves
Conversations with influential Pacific Northwest novelist and poet about the things he, well, loves.

Oct 6 Bryan Cranston
Feb 17 Karen Russell, Jess Walter, Angel Gardner
May 11 Patricia Park, Ariel Schrag, Sunil Yapa

Women You Need to Know (WYNK)
A lecture series featuring women at the top of their game in diverse fields.

Nov 18 Marina Abramović, aritist, Walk Through Walls
Feb 22 Roxane Gay, author, Bad Feminist
May 4 Emily Nussbaum, Pulitzer Price–winning critic

SAL Presents
Authors and other creatives on their latest work.

Oct 28 Nick Offerman, actor, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodship
May 17 The Moth Mainstage, live storytelling
Nov 1, Jan 18, Apr 26 Local Voices, works-in-progress from resident writers

 Literary Arts
Discussions and readings from fiction and nonfiction writers.

Sep 19 Ann PatchettCommonwealth
Oct 26 Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time
Feb 1 Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk
Mar 1 Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Mar 28 Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
Apr 25 Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Poetry Series
Discussions and readings from established and emerging poets.

Oct 5 Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
Nov 14 Rachel Zucker, The Pedestrians 
Feb 7 Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Feb 18 Ellen Bass, Like a Beggar
Apr 5 Alice Notley, Certain Magical Arts
May 2 Carl Phillips, Reconnaissance

Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Work presented by students of 25 local schools as part of SAL's in-class workshop program.

Sep 11 WITS Anthology Book Launch
May 24–25 WITS Year-End Readings

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