Previous Seasons

Following is a list of speakers who have been presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

2016
Elizabeth Strout
Robert Sabuda
Douglas Brinkley
Diane Rehm
SL Price
Alice Hoffman
Colson Whitehead
Kwame Alexander
Alan Cumming
Patti Smith
Ann Patchett
Fierce Reads with YA Authors Marissa Meyer, Emma Mills, Caleb Roehrig, and Anna Banks
Sharon Washington
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Candice Millard
Ann M. Martin
The Moth Mainstage
Sherrie Flick
Jeffrey Toobin
Matthew Desmond
Mary-Louise Parker
YA & Middle Grade Authors Panel: Siobhan Vivian, Jonathan Auxier, and Nick Courage
David Sibley
Judy Blume
Theresa Brown
Nancy Moses
Chris Cleave
Sam Hazo & Parneshia Jones
Anthony Doerr
Hanya Yanagihara
Gregory Pardlo and Yona Harvey
John Robison
Anna Ziegler
Daniel James Brown
Jacqueline Woodson
Stephan Pastis
Emily St. John Mandel
Bryan Stevenson
Kevin Henkes
Keith Reddin
2015
Andrew Solomon
Lois Lowry
Elizabeth Kolbert
Cece Bell
David Mitchell
Peter Oresick & Sarah Rose Nordgren
Ruth Reichl
Margaret Atwood
Kate DiCamillo
Gerald Stern
Anita Diamant
Rainbow Rowell
The Moth Mainstage
Héctor Tobar
Louise Penny
Mary Jo Sonntag
Terrance Hayes
Philip Beard
Robert Yune
Jesse Andrews
Celeste Ng
Chuck Palahniuk
Richard Flanagan
Alexandra Fuller
Steve Berry
Dennis Lehane
Sheri Fink
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Jesmyn Ward
Andrew Roberts
2014
Kent Nelson
Richard Ford
RJ Palacio
Gregory Maguire
Elizabeth Gilbert
Jon Klassen & Mac Barnett
Jodi Picoult
Simon Winchester
James McBride
The Moth Mainstage
Tom Sweterlitsch
Elizabeth Wein
Kathleen George
Jacob Bacharach
Wil Haygood & The Story of the Butler
Ann Patchett
Roasts, Toasts, & Literati on the Hill
Rachel Renee Russell & The Dork Diaries
Colum McCann
Shane Evans
Helene Cooper
Sonia Sotomayor
Ayelet Waldman
2013
George Saunders
Amy Tan
James Dashner
David Nasaw
Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler
Ian Frazier
Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han
Sue Grafton
Terry McMillan
Anthony Wallace
Michael Moss
Allison Amend
The Moth Mainstage
Chip Walter
Yona Harvey
Nathaniel Philbrick
RZA
Geraldine Brooks
Paula McLain
Christopher Paul Curtis
Rebecca Skloot & David “Sonny” Lacks
Sarah Dessen
Jared Diamond
2012
Ellen Goodman
Sharon Creech
Candice Millard
Beth Bosworth
Téa Obreht
Neil Gaiman & An Evening of Stardust
Jeffrey Eugenides
Tom Angleberger
Jeffrey Toobin
Andrew Clements
Erik Larson
Wes Moore
The Moth Mainstage
Nora Zelevansky
Michael Sims
Ron Tanner
Stewart O’Nan & Jane McCafferty
Judy Collins: Stories of a Life in Music
Lisa See
Stephen Dau
Abraham Verghese
Sebastian Junger
Walter Dean Myers & Christopher Myers
Michele Norris & Isabel Wilkerson
Lincoln Peirce
2011
Michael Lisicky
Madeleine Albright presented with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Gayle Forman
Ann Patchett
Megan McDonald
Chuck Palahniuk
Jonathan Franzen
Shannon Cain
Rick Riordan
John Lithgow
Seymour Hersh
The Moth Mainstage
Theresa Brown
Keith Donohue
Nathaniel Philbrick
Matthew Gallaway
Cornelia Funke
Stacy Schiff
Yann Martel
Tracy Kidder
Kadir Nelson
Sapphire
John Green
2010
Lee Child
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Madhur Jaffrey
Katherine Paterson
Justice Stephen Breyer
Mary Karr
Annie Barrows
Ann Patchett & Renée Fleming: Friendship, Art & Life
The Moth Mainstage
Immigration Stakes
Joy Ike & C.M. Burroughs
David Lipsky: Five Days with David Foster Wallace
Gregory Maguire
Audrey Niffenegger
Sharon Flake
Elizabeth Alexander
Barry Lopez
Jeff Kinney
2009
Lidia Bastianich
Sara Pennypacker
Junot Díaz
Tom Wolfe
Wendell & Florence Minor
Paul Theroux
Lorrie Moore
Elizabeth Gilbert
Nam Le
The Moth Mainstage
American Shorts Reading Series: Iran Unveiled presented with City of Asylum
American Shorts Reading Series: Sexuality & Faith presented with Persad Center
Judith Jones
Marjane Satrapi
Steven Kellogg
Walter Dean Myers
Billy Collins
An Evening with Beverly Jenkins
Janet Browne
Katherine Ayers
Devra Davis
An Evening with John Adams
2008
Will Shortz
Mark Teague
David Macaulay
American Shorts Reading Series: Reading on Mars
Jan Brett
Richard Russo
Edwidge Danticat
Linda Sue Park
American Shorts Reading Series: Pittsburgh in Words
Tina Brown
American Shorts Reading Series: An Incident of Human Rights
American Shorts Reading Series: Passages of Gay Pride with Mark Doty
American Shorts Reading Series: Anatomy of Baseball
Emily Arnold McCully
Anthony Bourdain
Scott Simon
Elizabeth Kolbert
Sara Paretsky
David Wiesner
Roddy Doyle
George Ella Lyon
2007
Paul Zelinsky
Nathaniel Philbrick
Mo Willems
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
American Shorts Reading Series: Evening with Dave Eggers
Ann Patchett
Brian Jacques
Orhan Pamuk
Azar Nafisi
American Shorts Reading Series: Sex in Literature, 5th Edition
American Shorts Reading Series: Operation Homecoming
American Shorts Reading Series: Tradition
American Shorts Reading Series: Celebrate the Short Story
Brian Selznick
David Sedaris
Deborah Tannen
Michael Pollan
Vera B. Williams
Colson Whitehead
Eric Rohmann
Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
Alice Hoffman
2006
Jacques Pépin
Jhumpa Lahiri
Jon Scieszka
Jeff Shaara
Joanna Cole & Bruce Degan
Bill Bryson
Susan Orlean
Christopher Buckley
American Shorts Reading Series: Evening with Mary Gaitskill
American Shorts Reading Series: Sex in Literature, 4th Edition
American Shorts Reading Series: Pranks
American Shorts Reading Series: Midsummer Night Swing
American Shorts Reading Series: Hate Kills/Love Heals
American Shorts Reading Series: Faith
Megan McDonald
Sue Monk Kidd
American Shorts Reading Series: Soundscapes
Patricia Polacco
Robert Sapolsky
Frank McCourt
Ashley Bryan
Daniel C. Dennett
Thacher Hurd
Suzan-Lori Parks
Arthur Golden
2005
Dava Sobel
Alexander McCall Smith
Peter Sis
Nina Totenberg
Jonathan Safran Foer
Avi
Eric Schlosser
Evening with Rick Moody
American Shorts Reading Series: River
American Shorts Reading Series: Hazards
Sex in Literature, 3rd Edition
David McCullough
American Shorts Reading Series: Compulsion
Katherine Paterson
Jerry Pinkney
American Shorts Reading Series: Sin
Brian Greene
American Shorts Reading Series: Family
Linda Fairstein
Seymour Simon
A.S. Byatt
Mariane Pearl
Atul Gawande
Marc Brown
Margaret Atwood
2004
Bob Schieffer
Russell Banks
Patricia MacLachlan
Terry Tempest Williams
Jonathan Lethem
John Irving
Tobias Wolff
Peter Catalanotto
P.J. O’Rourke
American Shorts Reading Series: Bad Behaviour
American Shorts Reading Series: Sex in Literature, 2nd Edition
American Shorts Reading Series: The City
American Shorts Reading Series: Art & Invention
American Shorts Reading Series: On Fire
Jack Gantos
Barbara Ehrenreich
Patricia Reilly Giff
American Shorts Reading Series: Divas!
Laurie Garrett
Maxine Hong Kingston
Lois Lowry
Lester Thurow
Kevin Henkes
Michael Cunningham
2003
James Patterson
Walter Isaacson
Carol Gilligan
Alice Sebold
Robert Sabuda
Scott Turow
Garrison Keillor
Tomie dePaola
Anchee Min
Jill Ker Conway
Trina Schart Hyman
T.C. Boyle
Jon Scieszka
Fareed Zakaria
Pete Hamill
Biography with a Point of View – James Atlas, Bobbie Ann Mason, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Patricia Bosworth
2002
Michael Beschloss
Bill Bryson
Denise Fleming
James McBride
Joan Didion
Steven Pinker
Anna Quindlen
N. Scott Momaday
Sarah Vowell & David Rakoff
Anne Lamott
Richard Ford
James Watson
Steven Kellogg
Molly Ivins
2001
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Sue Miller
Creative Achievement Awards with Wendy Wasserstein
Isabel Allende
David Macaulay
Authors on Stage: John Edgar Wideman
Robert Reich
Arthur Miller
Roy Blount Jr.
Heinz Award Lecture – Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Spalding Gray
Michael Chabon
James Burke
Lois-Ann Yamanaka & Denise Chavez
Naomi Wolf
Bestsellers Live – Terry McMillan
Rabbi Marc Gellman & Monsignor Thomas Hartman
2000
Bob Woodward
Walter Mosley
Creative Achievement Awards with Robert Pinsky
Frances Mayes
Carl Hiaasen
E.L. Doctorow
David Gergen
Francine Prose
August Wilson
Louise Erdrich
Talking Pittsburgh Sports with Frank DeFord, Mario Lemieux, Kevin McClatchy, and Dan Rooney
Jules Feiffer
Susan Estrich
David Halberstam
1999
Creative Achievement Awards with Anna Deavere Smith
Alan Keyes
Isaac Stern & Chaim Potok
Gary Wills
David Sedaris
Gloria Steinem
George Plimpton
David Macaulay
Frank McCourt
John Updike
Arthur Miller
Daniel Schorr
Anna Deavere Smith
1998
James Carville
Erica Jong
Creative Achievement Awards with Kurt Vonnegut
Tony Hillerman
Derek Walcott
Carol Shields
Calvin Trillin
Fay Weldon
Edward O. Wilson
Jane Smiley
Sherman Alexie
Roy Beck
Wendy Wasserstein
1997
Creative Achievement Awards with Spike Lee
Garrison Keillor
Jamaica Kincaid
Andrew Tobias
Tom Wolfe
Senator John Kerry
Leon Uris
James Fallows
Alice Walker
Stephen Jay Gould
Susan Love
William Greider
Lewis Nordan
1996
Scott Turow
Carlos Fuentes
Martin Gilbert
Neil Simon
Penelope Lively
George Will
Jane Goodall
Barry Lopez
Stephen King
Maya Lin
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Simon Schama
1995
Elie Wiesel
Edward Albee
Barbara Kingsolver
Ben Bradlee
Kazuo Ishiguro
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Peter Matthiessen
John Mortimer
Robertson Davies
Pat Conroy
Witold Rybczynski
Tom Gjelten
1994
Margaret Atwood
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Jonathan Kozol
Doris Lessing
Peter A.A. Berle
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
T. Coraghessan Boyle
Andrei Codrescu
Diane Ackerman
David Leavitt
Studs Terkel
1993
Ron Chernow
Ben Okri
Cokie Roberts
John Edgar Wideman & Albert French
Betty Friedan
William Styron
J. California Cooper, Randall Kenan, & Connie Porter
Doris Kearns Goodwin
George Plimpton
Nicholas von Hoffman
Richard Rodriguez
1992
Thomas Hoving
Joyce Carol Oates
Amy Tan
Harris Wofford
Susan Sontag
Rosellen Brown
David McCullough
Terry McMillan
Edna O’Brien
Mary Ivins
Gail Sheehy
Mary Gordon
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Linda Gross & TEJU
William Kennedy
1991
Philip Caputo
Norman Mailer
Martin Gilbert
Russell Banks
Annie Dillard

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