In recognition of our vibrant literary community, Seattle is preparing a bid to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Join novelist Ryan Boudinot, Mayor Ed Murray, and special guests from the community as they make the case for Seattle’s inclusion in this global network of creative cities. In January, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution, which Mayor Ed Murray signed, supporting Seattle’s bid. There are currently seven UNESCO Cities of Literature. Joining this growing network will provide writers with opportunities for cultural exchange and bring some of the world’s most exciting literary voices to Seattle. Over the course of the evening we’ll explore the ways in which this designation will enrich Seattle’s already robust literary culture with a wealth of opportunities for bookstores, publishers, libraries, and schools, and — most importantly — readers.
Guests include Chris Higashi, Washington Center for the Book; Elissa Washuta, University of Washington; Gary Luke, Sasquatch Books; Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company; Tree Swenson, Richard Hugo House; Nancy Pearl; and author Ryan Boudinot. The event will be emceed by Brian McGuigan, Richard Hugo House.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating.