From the Director

Dear Friends,Stephanie Flom CMH Headshot

Literature is perhaps the most accessible of art forms. Anyone can borrow a book from the library and most can afford an occasional purchase. It is, however, the most solitary of art forms. And whether we read at home alone or on a crowded bus, we form a singular relationship with the words on the page, the characters, the stories.

Yet when solitary readers come together for Literary Evenings, we are transformed into a community. And our experience of literature is heightened by this community. Our nods and grimaces, our laughter and tears, our hmmmm’s and aha’s when hearing authors speaks are mirrored by others throughout the hall (although not always at the same moments). There is a buzz, a recognition, a sharing that is reinforced through the asking and answering of questions, and continues when the lights come up and we can verbalize our thoughts to those around us. The excited banter extends into the foyer, into the book line, and often among strangers into the elevator and to our parked cars.

And whether we agree or disagree, are annoyed, challenged, validated, or inspired by the … Continue reading

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Announce Authors on Tour

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Announce
Authors on Tour
Presenting Spring Line Up of Richard Flanagan, Chuck Palahniuk, and Celeste Ng

Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have teamed up to experiment with a new concept and opportunity for Pittsburgh—presenting authors who are on a national publicity tour, either with a new hardback or recent paperback book release, in a beautiful marquee setting for audiences to enjoy at very affordable prices. Three authors are scheduled for this spring: 2014 Man Booker Prize Winner Richard Flanagan, Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, and debut novelist, originally from Pittsburgh, Celeste Ng. All of the authors will appear at the historic Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall in Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Explains Stephanie Flom, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, “Authors on Tour is something new and in addition to our venerable Monday Night Lecture Series (which is going into its 25th season) , our long-time Kids & Teen Series, and the free Writers LIVE … Continue reading

After Hours @ the Library

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)
After Hours @ the Library
Friday, March 20 from 7-10 pm

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Follow the Yellow Book Road to the Library for an after-hours event inspired by the magic of the Great and Powerful Oz! Enjoy live music, light bites, delicious drinks, and a night full of wonderful entertainment, including:

  • Beer, wine, kombucha, and creative cocktails perfect for the first night of Spring
  • The chance to interact with your favorite Wizard of Oz characters
  • Live performances by local bands, including a few Toto covers courtesy of My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure
  • A photo booth to capture your night in Oz
  • Silent auction for library furniture and other great items
  • Face painting, crafts, interactive games and more!

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