Bedtime Stories Seattle: 20th Anniversary Celebration
Bedtime Stories Seattle is our annual fundraiser in support of Humanities Washington’s work. The event raises critical funds to create “public squares” across the state—places where communities come together to explore ideas and new perspectives.
At Bedtime Stories, Northwest writers unveil original short stories created just for the event. And this year is special: our evening of food, wine, and words is turning 20, and we’re celebrating with a wonderful group of authors and some extra surprises.
Join us for readings by Northwest authors Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winner; Donna Miscolta, Doris Bakwin Award-winner; and Jess Walter, New York Times bestseller. The evening will be emceed by “Book Lust” author Nancy Pearl, and also feature the presentation of the Humanities Washington Award to Seattle7Writers for their significant contributions to the Seattle community.
Registration is now closed.
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Details for the Event
Time: Friday, October 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street, Seattle WA
Suggested Attire: Cocktail
Parking: Valet parking rates at the hotel are $33 for up to 4 hours and $37 for 4+ hours. Another option is The Olympic Parking Garage (415 Seneca Street) to the south of the hotel that offers a flat evening rate of $10.
Chance to Win!
Enter a chance to win a vacation:
Weekend in NYC
- Round trip airfare for two to New York City
- Luxury hotel stay for two
- Two tickets to a Broadway show
Week Stay in Guerrero-Mexico
- One week stay at Hotel Mi Casa Su Casa in Playa Troncones, Guerrero-Mexico
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:45 p.m. Seat for Dinner
7:00 p.m. Opening Program
Emcee: Nancy Pearl is the author of “Book Lust,” a popular series where she offers advice on good books to read. She appears frequently on several public radio stations and recently released her first novel, George & Lizzie.
First Author: Charles Johnson is the author of numerous books including Middle Passage (winner of the National Book Award in 1990), and is a professor at the University of Washington. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant, NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, two Washington State Governor’s Awards for literature, and numerous other accolades. He lives in Seattle. Read about Charles Johnson’s writing process on our blog.
8:20 p.m. Intermission
Second Author: Donna Miscolta is the author of the story collection Hola and Goodbye, winner of the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. She’s also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced. Her work has been supported by grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jack Straw, and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture as well as residencies at Artsmith, Anderson Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Mineral School, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has reviewed books for Seattle Review of Books and writes a monthly blog at donnamiscolta.com. Read about Dona Miscolta’s writing on our blog.
Third Author: Jess Walter is the author of six novels, most recently Beautiful Ruins. A finalist for the National Book Award in 2006 for The Zero, Walter won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Citizen Vince in 2005 and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award in 2007, and has been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Award in both fiction and nonfiction. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. His books have been published in 22 countries and he recently adapted his novel The Financial Lives of the Poets for film. He lives in Spokane.
9:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
9:15 p.m. Program End – Author Book Signing in Foyer
We excited to have you join us for this delightful evening where Northwest writers will unveil original short stories created just for this event. This special celebration of 20 years will surely surpass the rest with these outstanding authors and a few extra surprises!
See you there!