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
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
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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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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Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

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

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Come out to White Whale the second week in July to discuss the Feminist Book Club’s pick for the month: Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance by Adonia Lugo.

A personal look at urban planning and city cycling, it 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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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
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
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
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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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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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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Jun
22
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
21
7:00 PM19:00

Anjali Sachdeva: All the Names They Used for God Paperback Release

We're looking forward to celebrating Anjali Sachdeva's paperback release, which will feature readings from Anjali and local authors Clare Beams and Tess Allard!

Anjali Sachdeva’s short story collection, All the Names They Used for God, was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, Refinery 29, and BookRiot, longlisted for the Story Prize, and chosen as the 2018 Fiction Book of the Year by the Reading Women podcast. Sachdeva is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the MFA program at Randolph College. 

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Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Book Reading: The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat by Melissa Landrigan

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We're delighted to welcome back local author Melissa Landrigan at this event co-hosted by the Appalachian Science Writers!

As a vegetarian getting closer to the source of her food, eventually even visiting a slaughterhouse and hunting elk, Landrigan realized that the most ethical way of eating was to know her food—whether meat or vegetable—and prepare it herself, on her own terms, to eat with family and friends.

Marissa Landrigan holds an MFA from Iowa State University and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown, where she teaches creative, professional, and digital writing.

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Jun
15
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
13
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: Connected Teaching by Harriet Schwartz

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Join White Whale as we welcome local author and professor, Harriet L. Schwartz, and celebrate the launch of Connected Teaching: Relationships, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education (Stylus, 2019). Harriet L. Schwartz is a professor of psychology and counseling at Carlow University and mentors doctoral students at Antioch University, where she earned her PhD. She has also worked as a freelance writer, and was published recently by PublicSource. Connected Teaching explores teaching and learning relationships in higher education.

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Jun
9
4:00 PM16:00

Megan Volpert and S. Brook Corfman

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Join White Whale as we welcome incoming Creative Nonfiction instructor, Megan Volpert, and local poet S. Brook Corfman for a reading from their latest works.

S. Brook Corfman is the author of Luxury, Blue Lace chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize, and two chapbooks: the letterpress Meteorites from DoubleCross Press and the digital collection of performance pieces The Anima, forthcoming from GaussPDF.

Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists and an American Library Association honoree. She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Boss Broad contains essays and poems that explore what it takes to be a middle-aged hero.

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Jun
8
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
7
4:00 PM16:00

Food Truck Round-up and Pop-up Book Sale at the Pittsburgh Montessori School

Bring your friends and family and join the Pittsburgh Montessori School PTA and Friendship Community Group for a Food Truck Picnic on the last Friday of their school year. A portion of the sales from the food trucks will be donated to both organizations. We (White Whale Bookstore) will have a pop-up book sale and also donate a portion of sales to the PTA to go towards maintenance of the playground, outdoor classroom areas, and school garden. A great time to grab a book for your summer reading.

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Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Feminist Book Club: Women Talking

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Feminist Book Club was on a two month hiatus, and we return this summer with a bang! We’ve been itching to discuss this beautifully told, gut-wrenching book since we read it as a galley.

Based on real events, Miriam Toews’ much-anticipated new novel is about a group of Mennonite women who have been repeatedly assaulted by men in their isolated colony, and told that they were being punished by demons for their sins. The story is told through a series of conversations in a hay loft, where, after the truth about their attackers is discovered, the women meet in secret to discuss their options.

“This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale.” --Margaret Atwood, on Twitter

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Jun
1
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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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Brooke Barker: Sad Animal Babies

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Baby animals don't play with blocks. They don't have favorite colors. And they don't learn any songs unless they're for self-defense. The first few weeks of your favorite animal's life are an adorable fight for survival, full of strange foods, hungry predators, and complicated smells. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll have another reason to hug the next baby animal you see. 

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch / Reading: Lea Graham, Mark Spitzer, & Local Writers

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On Wednesday, Lea Graham is stopping by White Whale to celebrate the launch of her new poetry collection From the Hotel Vernon (Salmon Poetry). She'll be joined by Mark Spitzer, whose book In Search of Monster Fish is just out from University of Nebraska Press, and local writers Jess Simms, Daniel Parme, John Menesini, Robert Walicki, Anna Gitlitz, and Shawn Maddey.

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May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Third (Tuesday) Thursday Book Club: Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Please note that this month’s meeting will be the third Tuesday of the month instead of Thursday.

Our pick this month is Normal People by Sally Rooney, author of Conversations With Friends! Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, Normal People is a story of a secret first love set during the post-2008 economic downturn in Ireland, and follows childhood friends from their secondary school to Trinity College in Dublin. Showing “millennial awareness with nineteenth century literary muscle” (Elle) and a “keen eye for the desires and anxieties expressed in everyday behavior” (The New Republic), Normal People is not to be missed.

Take 15% off all our book club picks, like Normal People!

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Laser Cat

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An accidental showcase of the Drew MFA program! Featuring Gail Langstroth, Darla Himeles, and Lori Wilson. Gail Langstroth has an M.F.A. in poetry from Drew University, and her duo-language manuscript, firegarden / jardín- de-fuego, will be published by Get Fresh Books in 2020. Darla Himeles is the author of the chapbook Flesh Enough (Get Fresh Books) and is an assistant director of the Temple University Writing Center. Lori Wilson is the author of the poetry collection, House Where a Woman (Autumn House Press).

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Megan Griswold: The Book of Help

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The Book of Help traces one woman's life-long quest for love, connection and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold's narrative spans four decades and six continents — from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy league, & the study of Eastern medicine.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Dickman / Days & Days Poetry Readin

Michael Dickman's intuitive, agile verse captures us in its unusual pulse. Image-driven and shape-driven, the poems of Days & Days touch on parenthood, childhood, local natural habitats, graffiti culture, roses, and romantic love. We feel the dazzling originality of Dickman's awareness; he meets the brutality, banality, and strange beauty of the quotidian with a level gaze, and with an urgent musicality that carries us beyond these lines and pages.

Michael Dickman is the author of three books of poems, The End of the West (2009), Flies (2011, winner of the James Laughlin Award), and Green Migraine (2015), and coauthor, with his twin brotherof 50 American Plays (Poems) (2012), and Brother (2016). He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is on the faculty at Princeton University.

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

GennaRose Nethercott/The Lumberjack's Dove

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GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. GennaRose will be presenting her story, via intricate shadow-puppetry crankie box, animating segments of the text through 60 feet of scrolling, panoramic hand-cut paper images. (Yep, it’s going to be as awesome as it sounds)

Note: this is aimed at an adult audience—it's not inappropriate for small kids, just might go over their heads.

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY!

Our very favorite day of the year, when we get to celebrate the best business in the world (the business of books). We’ll have tons of special book swag (pins! totes! onesies! limited editions!), a raffle, local authors, snacks, and MUCH more. Put this on your calendar—it’s going to be one for the books.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club

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"A gripping, sinister fable!"--MARGARET ATWOOD, via Twitter.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this is a dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men. A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.

* Book club picks are 15% off.

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Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

Book Party! The Door at the End of the World/Caroline Carlson

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Caroline Carlson has a new book! The Pittsburgh writer’s newest is The Door at the End of the World, an otherworldly middle grade story perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and Stranger Things. Caroline’s previous novels include the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series and the Agatha Award nominee The World’s Greatest Detective.

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