Town Hall’s inaugural Writers Festival arrives

This is Seattle’s first literary festival in 18 years 📚

A view of the front of Town Hall in Seattle, WA

Town Hall will host 10 different authors during its inaugural festival.

Photo by Joe Mabel

Bust out those reading glassesTown Hall Seattle will host its inaugural Writers Festival this weekend (Fri., Sept. 16- Sat., Sept. 17).

The two-day eventthe city’s first lit fest in 18 years — showcases authors across a wide variety of genres — from spooky, dark tales to educational nonfiction. Here are some speaker highlights:

  • Keynote speaker: Siddhartha Mukherjee | Fri., Sept. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Siddhartha’s nonfiction piece “The Song of the Cell” looks at how our evolving understanding of life’s most basic building block has shaped medicine over centuries.
  • Joyce Carol Oates | Sat., Sept. 17 | 4:30 p.m. | The famous, award-winning author, playwright, and poet will discuss her suspenseful novel, “Babysitter.”
  • Leila Mottley | Sat., Sept. 17 | 3 p.m. | Leila’s novel “Nightcrawling” offers an alternative United States history through her witnessing to a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

Tickets — which range from $30-250 — can be purchased on Town Hall’s website and are good for both in-person and live-streamed versions of the events.