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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2017

Posted Thu, 12/07/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category: ,

Plan your 2018 reading with these picks from the writers and readers of Hugo House. These books are what kept them up late, turning pages, all year long. Which will you start with? Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay…

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Your Neighborhood’s Feminist Witchcraft: An Exclusive Q&A With Rachel Kessler and Jericho Brown

Posted Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Jericho Brown

All eyes will be on authors Rachel Kessler, Jericho Brown, and Porochista Khakpour on Friday, Nov. 10. They’ll be taking the stage for the latest installment in our Hugo Literary Series. As a nod to our new and permanent home, this…

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Second Chances: An Exclusive Q&A With Sonora Jha, Meghan Daum, and Solmaz Sharif

Posted Wed, 9/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Real estate: It’s on our minds here at Hugo House as we prepare for the grand opening of our new and permanent home, tentatively scheduled for spring of 2018. That’s why this year’s Lit Series is all about place. To…

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Pretending With Karen Russell: The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Previews Her May 5 Lecture and Upcoming Master Class

Posted Mon, 4/24/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Gracious — that’s the word that comes to mind when I think of Karen Russell. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius, Russell need not respond to my email asking for the below answers. But not only did she respond…

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Betrayed: An Exclusive Q&A With Rick Barot and Kaitlyn Greenidge

Posted Tue, 3/28/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Hugo House Literary Series (Greenidge and Barot)

Authors Rick Barot, Kaitlyn Greenidge and Anis Mojgani visit Hugo House on Friday, April 7, for the final installment in our 2016-2017 Literary Series. After a year of themes including exile, animals and theft, we turn to betrayal — an…

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Let’s Get to Work With Author Mary Gaitskill

Posted Fri, 3/10/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Mary Gaitskill

Talking about writing is fine but isn’t it time we actually started writing? That’s the vibe we got from author Mary Gaitskill in our recent interview and we couldn’t agree more. Gaitskill comes to Hugo House on March 16 to…

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Finding Safe Harbor: An Exclusive Q&A With Angela Flournoy, Megan Kruse, and Phillip B. Williams

Posted Mon, 2/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

On Friday, Feb. 17, authors Megan Kruse, Phillip B. Williams, and Angela Flournoy head to Hugo House for the next installment in the year’s Literary Series. The night’s theme is exile — a topic Hugo House picked months ago with…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2016

Posted Wed, 12/07/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

The concept of a “best books” list isn’t, well, novel but we’d be remiss if we didn’t ask the writers and readers of Hugo House what kept them turning pages this year. What couldn’t they put down? What gripped them…

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Wild Sides: An Exclusive Q&A With Alexander Chee, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Posted Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

On Friday, Nov. 4, Alexander Chee, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will unleash their wild sides during this year’s second Literary Series. In a recent email exchange, each offered up a hint of what they’re writing for Lit…

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Stolen Words: An Exclusive Q&A With Téa Obreht, Eduardo C. Corral, and Quenton Baker

Posted Tue, 10/04/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

On Friday, Oct. 14, catch Quenton Baker, Eduardo C. Corral, and Téa Obreht redhanded as they explore the first Literary Series theme of the season: theft. What do they plan to steal? Baker, a 2015—16 Made at Hugo House fellow,…

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Shuck Off Tradition With Author Lidia Yuknavitch

Posted Tue, 9/20/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

“It will be different from all the traditions we’ve inherited.” That’s all author Lidia Yuknavitch would tell us about the topic of her upcoming Word Works but honestly, it’s enough. If you’ve read any of Yuknavitch’s work (novel The Small…

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A Chip Off the Old Block: E. Lockhart Talks Seattle, Young Adult Fiction, and Expressing the Inside of Her Own Head

Posted Mon, 8/29/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

It’s easy (if inaccurate) to assume “young adult” is, quite literally, kids’ stuff; that as good as Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars may be, they’re not, you know, “real” literature. How wrong we are. Author E. Lockhart’s…

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Feeling rejected? William Faulkner did, too

Posted Mon, 3/28/2016 - 4:54pm by  |  Category:

William Faulkner once received a rejection letter that included this critique: “My chief objection is that you don’t seem to have any story to tell and I contend that a novel should tell a story and tell it well.” Ouch,…

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Clichés As Social Lubricant: An Exclusive Q&A With Claire Vaye Watkins, Roberto Ascalon, and Alex Osuch

Posted Wed, 3/16/2016 - 3:53pm by  |  Category:

In less than a month, four artists will grace the Hugo House stage for the April Literary Series. They come from a variety of backgrounds. One’s a native New Yorker who has found Seattle an inspiring home away from home….

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Feeling rejected? Anita Loos did, too

Posted Fri, 3/04/2016 - 5:06pm by  |  Category:

Anita Loos set out to conquer Hollywood before women had the right to vote, so you can image she was familiar with shut doors and flat denials. But the California native kept at it, and the result, among other achievements,…

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