Village Books & Paper Dreams is now under new ownership! 


Please join us this weekend to bid a fond farewell to Chuck and Dee Robinson as owners of 36 years, and to congratulate and welcome our new owners: Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton! We'll raise a glass of cider and enjoy some cake in acknowledgment of all that these folks have done and continue to do for our community. Everyone is invited to the festivities on February 4th in Fairhaven at 4 PM and February 5th in Lynden at 1 PM!

The 2017 Jack Straw Writers Program Curator is Jourdan Keith!

We are delighted to announce that longtime friend of Jack Straw (and 2006 Jack Straw Writer) Jourdan Keith will curate the 2017 Jack Straw Writers Program. We very much look forward to working with Jourdan and the new crop of Jack Straw Writers she selects! 

Photo credit: KUOW/Amina Al-SadiJourdan Imani


Keith is a contributing writer for Orion Magazine. Her TEDx Talk "Your Body of Water" is the theme for King County's 2016-2017 Poetry on Buses program. Her essays, "Desegregating Wilderness" and "At Risk" appear in the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing Anthology (Houghton Mifflin). Her ekphrastic poems and stories were featured at the Northwest African American Museum in 2015 as part of the Glass Orchidarium exhibit and at the Seattle Art Museum's REMIX in November 2015.  A storyteller in the Griot tradition, she has been awarded fellowships from Wildbranch, Santa Fe Science Writing workshop, VONA, Hedgebrook, and Jack Straw. As Seattle Public Library's first naturalist-in-Residence she designed "Natural Literacy," linking environmental and early childhood literacy. She continues her service to community as a Seattle Poet Populist Emeritus and has received awards from University of Washington, Artist Trust, 4Culture and Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture. Keith's essay collection, Tugging at the Web, is forthcoming from University of Washington Press.

Seattle Arts and Lectures has moved!

New Home, Sweet Home. We're in our new offices and could not be happier! Stop by anytime and make sure to update our address in your records: 340 15th Ave. E. Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112.