I believe so strongly in Humanities Washington because of the work they do to strengthen us as individuals and as a community of creative, critical thinkers. Through the humanities, we honor that which is most human and profound. It's never been more important than now, when our society seems to be losing its cohesive grip on what makes us a good, rational, and tolerant people.

Jennie Shortridge
Best-selling author of When She Flew
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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. Registration for Seattle is now closed, and registration for Spokane is open.

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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