New SAL Board Member: Welcome, Lauri Conner!

By Annie Gala, Marketing & Programs Intern

Alongside Candace Barron, Lauri Conner—who simply goes by “Conner”—is the latest member of SAL’s Board of Directors. A PhD candidate at the University of Washington in Education and a graduate of their M.F.A. program, she is a local writer and teacher. A Cave Canem fellow, you can find her poems in journals such as Calyx and the Seattle Review, and you might spot her teaching Literature and Creative Writing at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she is the Head of Upper School.

We sat down with Conner to ask about her involvement with SAL, her memories as a former WITS Writer, and the one book that began her passion for reading and writing…


Annie Gala: How were you inspired to get involved with SAL on a deeper level?

Lauri Conner: Inspired is a strange word. I kind of take the Lorca’s view that inspiration is thin: for Lorca, discovery and imagination were synonymous, so I discovered a deeper level of involvement because SAL discovered me (in so many ways). A friend gave Ruth my name and Ruth became a driving force in recruiting me to the board. After a lunch with Ruth, a lunch where I was running late, had to check my phone a million and two times because of my work as an educator, Ruth was this calm that I now understand in context beyond that moment. She opened the door to the possibility of my involvement on a different level, especially as a former WITS Writer, to have a different impact on the program I used to be a part of. After that discovery, how could I not be involved?

AG: What is one of your most memorable moments with SAL so far?   Read more…

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: SAL Season Poster Contest

Tired of catching Charizards and Bulbasaurs in Pokémon GO? Switch to hunting down SAL 2016/17 Season posters! 

Thanks to a class of amazing designers at the School of Visual Concepts, we have nine unique season posters plastering coffee shop walls and telephone polls near you. Catch a photo of three of the designs and your name will be placed in a drawing to win a SAL season poster of your choice and a pair of tickets to The Moth Mainstage on May 17th!

Read more…

New SAL Board Member: Welcome, Candace Barron!

By Annie Gala, Marketing & Programs Intern

Meet Candace Barron, SAL’s new board member—she specializes in PR strategy for Boeing in the areas of engineering, technology strategy, and intellectual property. You may also know her by her former byline, Candace Heckman, under which she wrote and edited for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper until it disbanded in 2009.

To welcome her to the board, we spoke to Candace about her favorite childhood book, what inspired her involvement with Seattle Arts & Lectures, and what reads are currently on her nightstand…

Annie Gala: How were you inspired to get involved with SAL on a deeper level?  Read more…

Book Bingo: Rachel Griffin’s Picks

Summer Book Bingo is a partnership with The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures to provide free summer reading fun for adults. Swing by your local Seattle library branch or any one of SAL’s partner bookstores to grab a Bingo Card, then spend your summer reading great books—you can win fabulous prizes!

This guest post from Rachel Griffin, SAL Board member and YA writer extraordinaire, reveals Rachel’s progress on her bingo board so far – including titles from thrilling debut novelists, YA fantasy authors, and best-selling historians – plus the beautiful quotes that have inspired her summer reading. 


21936986_zps38901bf5.jpg

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han:
“Sometimes questions can be more cruel than insults.”

2015-07-23-1437682916-2748337-justmercy.jpg

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson:
“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” Read more…

Friday Roundup

Twelve fun links from around the web.


An Icelandic writers retreat: fermented shark meat and writing under a midnight sun.

“I want to affirm the work of writers that have the burden of feeling like a publisher doesn’t know how to market them, how to talk about them, how to ‘find their audience.’” Kima Jones on the importance of diversity in publishing.

“This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but Nick Offerman isn’t the type to make a fuss over his birthday.”

Emily Nussbaum’s latest column: on the bleak, joyful Bojack Horseman. Read more…

Book Bingo: You’ve Been Meaning to Read

Summer Book Bingo is a partnership with The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures to provide free summer reading fun for adults. Swing by your local Seattle library branch or any one of SAL’s partner bookstores to grab a Bingo Card, then spend your summer reading great books—you can win fabulous prizes!


By Amelia Peacock, SAL’s Community Engagement Coordinator

My choice of Book Bingo square is surrounded by a deep moat of irony. I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time, and meaning to read these books for even longer. Instead, they teeter in forlorn towers, small secondary bedside tables at my pillow. It may be an unassailable feat to read them all, especially before Book Bingo ends on September 5th, but then, what are balmy August nights for?

Read more…

Book Bingo: Collection of Poetry

Summer Book Bingo is a partnership with The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures to provide free summer reading fun for adults. Swing by your local Seattle library branch or any one of SAL’s partner bookstores to grab a Bingo Card, then spend your summer reading great books—you can win fabulous prizes!

This post, written for the “Collection of Poetry” square, originally appeared on the Seattle Public Library’s blog, Shelf Talk

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL’s Associate Director

Poetry, I would argue, is the perfect summer reading. Even when the content or language is dense, it feels spacious surrounded by the bright white sunlight of the page. Poems offer breathing room. And books of poetry are even better: there is no need to read chronologically; you are free to meander, stop, start, get lost, pop into that little metaphor without a care for time. You don’t always know where you’re going to end up—in fact, the journey and the surprise of where you arrive are the pleasures. Reading a good poem is like having a glass of wine with lunch—an indulgence that encourages you to slow down and savor each word.

poetry-mosaic1.png

Read more…

Book Bingo: Read Out Loud

How to Brainwash Your Boyfriend: Read Out Loud Square

By Julia Cook

With just five weeks left of summer, the “Read Out Loud” square can seem like a huge commitment. Who has time to wrangle readers when the mountains are calling? But before you resign yourself to the white lie of audiobooks, try raising the stakes. Grab a friend, a relative, a significant other—maybe even a hammock—and flex your rhetorical muscles.

Laced with compelling characters and pulsing with conflict, these five novels set the stage for discussion, even if the topic’s unfamiliar at first. Whether it’s the semantics of anti-federalism or the relative merits of eighties comic book heroes, reading’s much more fun with some friendly sparring. You’ll nab a bingo in no time—and you might just learn something along the way.

sal_comic.png Read more…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 77 other followers