David Lee

It gives us great pleasure to welcome back David Lee to Open Books. His readings are always a delight, as many of you well know. He'll be with us in celebration of his new collection, Last Call ($16 Wings Press), a book jam-packed with tales,… Read More

Zachary Schomburg & Friends

We're delighted to join with the Seattle literary organization APRIL in welcoming Zachary Schomburg for a reading at The Pine Box in celebration of his fourth poetry collection, The Book of Joshua, which will be sizzling hot off the press from Black Ocean. Schomburg's work… Read More

Poetry in Conversation: Tender Buttons

[caption id="attachment_543" align="alignright" width="300"] Getrude Stein, 1920, perhaps by Man Ray[/caption] One hundred years old and Gertrude Stein's signature work is as effervescent and mind-twirling as the day it arrived. To mark the anniversary, we want to dive into Tender Buttons with you and splash… Read More

SAL Presents Juan Felipe Herrera at ACT

The 2013 / 2014 Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series concludes with a reading by Juan Felipe Herrera at ACT's Falls Theatre. The California Poet Laureate is the author of 29 books, including Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, which received… Read More

Bagley Wright Lecture Series:
Joshua Beckman at ACT

The Bagley Wright Lecture Series continues with poet, editor, and translator Joshua Beckman, who will discuss "The Friend, the Stranger, and the Anonymous Spirit in Poetry." This free event, presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, will be held in ACT's intimate Bullitt Cabaret,… Read More

Ellen Bryant Voigt at UW / 130 Kane Hall

The 2014 Roethke Reading at the University of Washington will feature the much lauded Ellen Bryant Voigt. This annual free event offers not only a welcome opportunity to hear a reading by a distinguished poet but a tasty reception after as well. A fine Seattle… Read More

Linda Bierds

It's our pleasure to welcome Linda Bierds back to Open Books, this evening for a reading from her ninth collection, Roget's Illusion ($27.95 Putnam). Ms. Bierds, a professor at the University of Washington, is the recipient of many honors, including fellowships from the MacArthur, John… Read More

Mark Wunderlich & Friends at Hugo House

Tonight visiting poet Mark Wunderlich is joined by Washington State poets and friends Andrew Feld, Pimone Triplett, and Katharine Whitcomb as they read from recent work at Hugo House, where we'll be setting up our booktable. You can learn more about this evening's event here. Read More

Sam & Sally Green at SPL / Central

Here's a special chance to hear not only our state's first Poet Laureate, Sam Green, but his fellow printer-poet—and wife—Sally Green. Each of them will be reading from a recent collection, Sam from All That Might Be Done and Sally from Full Immersion, both of… Read More

Richard Blanco at SPL / Central Library

It's our honor to provide the booktable as Richard Blanco, author of the poem "One Today," written for President Obama's second inaugural, reads from his several collections of poetry at Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library. Here's what SPL has to say about the event:… Read More