What are the humanities? It is all of us, eating, drinking, working, living, dying to tell our stories to each other. At our best we are trying to get one another to laugh or cry over our place on the planet. We can learn by seeing each other and sharing that moment. Just like KUOW and NPR, the work of Humanities Washington ensures that people remain engaged in their communities.

Steve Scher
Senior Weekday Host, KUOW
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Bedtime Stories

An annual literary celebration featuring critically acclaimed Northwest writers debuting original short stories created specifically for the dinner gala.

Literary Gala Raises Funds for Humanities Washington’s Work

Since 1999, Humanities Washington has hosted Bedtime Stories, a literary celebration featuring critically acclaimed Northwest writers unveiling original short stories created specifically for a dinner gala. The annual event raises funds for Humanities Washington’s work of sparking conversation and critical thinking across the state.

National Book Award winner Charles Johnson has called Bedtime Stories “the region’s premier literary event.”

The list of authors who have participated in Bedtime Stories reads like a who’s who of the Northwest literary scene, ranging from novelists like Charles Johnson, Jess Walter, Tom Robbins, David Guterson and Garth Stein, to poet laureates Sam Green and Kathleen Flenniken. For a roundup of the last several years’ events, visit the Past Events page.


Save the Date! Bedtime Stories 2014

Dates have been set for our 2014 Bedtime Stories fundraisers! Bedtime Stories Seattle will be held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Oct. 3; Bedtime Stories Spokane will be at the Spokane Club Oct. 17. To stay up-to-date on Bedtime Stories, sign up for our monthly email-newsletter.


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