• About the Festival

    The Search for Meaning Book Festival has evolved into a signature Seattle University event. Launched in 2009, the festival features a veritable who's who of the literary and scholarly worlds, with over 50 best-selling authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more. The annual one-day festival offers general sessions, keynote presentations, book signings, and interactive experiences. Individuals from all walks of life spend a day with some of the world's most influential authors and scholars while reflecting on their own ability to contribute to a more just and humane world.

    Seattle University: The School Behind the Festival

    Seattle University is situated in Seattle's urban hub, while on the edge of the most diversely populated zip code in the nation. The Search for Meaning Book Festival uniquely embodies Seattle University's core values of justice, diversity and spirituality. With over 7,273 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges, the university ranks #6 among 121 regional universities in the West. Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.

    To Attend

    The Search for Meaning Book Festival is open to the campus and greater community. The festival is Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on the Seattle University campus. A ticket is required for entry.

    Tickets for general sessions and keynote speakers for Search for Meaning Book Festival 2016 are $10.00.

    To Volunteer

    If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our volunteer registration page. A list of volunteer roles can also be found here.

    Who's Who of the Literary World

    The Search for Meaning Book Festival has brought a distinguished list of authors to campus, from New York Times best-sellers to a Pulitzer Prize winner. Past guests include Mary Oliver, James Martin, S.J., Michael Chabon, Sherman Alexie and Anne Lamott.

    Stay Informed

    Get the latest news on the book festival via social media: Facebook.com/searchformeaning and Twitter.com/SFMbookfestival