Looking Forward to an Autumn Full of Friends, Celebrations and Anniversaries

Executive Director Julie Ziegler previews this fall’s activities: the 15th anniversary of the Bedtime Stories literary gala, the 40th anniversary of Humanities Washington and a special honor for a dear friend.

Julie Ziegler

Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington executive director

While there’s rarely a dull moment at Humanities Washington, this summer is proving especially busy as we prepare for a historic autumn on two fronts. This fall, we will kick off activities to mark Humanities Washington’s 40 years of service to the state and we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of our literary gala fundraiser, Bedtime Stories!

Our 2013 Bedtime Stores events will be held in Spokane on Sept. 20 and in Seattle on Oct. 4 with a terrific group of authors including the state’s Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and novelist Jess Walter. The event was the brainchild of Dr. Charles Johnson, longtime professor of English (now emeritus) at the University of Washington and former Humanities Washington trustee. Thanks to Dr. Johnson’s vision and creativity, audiences have heard exclusive previews of works-in-progress (Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets) and the sprouting seeds of full-length novels (Jamie Ford’s upcoming Songs of Willow Frost). Since its inception, more than 50 Northwest authors have contributed new written work in support of the humanities.
Not only has Dr. Johnson contributed to the intellectual and cultural fabric of Washington with the creation of these stories, he has strengthened the humanities in the state and enabled the delivery of countless other programs; since its inception in 1999, Bedtime Stories has raised almost $1 million for Humanities Washington programs.


Dr. Charles Johnson, the recipient of the 2013 Humanities Washington Award and founder of Humanities Washington’s Bedtime Stories literary gala.

For these reasons and many more, we are pleased to present Dr. Charles Johnson with the 2013 Humanities Washington Award on Oct. 4 at the 15th annual Bedtime Stories Seattle. Look for more information about the award – and an exclusive 5 Questions interview with Johnson – in an upcoming edition of Spark 5.

Please join us for one (or both!) of our Bedtime Stories galas. More information, including a list of participating authors, is available on the Bedtime Stories section of our website. Information on event sponsorship and purchasing a table for either event is available from Wendy Stauff at (206) 915-9301 or wendy.stauff@capricornpm.com. A limited number of individual tickets will go on sale later this summer.

If we don’t see you at a Bedtime Stories event, please join us online and around the state to celebrate 40 years of sparking conversation in Washington. Look for details about our 40th-anniversary plans and initiatives in Spark 5 this fall.

With warmest regards,

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Julie Ziegler
Executive Director

2 thoughts on “Looking Forward to an Autumn Full of Friends, Celebrations and Anniversaries”

  1. And, if my old calendar is correct–the 30th anniversary of Dress Rehearsal for the very first Inquiring Minds (now known as the Speaker’s Bureau). It was a novel concept–have all the speakers at one conference to give their talks. That way, attendees from service organizations, women’s groups, libraries and historical societies could know– before they booked–what kind of talks they’d like to share with their communities. It gave local presenters and curators confidence to try out a new program of the Washington Commission for the Humanities. Good times.

  2. Andrew Wahl says:


    Thanks for sharing! We’ll confirm that date and add it to our celebratory plans.

    Spark editor

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