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Programs

Through our five signature programs Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures connects celebrated authors with the community, elevates civic discourse, and inspires creativity and a passion for the literary arts.

Colson Whitehead with copies of The Underground Railroad

Ten Evenings

is our mainstage program presenting celebrated authors generously sharing their research and creative process in conversational lectures.

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Roxane Gay, Patti Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Anthony Doerr, Andrew Solomon, Diane Rehm, Colson Whitehead, Daniel James Brown, Bryan Stevenson, Ruth Reichl, David Mitchell, Jesmyn Ward, Richard Ford.
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Mary Louise Parker on stage

New & Noted

brings nationally touring authors to Pittsburgh with their newly released titles.

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Margaret Atwood, Louise Penny, Chris Bohjalian, Alice Hoffman, Christina Baker Kline, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Flanagan, David Sibley, Jon Elder Robison, Alan Cumming, Celeste Ng, Jeffrey Toobin, Chris Cleave, Judy Blume.
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Kids in audience with paper Yoda puppets

Words & Pictures

presents acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators to readers of all ages.

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Lois Lowry, Patricia Polacco, Jacqueline Woodson, Kate DiCamillo, Kwame Alexander, Kevin Henkes, Stephen Pastis, Robert Sabuda.
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Sherrie Flick lecturing

Made Local

showcases talented local authors as well as books and writers with a Pittsburgh connection.

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Jesse Andrews, S.L. Price, Sherrie Flick, Theresa Brown, Nancy Moses, Sharon Washington, Jacob Bacharach, Tom Sweterlitsch, Nick Courage, Siobhan Vivian, Jonathan Auxier.
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Audience at poetry reading

Poets Aloud

features readings by local and national poets.

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Gerald Stern, Gregory Pardlo, Terrance Hayes, Peter Oresick, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Yona Yarvey, Sam Hazo, Parneshia Jones.
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Chuck Palahniuk Special Event

Special Events

features author and events throughout the year.

RECENT AUTHORS AND EVENTS INCLUDE:
Annie Proulx, Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gaiman, Judy Collins, Chuck Palahniuk, The Moth Mainstage.
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Upcoming Lectures

Nicole Krauss

SEPT 19

Nancy Isenberg

Nancy Isenberg

SEPT 25

Katherine Applegate

OCT 1

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie

OCT 15