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The humanities are a window into the deepest aspects of the human condition, those things that persist across time and cultures. They familiarize us with the language of emotion and motivation, and the areas of human life that defy quantification. And, despite the claim that studying the humanities is impractical, they develop habits of shrewd observation, thoughtful understanding, and clear expression that are invaluable in every walk of personal and professional life. 

In this age of reality TV, inch-deep internet analysis, and glib sound bites, we applaud Humanities Washington for supporting these timeless lessons.

Bruce Shepard
President, Western Washington University
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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 Washington Poets Laureate Sam Green, Kathleen Flenniken, and Elizabeth Austen. In 2016, Bedtime Stories will take place in Seattle on October 7 and Spokane on October 28.

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