It's a new year for Hugo House, which bills itself as a "place for writers" because saying "we are an invaluable community hub with tons of workshops, readings and events for the lit curious of all ages and skill levels" is the sort of expository language that Hugo House's teachers might suggest cutting and condensing.
The 2016–2017 season will be a bittersweet one, as the original Cal Anderson–adjacent (and probably haunted) Hugo House was torn down earlier in the year. But the new space on First Hill is by no means a downgrade, and this goes for the season lineup as well.
Following up last year's slate of readings and discussions—a calendar perhaps headlined by the majestic and ever-challenging essayist Maggie Nelson—the new season again brings in local talent, including poets Rebecca Brown, Quenton Baker and novelist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, along with big visiting names like novelists Angela Flournoy (The Turner House) and—personal favorite—Mary Gaitskill (Bad Behavior, Veronica).
2016–17 Hugo House Season:
Word Works: Writers on Writing
Behind-the-scenes discussions on process, each focused on a different element in writing.
Sep 18 E. Lockhart: In Praise of Style
Oct 6 Lidia Yuknavitch: The Urgency of Innovation: Corporeal Writing Now
Nov 19 Patricia Smith: The Anatomy of a New Book
Mar 16 Mary Gaitskill: The Inner Weave: Mystery and Imagery in Fiction
Apr 18 Terrance Hayes: The Craft of Obsession
May 5 Karen Russell: Engineering Impossible Architectures
Hugo Literary Series
New, prompt-driven work presented for the first time.
Oct 14 Theft: Téa Obreht, Eduardo C. Corral, Quenton Baker
Nov 4 Animals: Alexander Chee, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Feb 12 Exile: Angela Flournoy, Megan Kruse, Phillip B. Williams
Apr 7 Betrayal: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Rick Barot