Seattle Public Library offering readings and community dialogues in April

The Seattle Public has a wide variety of online readings and discussions coming up in April.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome, from the history of the West Seattle food bank to superstar librarian Nancy Pearl to a panel discussion with Black authors and publishers of speculative fiction.

Registration is required for each event, visit the Library’s calendar,, to sign up.


11 a.m. to noon April 10 —Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains. The first in a five-part series of events, curated by local writer D.A. Navoti, which examine the highs and lows of growing up.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 — Virtual Writers Read featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 12 - Clarion West & Seattle Writes presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction. Join for a series of conversations featuring today’s Black publishers and editors of anthologies and magazines, aimed at expanding our understanding of the ways in which editorial roles impact the worlds of speculative fiction. The series will conclude with events on May 16 and 17.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 15 - Age Friendly Seattle Virtual Civic Coffee Hour. Join us for a live, online conversation with Emily Alvarado of the Seattle Office of Housing.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 - Rónán Hession and Nancy Pearl discuss “Leonard and Hungry Paul.” Join us for a special conversation between beloved superstar librarian Nancy Pearl and Rónán Hession, whose novel “Leonard and Hungry Paul” is the 2021 One Dublin One Book selection.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 - Nguyen Phan Que Mai with Karl Marlantes discuss “The Mountains Sing.” Celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s shares her first novel in English, an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Viet Nam War.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29 - Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains. Join for the second in a five-part series of events, curated by local writer D.A. Navoti.