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Few states in the nation are as culturally, economically, politically, and geographically diverse as Washington. Those differences often generate what appears to be an insurmountable divide. Yet, since 1973, Humanities Washington has shown in profound and poignant ways our commonality as a people. Regardless of where we live, Asotin or Neah Bay, Ilwaco or Metaline Falls, we share the same dreams for a better world for ourselves and our descendants. The programs of Humanities Washington remind us of those common dreams.

Quintard Taylor
Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History University of Washington
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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 theme for the 2015 Bedtime Stories is "A Hard Day's Night," which writers will use as a prompt for their stories. The events will take place October 2 in Seattle and October 23 in Spokane, with registration for Seattle beginning August 21 and for Spokane beginning September 4.

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 Washington Poets Laureate Sam Green, Kathleen Flenniken, and Elizabeth Austen. For a roundup of the last several years’ events, visit the Past Events page.

 

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