A List Of Past Folio Programs 

  • Let's Talk About: Domestic Violence with Judith Skillman
    Jan 24, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
    Online via Zoom
    A series of community conversations on mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • What Are You Reading?
    Jan 19, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST
    Online Event Via Zoom
    Join Folio staff and your fellow members to talk informally about all kinds of books in this fun Un-book discussion group!
  • The Artist's Way Workshop
    Jan 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    A workshop & fundraiser hosted By Juliana Aldous
  • Folio Fiction Discussion Group: The Bone People
    Jan 12, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
    Online Via Zoom
    In January we will be discussing The Bone People By Keri Hulme, a Booker Prize-winning 1984 novel.
  • 400 Years Of Racism Book Discussion: The Street
    Jan 04, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
    Online Via Zoom
    By Ann Petry, With a new introduction from New York times best-selling author Tayari Jones.
  • Folio's Holiday Party
    Dec 14, 2021, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 93 Pike St #307, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
  • Discussion: The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates
    Dec 07, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
    Online Event via Zoom
    From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America.
  • An Evening With Nancy Pearl
    Dec 06, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Join us in honoring and celebrating award winning librarian Nancy Pearl
  • Author Conversation: The Oedipus Project by Bryan Doerries
    Nov 30, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Author Bryan Doerries in conversation with Folio librarian Lillian Dabney
  • Making Sense Of The Election: An Interview With John Lapinski
    Nov 23, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
  • Discussion: Brown: Poems by Kevin Young
    Nov 02, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
    Online Event via Zoom
    James Brown. John Brown's raid. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Ed. The prizewinning author of Blue Laws meditates on all things brown in this powerful new collection.
  • Folio: The Haunted Library
    Oct 30, 2021, 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Seattle, 93 Pike St #307, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Let's Talk About: Suicide with Topher Jerome
    Oct 14, 2021, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
    Online via Zoom
    A new series of community conversations on mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Fiction Discussion: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Oct 13, 2021, 4:00 PM PDT – Nov 22, 2021, 6:00 PM PST
    Online via Zoom
    Winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. A 4 part discussion series.
  • Folio Open Mic Night
    Oct 07, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
  • Discussion: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrice Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
    Oct 05, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
    Online Event via Zoom
    A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America--and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.
  • Graphic Novelists Tamiko Nimura and Kiku Hughes in conversation with Bruce Rutledge
    Sep 30, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Co-presented with HistoryLink and Chin Music Press.
  • Author Conversation: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
    Sep 23, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom
    Author Omar El Akkad in conversation with Folio librarian Lillian Dabney


12.23   AUTHORS: Jazz by Toni Morrison

12.17   NOTISMeet the Translator: Becky Crook

12.16   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

12.14   LITERATURE: Shared Inquiry for Book Discussion Groups

12.10   NOTISMeet the Translator: Jenni Salmi

12.07   LITERATURE: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

12.04   POETRY: Motherhood Poetry Reading 

12.03   AUTHORS: Reganland with Nick Perlstein 

12.02   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

12.01   LITERATURE: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

11.28   WRITING: NanoWrimo Write-ins at Folio

11.25   AUTHORS: Beloved by Toni Morrison

11.21   WRITING: NanoWrimo Write-ins at Folio
11.18   ELECTIONS 2020: Conclusion

11.18   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

11.17   LITERATURE: Theorm Book Launch

11.14   WRITING: NanoWrimo Write-ins at Folio

11.11   LITERATURE: Antigone by Sophocles

11.07   WRITING: NanoWrimo Write-ins at Folio

11.04   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

10.28   AUTHORSTar Baby by Toni Morrison

10.26   ELECTIONS 2020: Who's Going To Win?

10.21   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

10.19   MINDFULNESS: Learning To Live With Clarity and Ease

10.15   NOTISMeet the Translator: Allison DeFreese

10.14   LITERATURE:  A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines

10.13   LITERATURE:  My Unforgotten Seattle by Ron Chew

10.07   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

10.06   LITERATURE: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

10.01   AUTHORSThe Writer's Library: An Interview With Nancy Pearl

09.29   MUSIC:   Literary Inspiration in Opera: Verdi & Wagner

09.23   AUTHORSSong of Solomon by Toni Morrison

09.21   AUTHORSThe Apocalypse Factory by Steve Olson

09.21   ELECTIONS 2020: The Economy As An Election Issue

09.21   Shared Inquiry for Book Discussion Groups

09.17   NOTISMeet the Translator: Lola Rogers

09.16   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

09.14   LITERATURE: Reading Walden In The Time of Covid with Barry Andrews

08.20   NOTISMeet the Translator Shelly Fairweather-Vega

08.26   AUTHORSSula by Toni Morrison

08.13   ELECTIONS 2020: Race, Protests and Politics

08.04   LITERATUREIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

07.29   AUTHORSThe Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel

07.22   AUTHORSThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

07.20   AUTHORS: Quitter - A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse and Recovery with Erica Barnett

07.15   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

07.06   ELECTIONS 2020: Foreign Policy

06.25   ELECTIONS 2020: Donald Trump

06.17   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

06.10   LITERATURE: Elektra - Euripides Oxford World Classic

06.01   LITERATURE: Un-book Discussion Group

05.26   ELECTIONS 2020: Overview with David Domke

05.11   LITERATURE: Shared Inquiry for Book Discussion Groups

05.01   LITERATURE: Shared Inquiry for Book Discussion Groups

04.08   LITERATURE: House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday

04.08   LITERATURE: Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson

02.21   PANEL: Seattle Area Archivists: Leveraging Business Archives

02.20   NOTIS: The Untranslatable: A Talk with Allison deFreese

02.11   WRITING: The Romance of Travel Writing

02.04   MUSIC: Fulton St. Chamber Players

01.24   MUSIC: Seattle Modern Orchestra: Inside Out

01.23   AUTHORS: Knute Berger and Mary Ann Gwinn: "Seattle, Past to Present"

01.16   NOTIS: Literary Translation Feedback Forum

01.15   LITERATURE: The Art of Translation



12.20    AUTHORS: Dead Feminists: Alive and Well

12.13    DANCE: SeattleDances' Dance CHAT

12.09    FORUM: We Told You So: Comics as Art

12.08    NOTIS: Literary Translator Meetup

11.17    FORUM: Egypt's First Capital at Hierakonpolis with Dr. Renée Friedman

11.15    FORUM: Coping with Trump: Civic Therapy Session

11.09    FORUM: Cleopatra's Pearls: Trade and Adornment in Roman Egypt

11.05    LECTURE: Reclaiming Conversation with Author Sherry Turkle

10.27    FORUM: Lit Crawl Seattle

10.25    FORUM: Kondracke and Merry: Shaking the Political Foundations

10.18    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players: Haydn and Beethoven

10.17    The Northwest Sublime: A Literary/Musical Salute to Moss, a New NW Journal

10.12    FORUM: Solving King Tut's Death

10.05    MUSIC: A Piano-Warming Concert with Judith Cohen

09.28    FORUM: Shaking Up Seattle Media

09.27    MUSIC: Diane Thome, Pioneer Composer

09.21    AUTHORS: Novelist, Amor Towles

09.14    LECTURE: Contesting Egypt's Antiquities

09.13    FORUM: Colombia's New Path

08.25    FORUM: Cyberwarfare, Russia, and the CIA

08.03    AUTHORS: Who Was Chief Seattle?

07.14    FORUM: Brexit, Trump, and Populism

07.07    MUSIC: Musical Preview of Seattle Chamber Music Festival

06.29    FORUM: Citizen Activism in the Age of Bernie

06.23    AUTHORS: The World of the Makahs

06.22    MUSIC: Beethoven & Dvorak with the Fulton Street Chamber Players

06.16    Transforming Oregon's Politics

06.14    AUTHORS: How Government Shapes Prosperity

05.24    AUTHORS: Gender Equity in the Workplace

05.12    AUTHORS: The American Style of Assassination

05.05    FORUM: Getting a Good Job after College

04.29    POETRY: Poets Three

04.20    AUTHORS: The Comma Queen

04.14    AUTHORS: Secular Faith and American Politics

04.13    AUTHORS: Memoir of a Sherpa

03.30    AUTHORS: FDR’s Conservation Legacy

03.15    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players: All Mozart

03.14    AUTHORS: Opus Next: Douglas Smith on his new biography of Rasputin

03.10    FORUM: Sizing up Scalia

02.18    AUTHORS: The Saga of Lewis G. Clarke, Born a ‘White’ Slave

01.30    MUSIC: Beethoven in China


12.16    AUTHORS: Opus Next: Claire Dederer on her forthcoming memoir

11.18    AUTHORS: Knute Berger

10.28    AUTHORS: Lynda Mapes

10.27    AUTHORS: Book Launch Party: Christopher T. Bayley

10.22    FORUM: Lit Crawl Seattle

08.26    AUTHORS: Morton Kondrake

07.22    AUTHORS: Robert W. Merry


12.19    NOTIS: Poetry Translation Workshop

11.22    AUTHORS: Elaine Sciolino THE SEINE: The River That Made Paris

11.21    NOTIS: True Crime - A True Translation Story

11.20    WRITING: Nonfiction Panel Discussion

11.19    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players

11.18    WRITING: Your Literary Archive: For Writers

11.14    AUTHORS: Roland De Wolk: American Disruptor. The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford.

11.13    ART: 1845: Memento Mori - Paula Stokes

11.12    FORUM: Democracy in Danger. The United States

10.22    AUTHORS: Brian Eyler: Last Days of the Mighty Mekong

10.21    FORUM: Democracy in Danger. The Middle East.

10.17    NOTIS: Literary Translation Feedback Forum

10.17    LECTURE: Christine Hemp: From Homer to #hashtags: Our Changing Language

10.10    LECTURE: Mayumi Tsutakawa: Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists

10.03    LECTURE: Feliks Banel: Storm Warning 

09.27    Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

09.26    NOTIS: Mercedes Guhl

06.27    Chronicles of the Pike Place Market and Prohibition-era Seattle

06.20    NOTIS: Editing Literary Translations

06.18    FOLIO FORUM: Democracy in Danger. Europe and Russia

06.15    LITERATURE: Bloomsday at Folio: Joyce Rocks

06.12    AUTHORS: Tara Conklin - The Last Romantics. In conversation with Laurie Frankel

06.11    MUSIC: Fulton St. Chamber Players: Brahms and Schubert

05.21    AUTHORS: Thomas Bird, MD- Can You Help Me?: Inside the Turbulent World of Huntington Disease

05.14    FORUM: Democracy in Danger. The China Challenge

05.07    MUSIC: Schubert's "Die Winterreise"

04.30    MUSIC: Paul Taub: Landscape with Birds

04.25    FORUM: Democracy in Danger. How the International Order is Veering to Authoritarianism

04.18    NOTIS: Lyn Coffin Lecture

04.10    MUSIC: Fulton St. Chamber Players: Schubert and Beethoven

04.03    Tough Cases: When Judges Are On the Hot Seat

04.02    Kevin Ticen: The Forgotten Story of America's First Stanley Cup Champions

03.28    Fulbright Talks: Stories by Fulbrighters

03.26    Jean Godden: A Rich Seattle Life

03.25    Beyond the Borders: How Foreign Correspondents Navigate an Increasingly Hostile World

03.22    Working Without a Net - The Art of Improvisation. Alexander Weimann, Harpsichord

03.21    NOTIS: Spring Translation Slam

03.13    The International Women of Courage Awardee: Moumina Houssein Darar

02.27    AUTHORS: Karen Treiger - My Soul is Filled with Joy

02.21    NOTIS: Literary Translation Feedback Forum

01.30    AUTHORS: Murray Morgan, Master Storyteller of the Pacific Northwest

01.18    MUSIC: Seattle Modern Orchestra Songs of Echoes

01.17    NOTIS: Translation and its Publics

01.11    MUSIC: Musical Dialogues: Stories Without Words



12.20    NOTIS: Translating Comics and Graphic Novels

11.15    NOTIS: Literary Translation Feedback Forum

11.14    FOLIO VOICES: Barry M. Andrews on Thoreau Lives!

11.07    FOLIO VOICES: Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Now and Then

10.29    AUTHORS: James Mustich in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn

10.25    FOLIO VOICES: Lisa Herbold and Matthew Richter on Saving Cultural Spaces

10.23    FORUM: Allied Arts Beer and Culture: Lessons From the Showbox

10.22    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players

10.18    NOTIS: Conference Prep for Literary Translations

10.16    FOLIO VOICES: Bob Peterson and Tony Angell on Unforgettable Images

10.03    FOLIO VOICES: Bruce Chapman and Mort Kondracke on "Politicians"

10.02    FOLIO VOICES: Bruce Ramsey and David Brewster on "The Panic of 1893"

09.25    FORUM: The Perilous Quest for a new Relationship with Russia

09.18    AUTHORS: New Light on The Great Gatsby with Kendall Taylor

05.08    LECTURE: Protest on Trial: Kit Bakke

04.23    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players

04.19    NOTIS: Self Publishing

04.04    AUTHORS: Seattle on the Eve of the White Arrival

03.27    FORUM: How the Senate (Once) Worked for the Public Good

03.20    AUTHORS: Built to Last: How Companies Endure

03.15    NOTIS: Literary Translation Feedback Forum

03.13    LECTURE: Shakespeare's Shylock

02.28    FORUM: How to Handle Russia: Keep Calm and Carry On

02.21    Fulbright Talks: Stories by Fulbrighters

02.20    LECTURE: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

02.15    NOTIS: Translation for the Opera

02.15    FORUM: The Impossible Presidency and Foreign Policy: From Washington to Trump

02.01    AUTHORS: The Limits of Presidential Power

01.30    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players: Mozart and Ravel

01.26    AUTHORS: The Climate Case for Nuclear Power

01.18    NOTIS: Literary Translation Tools and Tech



12.21    NOTIS: Literary Translation Feedback Forum

11.30    AUTHORS: Words of Wisdom and Warning from the Founders

11.16    AUTHORS: Tom Cronin on American's Leading Political Novelists

11.15    AUTHORS: Robert W. Merry: Why U.S. Presidents Succeed or Fail

11.14    LECTURE: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Impacts in Seattle: Think Globally, Act Locally

11.08    NOTIS: Roundtable on Education for Literary Translation

10.26    AUTHORS: Jim Compton: Broadcast Sagas and Modoc Wars

10.11    AUTHORS: Blaine Harden: Korea and the King of American Spies

10.02    MUSIC: Fulton St. Chamber Players: Sibelius and Haydn

10.01    WRITING: Iowa's International Writing Program on Tour

09.28    FORUM: The Seattle Budget: A Looming Crisis

09.27    LECTURE: Revelations from a Downtown Seattle Walk

09.21    NOTIS: Happy Hour and Reading Night

09.14    LECTURE: Steven Clifford on Outrageous Salaries for CEOs

09.13    AUTHORS: Revival of Seattle's Left: Rosenblum and Sawant

09.12    AUTHORS: Hubert Locke on the Detroit Riots

07.20    FORUM: Former Seattle Mayors Play Pundit

06.16    LITERATURE: Bloomsday Reading of James Joyce's Ulysses

06.15    NOTIS: Poetry, Translation, & Grants

06.15    FORUM: Folio & Co: Brady Walkinshaw and Bill Ruckelshaus: The Trump Challenge to Environmentalism

06.07    AUTHORS: A Japanese-American Artist Documents His Life in U.S. Detention Camps

06.01    LECTURE: Seattle Politics: The Tim Burgess Years

05.30    AUTHORS: Watergate: Vu and Deja Vu

05.25    AUTHORS: Folio & Co: Designing a Better Seattle

05.18    NOTIS: Literary Translation Publisher's Panel

05.08    AUTHORS: The Worldwide Costs of Childhood Hunger: Roger Thurow on "The First 1,000 Days"

04.26    FORUM: When Britannia Ruled the Northwest

04.25    FORUM: KNKX Community Meeting in Seattle

04.20    NOTIS: Spring Translation Slam

04.18    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players: Haydn and Dvorak

04.01    ART: Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop

03.31    FILM: 'A Fanatic Heart' Film Screening

03.30    LECTURE: Folio & Co. Making History: A Tale of Two Seattle Websites

03.29    FORUM: The State of Arts Criticism in Seattle

03.24    AUTHORS: Northwest Novelist Chevy Stevens on "Never Let You Go"

03.22    AUTHORS: Science Writer Steve Olson: The Risky Northwest

03.21    AUTHORS: Howard French on "How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power"

03.09    AUTHORS: Geoffrey Cowan on Presidential Primaries

03.08    AUTHORS: Historian Coll Thrush: The Transformative Native Presence in Seattle and London

03.02    AUTHORS: John B. Judis on Populism

03.01    LECTURE: Folio & Co. with Seattle Rep

03.01    FORUM: World Affairs Council: Fulbright Talks

02.21    AUTHORS: Simon McCartney: The Bond

02.16    NOTIS: Literary Translation: Pitch Perfect

02.15    UW Stroum Center's 2017 Jewish Studies Community Learning Fellowship

01.26    FORUM: Our Waters, Our Home

01.19    AUTHORS: Bob Roseth: The Laugh's on U

01.19    NOTIS: Feedback Forum for Literary Translators

01.17    MUSIC: Fulton Street Chamber Players Serve Up a Trout

01.12    AUTHORS: Charles Johnson on the Art of Storytelling

01.11    FORUM: Irish Network Seattle: Discussion with Dara Murphy, T.D.

01.10    MUSIC: The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen