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Stephen Chbosky


“If you aren’t blown away by the first fifty pages of Imaginary Friend, you need to get your sense of wonder checked.”

Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2

Stephen Chbosky is the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. After focusing on film, including directing and writing the adaptation of the well-loved Perks, Chbosky returns to Pittsburgh with Imaginary Friend, his long-awaited second novel.

The epic work of literary horror begins with seven year old Christopher. Christopher goes missing in the woods of his new home in Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. Christopher emerges unharmed, but not alone. He returns with an imaginary friend and a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

“Like Perks of Being a Wallflower, Imaginary Friend says that no matter how dark the places you have been or the things you have seen, no one and nothing and nowhere is beyond redemption. What is astonishing and laugh-out-loud genius is that Chbosky has disguised all this wisdom in an entertaining thriller. In true Stephen Chbosky style, he gives you the bran and the doughnut. Spiritual enlightenment and horror. I don’t know how he did it. But he did it. It’s a masterpiece.”


Book Signing

A book signing will follow the lecture. Imaginary Friend will be available for sale from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.

Carnegie Museum of Art

On August 15th CMOA will screen The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the courtyard as part of their Third Thursday series. Celebrate the stories, films, and artwork of Pittsburgh at this adults-only party! Dance to music from Stacks, a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh initiative that showcases Pittsburgh’s local music.

Free for members, $5 for students, and $10 for adults with online registration.


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Imaginary Friend


Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.


Tickets may also be purchased via phone (412.622.8866) or at the door from 6 p.m. on the day of the event.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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