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JAN. 12, 2016
Contact: Kristen Steenbeeke
Marketing Director

Hugo House gets mystical with new "Ask the Oracle" Series


Center for writers to partner with Hotel Sorrento

Feb. 8, 7 pm, featuring Rebecca Makkai, Ramon Isao, and Stacey Levine
March 1, 7 pm, Megan Kruse, Imani Sims, and Roberto Ascalon
April 5, 7 pm, Sarah Galvin, Brian Castner, and Sonora Jha
May 10, 7 pm, Anastacia Tolbert, Kary Wayson, and Domingo Martinez
June 6, 7 pm, David Schmader, Bruce Holbert, and Jane Wong
SEATTLE—Those with burning, seemingly unanswerable questions need not consult Dear Abby any longer—now there’s “Ask the Oracle,” where a panel of writers will light the proverbial path using passages from their respective books.
Beginning in February and continuing monthly, Hugo House, Seattle’s place for writers, will partner with the opulent Hotel Sorrento to present the series. It will take place in the hotel’s cozy Hunt Club fireside room, a setting the hotel describes as “a throwback to more elegant times.”
Poet and Hugo House instructor Johnny Horton will serve as emcee/oracle, presenting the audience’s written questions to the panel of writers while wearing a purple velvet tuxedo. Drinks will be available at the fireside room’s bar.
In response to each question, members of the panel will take a moment to search through their books for the passage that best answers the query. Some passages may be spot-on, some may be eerily referential, some may be random but hide a kernel of truth.
An example Q&A (found by opening Richard Hugo's Triggering Town to a random page):
Question: Should I move to a new city soon?
Answer: "The 1944 Italy I remembered brown and gray and lifeless. Every city, every small town reeked."
Part purposeful advice; part Magic 8 Ball, “Ask the Oracle” will send audience members home with the only advice anyone’s ever needed: lines from literature.

A place for writers and readers, with a concentrated focus on helping anyone who wants to write, Hugo House offers readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and much more. For more information, visit

Located in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood only a short walk from downtown, the iconic Hotel Sorrento features 76 guest rooms and a 100-plus year history throughout which Seattleites and hotel guests have enjoyed literary events and entertainment, forever capturing the hearts and soul of the community.  The Sorrento’s recent restoration details the timeless features found in the original woodwork, marble flooring, exterior façade, and architectural integrity. At Sorrento's Dunbar Room, diners enjoy a menu of Contemporary American Cuisine with a foundation of locally sourced ingredients. The offerings feature a full selection of small bites and plates designed to complement the bar's inspired list of craft cocktails.
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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