Photo Gallery: Words Matter 2017

On March 23, 2017 SAL held its annual benefit gala and literary auction, Words Matter, at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. The glow from the candles on the table matched the warmth of so many friends – both old and new – gathering to share a belief that words matter, and in these times more than ever.

The evening’s program celebrated Karen Maeda Allman of Elliott Bay Book Company, and Christine Deaval, John Marshall and Billie Swift of Open Books: A Poem Emporium for their outstanding work supporting readers and writers as the winners of SAL’s 2017 Prowda Literary Champion Award. The whole room was moved by WITS student Ashutosh Thapa and his lovely poem, “My Music Brings Joy to the World.”

And together, over $281,000 was raised to inspire and engage readers and writers of all ages!

To view more photos from this event, head over to our Facebook page.

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