From the Director

Dear Friends,

What an honor it is to hear from brilliant writers with truths to tell, histories to explore, and characters to unfold. How invigorating to engage in conversation about universal questions. How inspiring to leave the hall, perhaps puzzled or grappling, a bit more enlightened, and a bit more compassionate.

Curating the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Ten Evenings is truly a privilege. I watch excitedly for news of acclaimed writers, across genres, releasing new books. I read feverishly—both books and reviews-and listen to colleagues, publicists, and audience members. I make lists.

I sort lists. I even color-code lists. Eventually, offers are made and accepted (often to great rejoicing among the staff).

The diverse range of authors speaking to us this year boast prestigious awards among them-Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, a coveted Peabody Award, and many list toppers for Best Books of the Year from various publications. They all have important stories to tell.

We open the season with Siddhartha Mukherjee and his deep knowledge of science, medicine, and medical history. Patti Smith will share her powerful odyssey, fluid prose, and love for good black coffee. Colson Whitehead explores the history of slavery, the Antebellum South, and the struggle … Continue reading

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Announces Authors for 2016-17 Ten Evenings, Carnegie Music Hall

From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Siddhartha Mukherjee
to “Punk Poet Laureate” Patti Smith,
Ten Evenings promises a stellar season

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces its dynamic lineup of accomplished authors scheduled to appear for the 2016-17 series of Ten Evenings, sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust:

  • September 26, 2016, Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene, The Emperor of All Maladies
  • October 10, 2016, Patti Smith, M Train, Just Kids
  • October 24, 2016, Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, John Henry Days
  • November 14, 2016, Diane Rehm, On My Own, Finding My Voice
  • November 21, 2016, Douglas Brinkley, Rightful Heritage: FDR and the Land of America, Cronkite
  • December 5, 2016, Elizabeth Strout, My Name is Lucy Barton, Olive Kitteridge
  • January 30, 2017, Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk, Shaler’s Fish
  • February 20, 2017, Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies, Arcadia
  • March 6, 2017, Roxane Gay, Hunger, Bad Feminist
  • April 3, 2017, Timothy Egan, The Immortal Irishman, The Worst Hard Time

The season opens with physician, scientist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee whose forthcoming book The Gene weaves science, history, and personal narrative to explore one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs … 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.

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 … 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

After Hours @ the Library

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)
After Hours @ the Library
Friday, March 20 from 7-10 pm

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Follow the Yellow Book Road to the Library for an after-hours event inspired by the magic of the Great and Powerful Oz! Enjoy live music, light bites, delicious drinks, and a night full of wonderful entertainment, including:

  • Beer, wine, kombucha, and creative cocktails perfect for the first night of Spring
  • The chance to interact with your favorite Wizard of Oz characters
  • Live performances by local bands, including a few Toto covers courtesy of My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure
  • A photo booth to capture your night in Oz
  • Silent auction for library furniture and other great items
  • Face painting, crafts, interactive games and more!

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May 5th – A National Day of Community Giving

PAL Give Local America

On May 5, 2015, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures will join nonprofits organizations and community foundations across the country for Give Local America – a 24-hour crowdfunding event that provides individuals a platform to invest in and celebrate the work of local nonprofit organizations nationwide.Give Local America seal

In 2014, through a partnership with 7,700 local nonprofits, Give Local America raised more than $53 million for local communities. In 2015, Give Local America hopes to engage 15,000 nonprofit organizations and to double its fundraising to reach $100 million in donations.


Consider a Gift to Support Literature in Pittsburgh

donate online buttonWhat range of emotion or intellectual insight have you experienced at a Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures event?

Were you awed by Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s wisdom and humility? Inspired by George Saunders sharing of his creative process? Did you laugh out loud with others at Ann Patchett’s quick wit and dry ironies? Were you horrified by the inhumanities described by Helene Cooper and by Amy Tan? Angered by Michael Moss’ expose of the food industry? Intrigued by Colum McCann’s audacious optimism?

What an amazing experience it is for world-renown best-selling authors, across a variety of genres, to come to Pittsburgh, to our beautiful Carnegie Music Hall and speak to us intimately about their personal journeys, their passions, their fears, and their hopes.

And what a wonderful opportunity it is for young children, our future citizens, to also be inspired by encounters with their favorite authors where we hear them giggle, gasp, or release an “oh wow!” Or watch them grimace or nod in thoughtful contemplation.

We, at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, are proud to present important authors of our time and create community experiences that make us better, more engaged individuals … Continue reading