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Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may listen to many of these programs by subscribing to the Library's authors & events podcast or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below.

 

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'Technology and Tweens: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'

Margit Crane, Teen and Family Coach, highlights the ways that social media sites and technology are misdirecting tween girls -- and what families can do about it. This program recorded on Oct. 28, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library is for tween girls, their parents and anyone who works with them.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 27 MB]


 

McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series: Clay Jenkinson portrays J. Robert Oppenheimer

Clay Jenkinson presented his portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and father of the atomic bomb, on Dec. 3, 2010 at Town Hall as part of the McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 51 minutes /file size: 51 MB]


 

Aífe Murray: 'Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson's Life and Language'

Dickinson scholar Aífe Murray read from "Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson's Life and Language" on Dec. 9, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 55 minutes /file size: 25 MB]


 

'Open Secrets: An Open Conversation about Wikileaks and Information Transparency in America'

The UW's Master of Communication of Digital Media (MCDM), in collaboration with The Seattle Public Library and City Club, presented "Open Secrets: An Open Conversation about Wikileaks and Information Transparency in America" on Dec. 10, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 44 minutes /file size: 48 MB]


 

2010 Jack Straw Writers Program

Join the Washington Center for the Book and Jack Straw Productions for readings by literary artists who were selected for the program by curator Jared Leising.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 35 minutes /file size: 43 MB]


 

Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 5

Listen in while librarians talk about books on a coffee break. A quick and easy way to hear about some good books to read.


Medical Lecture Series V: 'Baby Boomers Need to Get Smart When it Comes to the Heart'

Larry Dean, M.D., director of the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center, talked about new cardiology interventions, including aortic valve replacement, on Dec. 1, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 17 minutes /file size: 35 MB]


 

'The Lakewood Slayings: A criminal odyssey through race, politics, madness and murder'

Authors Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin discussed "The Other Side of Mercy: A Killer's Journey Across the American Divide" on Nov. 19, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 5 minutes /file size: 30 MB]


 

Margaret Willson: 'Dance Lest We All Fall Down'

Local author and anthropologist Margaret Willson shared stories from her book, "Dance Lest We All Fall Down", about the creation of the Bahia Street School in Brazil on Nov. 6, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 40 minutes /file size: 18 MB]


 

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow sang classic folk songs for children and families, Peter, Paul & Mary favorites, and songs from his latest books on Nov. 16, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 23 minutes /file size: 38 MB]


 

Randall C. Jimerson: 'Collective Memory and Archives'

Randall C. Jimerson talked about "Collective Memory and Archives" as part of The Seattle Public Library's celebration of American Archives Month on Oct. 28, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

Andrew Lam: 'East Eats West'

Andrew Lam read from his newest book, "East Eats West," on Nov. 8, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 29 MB]


 

Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 4

We've just read Jonathan Franzen's new novel "Freedom," and can't wait to discuss it over coffee. Is it the Great American novel? Tune in and see what we think.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 23 minutes /file size: 10 MB]


 

A Conversation with Police Chief John Diaz

John Diaz, Seattle's newest police chief, talked to C.R. Douglas, host and producer of the Seattle Channel, about the Seattle Police Department's goals, challenges and vision on Oct. 28, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 22 minutes /file size: 38 MB]


 

Medical Lecture Series V: 'The Gift of Giving: How One Living Donor Can Start a Chain of Transplants'

Connie Davis, M.D., professor of UW Medicine and director of Kidney Care and Transplantation Services at UW Medical Center, explained how organ transplantation works and how just one living donor can start a chain of transplants on Nov. 3, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour /file size: 28 MB]


 

Ian Frazier: 'Travels in Siberia'

Ian Frazier discussed "Travels in Siberia," a historical travelogue, on Oct. 31, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 12 minutes /file size: 33 MB]


 

'Design in Depth: You+the Built Environment+Design'

Barbara Swift presented "You+the Built Environment+Design," the second program in the six-part "Design in Depth: Solving Problems with Design" series, on Oct. 26, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 54 minutes /file size: 25 MB]


 

David Wright: 'Thrilling Tales'

Listen to "Thrilling Tales," a story time for grown-ups, recorded on Oct. 25, 2010 at the Central Library. David Wright reads two classic ghost stories from 1906: "The Ghost Child," by Bernard Capes, and "The Furnished Room," by O Henry.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 40 minutes /file size: 19 MB]


 

'Hiking Washington's History'

Judy Bentley read from her new book "Hiking Washington's History," published by the University of Washington Press, on Oct. 21, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. "Hiking Washington's History" narrates forty historic trails, ranging from short day hikes to three- or four-day backpacking trips over mountain passes.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 44 minutes /file size: 20 MB]


 

Paul Harding: 'Tinkers'

Paul Harding read from "Tinkers," winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, on Oct. 20, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, "Tinkers" is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

Leslie Marmon Silko: 'The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir'

Leslie Marmon Silko discussed "The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir" on Oct. 19, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. Her first new book in ten years combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and beings that command her attention and inform her vision of the world, taking readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran desert in Arizona.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 28 minutes /file size: 41 MB]


 

Dinaw Mengestu: 'How to Read the Air'

Dinaw Mengestu read from "How to Read the Air" on Oct. 18, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. "How to Read the Air" tells a powerful, unsettling story of family and identity in two generations of an Ethiopian American family.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 45 minutes /file size: 21 MB]


 

Ron Chernow: 'Washington: A Life'

Ron Chernow discussed his new biography "Washington: A Life" on Oct. 13, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of George Washington in this first large-scale, single volume, cradle-to-grave narrative of the father of our nation. Ron Chernow is the prize-winning author of five previous books.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 6 minutes /file size: 30 MB]


 

Biblio Loco! Celebrate the Washington State Book Awards

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library presented the 44th annual Washington State Book Awards ceremony on Oct. 8, 2010, recognizing six outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2009.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 17 minutes /file size: 35 MB]


 

Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 3

Listen in while librarians talk about books on a coffee break. A quick and easy way to hear about some good books to read.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 16 minutes /file size: 7 MB]


 

Medical Lecture Series V: 'Lessons in Lessening your Migraine Pain'

Sylvia Lucas, M.D., Ph.D., founder and director of the Neurology Headache and Multiple Sclerosis Center at UW Medical Center, spoke about what triggers migraines, how to control them and the medications available for treatment on Oct. 6, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 20 minutes /file size: 37 MB]


 

Sara Gruen: 'Ape House'

Sara Gruen, author of the international bestseller "Water for Elephants," read from "Ape House" on Sept. 27, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 51 minutes /file size: 23 MB]


 

Science Friction: 'Sparring scientists: Is Pluto a planet?'

Alan Boyle, nationally known science blogger at MSNBC and author of "The Case for Pluto," unwraps the recent fights between planetary scientists over how to define a planet on Aug. 29, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 2

Listen in while librarians talk about books on a coffee break. A quick and easy way to hear about some good books to read.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 15 minutes /file size: 7 MB]


 

The World of Jewish Music

Enjoy this beautiful blend of songs performed on Aug. 7, 2010 at the Seattle Public Library in Yiddish, Ladino, Russian, English and Hebrew. Commentary is in English and Russian.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 9 minutes /file size: 32 MB]


 

Seattle Biblio Café | Episode 1

Listen in while librarians talk about books on a coffee break. A quick and easy way to hear about some good books to read.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 17 minutes /file size: 8 MB]


 

Heart and Soul of Mexico

The musicians of La Mariachi Mexico performed familiar songs on a variety of authentic instruments on Aug. 1, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour /file size: 28 MB]


 

Rafe Esquith: 'Lighting Their Fires'

Award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith discusses his latest book, "Lighting Their Fires," on August 5, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 27 MB]


 

David Herlihy: 'The Lost Cyclist'

David Herlihy read from his new book, "The Lost Cyclist," on July 20, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 29 MB]


 

Science Friction: The Science of 'Avatar'

Listen to scientists discuss real research frontiers touched by the hit movie 'Avatar' at this interactive event held at The Seattle Public Library on July 18, 2010.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 7 minutes /file size: 30.5 MB]


 

Brian Waite Band: '20,000 Volts Under the Sea'

Sing, dance and laugh with the Brian Waite Band. This deep-sea, rock musical recorded on July 8, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library is fun for the whole family and filled with interactive games, zany characters and great live music.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 43 minutes /file size: 20 MB]


 

David Wright: 'Thrilling Tales'

Listen to "Thrilling Tales," a story time for grown-ups, recorded on June 21, 2010 at the Central Library. A "Festival of Classic Short Short Stories" was presented by The Seattle Public Library Fiction Department: "The Open Window," by Saki; "The Romance of a Busy Broker," by O Henry; "John Mortonson's Funeral," by Ambrose Bierce; "The Story Teller," by Saki; and "Revolt of the Gods," by Ambrose Bierce.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 41 minutes /file size: 19 MB]


 

Bob Rosner: 'Boss Better'

For many, "boss" has become a four letter word. Facilitated by Bob Rosner on June 16, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library, this interactive session outlines the key strategies to becoming the kind of boss that people actually want to work for.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 24 MB]


 

'The User Experience in the 21st Century Library'

Listen to a panel discussion that focused on the user experience in the 21st century library recorded on June 12, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 47 minutes /file size: 49 MB]


 

Jonathan Alter: 'The Promise: President Obama, Year One'

Award-winning columnist, television analyst, and author Jonathan Alter read from his latest book, "The Promise," the first book written about President Obama since he took the oath of office on June 10, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 23 minutes /file size: 38 MB]


 

Bob Rosner: 'Work Smarter'

People are scared about being laid off. Work is tougher than it's ever been. Facilitated by Bob Rosner on June 9, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library, this interactive session covers the keys to being successful in today's turbulent workplace.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

Bob Rosner: 'Create A Career'

Many people who are unemployed have lost hope trying to find a job. This interactive session, facilitated by Bob Rosner on June 2, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library, outlines the key strategies required to be successful in finding employment today.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 29 MB]


 

Jack and Suzy Welch: '10-10-10'

Jack and Suzy Welch discussed Suzy's new book, "10-10-10: A Fast and Powerful Way to Get Unstuck in Love, at Work, and at Home" on May 19, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 7 minutes /file size: 31 MB]


 

David Wright: 'Thrilling Tales'

Listen to "Thrilling Tales," a story time for grown-ups, recorded on May 17, 2010 at the Central Library. Presented by The Seattle Public Library Fiction Department: "Man Overboard!" by Winston S. Churchill. In just one instant, a daydreaming sailor becomes a bit of terrified flotsam in the wide Red Sea. "The Magic Shop" by H.G. Wells. One might have expected to find it there amidst the tricks and trinkets: after all, it was advertised on the sign.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 38 minutes /file size: 18 MB]


 

'A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era'

Andrew Schorr, host and founder of Patient Power LLC, moderated a conversation with Dr. Robert Martensen, emergency physician, historian, medical ethicist, author, professor and lecturer, on May 5, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 7 minutes /file size: 31 MB]


 

Seattle Reads 'Secret Son': Facets of Islam

Seattle University professor Olúfémi Táíwò moderated a discussion of the Muslim faith, culture and politics with panelists Turki Sami Basfar, Rajaa A. Gharbi and Amine Tais.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 31 minutes /file size: 42 MB]


 

Seattle Reads 'Secret Son': Main Event with Author Laila Lalami

Author Laila Lalami read from and discussed "Secret Son" for the main event of Seattle Reads on May 7, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 26 minutes /file size: 39 MB]


 

'Technology and Its Impact on the Future of Libraries'

Library Board trustee Eric Liu moderated a discussion on the future of libraries featuring panelists Mike Crandall, Debbie Cook, Vanessa Fox, and Monica Guzman on May 8, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 41 minutes /file size: 46 MB]


 

History of Seattle Architecture, Part 2: 1945 to present

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner presented an overview of 125 years of Seattle's architectural history, beginning about 1880 (when the city's population was only 3500) and extending to the present day, on April 17, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 49 minutes /file size: 50 MB]


 

Ben Huh: 'Lessons Learned from the World of LOLCats, FAILS and Other Blunders'

Ben Huh spoke about lessons he has learned from the world of LOLCats, FAILS and other blunders on April 23, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 39 minutes /file size: 18 MB]


 

Yann Martel: 'Beatrice and Virgil'

Yann Martel read from his new novel "Beatrice and Virgil" on April 19, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 59 minutes /file size: 18 MB]


 

Craig Welch: 'Shell Games'

Veteran environmental journalist Craig Welch read from his book "Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature's Bounty" on April 12, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 48 minutes /file size: 22 MB]


 

The Price Of A Life Part III: 'Stopping the Traffic'

KUOW reporter Sara Lerner moderated a discussion with Harvey Sloan, Ye-ting Woo and Kathleen Morris on how local organizations are addressing the illegal trade in human beings on March 28, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 18 minutes /file size: 36 MB]


 

The Price Of A Life Part II: 'The Cost of Capture'

Photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Tim Matsui discussed how he works directly with victims and spreads awareness about human trafficking on March 14, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library. KUOW reporter Sara Lerner moderated the event.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 40 minutes /file size: 46 MB]


 

David Laskin: 'The Long Way Home'

David Laskin read from "The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War" on April 5, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

History of Seattle Architecture, Part I: 1880-1941

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner presented an overview of 125 years of Seattle's architectural history, beginning about 1880 (when the city's population was only 3500) and extending to the present day, on April 10, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 35 minutes /file size: 44 MB]


 

Walter Mosley: 'Known to Evil'

Bestselling author Walter Mosley read from "Known to Evil" on April 2, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

Frances McCue and Mary Randlett: 'The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs'

Writer/poet Frances McCue and photographer Mary Randlett presented an illustrated talk on "The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs: Revisiting the Northwest Towns of Richard Hugo" on April 4, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 6 minutes /file size: 30 MB]


 

Seattle Reads 'Secret Son': 'Unrolling the Grape Leaves'

Local Arab American writers presented "Unrolling the Grape Leaves" on March 31, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 55 minutes /file size: 25 MB]


 

Jodi Picoult: 'House Rules'

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult read from her seventeenth novel, "House Rules," on March 20, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 24 MB]


 

Chang-rae Lee: 'The Surrendered'

Novelist Chang-rae Lee read from his fourth novel, "The Surrendered," on March 15, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 50 minutes /file size: 22.9 MB]


 

Reporting from Afghanistan: A Conversation with Steve Scher and Hal Bernton

KUOW Weekday Senior Host Steve Scher interviewed Seattle Times journalist Hal Bernton about his experiences and perspective on America's role in Afghanistan on March 11, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 15 minutes /file size: 34.3 MB]


 

The Price Of A Life Part I: 'Legislating to Liberate'

KUOW reporter Sara Lerner moderated a discussion with Velma Veloria and Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles on how and why Washington State is in the forefront of national legislation regulating against human trafficking and slavery on Feb. 28, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 14 minutes /file size: 33.7 MB]


 

Medical Lecture Series IV: 'Oh My Aching Back!'

Sports physician and UW Spine Care director Stanley A. Herring spoke on back pain care on March 3, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 11 minutes /file size: 32.3 MB]


 

Russian Wedding and Folk Songs

Juliana & PAVA performed ancient Russian polyphonic folk songs on Feb. 20, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 24 MB]


 

George Clayton Johnson

Legendary Twilight Zone writer George Clayton Johnson discussed his career as an award-winning science fiction author, screenplay writer and director on Feb. 6, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 57 minutes /file size: 26 MB]


 

Josh Sundquist: 'Just Don't Fall'

Josh Sundquist discussed "Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain" on Feb. 1, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour /file size: 28 MB]


 

Lorraine McConaghy presents "Warship Under Sail"

Lorraine McConaghy, author and historian for the Museum of History and Industry, gave an illustrated presentation on her new book, "Warship Under Sail: the USS Decatur in the Pacific West" on January 31, 2010 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 11 minutes /file size: 65 MB]


 

Comixtravaganza 3: Meet Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge, legend of underground comics whose works include "Apocalypse Nerd," "Everybody is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations," and "Hate" talked about his work at the Central Library on Jan.30, 2010. Hailed as a fascinating and accurate chronicle of 1990's grunge culture, "Hate" follows the semi-autobiographical adventures of Buddy Bradley, a semi-slacker finding his way in Seattle and suburban New Jersey.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 10 minutes /file size: 64 MB]


 

Allen Say: An illustrated talk about his work

Award-winning children's author Allen Say presented an illustrated talk about his work on Jan. 17, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 37 minutes /file size: 17 MB]


 

Poet David Huerta: 'Before Saying Any of the Great Words'

Poet David Huerta and translator Mark Schafer read from 'Before Saying Any of the Great Words' on Jan. 13, 2010 at The Seattle Public Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 11 minutes /file size: 33 MB]


 



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