Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Siobhan Vivian: Stay Sweet Launch Party

We're ecstatic to host the Pittsburgh launch of New York Times bestselling author Siobhan Vivian's next YA novel, Stay Sweet. It is a story about friendship and romance over one summer at a legendary ice cream stand, told with Siobhan's characteristic wit, humor, and compassion. It's delicious! Pre-order your copy!

There will be swag, a Millie's ice cream truck, and guaranteed laughter and fun times. 

 

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May
4
5:30 PM17:30

Children's Book Author/Illustrator: Peter Brown

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Peter Brown is a New York Times-bestselling author and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels. He's on tour for his latest book, THE WILD ROBOT ESCAPES, and we're delighted that Pittsburgh is on his list! He'll be doing a reading, drawing demonstration, Q&A, and book signing, so come on by to go wild, get weird, make new friends, and hang out with Peter. All ages welcome!

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Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Girls Write Pittsburgh Workshop

Join Girls Write Pittsburgh and facilitators Tara McElfresh and Sheena Carroll for a pop-up workshop on developing characters! This workshop will involve imagery and word exercises, culminating in a vision board that writers can use to better understand and develop their characters. Girls Write Pittsburgh is a local organization dedicated to inspiring teens girls to find their voices through writing. This pop-up workshop is free and open to all self-identified girls between the ages of 13 to 18.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Jesse Andrews: Munmun

Jesse Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Pittsburgh native, is coming home! He'll read from his new book Munmun, the inventive and hilarious novel where your physical size is directly proportional to your material wealth. A brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking.
 

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club: The Animators

A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood. It was on many "best of 2017" lists, and it was called "stunning" by Variety, "compulsively readable" by Elle, and "a mix of Beaches, Girls, and Thelma & Louise" by Glamour.

 

 

 

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Mackenzi Lee: Bygone Badass Broads

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Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers and takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Lee is also the author of the buzzed-about YA book of the year, A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (a NYT bestseller, Kirkus Prize nominee, Stonewall Honor book, and named a best book of the year by NPR and the New York Public Library). 

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Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time With Picture Book Author Matthew Van Fleet

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Bring your little minnows for a special Saturday morning story time with picture book author/illustrator Matthew Van Fleet. His uniquely designed board books invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. A New York Times bestselling author, his newest book is DanceA fun, interactive experience for the kids!

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Feminist Book Club: The Power

About Naomi Alderman's latest offering, Margaret Atwood says, "Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything." A recommendation from Atwood (and one with exclamation points, at that) is good enough for us. Plus, Tyler says it's awesome and it will probably be his staff pick, as well. AND the editors over at the gray lady just picked it as one of their top 10 of 2017 as well, so. The premise: women develop the power to literally shock, a la electric eels, and because of this new strength, become dominant in society. 

*Note: All proceeds from Feminist Book Club support Planned Parenthood. 

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Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Moriel Rothman-Zecher: Sadness is a White Bird

Moriel Rothman-Zecher is a MacDowell Fellow and a rising literary star. In his lyrical and searing debut novel, Sadness is a White Bird, a young man is preparing to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings with his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. Called "Nuanced, sharp, and beautifully written" by Michael Chabon, the novel--both a love story and an examination of a never-ending conflict that has shaped generations--is powerful and timely. Moriel will be in conversation with PGH’s very own Kevin Haworth. See you there! 

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Young/McGrath Smith/Bogen Poetry Reading

Margaret Young's poetry collections are Willow From the Willow and Almond Town plus a new chapbook, Blight Summer. She is translating the work of Sergio Inestrosa (Mexico) and Debora Benacot (Argentina). Young is on the faculty of the Global Center for Advanced Studies and Endicott College.

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Her writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, Quiddity, Cimarron, and elsewhere. Nobody's Jackknife (2015) is her most recent book.

The latest of Deborah Bogen's four poetry collections, In Case of Sudden Free Fall, was published by Jacar Press in 2017. She's a political activist and plays uke in the Highland Park Mini-Band.

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Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Todd Boss

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Todd Boss is a critically-acclaimed poet, librettist, public artist, and film producer whose poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The London Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Best American Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Boss’s 2008 poetry debut Yellowrocket was called “one of the year’s 10 best poetry books” and received numerous awards. His follow-up, Pitch, was also a Minnesota Book Award finalist and won the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award. Tough Luck (2017) is his newest collection with W. W. Norton & Co.

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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Word Circus

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Chatham's MFA program hosts a night of reading and community, featuring Cedric Rudolph, Samantha Smith, Claire Wozniak, and Rachel Roupp. The readers will be followed by an open mic, open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

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Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Robin Becker Launch Party: The Black Bear Inside Me

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Robin Becker will read from her new book, The Black Bear Inside Me, releasing with the University of Pittsburgh Press. She has also published Tiger Heron; Domain of Perfect Affection; The Horse Fair; All-American Girl, which won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry; Giacometti’s DogBacktalk; and Personal Effects. About her work, Stephen Dunn has said: “Robin Becker achieves what may be one of the early twenty first century’s most difficult accomplishments—to write a credible poetry of affirmation. In the doing, she doesn’t pretty up the world. Rather, she finds language that embraces our dualities, our many-selved presences, regularly demonstrating her kind of perfect affection.” Pittsburgh poet and CMU staffer Rachel Mennies, who is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, will join her. 

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Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club: The Book of Joan

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An inventive, brilliant retelling of the story of Joan of Arc by bestselling author Lydia Yuknavitch (The Small Backs of Children). In her first foray into sci-fi, Yuknavitch sets her novel in a near-future dystopia, where most of the remaining humans have fled a radioactive, violent world to live on CIEL, a platform hovering above the earth and sucking the remainder of its resources. Joan is a child warrior still trying to save a ravaged world and free it from the grip of a despot. Christine Pizan (whose namesake wrote a tribute to the real Joan during her lifetime) is one of the elite, sexless survivors on CIEL who burns the rebel's story into her flesh. This novel balks categories; it is an ambitious, smart, literary, fantastical genre-and-gender bender that moves through time and space. A lot to talk about!

*Book club picks are 15% off!

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Feb
12
7:30 PM19:30

Joe Biden at Carnegie Music Hall

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Note: This event is at Carnegie Music Hall (4400 Forbes Ave), NOT at the bookstore!

Former Vice President Joe Biden travels to Pittsburgh on his American Promise tour, and White Whale is thrilled to provide the books for the event at Carnegie Music Hall. 
**Each ticket includes a copy of Joe Biden’s memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (a $27 value).** Tickets can be purchased here

Join Vice President Biden for a night of conversation that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Vice President Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. He will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty.

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Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Muriel Rukeyser Night: The Book of the Dead

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Feel like we’re a little short on heroes lately? Please join us at White Whale as we celebrate the life and writing of prolific poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980) to coincide with the release of a new edition of her most salient work, The Book of the Dead. 

Written in response to the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel disaster of 1931 in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia--one of the worst industrial catastrophes in American history--The Book of the Dead investigates the roots of a tragedy that killed hundreds of workers, most of them African American. These poems are a rare engagement with the overlap between race and environment in Appalachia. Published for the first time alongside photographs by Nancy Naumburg, who accompanied Rukeyser to Gauley Bridge in 1936, this new edition includes an introduction by Catherine Venable Moore, whose writing on the topic has been anthologized in Best American Essays.

Moore will join us for the evening, along with writer Kevin Haworth to read from the book and discuss Rukeyser's legacy. Help us celebrate by sharing some of your own favorite Rukeyser poems, or other work to honor her lasting impact. 

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Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Dar Williams: What I Found in A Thousand Towns

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Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's best singer-songwriters," folk musician Dar Williams has made her career touring small towns. In WHAT I FOUND IN A THOUSAND TOWNS: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, & Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams writes about places that have taken steps to cultivate what she calls “positive proximity.” By embracing their public spaces, drawing on their area’s unique attributes and identities, and allowing all willing citizens to put their gifts and talents to good use in the commons of town, these locations have become the types of places in which communities are vibrant and joyous—and the economic benefits have followed. Williams's book celebrates the creativity, hard work, and determination of average people who want to build something meaningful, and offers a roadmap for other communities seeking to do the same. 

She will read from her book in-store, and we'll cross our fingers that she'll treat us to a few songs, as well. :)

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Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward is having a very good year. First she received a MacArthur Genius grant, and then she won the National Book Award for the second time (!) for her newest book. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward returns back to Bois, Miss.—setting of her other NBA-winning novel, Salvage the Bones—and her writing is as haunting and magical as ever. A book to stay up reading late into the night. 

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