Hello Universe Book Cover

Words & Pictures

Erin Entrada Kelly


“Sometimes life calls on you even when you don’t raise your hand.”

Erin Entrada Kelly, Hello, Universe

2018 Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s bestselling book Hello, Universe celebrates friendship, bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (or hero in Tagalog). In addition to winning the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, Erin received the APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly.

Erin’s new book You Go First is an engaging exploration of family, bullying, spelling, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships bound together by games of Scrabble.

“Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits.”


Authors to Schools Program

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures sends each visiting children’s author to an area school for a one-hour question and answer session at 10:00 am the Monday following Sunday’s public Words & Pictures lecture.

The visit is hosted at one school while four additional schools actively participate through video conferencing technology. An unlimited number of schools can log in to view the event in real time.

Would you like to learn how your school can get involved? Sign up to receive emails about upcoming Author to Schools visits!

Scholarship tickets are available to qualifying schools and organizations. Please email us at info@pittsburghlectures.org with your contact information, name of your school or organization, and number of tickets requested to obtain scholarship tickets.

Book Signing

A book signing will follow the program in the Children’s Department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Classic Lines.



EQT Foundation, The Grable Foundation, PIC5K and the Succop Family Charitable Foundation

Hello Universe  book cover


Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets may also be purchased via phone (412.622.8866) or at the door from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


Upcoming Lectures

Hernan Diaz


Ed Yong

APR 29

Jesmyn Ward

MAY 13

Anna Monardo

MAY 23