Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Feminist Book Club: The Hate U Give

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This YA novel about one girl's experience in the Black Lives Matter movement in her divided community has been pretty much universally hailed as important, powerful, and awesome. Great discussion to come (as is a forthcoming movie!). ALL proceeds from Feminist Book Club go toward Planned Parenthood.

Jul
7
7:00 pm19:00

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.
 

Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jun
10
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

May
27
11:00 am11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

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Each week, we spend half an hour reading aloud from a stack of picture books (funny voices and dramatic expressions included). While you browse, we'll keep the kiddos entertained. Geared toward children ages 3-6.

May
24
7:00 pm19:00

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.

May
20
7:00 pm19:00

Versify

A regular event with Pittsburgh's finest poets. Always a rip-roaring good time!

May
20
11:00 am11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

Each week, we spend half an hour reading aloud from a stack of picture books (funny voices and dramatic expressions included). While you browse, we'll keep the kiddos entertained. Geared toward children ages 3-6.

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

May
14
4:00 pm16:00

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.

May
13
11:00 am11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

Each week, we spend half an hour reading aloud from a stack of picture books (funny voices and dramatic expressions included). While you browse, we'll keep the kiddos entertained. Geared toward children ages 3-6.

May
12
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

May
10
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

May
6
7:00 pm19:00

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.

May
6
11:00 am11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

Each week, we spend half an hour reading aloud from a stack of picture books (funny voices and dramatic expressions included). While you browse, we'll keep the kiddos entertained. Geared toward children ages 3-6.

May
4
7:00 pm19:00

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.

May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Feminist Book Club: The Vegetarian

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Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for Literature, Han Kang's novel is dark, surreal, and deeply unsettling. After a dream, a woman decides to stop eating meat. It's a seemingly innocuous choice, but her family's reactions to her decision are anything but... ALL proceeds from Feminist Book Club go toward Planned Parenthood.

Apr
29
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Apr
29
11:00 am11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

Each week, we spend half an hour reading aloud from a stack of picture books (funny voices and dramatic expressions included). While you browse, we'll keep the kiddos entertained. Geared toward children ages 3-6.

Apr
23
4:00 pm16:00

Kory Stamper

Join us for a night with Kory Stamper, a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and contributor for The Washington Post, The Guardian and The New York Times, for a Q&A and reading from her new book, Word by Word. With Stamper's characteristic wit and irreverence, she cracks open the process of creating dictionaries and brings to life the hallowed halls of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate.

Apr
22
12:00 pm12:00

2468 KIDS Launch & Pop-up Shop

As part of the Fulltime Festival, which celebrates "artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone with the courage to create their own means to make a living," White Whale is proud to host a pop-up shop/launch of 2468 KIDS, a new line of goods and apparel featuring subject matter often reserved for boys--think space rockets, dinosaurs, and robots--reimagined in a way that can be appreciated by kids of any gender! You can find creator Rachel Arnold Seger slinging shirts, arts, and other items in our children's section (hint, we also have a ton of fantastic BOOKS there) for most of Saturday. She'll have some sweet treats on hand, too--it's a party! 

Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Jane McCafferty/Patrick McCabe Reading and Conversation

Join us for a reading and conversation between two great local authors. Jane McCafferty is author of three books of fiction (One Heart, Thank You For The Music, and First You Try Everything). Her work has received The Drue Heinz prize, the Great Lakes New Writers Award, two Pushcart prizes, and an NEA. She teaches fiction and non-fiction at Carnegie Mellon, for Madwomen in the Attic, and in the community for Pittsburgh Memoir Workshop. Patrick McCabe is the author of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto. He is currently working on a buzzsaw book of prose called Psychobilly and is teaching Irish Film at the University of Pittsburgh this Spring semester. 

Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursday Book Club

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This month, we'll be reading Karan Mahajan's highly acclaimed second novel, The Association of Small Bombs. Take it from the NYT: "[The book] is wonderful. It is smart, devastating, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives — about grief, death, violence, politics — I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste." Book club picks are 15% off. 

Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Pitt Speakeasy Reading Series

The Pitt Speakeasy Reading Series is a showcase of the unique voices of the University of Pittsburgh’s writing MFA program. Drop on by for their final reading of the semester, featuring writers Tom Bair (1st Year Fiction), Brennan Chambre (2nd Year Nonfiction), Malcolm Friend (3rd Year Poetry), Katie Waring (1st Year Nonfiction), Matthew Carlin (3rd Year Poetry), and Jessica Lanay Moore (1st Year Poetry). Light refreshments provided.