Announcing Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Words & Pictures Line-Up (2017-18)

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All of the following events will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. A snack reception and author book signing will be held in the Carnegie Library’s Children Department following each lecture.


Single tickets and subscriptions will go on sale on Monday, June 26, 2017 by phone at 412.622.8866 and online at Prices are $11.00 for a single lecture, and subscriptions start at $24.00.


Dav Pilkey / Photo by Kai Suzuki

Dav Pilkey (Sunday, September 17, 2017) has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. Captain Underpants is now a major animated film.

Katherine Applegate (Sunday, October 1, 2017) is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, the New York Times bestselling Crenshaw, the award-winning Home of the Brave, and several bestselling young adult series including Animorphs and Roscoe Riley Rules. Her forthcoming book, The Wishtree, features an old oak tree and a crow who help their neighbors embrace their differences.

Katherine Paterson / Photo: Samantha Loomis Paterson

Sherman Alexie (Sunday, October 15, 2017) is an award-winning author for both children and adults, poet, and filmmaker. His works of children’s fiction include the picture book Thunder Boy Jr. and the National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

Katherine Paterson (Sunday, December 3, 2017) is the author of 16 novels for children. She has twice won the Newbery Medal for Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, plus the National Book Award for both The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins. In 2000, she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Her new book My Brigadista Year follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign.

Nicola Yoon / Photo courtesy of the author

Nicola Yoon (Sunday, January 21, 2018) is the author of the instant New York Times #1 bestselling young adult novel Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner.

Bryan Collier (Sunday, February 4, 2018) is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage in his work which have brought figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Roberto Clemente, and President Barack Obama to life. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a six-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award recipient. Collier will appear with author and collaborator on a forthcoming book, Sandra Neil Wallace, a former ESPN sportscaster writer and award-winning author of books for young readers.

Melissa Sweet (Sunday, March 11, 2018) has illustrated more than 80 children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor books The Right Word and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. She also wrote and illustrated Tupelo Rides the Rails; Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography named a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book.


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