Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club: Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

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This month’s Third Thursday Book Club pick is Stray City by Chelsey Johnson! A debut novel about youth, motherhood, belonging, and chosen family, it’s the story of twenty-four-year-old Andrea Morales, a queer woman who discovers she’s pregnant from a hook up and decides to have the baby. Ten years later, when her daughter begins asking questions about her father, Andrea must make peace with the past she tried to forget and the present she’s built.

Regular book club picks are 15% off!

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Q&A: Tom Bennitt (Burning Under) and Stewart O'Nan

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Join us as we welcome Tom Bennitt to the store in conversation with local author Stewart O'Nan! Bennitt is the author of Burning Under (2018, Stephen F. Austin University Press). A stunning literary thriller, Burning Under captures the grit and character of a Rustbelt mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania following the aftermath of a deadly coal mine explosion.

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Reading: Noah Blaustein with Steffan Triplett, Deena November, and Josh Corson

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Please join us in welcoming Noah Blaustein to Pittsburgh and to White Whale for a reading from and celebration of his newest collection, After Party (University of New Mexico Press)! He'll be joined by three local poets we love: Steffan Triplett, Josh Corson, and Deena November.

“Here’s one of the many things I love about Noah Blaustein’s poetry and his bright and tender and honest new book After Party: everything you thought you were reading is broken, then willed back. It looks the same, but having been touched by the ripples he’s launched, it can never be the same again.” —Cornelius Eady, author of The Gathering of My Name

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Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time: Beth Ferry

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New York Times bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) comes to White Whale for an extra special story time. Bring your little minnows to the store to meet Beth and stay for a signing of her newest book, The Scarecrow—with gorgeous illustrations by the Fan Brothers.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Signing: Michael Carroll, author of Stella Maris

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Join us in welcoming Michael Carroll as he visits Pittsburgh for a reading and signing for his most recent collection, Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories, a Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2019! Racy, blunt, poignant, episodic stories with characters that carry over from narrative to narrative, Stella Maris is a look at life in the microcosm of Key West among regulars and newcomers, and gay relationships in today’s hotly charged political climate.

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Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

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After a long hiatus, we’re so pleased to be restarting our Little Minnows Story Time! It’s back, in part, because we’ve found the perfect kid collaborator: singer, dancer, actress, and puppeteer Casey Kilroy! Expect to see some great visiting children’s book authors now and then, too. Join us every week for some themed readings, activities, and fun for the whole fam!

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Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

Reading: Joe Pan and James Sidel

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We're thrilled to welcome visiting poet Joe Pan to town for a reading alongside local author James Sidel! Joe will be selling copies of his latest collection, Operating Systems.

Please note the time, as this event starts a little later than our weeknight events usually do.

Joe Pan is the author of five poetry collections, Operating Systems (Spork Press, 2019), The Art Is a Lonely Hunter, Soffritto, Hi c cu ps, and Autobiomythography & Gallery, and served as co-editor of the best-selling Brooklyn Poets Anthology. His work has appeared in such venues as the Boston Review, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Review of Books.

James Sidel currently serves as Associate Fiction Editor at Brooklyn Arts Press, and as an instructor at Pittsburgh's Point Park University. His story “Insurance,” set in Pittsburgh, won the Glimmer Train Open Fiction Contest in 2012 and his first novel, The Last Survey, is set for publication in 2020.

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Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Autumn House Press, Barrelhouse, and The Rumpus

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Join Autumn House Press, Barrelhouse, and The Rumpus for an inspiring evening of readings!

Featuring performances by Cameron Barnett, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Ben Gwin, Geeta Kothari, Monica Prince, Molly Spencer, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.

This event is free and open to the public! Books will be available for purchase.

Original event artwork by Lisa Lee Herrick.

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Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Gretchen Primack and Jill Khoury

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Rounding off the month of October, we're so excited to have poet Gretchen Primack visiting us from upstate New York and reading with local poet Jill Khoury! Gretchen is the author of Visiting Days, as well as two other poetry collections: Kind and Doris’ Red Spaces. She moonlights at an indie bookstore in Woodstock, NY. Jill writes on gender, disability, and embodied identity. She has written two chapbooks, Borrowed Bodies and Chance Operations, as well as her full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer.


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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: The Face Tells the Secret by Jane Bernstein

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Join us for the book launch of Jane Bernstein's latest novel! She'll be reading from the release and will be joined by another local author, Jane McCafferty. A tumultuous journey, the unearthing of disturbing family secrets, the process of acknowledging how our family history shapes us, The Face Tells the Secret asks difficult questions of its protagonist and of ourselves, the readers.

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Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Taylor, Daniels, Brice, & Brice

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We're looking forward to hosting visiting poet Keith Taylor here in the store alongside Jim Daniels, Charlie Brice, and Judy Brice!

Keith Taylor has authored or edited 17 books and chapbooks. His most recent is the Ecstatic Destinations (Alice Greene & Co., 2018). His last full length collection, The Bird-while (Wayne State University Press, 2017), won the Bronze medal for the Foreword/Indies Poetry Book of the Year.

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Pavey, Lamb, Knickerbocker, Baldinger, Silsbe

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We're looking forward to this early November reading with great local poets Karla Lamb, Kara Knickerbocker, Jason Baldinger, and Scott Silsbe as well as Shawn Pavey, who'll be visiting us from Kansas! Shawn is the author of Talking to Shadows (2008, Main Street Rag Press), Nobody Steals the Towels from a Motel 6 (2015, Spartan Press), and Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse (Spartan Press, 2019).

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Jody Bolz and Jan Beatty

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Happy to have the opportunity to welcome poet Jody Bolz to Pittsburgh and local poet and professor Jan Beatty back to White Whale! They'll be reading from their latest collections together.

Jody Bolz is the author of A Lesson in Narrative Time (Gihon Books, 2004), Shadow Play (Turning Point, 2013), and The Near and Far (Turning Point, 2019).

Jan Beatty’s fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and won the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her new book, The Body Wars, will be published in Fall, 2020 by U. of Pittsburgh Press.

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Sep
15
5:00 PM17:00

Reading, Discussion, and Music: Slanted, presented by Simon Tam w/ Brenda Lee Green of the ACLU

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Simon Tam will be presenting his new memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court at White Whale Bookstore. The memoir discusses, among other stories and themes, the fight The Slants brought to the Supreme Court to trademark their band name. He'll be joined by Slants’ guitarist, Joe x. Jiang, and will be performing some songs from the band's latest release. Brenda Lee Green of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU of Pennsylvania will be in conversation with Simon as well.

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: The Desperate Measure of Undoing by Jessica Fischoff

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Across the Margin is launching local writer and editor Jessica Fischoff’s chapbook The Desperate Measure of Undoing this September. Reading alongside Jessica will be local writers Jan Beatty, Adriana E. Ramírez, and Erinn Batykefer. Jessica is the Editor and Owner of [PANK], author the little book of poems, The Desperate Measure of Undoing (Across the Margin, 2019) and Editor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2020).

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Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Pittsburgh Writers for Migrant Justice: Sousa, Friend, Shirazi, Ramírez

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On Wednesday, September 4th, writers across the United States will hold a series of protest readings "Writers for Migrant Justice" in over 45 cities. The reading collective, organized by Christopher Soto, Javier Zamora, Jan-Henry Gray and Anni Li hopes to raise $5,000 for Immigrant Families Together, a volunteer network that actively works to pay bail set for detained migrants, reunite families and help families rebuild and recover from trauma after being released from detention. In addition, Writers for Migrant Justice hopes to raise an additional $500 at each protest reading being held across the country.

Please join us at the all-Latinx Pittsburgh chapter of Writers for Migrant Justice as we rally together in our insistence that migration is not a crime. Pittsburgh-based writers Malcolm Friend, Tanya Shirazi, Adriana Ramírez and Kim Sousa will be holding space together and collectively represent the diaspora from Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

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Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Feminist Book Club: Beloved by Toni Morrison

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To celebrate the life and work of the United States’ greatest author, our Feminist Book Club will be reading Beloved by Toni Morrison this month. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel centers on the story of Sethe, who was born enslaved and escaped to Ohio but is still traumatized by memories of enslavement and of the death of her nameless baby, who haunts her new home.

All Feminist Book Club proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

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Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Discussion: James Lieber and Fair Districts PA

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We can't wait to host lawyer and author James Lieber, author of Victory: How Pennylvania Beat Gerrymandering and How Other States Can Do the Same, and Doug Webster, an area volunteer coordinator for the statewide advocacy group Fair Districts PA (FDPA), for a reading and discussion about the current drive for redistricting reform in Pennsylvania.

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Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Third (Tuesday) Thursday Book Club: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

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“A page turner . . . An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.” — The New York Times Book Review

This month’s pick is The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai! One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, the two narratives woven together show how the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s affected three generations of friendships, from 1985 through our era.

*Third Thursday book club picks are 15 % off.

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Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Edmund Berrigan, w/ Lauren Russell and Karen Lillis

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Need a mid-month literature reading pick-me-up? Edmund Berrigan will be visiting Pittsburgh to read from his most recent collection of poetry, More Gone (City Lights, 2019), alongside local writers Lauren Russell and Karen Lillis. Other recent publications from Edmund include We'll All Go Together (Further and Fewer, 2015) and Can It! (Letter Machine Editions, 2014).

Praise for More Gone:

"A vulnerable and movingly confident self. He impresses with deep impressions." –– John Godfrey

"Edmund Berrigan's poems may be 'more gone,' but they are also more here. 'Anxious, patient and sentient,' they happen at an intimate core of self, family, community, and world, webbing out in all our neighboring shades and activities of being, where experience glitches and knits. They are rollercoastery, beautiful, knowing, revelatory, and real." –– Eleni Sikelianos

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Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Zach Powers: First Cosmic Velocity Reading + Conversation with Tom Sweterlitsch

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We’re thrilled to welcome Zach Powers to Pittsburgh for a reading from his debut novel, First Cosmic Velocity, and a conversation with local author Tom Sweterlitsch (The Gone World, Tomorrow and Tomorrow).

Zach Powers is the author of Gravity Changes, which won the BOA Short Fiction Prize, the co-founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live, and previously led the writers' workshop at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home for eight years. He is Director of Communications for The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, and lives in Arlington, VA.

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Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Book Party! The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation

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Join us at White Whale for a book launch event featuring: Joan E. Bauer, Sheila Carter-Jones, Don Krieger, Mike Schneider, E.G. Silverman and Christine Telfer! Writer and co-editors, Bonnie Omer Johnson and Kimberly Garts Crum, proudly announce the August publication of The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation, a collection of stories, essays and poems by 50 writers born between 1946 and 1964, who have lived (or are living now) along the Ohio River—between Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, ILL.

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Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Feminist Book Club: Bicycle / Race by Adonia Lugo, PhD

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*Rescheduled from July!

A personal look at urban planning and city cycling, Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance by Adonia Lugo pushes past conversations about the politics of cycling and into the colonization of California, the racism of biking movements, and Lugo’s own Chicana coming-of-age story.

All proceeds from purchases of Bicycle / Race in store go to Planned Parenthood!

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Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Ben Folds with Mayor Peduto (at First Unitarian Church)

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White Whale is proud to host Ben Folds, a pop icon widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation, on tour for his first book, A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS. Join us at First Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh—a beautiful, intimate venue with great acoustics—where Ben will open up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.

Doors at 6pm. Ben will be in conversation with guest moderator Mayor Bill Peduto. Q&A and book signing to follow. Bundled tickets include a hardcover book and priority seating.

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Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: Marilou Is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith

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Come out to Bloomfield and help White Whale celebrate the release of local author Sarah Elaine Smith’s debut novel, Marilou Is Everywhere!

Sarah Elaine Smith holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, as well as an MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Wallace Fellowship and her prize-winning poetry and fiction has earned recognition from the MacDowell Colony and the Keene Prize for Literature, among others. In Marilou Is Everywhere, she tells a gripping, page-turning story about female adolescence, family, class and identity in rural America. A tantalizing mystery that is compulsively readable!

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Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: Through the Kaleidoscope by Elizabeth Jeffries

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Join us for the launch of Through the Kaleidoscope by Elizabeth Jeffries (Epiphany Press)! Through the Kaleidoscope is Elizabeth’s journey through the emergence, maturation, and collapse of the evangelical worldview through her graduate study of cell biology and the natural world—as well as her re-enchantment with an inclusive truth too deep and too wide to ever be contained in just one set of religious metaphors.

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: Awaken the Demon by H.N. Benson

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White Whale's excited to host the launch of a local author's debut from indie press Black Rose Writing!

H.N. Benson is an author with a mind for adventure and creativity. She writes dark fantasy (vampires, werewolves, demons, elves, etc) but also explores the struggles of living with mental illness (such as PTSD, MDD, and anxiety). About Awaken the Demon: Rosina thinks that life can’t get any worse, then she dies. Crawling out of her own grave is just the beginning of the horrible things that she will face as a vampyre.

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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Margaret Renkl: Late Migrations

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Join us at White Whale mid-summer to welcome Margaret Renkl, on tour for her book of essays, Late Migrations. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. The founding editor of Chapter 16, a daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, she lives in Nashville. Late Migrations is an engaging, complicated, and bittersweet portrait of a family, braided with observations about the natural world outsider her suburban Nashville home.

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Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Third (Tuesday) Thursday Book Club: Bunny by Mona Awad

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“A surreal, darkly funny take on art, power, and female friendships.” —Entertainment Weekly

This month’s pick is Bunny, by Mona Awad! From the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Samantha, a loner and outsider at an elite MFA program, becomes a member of a secretive, wealthy socialites’ literary salon on campus: The Bunnies’ “Smut Salon.” Truth begins to blur with fiction.

*Third Thursday book club picks are 15 % off.

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Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Cheryl Head & Paula Martinac

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Come hear authors Cheryl Head (the Charlie Mack Motown mysteries) and Paula Martinac (Clio Rising) read from their new novels! Both books published by Bywater Books (www.bywaterbooks.com). The first in Cheryl Head’s series, Bury Me When I’m Dead, was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards finalist. Paula Martinac is the author of a book of short stories and five novels, including The Ada Decades, a finalist for the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction, and her debut Out of Time, which won the Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the American Library Association’s Gay and Lesbian Book Award.

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Jul
1
7:30 PM19:30

Queers Write Pittsburgh Showcase

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Join the Queers Write Workshop for our showcase performance! Seating for the event will begin at 7:30. $5 suggested donation. Our writers participated in a 5 week long workshop centered around the queer trauma narrative. Through this lens, they have crafted unique and challenging pieces. Come hear these pieces live!

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Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Poetry Reading: Chime by Len Lawson (with Malcolm Friend and Joy KMT)

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Come out to White Whale for a celebration of Len Lawson’s collection Chime, published in March of this year. He is also the author of the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, 2017). His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Len is also a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches English at University of South Carolina Sumter and is a Poetry Reader for Up the Staircase Quarterly. Chime is a reclamation and preservation of the body, especially the black body, which has been under attack in recent years if not since its creation. Len will be joined by Malcolm Friend and Joy KMT for a reading.

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Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Queers Write Pittsburgh

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“Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative” is a five-week workshop series for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. The goals of the workshop will be to create a positive environment for writers to work on pieces, share their work with others, and receive feedback on their writing. The workshop series will end with a writers’ showcase. This workshop series will take place Saturdays in June. Spaces are limited and applications due in mid-May. Please email queerswritepittsburgh@gmail.com for more information.

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Jun
26
11:00 AM11:00

Drag Queen Story Hour with Ona Louise

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Storyteller Ona Louise will be hosting DQSH at White Whale Bookstore!

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. It is an inclusive and positive event where all are welcome and encouraged to present as they wish (and dress up!).

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Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Reading: Long Shot Books / Chelsea Margaret Bodnar, miss macross, Dorit Sasson, Liz Abeling

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Co-hosted by up-and-coming local publishing company Long Shot Books, White Whale’s happy to welcome four local writers to the store for a reading. Chelsea Margaret Bodnar is the author of the chapbooks Basement Gemini and dead people's bedrooms. miss macross is a multi-genre writer, a workshop organizer for Girls Write Pittsburgh, the host of the Hell’s Lid Reading Series, and has published two chapbooks: MISS MACROSS VS. BATMAN (CWP Collective Press, 2018) and THE MIDNIGHT PRINCESS (2019). Dorit Sasson, M.A., is the award-winning author of the memoir Accidental Soldier and the upcoming memoir Sand and Steel: A Memoir of Longing and Finding Home. Liz Abeling writes mostly short fiction, and runs a website based around unsent letters called Saved as Draft.

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