Interviews
Interview: Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is the author of Family Life, a New York Times Best Book of the Year and the winner of the International DUBLIN Literary Award…

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Start Reading Driving Miss Norma

From the Publisher: “When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to…

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Spotlight: Girls Write Pittsburgh!

Girls Write Pittsburgh is a free program that serves self-identifying teen girls in the Pittsburgh region through the craft of creative writing, encouraging self-empowerment, growth, and…

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4 Questions: Brad Thor

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent, Code of Conduct, Act of War, Hidden Order, Black List, Full Black (one…

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Spotlight: Confluence (August 4-6, 2017)

Located at the birthplace of the Ohio River, Confluence is Pittsburgh’s longest-running literary conference with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror. Award-winning authors,…

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Spotlight: The Bridge Series (Part 2)

The Bridge Series is a new series uniting the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight…

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Start Reading Homing Instincts by Sarah Menkedick…

Pittsburgher Sarah Menkedick‘s work has been featured in Harper’s, Pacific Standard, Oxford American, Aeon, Guernica, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh, and she was a 2015-2016 Fulbright fellow in Mexico. She’s also the founder of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing by women.

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4 Questions: Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015…

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On Fires, Then and Now…

Have you checked out Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s redesigned Eleventh Stack blog yet? Eleventh Stack is run by a group of library workers who are passionate…

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Start Reading Manchild by Alan Olifson…

Alan Olifson is an award-winning humor columnist, public radio commentator, comedian and regular host of Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAMs. He created the acclaimed storytelling series WordPlay…

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Start reading Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser…

By day, Jessica Strawser — a Pittsburgh native — is the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine, North America’s leading publication for aspiring and working writers since 1920. By night, she is a fiction writer with a debut novel, Almost Missed You, forthcoming in 2017 from St. Martin’s Press and another stand-alone novel to follow in 2018.

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5 Questions: Jessica Strawser

By day, Jessica Strawser — a Pittsburgh native — is the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine, North America’s leading publication for aspiring and working writers…

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Gimme Some Sugar

Have you checked out Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s redesigned Eleventh Stack blog yet? Eleventh Stack is run by a group of library workers who are passionate…

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Start Reading All That’s Left to Tell by Daniel Lowe…

Daniel Lowe teaches writing at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. His debut novel, All That’s Left to Tell, “celebrates not just the power of storytelling but the deeply human need for it in even the most dire situations” (Stewart O’Nan).

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4 Questions: Daniel Lowe

Daniel Lowe teaches writing at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh.…

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Sharing the Delights of Old Books

Have you checked out Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s redesigned Eleventh Stack blog yet? Eleventh Stack is run by a group of library workers who are passionate…

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4 Questions: REYoung

REYoung was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lives in Austin, Texas, in a limestone cave deep beneath the city. He is the author of Unbabbling, a…

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What We’re Reading: Halloween Edition!

Below are some of Littsburgh’s reading recommendations for Halloween, inspired by #PGHReads. If you’re in the market for more recommendations, check out some amazing excerpts from…

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Start Reading We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams…

“A dazzling story collection—as if, by a rare sort of magic, Alice Munro and Shirley Jackson had conspired together to imagine a female/feminist voice for the twenty-first century that is wickedly sharp-eyed, wholly unpredictable, and wholly engaging.” – Joyce Carol Oates

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5 Questions: Clare Beams

Clare Beams is the author of the story collection We Show What We Have Learned (Lookout Books, Oct. 2016). Her stories appear in One Story, n+1,…

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4 Questions: Marc Nieson

Marc Nieson’s Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape is now available! Nieson — a Raymond Carver Short Story Award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee — teaches…

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4 Questions: Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is coming to Pittsburgh on Friday, October 7th! Ligon will be joining Robert Lopez, Ashley Cowger, Sherrie Flick, and the Haygood Paisleys for an…

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6 Questions: Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith — author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series — is coming to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, October 18th!…

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4 Questions: Martin J. Smith

Martin J. Smith, Pittsburgh native and former staffer at the Pittsburgh Press, is coming to Mystery Lovers on Tuesday, September 20th! Event Information Smith is the…

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Love your Perfume

Have you checked out Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s redesigned Eleventh Stack blog yet? Eleventh Stack is run by a group of library workers who are passionate…

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4 Questions: Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman — the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Just One Day, Just One Year, Where She Went, and If I Stay (among others) –…

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Start Reading Leave Me by Gayle Forman…

Gayle Forman — the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Just One Day, Just One Year, Where She Went, and If I Stay (among others) — has set her most recent novel, in part, in Pittsburgh…

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Four Questions: Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini, the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, will be visiting Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley on Saturday, September 17th! Chiaverini’s latest novel,…

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4 Questions: Sebastian Junger

On September 15th, Pittsburgh’s Re:NEW Festival will be hosting an evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author Sebastian Junger, author of War, The Perfect Storm,…

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Short Books for Summer Reading

Have you checked out Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s redesigned Eleventh Stack blog yet? Eleventh Stack is run by a group of library workers who are passionate…

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Short Stories, Big Impact

Have you checked out Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s redesigned Eleventh Stack blog yet? Eleventh Stack is run by a group of library workers who are passionate…

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4 Questions: Joshua David Bellin

Pittsburgh’s Joshua David Bellin, author of Survival Colony 9 (“A post-apocalyptic thriller that collides breathless action with devious world building and genuine heart. A terrific novel!”…

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Summer Reading: Childhood Favorites!

Judy Blume is coming to Pittsburgh on July 12th and we’re freaking out!* Below are some of Littsburgh’s childhood favorites, inspired by Pittsburgh’s Arts and Lecture’s…

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Start Reading The Silver Ghost by Chuck Kinder…

“Called ‘the mighty Sasquatch of American Fiction’ by Michael Chabon, renowned literary outlaw Chuck Kinder steps once again onto the landscape of American letters with the paperback reissue of his 1979 novel, The Silver Ghost.”

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Summer Reading: Independence Day!

Below are some of Littsburgh’s reading recommendations for July 4th, inspired by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 90,000-book reading challenge. If you’re in the market for more…

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