Author Salon Series

Author Salons are unique experiences for you to share food, wine, and conversation with a renowned Northwest author. Set in an intimate venue, you have an opportunity to meet the author, learn about his or her background and writing inspirations, and ask questions. Drinks and dinner, author presentation, and a personalized copy of the author’s latest title is included in the ticket price.

the 2019 series has concluded - stay tuned for more detail about the 2020 series in late 2019.

Contact Cindy Sharek at 425-369-3225 or for more information.

Recap of the 2019 Series

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Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee (Pachinko)
in conversation with Emily Calkins

May 4, 2019
10:00 am - 12 noon
Bis on Main, Bellevue
$200 per person

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Craig Romano

Explore Squak Mountain with author of Urban Trails: EastsideCraig Romano and
Lisa Rosenblum, KCLS Executive Director

May 5, 2019, 8:00 am
Featuring a gourmet picnic
lunch from Gourmondo
$150 per person

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Laurie Frankel

Laurie Frankel (This is How It Always Is)
in conversation with Garth Stein 
(The Art of Racing in the Rain)

May 7, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
Canlis Restaurant Penthouse
$250 per person

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Hsiao-Ching Chou

Join Hsiao-Ching Chou (Chinese Soul Food) for a hands-on cooking class at Tom Douglas’s Hot Stove Society.

May 18, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
Hot Stove Society, Seattle
$250 per person

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Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart (The Drunken Botanist)
in Conversation with Tan Vinh 
(Seattle Times Food Writer)

May 23, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
Copperworks Distilling
$200 per person

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Cara Black

Cara Black (Murder in Bel Air)
in Conversation with Kevin O'Brien 
(They Won't Be Hurt)

June 6, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
Bastille Cafe and Bar
$200 per person

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Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings (Planet Funny)
in Conversation with Paul Constant
(The Seattle Review of Books)

Catered by Restaurateur Renee Erickson's
Sea Creatures Catering

June 19, 2019
6:15-8:15 pm
The Seattle Spheres
$300 per person

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J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance (The A List)
in Conversation with Patti Payne 
(Puget Sound Business Journal Columnist)

June 23, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
J.A. Jance's Home, Bellevue
$200 per person


Review of the 2018 Series

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Jamie Ford at El Gaucho

In conversation with Nicole Brodeur of the Seattle Times, Jamie Ford discussed his recent work, upcoming movie adaptions of his novels, and how it feels to have Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet as required High School reading.


Rachel Yang, catered by Joule

The James Beard award-winning chef and owner of Relay Restaurant Group shared about her first book My Rice Bowl. Dinner was provided by one of Rachel's restaurants, Joule, and the event was graciously hosted at the Slivka home.

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Art Thiel at Safeco Field

It was all baseball and sunshine with Art Thiel! Guests enjoyed a suite at Safeco Field to watch the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels, and to talk with Art about anything and everything sports related. 

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Ijeoma Oluo at The Rainier Club

Ijeoma Oluo, author one of the most talked about books of 2018 So You Want to Talk About Race, was joined in conversation by Lindy West. These well-respected women discussed race, politics, gender, and their typical Thanksgiving dinner - the two are sisters in law!


Martha Brockenbrough at Bis on Main

In conversation with bestselling author Garth Stein, Martha discussed their shared love of coffee, her latest nonfiction work Hamiltion, her upcoming book on Trump, and how her daughter inspired her to pursue writing.

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Eli Sanders at Swiftwater Cellars

Along with dinner and wine generously provided by Swiftwater Cellars, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eli Sanders discussed his book While the City Slept, mental health, and the criminal justice systemEli is associate editor of The Stranger

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Timothy Egan at Kurt Dammeier's Home

Hosted at the beautiful Mercer Island home of Kurt Dammeier, author and owner of Beecher's Cheese, Timothy and Kurt wowed the crowd with delicious food and conversation. Topics included their Irish heritage, Timothy's latest book, and their mutual love of all things Seattle.

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JA Jance in her Bellevue Home

Hosted in her picture-perfect home in Bellevue and in conversation with Margaret Larson of New Day NW, JA Jance discussed her writing inspirations, her latest novel Duel to the Death, and how she became a writer. Judy also gave a tour of her beautiful gardens.

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Kate Lebo & Samuel Ligon at 10 Degrees

Fans of pie, whiskey, and great authors joined together for a festive evening in Capitol Hill with authors of Pie & Whiskey Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon, moderated by bestselling author Jonathan Evison. The evening also included a tour of nearby Oola Distillery, a lively reading from the collection of short stories, and everyone's favorite pie memories.