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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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
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
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
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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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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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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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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