Seattle University Book Festival Draws International Authors


One of the nation’s largest annual book festivals, the Search for Meaning Book Festival, is in its fifth year at Seattle University. The Festival, as aservice to the community, is free and open to the public with world class content surrounding the human search for meaning.   

Free tickets are required and are available Monday, January 14th. As the 2012 Festival “sold out” within 48 hours, those interested are encouraged to reserve their free tickets as soon as possible--as the event is expected to sell out again.  

The Festival gathers locally, nationally and internationally renowned authors on issues of spirituality, faith and social justice. Seattle University’s graduate School of Theology and Ministry, known internationally for its ecumenical and interreligious work, hosts the Festival--with growth and climbing international attention every year.

The 2013 Festival keynote speakers are Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon, interviewed live on stage by National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie, and internationally renown writer and scholar Reza Aslan. Over 40 authors in general sessions represent the gamut of perspectives, genres and belief backgrounds including Egyptian poet Maged Zaher, social change writer Leticia Nieto, and sustainable food writer Becky Selengut.

Live artists and musicians expressing their search for meaning and interactive art areas for participants will also be featured. All authors are available for book signings. Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle University Bookstore will provide books for purchase.  

For further event information including tickets, please visit: Free tickets required.

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013 
             9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                General Sessions  
             10:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.            Michael Chabon, with Sherman Alexie  
             3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                Reza Aslan 
             7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                Advance Film Screening, Band of Sisters   

WHERE:  Seattle University 
               (Main parking entrance 12th Ave/Marion)  

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Pre-event phone interviews by request. Media welcome to come by anytime on event day. *Please call media contact on event day for specific author locations.