Plan Your Visit

Attending a Lecture

Ten Evenings

We hope that you’ll make a night of attending Ten Evenings!

Lectures are always on Mondays and begin at 7:30 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. so if you need to buy or pick up tickets, come early.

The beautiful Carnegie Music Hall Foyer is quite festive with books for sale by Classic Lines, snacks and drinks from Culinaire, and often information tables from area non-profit organizations whose work relates to the evening’s lecture. Most often, the authors stay to sign and personalize your books after the program.

Below you’ll find information to help you plan your evening.

Dine Before the Lecture

There are many dining options within walking distance. Whether you are in the mood for Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian, or American cuisine, there is a restaurant for you. The Carnegie Café, in the Carnegie Museum of Art, stays open on lecture nights to serve our audience members. To make a reservation, email Jeanie at jeanieclark@ciemail.com.

There is also a lobby bar with snacks and drinks available in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer.

Submit Your Question for the Author

The author’s lecture is followed by a lively moderated conversation based on questions submitted from the audience. We’d love for you to submit yours!

You may email your question before 4:00 p.m. on lecture day, submit it to our staff at the information table in the Foyer, or write it on the notecard in your program during the lecture and pass it to the end of the aisle for an usher to collect after the author’s lecture. This portion of the program is increasingly becoming a favorite part of the evening for many.

What to Wear

Come as you are! There is no dress code for Ten Evenings; most choose business casual attire. The Music Hall does tend to be warm; layers may be beneficial.

Find Your Seat

Reserved Seating

All of the seats on the first floor and first balcony are reserved. An usher will direct you to the entrance to use and another usher will direct you to your seat.

You can download a detailed seating chart here.

General Admission Seating

All seats in the second balcony are general admission, meaning that you can sit wherever you like. There too, ushers are available to help you find seats for you and your group.

Opera Boxes

Sitting in the Opera Boxes is a special experience in this historic hall. If you’re interested in sitting in an opera box for a lecture, please call 412.622.8866 to ask about pricing and availability.

The Main Event

The evening’s program generally (although sometimes authors surprise us!) involves a conversational lecture by the author about the inspiration, research, writing, and behind-the-scenes stories involved in publishing his or her work followed by a moderated Q&A. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. and generally concludes by 8:50 p.m.

Buy Books

Of course, you love books, or you wouldn’t be on our site. It’s not necessary to have read the author’s book to enjoy the lecture, but you may find that you need to buy a copy (or two or three for friends). Classic Lines, our wonderful, local, independent bookseller, sets up shop in the Foyer at each event. They are happy to meet your reading needs before or after the lecture and accept cash or credit cards. 20% of your purchase price supports Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, so buy up!

Get Books Signed

The book signing takes place in the Foyer after the lecture. Our staff will assist you in the signing line. Purchasing your book the evening of the lecture brings the added benefit of access to the express line, which moves just a bit faster. You are also welcome to bring books from home or purchased elsewhere.

Everyone is most welcome to meet the author and spend a moment with him or her in the signing line. Our professional photographer will take your picture with the author, if you wish. The photographs are available on our Facebook page, a week following the lecture.

Emergency Access to You During the Lecture

The phone number for the Carnegie Music Hall Special Events Office is 412.622.3360. Leave this number with a babysitter or family member who may need to contact you and give them the location of your seat(s) so that we can find you. If you must keep your cell phone on during the lecture, please turn it to silent mode.

Lost Items

We understand that items sometimes get left behind. Call the Carnegie Music Hall Special Events Office at 412.622.3360 and leave a detailed message of what you lost and where you were sitting.

Words & Pictures

Words & Pictures is a fun and inspiring way to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends! You’ll always learn something new and children’s authors are often laugh-out-loud funny.

Below you’ll find information to help you plan your visit.

Timing is Everything

The lectures begin at 2:30 p.m. in the historic Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. (Not to be confused with the Music Hall, this is the smaller hall around the corner from the Library’s main entrance.)

Doors Open

The doors open at 1:30 p.m. You can buy or pick up pre-purchased tickets at the door.

Seating

Seating is general admission, so it’s a good idea to get there early to get the best seats as well as a low signing number.

What’s a Signing Number?

To help organize the book signing line (which can get quite long), we’ll give you a numbered pass when you walk into the Lecture Hall. The earlier you arrive, the sooner you’ll get your book signed by the author. It is like boarding an airplane, only you’ll be transported into the realm of books and reading instead of to another city.

Buy Books

Of course, you love books, or you wouldn’t be on our site. It’s not necessary to have read the author’s book to enjoy the lecture, but you may find that you need to buy a copy (or two or three for family and friends).

Mystery Lovers Bookshop, our wonderful, local, independent bookseller, sets up shop before and after each lecture. You’ll find them on the stage before the lecture begins and then at the reception in the Children’s Library. They accept cash or credit cards. Remember, 20% of your purchase price supports Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, so buy up!

The Main Event

The program includes a talk by the author where you can learn about why they became a writer, where their ideas come from, what authors have inspired them, what they love (and dread) about writing, and what they do for fun. Then, they take questions from the audience, so think of a good one to ask. The entire program generally lasts an hour. Then, there are snacks!

It’s a Party!

After the lecture, you can join the parade through the Museum to the back entrance of the Library. In the Children’s Room there are refreshments to eat and drink, books to buy from Mystery Lovers Bookshop, more books to look at and check out from the Library, and you can get your books signed by the author!

Get Your Books Signed

Whether you bring books from home or purchase them from Mystery Lovers Bookshop, the author is happy to sign and personalize them for you. To keep the line moving, we have a five-book limit.

Signing numbers will be called in groups of 20 so that you can enjoy the Library until your group is called. In the line, our friendly staff will come by and ask you for your name, so the author has the correct spelling, and put a Post-It note in your book to hold the place on the page.

Pictures with the Author

A picture with your favorite author captures a great memory and is super fun to share with family friends on social media. (They’ll be so jealous!)

To keep the signing line moving smoothly, we ask that you not take posed photos. Candid photos that don’t slow down the line are just fine. Our professional photographer will capture your special moment. You can find these photos on Facebook after the event. Don’t forget to share!

Audience members at Roxane Gay's lecture