Sep
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Launch Party! Matthew Newton

Come celebrate the publication of SHOPPING MALL (Bloomsbury), Matthew Newton’s debut nonfiction book that takes readers on a journey at once personal and cultural, architectural and fictive, exploring the quotidian marvels as well as the seedy underbelly of this paradigmatic site, the mall. Newton will read a brief excerpt from his book, followed by a conversation and light refreshments.

The mall near Matthew Newton’s childhood home in Pittsburgh was one of the state’s first enclosed shopping malls. Like all malls in their heyday, this one was a climate-controlled pleasuredome where strangers converged. It also became the backdrop for filmmaker George A. Romero’s zombie opus Dawn of the Dead. Part memoir and part case study, SHOPPING MALL examines the modern mythology of the mall and shows that, more than a collection of stores, it is a place of curiosity, ritual, and fantasy.

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Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Third Thursday Book Club: Goodbye, Vitamin

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When life gives you lemons, sometimes the best thing to do is pack up and go home--you might find some lemonade there waiting for you. An examination of both growing old (with dementia) and growing up, Goodbye, Vitamin is at turns hilarious, touching, and relatable. This is a quick read--even a single-sessioner--but Ruth's quirky, friendly voice sticks with you long after. Book club picks are 15% off. 

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Aug
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Author Event: What We Lose/Zinzi Clemmons, in conversation with Clare Beams

We're thrilled to have this major up-and-comer in our store! According to The Millions, "the buzz around this debut is more like a roar." A sampling: "The debut of the year." - Vogue "Striking." - The Atlantic "Precise, charged vignettes." - HuffPo "Stunning." - GQ "Spectacular." - Booklist "An act of resistance and grace." - Kirkus "A short stunner." - Ploughshares "Poetic." - Glamour "A tour de force." - Bitch Mag "Lyrical prose." - Nylon "Powerful." - Cosmo "Hauntingly honest." - Redbook "Moving." - Vanity Fair "Richly volatile." - Wall Street Journal "REMEMBER THIS NAME: ZINZI CLEMMONS." - Essence. 

Local fave Clare Beams (writer of a buzzy debut herself!) will interview Zinzi, who will also read from her novel. A preview: Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. 
 

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Aug
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Matthew Rohrer/The Others

Your summer is about to get WEIRD. Poet Matthew Rohrer will be at White Whale to read from his eerie and hilarious novel-in-verse THE OTHERS, with the help of superstar locals Sherrie Flick, Beth Kracklauer, and Scott Silsbee!

In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow a midlevel publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, Victorian hashish eating, and robot bigfoots. Rohrer mesmerizes with wildly imaginative tales and resonant verse in this compelling love letter to storytelling.
 

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Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Third Thursday Book Club: Do Not Become Alarmed

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Two couples, each with young children in tow, board a cruise ship down the Pacific coast to sail away from surface problems typical to their upper-class Californian existence. But when those children go missing on a jungle jaunt somewhere in South America, their exotic vacation takes a turn for the horrific. A suspenseful, thrilling, page-turner of a book--great recipe for a perfect summer read and a giddy book club discussion. Lots of buzz for this one! Book club picks are 15% off. 

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Jul
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

J.D. Barker Reading: The Fourth Monkey

Join us in celebration of the much-anticipated release of international bestselling author J.D. Barker's new dark, twisting thriller! For more than five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago, but there's an unexpected break in the case when a man carrying the killer's signature white box jumps in front of a city bus. When Detective Sam Porter discovers a personal diary in a jacket pocket of the body, he finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of saving one last girl who has only days to live.
 

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Jun
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Haroon Moghul/How to Be a Muslim: An American Story

Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University’s Islamic Center and a prominent voice for American Muslims even as he struggled with his own relationship to Islam. How to Be a Muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder. Moghul now builds Muslim-Jewish engagement at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He’s written for The Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and CNN.

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Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Third Thursday Book Club: Exit West

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Told from the perspectives of two young lovers in a country on the brink of war, Exit West is a bestseller and is a moving, timely book. “In spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy." ––Michiko Kakutani, New York Times. Book club picks are 15% off. 

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Jun
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cassie Pruyn: LENA Poetry Release Party

 

Please join us for a poetry reading in celebration of LENA by Cassie Pruyn, winner of the 2017 Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry. Called "moving," "muscular," "startling," and "resonant," this is a debut poetry collection not to be missed! Along with Cassie Pruyn, we'll include readings from Rachel Mennies, Jennifer Stewart Miller, and Emily Mohn-Slate. Wine and snacks will be provided. 

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May
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Toby Altman: Arcadia, Indiana Reading

Join us for a night of poetry, playwriting, and prose as we welcome Plays Inverse author Toby Altman for the Pittsburgh leg of his Arcadia, Indiana book tour! Arcadia, Indiana is a hybrid text that blends both play and poetry, and Altman will be joined by local authors Brian Broome, Dakota R. Garilli, Sophie Klahr, and Candace Opper for an evening that spans and mixes various genres. Books, drinks, and snacks will be available.

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May
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Third Thursday Book Club: A Separation

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Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by pretty much everyone (The New York Times, Vulture, Huffington Post, The Millions, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly), you can count us among the hoards who eagerly stood in line to get our hands on Katie Kitamura's new book from Riverhead. This is literary and observant, a layered, lovely tale of secrets and suspense. Plus, we love the cover. Book club picks are 15% off. 

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May
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

Craig, Hicks, Kothari Reading

Authors Chauna Craig, David Hicks, and Geeta Kothari will read from their debut story collections. Chauna Craig's fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and was awarded Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor at the Kenyon Review and the director of the Writing Center at the University of Pittsburgh. David Hicks’s stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, Saranac Review, and many other magazines; he is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University in Denver, CO.

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May
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Marissa Landrigan Book Launch

Join us for an evening of food and conversation to celebrate the launch of Marissa Landrigan's new book, The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat, which you can find on Brit + Co's list of "Books You *Need* to Read if You're Trying to Eat Better" alongside Michael Pollan and Oprah. Head over to Littsburgh for a sneak preview! The event will feature local food writers, refreshments, and a book signing. 

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May
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pantsuit Nation: Pittsburgh Meetup and Book Release Party

In celebration of the release of the Pantsuit Nation book, we will be hosting an evening with Pantsuit Nation, featuring storytelling, resource sharing, and community action. ALL of our proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Gwen's Girls, a nonprofit established to honor the memory of Pittsburgh's first and only female Chief of Police. The group's mission is to empower and inspire African American girls, and the executive director will be in attendance to take your questions as well. 

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May
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Kansas City-Pittsburgh Connection

Three awesome Kansas City writers are blowing into town with the Midwest Wind. Join Victor Clevenger, Jason Peru and former Pittsburgh ex-pat Nikki Allen, along with locals Karla Lamb and Becky Corrigan, for an almost-Midwestern rumble. Jason Baldinger will be hosting, and we'll be passing the hat to send our out-of-towners off with a little money for a ticket back home ($5 suggest donation). Hope to see yinz there.

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May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sarah Menkedick Book Launch, with Katie Booth and Maggie Jones

We're celebrating the launch of Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern FarmSarah Menkedick's debut collection of essays. In prose that has been called "emotionally raw," "precise," and "poetic," she explores the concepts of self, settling, and creative fulfillment, and as a life-long traveler, also delves into the meaning of home. Sarah will be joined by Katie Booth, author of The Performance of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to Cure Deafness, forthcoming with Simon & Schuster, and Maggie Jones, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

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Apr
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Pittsburgh Poetry Review Issue 5 Release Party

Come help us celebrate the release of Issue 5, with readings from Daniela Buccili, Ava C. Cipri, George David Clark, Angele Ellis, Mike Good, Kara Knickerbocker, Deena November, Zana Previti, and Vivian Wagner. The event will begin with an informal social hour at 6 PM, with readings beginning promptly at 7. Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided. Copies and subscriptions of the Review will available for sale.

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