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 2018 series has concluded but the 2019 series is just around the corner!

Tickets will go on sale exclusively to attendees at the Literary Lions Gala on March 16, 2019 before they are released to the public. Be sure to secure your Gala seat to be the first to know about the upcoming Author Salons and to buy Salon tickets.

Contact Cindy Sharek at 425-369-3225 or for more information or to suggest an author or venue for the 2019 series.


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. 


The 2018 series has concluded but the 2019 series is just around the corner!

Contact Cindy Sharek at 425-369-3225 or for more information and to suggest an author or venue for the 2019 series.