From the Director

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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

Cirque: After Hours @ the Library


After Hours @ the Library

Friday, October 17 from 7 – 10 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)
4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213

Tickets: $45 per person until October 13; $55 – until we sell out!

Run away to the Library for an after-hours event inspired by the dreamy spectacular of the mysterious night circus. Enjoy live music, delicious drinks, fantastical food and eclectic entertainment, including fortune tellers, contortionists, magic and more!

Beware, this event sells out quickly, so purchase your tickets before they disappear! Visit or call 412.622.6276.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

All proceeds of the event benefit Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and help to strengthen its impact on our city.  

The Moth Mainstage returns Wednesday, August 27th

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A Cast of Storytellers Explores the Theme “Don’t Look Back”
Byham Theater, August 27, 7:30pm

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 20, 2014 – New York City storytelling sensation The Moth returns to Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Presents with “Don’t Look Back: The Moth in Pittsburgh” on Wednesday August 27, at the Byham Theater.

Called “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to the art of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than 10,000 stories by people of all walks of life via stage shows, weekly podcasts, and a Peabody Award-winning radio special, The Moth Radio Hour (broadcast locally on 90.5 WESA). Consistently a sell-out, each Moth Mainstage show features five storytellers, a musician to act as timekeeper, and a charismatic host. Each year The Moth Mainstage presents a mix of local and traveling storytellers along with a popular local musician.

This year Vanessa German is the local storyteller in the cast. Vanessa is an artist, actress, playwright, sculptor, performer, educator, who lives in Pittsburgh’s historic Homewood. She pioneered … Continue reading

Free Event with Thomas Sweterlitsch, Author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow

For Immediate Release

July 17, 2014
Contact:  Shanna Carrick, 412-622-8866,

Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main – Thomas Sweterlitsch
Thursday, August 7th @ 6pm
Tomorrow and Tomorrow

(Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce the final event in the 2014 season of Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main featuring Pittsburgh based fiction writer Thomas Sweterlitsch.

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The hour long book talk and reading will take place on Thursday, August 7th at 6 pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Branch on Forbes Avenue in Oakland, followed by a book signing with Thomas Sweterlitsch.  The event is scheduled to be held in the Quiet Reading Room on the 1st floor.

The event is free and open to the public, with registration requested.  Event registration is available online at or by calling Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at 412.622.8866.  Independent bookseller Mystery Lovers Bookshop will be on site for book sales.

Pittsburgh writer Thomas Sweterlitsch visits Writers LIVE with his gritty debut novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow, a Blade Runner meets Google Glass dystopian mystery. The novel, … Continue reading