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Seattle Arts & Lectures announces 2014-15 lineup

Seattle Arts & Lectures has announced its 2014-15 season — speakers include authors James McBride, Colm Tóibín, Cheryl Strayed and poet Ted Kooser.


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Seattle Arts & Lectures has announced its 2014-15 season. It includes National Book Award winner James McBride, acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, memoirist Cheryl Strayed, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and others.

Here’s the lineup thus far for the Literary Arts series:

Oct. 15: Author, musician and screenwriter McBride, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction for his novel “The Good Lord Bird.”

Nov. 3: Novelist, short-story writer, essayist and journalist Tóibín, whose new novel, “Norah Webster,” will be published in October.

March 5: Memoirist, novelist and essayist Strayed, author of “Wild,” “Tiny Beautiful Things” and “Torch.”

Three additional events will be announced by late June. All events will be at Town Hall Seattle.

The Poetry Series, to be held at Chihuly Garden and Glass, includes these speakers:

Oct. 2: Ted Kooser, who served two terms as U.S. Poet Laureate and won 2005’s Pulitzer Prize for poetry. His newest collection is “Splitting an Order” (Copper Canyon Press).

Feb. 4: Sherman Alexie, the Seattle novelist, poet, filmmaker and performance artist whose most recent poetry collection is “What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned” (Hanging Loose Press).

March 19: Timothy Donnelly, the author of two books of poetry, winner of a Guggenheim fellowship and recipient of the Kingsley Tufts award. Copresented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.

May 5: Terrance Hayes, a poet and educator. He is author of “Lighthead,” which won the National Book Award for poetry in 2010.

Two additional events will be announced in late June.

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times books editor



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