Something
for every reader,
writer, and listener.

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:
Colson Whitehead, Roxane Gay, Diane Rehm, Patti Smith, Isabel Allende, Jennifer Egan, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tayari Jones, Min Jin Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, Dave Eggers, Ottessa Moshfegh
Learn More
Mary Louise Parker on stage

New & Noted

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

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Mary-Louise Parker, Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume, Ann Patchett, Michael Pollan, Lidia Bastianich, Adam Savage, Damon Young, Pete Souza, Sloane Crosley, Neal Stephenson, James Patterson
Learn More
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, Jason Reynolds, Neal Shusterman, Meg Medina, Jennifer L. Holm, Mo Willems, Nicola Yoon
Learn More
Sherrie Flick lecturing

Made Local

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

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Sherrie Flick, Theresa Brown, Sharon Washington, Jacob Bacharach, Tom Sweterlitsch, Siobhan Vivian, Jonathan Auxier, Jesse Andrews, Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Scott Stern, Eliza Griswold
Learn More
Audience at poetry reading

Poets Aloud

features readings by nationally recognized poets.

RECENT AUTHORS INCLUDE:
Gerald Stern, Gregory Pardlo, Terrance Hayes, Peter Oresick, Yona Harvey, Sam Hazo, Parneshia Jones, Daniel Borzutzky, Li-Young Lee, Ilya Kaminsky, Tracy K. Smith, Claudia Rankine
Learn More

Upcoming Lectures

Headshot of author Ibram X Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

OCT 14

Julie Lythcott-Haims

OCT 17

Headshot of author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

OCT 28

Grace Lin headshot

Grace Lin

NOV 3