Three Cheers for Summer Reading!

Plus: An Alternative History of Pittsburgh, lots of events, and more

“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy” - Charlaine Harris

Scroll down for the latest news and events in literary Pittsburgh . . . and if you’re reading anything that you can’t put down this summer, let us know on social media—just tag @littsburgh so we can see your recs!

Your friends in books,

Rachel, Nick, and Katie
The Littsburgh Crew


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Bridges & Books, the Pittsburgh-Based Teen Lit Podcast Created by Teens and for Teens, to Release First Season!

The podcast was created by a team of ten Pittsburgh-based teens with support from Kelsey Ford, creator of Bookish in the ‘Burgh, Pittsburgh’s Teen Book Festival…”


PulpFest Returns in 2021!

“PulpFest is named for pulp magazines — fiction periodicals named after the cheap pulp paper on which they were printed. ‘Love in the Shadows’ is the theme of PulpFest 2021. The convention will salute the centennial of Street & Smith’s LOVE STORY MAGAZINE — the best-selling pulp of all time — and the 90th anniversary of THE SHADOW, the magazine that launched the hero pulp explosion of the 1930s.”


The West View Hub is Searching for Pittsburgh Area Authors!

“We are currently reaching out to local authors and illustrators to share your books with our neighbors. We will be hosting an Author’s Corner in our library to promote local talent . . .”

Start Reading An Alternative History of Pittsburgh by Ed Simon…

“An Alternative History of Pittsburgh is a must-read for anyone curious about this storied city, and for Pittsburghers who think they know it all-too-well already.”



Literary Events


May 28, 2021: Poetry Reading: "Your Crib, My Qibla" by Saddiq Dzukogi (w/ Malcolm Friend and Karla Lamb)) @ Online More information

May 29, 2021: Poetry Reading: Robert Walicki, Marilyn Annucci, and Sharon Fagan McDermott @ Online More information

May 30, 2021: The Poetry Atelier on ZOOM @ Online More information

June 1, 2021: Hemingway's 2021 Summer Poetry Series, Week 3: Barnes, Barnett, Caballero, Rice, Solarczyk @ Online More information

June 2, 2021: Wednesday Webinars with Creative Nonfiction - From Reflection to Connection: Putting Your Inner Monologue on the Page @ Online More information

June 2, 2021: Book Launch! "The Lucky List" by Rachael Lippincott (w/ Morgan Matson, "Take Me Home Tonight") @ Online More information

June 2, 2021: Mystery Lovers: Cara Reinard and Kristin Wright Virtual Event @ Online More information

June 3, 2021: Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures: Andy Norman @ Online More information

June 4, 2021: Women's Write Out @ Riverview Park More information

June 4, 2021: Reading & Conversation: "Unbecoming" by Lesley Wheeler w/ Anjali Sachdeva and Brittany Hailer @ Online More information

June 5, 2021: Literary Magazine Launch! Winchester Thurston's "Plaid" @ Online More information

June 6, 2021: Love Your Neighbor: Literature Event @ Hazelwood Green More information

June 8, 2021: Mt. Lebanon Public Library: Virtual Author Visit with Caroline Kim @ Online More information

June 9, 2021: Poetry Reading: Bronwen Tate, Diamond Forde, and Samantha DeFlitch @ Online More information

June 11, 2021: Poetry Reading: "Cleave" by Tiana Nobile w/ Diana Khoi Nguyen ("Ghost Of") @ Online More information

June 12, 2021: Poetry Reading: Darla Himeles, Mihaela Moscaliuc, and Lisa Alexander @ Online More information

June 15, 2021: Hemingway's 2021 Summer Poetry Series, Week 4: Padua, Simms, Squillante, Ussia, Walicki @ Online More information

June 16, 2021: Wednesday Webinars with Creative Nonfiction - Writing Powerful Sentences: Go Beyond Grammar @ Online More information

June 16, 2021: WVU Press Party! Geoffrey Hilsabeck, Renée K. Nicholson, Shaun Slifer, Deesha Philyaw @ Online More information

June 16, 2021: Steel City Slam LIVE IN PERSON & VIRTUAL EVENT! @ Online More information

June 17, 2021: Poetry Reading: T.J. Sandella, Alan Chazaro, Conor Bracken, and Kara Knickerbocker @ Online More information

June 19, 2021: Parsec Monthly Meeting @ Online More information

June 19, 2021: Laser Cat/Vaser Cat Reading: RJ Gibson, Maw Shein Win, and Maggie Anderson @ Online More information

June 24, 2021: Penguin Evening Readers: THE STARS WE SHARE @ Online More information

June 24, 2021: Reading: "China Blue," Catherine Gammon w/ Toi Derricotte, Lynn Emanuel, William Lychack @ Online More information

June 29, 2021: Hemingway's 2021 Summer Poetry Series, Week 5: Buccilli, Corso, Irwin, Mennies, Shaw @ Online More information

June 29, 2021: Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray @ Online More information

June 30, 2021: Well-Read Black Girl Book Club @ Online More information

July 8, 2021: Reading & Conversation: "The Prettiest Star" by Carter Sickels (w/ Nick White) @ Online More information

July 13, 2021: Hemingway's 2021 Summer Poetry Series, Week 6: Allen, Dorsey, Kasdorf, Lin, Wesley @ Online More information

July 13, 2021: Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Brenda Myers-Powell @ Online More information

July 17, 2021: Parsec Monthly Meeting @ Online More information

July 22, 2021: Virtual Reading & Conversation: Ellen Prentiss Campbell and Susan Scarf Merrell @ Online More information

July 27, 2021: Hemingway's 2021 Summer Poetry Series, Week 7: Grochalski, Harvey, Mohn-Slate, Taylor, Jr., Wilson @ Online More information

July 27, 2021: Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Sara Shepard @ Online More information

July 28, 2021: Well-Read Black Girl Book Club @ Online More information

August 3, 2021: Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Anna Bailey @ Online More information

August 10, 2021: Hemingway's 2021 Summer Poetry Series, Week 8: Corpuz, Gegick, Prince, Shapiro, Wray @ Online More information

August 11, 2021: Latinx & Proud! Reading Series Special Edition ft. José Olivarez @ Online More information

August 19, 2021: PulpFest 2021 @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Cranberry More information

August 21, 2021: Parsec Monthly Meeting @ Online More information

September 18, 2021: Parsec Monthly Meeting @ Online More information

October 16, 2021: Parsec Monthly Meeting @ Online More information

November 20, 2021: Parsec Monthly Meeting @ Online More information