Bedtime Stories Literary Gala To Spark Short Works on Theme of ‘Pillow Talk’

Join Humanities Washington for our 15th annual Bedtime Stories Seattle and second annual Bedtime Stories Spokane this fall.


Bedtime Stories literary gala will take place in Spokane Sept. 20 and Seattle Oct. 4.

For the 15th year in Seattle and second year in Spokane, Bedtime Stories literary gala will offer an illuminating evening of food, wine and words. Several of the Northwest’s most celebrated authors will unveil original short works inspired by the event theme, Pillow Talk.


• Bedtime Stories Spokane 2013
Where: Spokane Club, 1002 W Riverside Ave Spokane, 99201 [Directions]
When: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

• Bedtime Stories Seattle 2013
Where: The Spanish Ballroom at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle [Directions]
When: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Bedtime Stories Spokane will take place on Sept. 20, 2013 at the Spokane Club. This year’s writers are Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken (Plume), Sharma Shields (Favorite Monster), Shawn Vestal (Godforsaken Idaho) and Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins). The emcee is Gary Stokes, executive director of Friends of KSPS.

Bedtime Stories Seattle will take place on Oct. 4, 2013, in the Spanish Ballroom of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This year’s writers are Erica Bauermeister (The Lost Art of Mixing), Rebecca Brown (American Romances), Charles Johnson (Middle Passage) and Harold Taw (Adventures of the Karaoke King). The event emcees are Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes (Unshelved comic strip) and the honorary co-chairs are Garth (The Art of Racing in the Rain) and Drella Stein. This year’s event will also see Johnson honored with the Humanities Washington Award in recognition of his outstanding and exemplary achievement in the public humanities.

Bedtime Stories is a fundraiser supporting Humanities Washington’s efforts to spark critical thinking and conversation, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. Our programs — from Family Reading to Traveling Exhibits — bring high-quality cultural programs to the Spokane area and throughout the state.



Literary Legend:



Renowned Critics:
The Boeing Company
PEMCO Insurance
David and Catherine Skinner


Esteemed Professors:
Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities
The Spokesman-Review


2013 Bedtime Stories authors (left to right):
Kathleen Flenniken, Sharma Shields, Shawn Vestal and Jess Walter.



2013 Bedtime Stories authors (left to right):
Erica Bauermeister, Rebecca Brown, Charles Johnson and Harold Taw.

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