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April 2012

April 1, 2012

O Nan & McCafferty Make City Paper Short List

Two Takes on Marriage:  Wednesday, May 2, 6:00 PM,
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main, Oakland

Good friends and novelists Stewart O'Nan and Jane McCafferty appear together for Writers LIVE with their latest novels. 

Register for this FREE book talk and reading HERE.

Read more about the event on the City Paper's Short List HERE.

April 2, 2012

EVENT: Local Novelists Stewart O'Nan and Jane McCafferty, Writers LIVE @ CLP - Main, May 2, 2012, 6:00PM

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2012

Contact:  Eryn Morgan, 412-578-2464,

Local Novelists Stewart O’Nan and Jane McCafferty Present New Releases
The Odds and First You Try Everything, Two Takes on Marriage
Writers LIVE @CLP-Main, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 6pm
(Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce the appearance of fiction writers Stewart O’Nan and Jane McCafferty on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 6 pm, at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main in Oakland.  O’Nan and McCafferty are appearing as a part of Writers LIVE @ CLP - Main, a series of free live appearances from nationally acclaimed authors and promising up-and-comers with personal or literary connections to Pittsburgh.
Good friends and novelists, Stewart O’Nan (The Odds) and Jane McCafferty (First You Try Everything), appear together and will present a joint talk and reading from their latest novels.  John Allison in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, “Both works dissect the lives of middle-aged, middle-class white people whose marriages have taken midlife nosedives…Each has pulled off an admirable feat: literary fiction…with precise prose and strong narratives that earn your attention.”
Stewart O’Nan, a Pittsburgher and longtime Pirates fan, is a nationally acclaimed author who has built a following all over the country for novels like Emily Alone and Last Night at the Lobster.  Stewart O’Nan is author of 14 novels, a screenplay, and two works of nonfiction. O’Nan says he got his first big break as a writer when he won the 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for his collection of short stories, In the Walled City.
The Odds, written by Stewart O’Nan, was published in 2012.  Kirkus Reviews calls his latest novella The Odds “a valentine to marriage as it is actually lived in troubled times.”  The Odds follows the Fowlers to Niagara Falls on their second honeymoon where they bet their remaining life savings in hopes of saving everything else – even their crumbling marriage.
Jane McCafferty is author of the new novel First You Try Everything, and is a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.  McCafferty is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, Director of the World, which won the 1992 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.
First You Try Everything (2012), written by Jane McCafferty, is set in present-day Pittsburgh and is about the unraveling of the marriage of Ben and Evvie Muldoone and the agonizing process of divorce. The Oprah Magazine blog, O, says that First You Try Everything is “a life-stopping novel by Jane McCafferty, a crackerjack of a writer…”.  
The May 2 program with O’Nan and McCafferty will take place at 6 pm, followed by a book signing with the authors.  The event is free and open to the public with registration encouraged.  Event registration is available online at or by calling Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at 412.622.8866.  Independent bookseller Penguin Bookshop will be on site for book sales.

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About Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures:

Founded in 1991, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is a non-profit 501(c)(3) literary, performing arts organization, as designated by the City ofPittsburgh.  The unique mission of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is to connect world-class authors and their work with the local community and, in doing so, to elevate the quality of civic discourse in Pittsburgh through the presentation and discussion of the universal human values of literature.  Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures produces an annual series of literary lectures sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust.  In addition, the organization produces a literary series for children and families in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as special events featuring niche writers and storytellers, with the purpose of encouraging interest in the lifelong pursuit of reading.
About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh contributes to the educational attainment, economic development, and cultural enrichment of the region. Through critical services such as early learning programs for children, job search assistance and computer and Internet access, the Library fosters lifelong learning and is a renowned leader among the nation’s libraries. With more than 2 million visitors and 3.5 million items borrowed each year, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the region’s most visited asset and one of the largest public libraries inPennsylvania.  Established in 1895 by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie as a public trust to be funded by the community, the Library derives approximately 90% of its annual operating budget from public or government sources, including the Allegheny County Regional Asset District (RAD), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh.

April 3, 2012

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Announces Speakers for 2012-13 Literary Evenings


Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Announces Speakers for 2012-13 Literary Evenings,

Monday Night Lecture Series, Carnegie Music Hall, 7:30pm

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is pleased to announce the following speakers scheduled to appear for the 2012-13 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series, sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust:

September 24, 2012, Erik Larson, Narrative Non-Fiction, Opening Night Lecture (In the Garden of Beasts, The Devil in the White City)

October 8, 2012, Jeffrey Toobin, Non-Fiction (The Oath: The Obama White House vs. The Supreme Court)

October 22, 2012; Jeffrey Eugenides, Literary Fiction (The Marriage Plot, Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides)

November 5, 2012; Ellen Goodman, Columnist & Essayist, Election Eve Lecture, “A Civil Tongue in the Era of Polarized Politics”

November 19, 2012, Téa Obreht, Literary Fiction (The Tiger’s Wife)

December 3, 2012, Candice Millard, Presidential History (Destiny of the Republic, The River of Doubt)

January 14, 2013, Jared Diamond, Evolutionary Biology (The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?; Collapse; Guns, Germs, And Steel);

February 4, 2013, Rebecca Skloot, Narrative Non-Fiction (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) with a special appearance by David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks

March 18, 2013, Paula McLain, Literary Fiction (The Paris Wife)

April 8, 2013, Geraldine Brooks, Historical Literary Fiction (Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, March)

The 2012-13 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series is presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures with sponsorship support from the Drue Heinz Trust, in association with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. This will be the twenty-second consecutive season of Pittsburgh’s premier literary lecture series.

Literary Evenings began as the Three Rivers Lectures Series in 1991, at the Byham Theater (then Fulton Theater). The series was renamed The Drue Heinz Lectures in 1999, when The Drue Heinz Trust became the primary sponsor, and renamed again in 2011, at the request of the Drue Heinz Trust. The sponsorship of the Trust and Mrs. Heinz’s personal interest continue today.

Jayne Adair, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, says that the support of The Drue Heinz Trust has kept the series strong and relevant. “Mrs. Heinz believes that the literary arts have the power to raise the level of civic discourse in a community,” Adair explains, “so the Lectures present those writers whose works express the great universal values of literature that have power to bring a community together.”

In addition to the support of the Drue Heinz Trust, the 2012-13 lectures will benefit from three community partnerships. The United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh is the community partner for the February 4, 2013 lecture with Rebecca Skloot and David Lacks about Skloot’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will provide support for Jared Diamond’s appearance on January 14, 2013. And, the University of Pittsburgh Press will partner with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures to recognize the winner of the 2012 Drue Heinz Literature Prize at the lecture with Téa Obreht, November 19, 2012.

The series is presented at the Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, on selected Mondays at 7:30 p.m. On-site book sales are provided exclusively by Penguin Bookshop, the independent book store in Sewickley. Tickets for the 2012-13 Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series are now available in both full-season and smaller sampler subscription packages. Tickets can be purchased for individual lectures, beginning June 1st. Student tickets are available for $10 with student identification. Other group discounts are also available, including a discount for book clubs. More information is available by calling Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, 412-622-8866, or by visiting

For more information, please contact Jayne Adair, 412-622-8866, or

April 31, 2012

Ann Patchett Decries This Years Non-Winner of a Pulitzer in Fiction

The April 18, 2012 edition of the NY TIMES contains the following Op-Ed by Ann Patchett.  Anyone who came to her LITERARY EVENING on November 21, 2011, or anyone who loves fiction will want to read what Ann has to say about the decision of the Pulitzer Prize Board not to award a winner this year in fiction.