Welcome, Stephanie Flom!
As many of you have likely read in recent days, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures will welcome Stephanie Flom as our next executive director. She will officially take over the leadership of the organization on June 2, 2014. I am delighted to transfer the responsibility of leading Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures to someone as capable and connected to the local community as Stephanie Flom. You can read about her impressive background in the press release that we’ve posted on the website. She brings many talents to our capable and dedicated staff. Shanna Carrick, Nancy LeDonne, and Eryn Morgan join me in extending a warm welcome.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2014/15 LITERARY EVENINGS SPEAKERS!
Until Stephanie arrives, we are all busy at work developing the 2014/15 LITERARY EVENINGS, MONDAY NIGHT LECTURE SERIES slate of speakers, and other exciting programming. The 2014/15 LITERARY EVENINGS speakers will be announced on April 7, 2014, at our season finale with acclaimed author, Ann Patchett. Ann is an extraordinary speaker, beloved by many in our audience. We have been “sold out” for this program for months, and we have a long waiting list of readers who hope to … Continue reading
To Follow Executive Director
Jayne Adair, Retiring May 30, 2014
February 21, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA. – Stephanie Flom has been named the next executive director of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Alice Mitinger, president of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures board, announced today. Flom will join the organization on May 19, 2014.
“Stephanie has a wealth of experience in management, marketing, development and programming – all qualities that are absolutely essential in the role of leading Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s most notable literary arts organizations,” Mitinger said, adding “We are looking forward to working with Stephanie to further our mission of elevating the civic discourse by connecting world-class authors with our community.”
Since 2005, Flom has served as Executive Director of the Cooper-Siegel Community Library where she led its effort to raise $6 million to build a beautiful, state-of-the-art library in Fox Chapel, as well as to establish a branch library on Main Street in Sharpsburg. Concurrently, she has served as the executive director of the Boyd Community Center in O’Hara Township. Under her leadership, the Center … Continue reading
From the One Book, One Community website, a note from author Colum McCann:
What an honour it is to be chosen as the Pittsburgh One Book, One Community book. I am deeply grateful and enthralled by the idea that a book can be shared in such a way. It’s as if we get a chance to sit by a giant fireside, together, gathered around, sharing a story that brings us elsewhere.
This is not a new notion of course – in my home country of Ireland we used to have the ancient tradition of the travelling “seanchai” who would gather whole communities together, sit by the fire and tell stories, sometimes for days on end. The tradition has been lost, but the instinct is always there.
Colum McCann – Photo by Brendan Bourke
This is the thing about stories: we are bound together not only by their present form, but their past too.
And in telling stories we step into someone else’s shoes.
One of the reasons we watch movies, or navigate the web, or thumb magazines, is the charm of being able to imagine ourselves … Continue reading
From ACLA’s One Book, One Community webpage
Pittsburgh, PA (February 25, 2014) – The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is excited to announce its 2014 One Book, One Community selection – TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann. Through the compelling personal stories of historical figures that share a common search for freedom, identity and peace, TransAtlantic explores the ties that bind McCann’s homeland, Ireland, with the United States. It is a novel that blurs the boundaries of the real and the imagined, the past and the present, and illustrates how our vast global community “grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.”
This year’s One Book, One Community program launches on March 10th with two author events. Colum McCann will kick off the day with a live streamed discussion with students at Woodland Hills High School; community members can also tune in at local area libraries. Later that evening McCann will appear in a special Literary Evening hosted in partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.
One Book, One Community will extend through the fall, with many opportunities to connect withTransAtlantic and its themes. Book club discussions will be held at libraries throughout Allegheny County, including a special discussion with Bound Together Book Club, a collaborative program between the Carnegie … Continue reading
Read about Irish-born writer Colum McCann’s writing process, influences, and past in the New York Times Magazine.
“What interests him increasingly, McCann said, are the blurred spaces between fiction and nonfiction, the ‘real that’s imagined and the imagined that’s real.’”
McCann visits Pittsburgh with his newest novel, TransAtlantic, on Monday, March 10, 2014 for a Literary Evening at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. While tickets are currently sold out, they are often turned back at the box office by our subscribers – please call us at 412-622-8866 to be placed on the waitlist, or come to the box office between 6:30 and 7:30 PM on March 10th to see what seats have been turned back to us.
Read the glowing review by The New York Times of Ann Patchett’s latest book, a collection of essays entitled This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage here!
We’re looking forward to seeing her at her SOLD OUT lecture on April 7th.
Please call 412-622-8866 if you’d like to be placed on the wait list.