The library remains closed. All our member groups are currently hosted online.

Folio hosts regular and recurring book discussions, member book clubs, Poetry club, Philosophy club and Open Mic sessions. 

Fiction book discussions are hosted every on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Want to start a new group with a community of book lovers? Email  

Mon, Oct 05
Online Event via Zoom
New Series: Folio Writer's Salon
This fall, Folio invites you to explore the different aspects of creative writing, from narrative and dialog to character development and setting.
Wed, Oct 07
Online Event Via Zoom
What Are You Reading?
Our most popular discussion group, now offered twice a month!
Wed, Oct 14
Online Event Via Zoom
Book Discussion: A Lesson Before Dying By Earnest Gains
This month's fiction book discussion group features Book Discussion: A Lesson Before Dying By Earnest Gains
Wed, Oct 21
Online Event via Zoom
Author Study: Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
Ravishingly beautiful and emotionally incendiary, Tar Baby is Toni Morrison’s reinvention of the love story.
Tue, Nov 03
Online Event via Zoom
400 Year of Racism: The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism and race, including Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, and Honoree Jeffers.


Tue, Sep 29
Online Even via Zoom
Literary Inspiration in Opera: Verdi & Wagner
In this two-part series, Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean will offer an entertaining analysis of the literary interests of two titans of nineteenth-century opera, Verdi and Wagner.
Thu, Oct 01
Online Event via Zoom
The Writer's Library: An Interview With Nancy Pearl
Bestselling author, librarian, literary critic, Book Lust host and devoted reader, Nancy Pearl will be discussing her new book The Writer's Library, an intimate, moving and insightful collection of interviews with our great literary figures. She will be in conversation with Folio's Lillian Dabney.
Tue, Oct 13
Online Event Via Zoom
My Unforgotten Seattle By Ron Chew
Folio Seattle and University of Washington Press are delighted to host award winning reporter, editor and feature writer Carey Quan Gelernter in an interview with Third-generation Seattleite, historian, journalist, and museum visionary Ron Chew about his book My Unforgotten Seattle.
Thu, Dec 03
Online Event Via Zoom
Reaganland: An Interview With Rick Perlstein
An Interview with Historian Rick Perlstein about the Final Volume in His Four Book Series on the Rise of the Modern American Right


Election 2020 Series
Election 2020 Series
Meet The Translators
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Literary Inspiration In Opera
Literary Inspiration in Opera
400 Year of Racism Series
400 Year of Racism Series
Toni Morrison Author Study
Toni Morrison Author Study
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The Folio poets Society meets on the 2nd Monday of every month.


There are currently no scheduled upcoming meeting. View past reading>>


The Folio Philosophy Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month.


There are currently no scheduled upcoming meeting. View past reading>>

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum

93 Pike Street #307

Seattle, WA 98101