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 Down Dark, was selected as the first pick for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Book Club launched earlier this year.

Oft-requested authors Anita Diamant (The Red Tent and new best-selling novel The Boston Girl) and Ruth Reichl (celebrated food writer and six-time James Beard award winner) will appear respectively on October 12 and October 26.

The season also brings a strong emphasis on literary fiction with the inclusion of David Mitchell (Bone Clocks, Cloud Atlas) on tour with his new book Slade House; Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven); and Anthony Doerr (NYTimes bestselling chart-topper All The Light We Cannot See).

Non-fiction writers span a wide range of interests and topics including Daniel James Brown with the true story of The Boys In The Boat, a Depression-era narrative about nine working-class boys and their epic quest for gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics; National Book Award-winning writer Andrew Solomon who writes about difference and diversity in families coping with deafness, autism, and schizophrenia as well as children who are gay, transgender, or conceived from rape; environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction); and lawyer Bryan Stevenson whose memoir reveals his relentless efforts to seek justice for wrongly-convicted death row prisoners.

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Executive Director Stephanie Flom explains her curatorial process of building the season this way: “It’s been an amazingly fun and fruitful year of research—reading tons of fiction and non-fiction books as well as reviews and websites. I took note of every suggestion that came my way from audience members, publishers, agents, friends, colleagues, staff, and board members. I also watched hours of on-line videos and received feedback from other lecture series to insure that these authors can lecture as well as they write. It’s a good thing that I like puzzles. The hardest part was culling my list of 129 celebrated authors to create a diverse slate of just ten. I loved that when I shared the list with the board, everyone had a different favorite.”

The 2015-16 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series is presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures with sponsorship support from The Drue Heinz Trust, in association with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. This season marks the 25th Anniversary of Pittsburgh’s premier literary lecture series. All programs will be presented on Monday evenings at 7:30pm in Oakland’s historic Carnegie Music Hall.

Tickets for the 2015-16 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series are now available for full-season and “pick 6” or “pick 3” partial subscription packages. Tickets can be purchased for individual lectures, beginning June 8, 2015. Student tickets are available for $10 with student identification. Other group discounts are also available, including a discount for book club groups. More information is available by calling Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, 412-622-8866, or by visiting www.pittsburghlectures.org.

For more information, please contact Eryn Morgan, 412-578-2464, or emorgan@pittsburghlectures.org

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