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 words … Continue reading

2015-16 Literary Evenings

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Announces Authors for 2015-16 Literary Evenings,
Monday Night Lecture Series, Carnegie Music Hall
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Héctor Tobar opens
25th Anniversary Season of
Literary Evenings

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces its lineup of accomplished authors scheduled to appear for the 2015-16 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series, sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust:

  • September 21, 2015, Héctor Tobar, Deep Down Dark
  • October 12, 2015, Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl, The Red Tent
  • October 26, 2015, Ruth Reichl, Delicious!, Tender At The Bone
  • November 2, 2015, David Mitchell, New Release! Slade House, The Bone Clocks, Cloud Atlas
  • November 16, 2015, Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction, Field Notes From A Catastrophe
  • December 7, 2015, Andrew Solomon, Far From The Tree, Noonday Demon
  • January 25, 2016, Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
  • February 15, 2016, Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
  • March 14, 2016, Daniel James Brown, The Boys In The Boat
  • April 4, 2016, Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See

The season opens with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and expert on Latin America Héctor Tobar, who was chosen to tell the riveting story of 33 trapped Chilean miners. His book, Deep … 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