Susan Choi / Monday, September 14, 2020 Trust Exercise
The author of five novels, Susan Choi won the 2019 National Book Award for Trust Exercise, an ingenious meditation on fiction and truth, friendships and loyalties, the capacities of adolescents, and the powers of adults.
Terry Tempest Williams / Monday, October 12, 2020 Erosion: Essays of Undoing
Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. Erosion: Essays of Undoing, explores the forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust.
Laila Lalami / Monday, October 26, 2020 Conditional Citizens
Prize-winning novelist (The Moors Account, The Other Americans) Laila Lalami’s new book, Conditional Citizens, is a brilliantly argued and deeply personal work of non-fiction—a sobering investigation on the place of nonwhites in American culture.
Lily King / Monday, November 16, 2020 Writers & Lovers
Following her beloved, prize-winning novel, Euphoria, Lily King brings us Writers & Lovers, a masterful portrait of an artist as a young woman praised as “a story where absence is a constant presence, stitched with humor, determination and hope.”
Brian Greene / Monday, November 23, 2020 Until the End of Time
World-renowned physicist and award-winning, bestselling author Brian Greene writes to help us understand our Elegant Universe. Until the End of Time is a captivating exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in this vast expanse.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / Monday, December 7, 2020 The Water Dancer
An essential voice of our times, National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates has produced The Water Dancer, his bold debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.
David Treuer / Monday, January 18, 2021 The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Anthropologist and author David Treuer combines history, reporting, and memoir to create the National Book Award Finalist, New York Times bestseller, and multiple Best Books of 2019 list-maker, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present.
Karen Russell / Monday, February 22, 2021 Orange World
Karen Russel is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and author of the New York Times bestsellers Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and Orange World—a stunning collection that showcases her extraordinary gifts of language and imagination.
Ocean Vuong / Monday, March 22, 2021 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong is an award-winning poet and the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, a work hailed as an “expansive and introspective, fragmented and dreamlike” coming of age story.
Bernardine Evaristo / Monday, April 5, 2021 Girl, Woman, Other
With Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo became the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize for Fiction. The novel is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity, across generations, in a group of Black British women.
The 2020/21 Ten Evenings series is presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, in association with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. This is the 30th season of Pittsburgh’s literary lecture series. All programs are presented on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm in Oakland’s historic Carnegie Music Hall.
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