From the Director

Dear Friends,

Stephanie Flom Square Crop 2014This season we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and our presentation of 286 acclaimed authors during the past 24 years. Their range of topics has been wide and their depth of knowledge and insights, fathomless.

We celebrate the prepared words of these authors and also the dialogue that has ensued when questions have been asked by audience members. We celebrate the community conversations that continue into the evening, the following day, or even years later, provoked by the memory of a comment from a Lecture author.

We also celebrate the school and community visits Lecture authors have made throughout the years and the profound impact they have had on students.

We celebrate the visionary staff and board members who founded Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures in 1991. We stand on your shoulders. And we celebrate those of you, in the audience, who have been attending throughout our history, for you have formed the foundation of our literary community.

We celebrate the Drue Heinz Trust for its belief in the importance of presenting high-quality writers to share their creative process, research, wisdom, and truths … Continue reading

Give to the Lectures You Love!

This, our 25th anniversary year for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, has certainly been an exciting one. With your support and enthusiasm we are filling the halls author after author.

Interest in the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lectures Series is robust! While Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr was the first to sell out, we have been experiencing sold out houses for Anita Diamant, Ruth Reichl, Andrew Solomon, Bryan Stevenson, and Daniel James Brown! Ticket sales for the remaining authors are not far behind!

We are also seeing a resurgence of attendance at our Kids & Teen Series with full houses for Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, Jacqueline Woodson, and others. The signing line for Rainbow Rowell was three hours long! Schools are participating in record numbers in our Authors to Schools program where hundreds of schools can partake through video-conferencing technology.

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is proud to have launched AUTHORS ON TOUR, in collaboration with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, bringing such notable authors as Man Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan, debut novelist Celeste Ng, and literary mystery giant Louise Penny. Tickets for the iconic Margaret Atwood sold out in six and a half hours!

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Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial

Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its incorporation, and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is proud to join over 200 Pittsburgh organizations in the celebration.
A parade and celebration is planned for July 9, 2016, the anniversary of our first Mayor, Ebenezer Denny, being sworn into office. The celebration will take place at Point State Park and will begin with a Parade going down Liberty Ave to the park.

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