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June 1, 2012
Post-Gazette Articles Previews Writers LIVE with Michael Sims
Click here to read the preview article published in Monday, June 18th Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, previewing the Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main appearance of Michael Sims.
Seats are still available for Sims' talk on Thursday, June 21st. For FREE registration, please click here.
June 2, 2012
Writers LIVE @ CLP-Main with Michael Sims, Thursday, June 21st @ 6pm
For Immediate Release
May 29, 2012
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Greensburg Writer Michael Sims with The Story of Charlotte’s Web
Writers LIVE @CLP-Main
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6pm
(Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce the appearance of notable nonfiction writer Michael Sims on Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6 pm, at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main in Oakland. Sims’ visit is 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.
Michael Sims will present a talk and reading from his recent book, The Story of Charlotte’s Web. Sims’ meticulously researched biography explores the eccentric life and imagination of author E.B. White. Starting with the childhood influence of his family’s farm in Mount Vernon, NY, where the personalities of the beloved characters Charlotte, Wilbur, and Fern were shaped, Sims traces White’s career from a writer for The New Yorker to the places in nature that inspired him to write the beloved American classic.
The Story of Charlotte’s Web is described by The Boston Globe (6.19.11) as “immensely charming.” The Los Angeles Review of Books writes, “In this lovingly rendered portrait, Sims details the life of [White’s] careful listening, insatiable curiosity, and empathy toward all living creatures.”
A resident of Greensburg, PA, Michael Sims grew up in Tennessee and is a self-taught writer. He is the author of five books and has edited numerous anthologies of Victorian fiction and poetry. He’s been published in the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Gourmet and American Archaeology. His book, In the Womb: Animals, has been featured on the National Geographic channel.
The June 21 program with Michael Sims will take place at 6 pm, followed by a book signing with the author. The event is free and open to the public with registration encouraged. Event registration is available online at pittsburghlectures.org or by calling Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures at 412.622.8866. Independent bookseller Mystery Lovers 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 of Pittsburgh. 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 in Pennsylvania. 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.
June 2, 2012
Celebrating 60 Years of Charlotte's Web
Read Michael Sims' recent essay celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the penning of Charlott'e Web, "one of the most beloved children's books of the 20th century."