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September 2012

September 14, 2012

New Partnerships for Expanding Audiences for 2012/13 Programming


Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Announces New Agreements with WQED Multimedia & Oakmont’s Mystery Lovers Bookshop

New Partnerships for Expanding Audiences for 2012/13 Programming

July, 19, 2012 - Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces two new partnership agreements for the 2012/13 season, a media sponsorship with WQED Multimedia that will publicize Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures programs on both WQED-FM 89.3 and WQED-TV, and an exclusive book selling agreement with one of Pittsburgh’s best-known independent bookstores, the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont.

The wide-ranging media agreement includes promotion across all WQED media outlets for the 2012/13 LITERARY EVENINGS, Monday Night Lecture Series, and for BLACK, WHITE & READ ALL OVER, the family and children’s literature series presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures in association with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. A key component of the agreement will be a regularly scheduled appearance with PA&L Executive Director, Jayne Adair, on the popular WQED-FM 89.3, “The QED Morning Show” to talk with host Jim Cunningham about upcoming LITERARY EVENINGS programs.

“This partnership gives our programs the kind of publicity that we could never pay for,” says Adair.
“The interviews with Jim will get the word out about the distinguished writers we’re bringing to Pittsburgh. And, the promotion of our literary children’s series in trusted WQED kids’ programming will have a huge positive effect on our audiences for these Sunday afternoon programs.”

WQED President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah L. Acklin believes that WQED’s association with Pittsburgh’s premier literary lecture series brings unique local content to WQED with many future program possibilities.

“WQED is thrilled to partner with Pittsburgh Arts & Lecture to welcome some of the best authors in the country,” says Acklin. “Our audiences on WQED-TV and WQED-FM include the intelligent and sophisticated readers who enjoy the Monday night lectures and we hope to welcome new people to these literary evenings.  This is another way that WQED is a resource for arts and culture in our region.”

In addition, Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, will be the exclusive bookseller at all 2012/13 Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures events. New owner, Laurie Stephens, purchased Mystery Lovers Bookshop from longtime owners Mary Alice Gorman and Richard Goldman in June 2012.  Stephens has recently relocated to Pittsburgh from Dallas, where she directed an established literary lecture series at the Dallas Museum of Art.  She says that the opportunity to sell books at all Pittsburgh Art & Lectures event will expand the Oakmont store’s national customer base and will bring the quality services of an independent bookstore inside the local venues for all Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures events.

“Authors are like rock stars to readers,” says Stephens. “There is so much energy created at the Literary Evenings programs. I cannot think of a better way for Mystery Lovers Bookshop to be part of the excitement about books in the Pittsburgh community.”

For more information, please contact Jayne Adair, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures,, or 412-622-8866.

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September 22, 2012

History a fertile ground for author Erik Larson

Want to learn more about Erik Larson before his Literary Evening appearance on September 24th?  Click here to read an article by Marylynne Pitz in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 24, 2012

Check out Opening Night Photos on Facebook!

Want to see some beautiful photos of the 2012-2013 LITERARY EVENINGS season with Erik Larson? Just click here to view our Facebook Album: Erik Larson's Opening Night Lecture! 

September 28, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin with The Oath - Hear him on October 8th

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2012
Contact:  Eryn Morgan, 412-578-2464,

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Presents
A LITERARY EVENING with Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin
The Oath: The Obama White House vs. The Supreme Court

Monday, October 8, 2012, Carnegie Music Hall, 7:30p.m

(Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces the appearance of legal analyst and Supreme Court expert Jeffrey Toobin, on Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  This event is the second in a series of ten lectures in the 2012-13 season of LITERARY EVENINGS, Monday Night Lecture Series, sponsored by the Drue Heinz Trust.

Jeffrey Toobin is author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court and is CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst and a staff writers for the New Yorker.  Toobin’s newest release, The Oath: The Obama White House vs. The Supreme Court, explores the Roberts court in greater depth, beginning with the fumbling of the presidential oath as delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts to President-elect Barack Obama in 2009.  Kirkus Reviews (Sept. 18, 2012) calls it “A skillful probing of the often-discordant relationship between the president and the Supreme Court.”

Toobin, an expert on judicial law and the U.S. court system, combines his talent for delivering even-handed legal analysis with his eloquent prose, trademarks that have established him as the preeminent writer about the current Supreme Court.  He attended Harvard Law School and has authored eight books including The Run of his Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and A Vast conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President

The Oath: The Obama White House vs. The Supreme Court, just released in late September, explores the Roberts court from an insider’s perspective.  Toobin takes a stand throughout and argues that the ideological battle between President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts will shape the future of the country by overturning decades of legal precedent.  The recent reshaping of the court (four new justices over the last five years) and the landmark cases they are hearing, highlight the potential for significant judicial changes.

A LITERARY EVENING with Jeffrey Toobin is presented with additional support from S&T Trust, WQED Multimedia, and Mystery Lovers Bookshop.  Tickets ($15-$35) are available online at, by phone at 412.622.8866, or at the Carnegie Music Hall Box Office on the night of the program.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Student tickets are $10 each with ID.

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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 two literary series in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as special events featuring today’s favorite offbeat writers and storytellers, with the purpose of encouraging interest in the lifelong pursuit of reading.

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