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Words & Pictures

Jennifer L. Holm


“I’m a jellyfish glowing in the dark sea, bright and brilliant, just waiting to be discovered.”

Jennifer L. Holm, The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Third Mushroom is the hilarious, heartwarming, and much-anticipated sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish by three-time Newbery Medalist Jennifer L. Holm. Jenni also collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series—the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series.

Born in California, Jenni spent much of her life in Pennsylvania, where she grew up following her four brothers and enjoying the athletic and boy friendly activities they were into. After college, Jenni moved to New York, where she became a television producer before deciding to become a full-time writer. Her first novel Our Only May Amelia was the recipient of a Newbery Honor Award, and Holm was catapulted onto the children’s literature scene. She would go on to win another two Newbery Honors for her novels Penny from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise. Her recent novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish was a New York Times bestseller, and her newest book, Full of Beans, won the 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and was a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids.

“Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming-of-age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters.”


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.

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Scholarship tickets are available to qualifying schools and organizations. Please email us at 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

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Sunday, March 3, 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

Jan Beatty


Colm Toibin

SEP 16

Pico Iyer

SEP 30

Victoria Chang

OCT 24