Ken Gormley

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Ken Gormley

“A whole lot of the Burg and a whole lot of other good things in The Heiress of Pittsburgh—family histories, courtrooms, neighborhoods, loves lost and found, styles of remembering and speaking. A complex, intriguing narrative about a place and people I connect with intimately.”


Thirty years in the making, The Heiress of Pittsburgh is a love story about people, places, and simple virtues that flourished in the working-class towns of past generations. Pittsburgh takes center stage in this sweeping legal drama where well-known landmarks – from Kennywood Park, Carrie Furnace, and Union Switch and Signal in the Monongahela Valley; to the Cathedral of Learning and the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland; to the Roselia Home in the Hill District; to Orphans Court in the Frick Building in downtown Pittsburgh – fill page after page.

Ken Gormley is the president of Duquesne University and the New York Times Bestselling author of The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr (Crown 2010), which was named one of the top nonfiction books of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Gormley has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NPR’s Fresh Air, multiple PBS and BBC documentaries, and hundreds of television and radio shows in the United States and worldwide. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostThe LA TimesPolitico, HuffPost, and numerous other publications. The former mayor of his town in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania – a small community outside Pittsburgh – he lives there with his wife and family.

The Heiress of Pittsburgh is a love story that contains all the unique flavors of Pittsburgh—the history, the folklore, the stories inherent in each neighborhood, its colorful residents, and the tale of the heyday of the industrial three rivers region. The charming hero, lawyer Shawn Rossi, bears the weight of the city’s underbelly while striving to bring justice to his beloved birthplace. Gormley illuminates this journey with humor and an ample dose of humanity.”


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The Heiress of Pittsburgh book cover, a drawing of a snowglobe with a bright sunny day featuring the Monongahela River


Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 6 p.m.


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Closed captioning will be available for the livestream.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


Upcoming Lectures

Liann Tsoukas and Rob Ruck

JUN 20

Colm Toibin

SEP 16

Pico Iyer

SEP 30

Heather Cox Richardson

OCT 28