Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: Impossible Children by Robert Yune (w/ Adriana E. Ramírez and Sherrie Flick)

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Local fiction writer Robert Yune will be holding the launch party for his collection of short stories, Impossible Children, at the store this October, and we couldn’t be more excited! To help him celebrate, two more fiction writers based in Pittsburgh, Adriana E. Ramírez and Sherrie Flick, will join him for a reading.

"[Yune] has a playful imagination, which he exhibits to fabulist effect in these stories that showcase his original takes on Korean immigrant assimilation. This is a sly, entertaining debut." —Publishers Weekly

“Touching upon diverse genres including science fiction, the fairy tale, and the Gothic tale, the interconnected short stories comprising Impossible Children are impressively and deftly crafted literary gems." —Midwest Book Review

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Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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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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Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Gretchen Primack and Jill Khoury

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Rounding off the month of October, we're so excited to have poet Gretchen Primack visiting us from upstate New York and reading with local poet Jill Khoury! Gretchen is the author of Visiting Days, as well as two other poetry collections: Kind and Doris’ Red Spaces. She moonlights at an indie bookstore in Woodstock, NY. Jill writes on gender, disability, and embodied identity. She has written two chapbooks, Borrowed Bodies and Chance Operations, as well as her full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer.


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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: The Face Tells the Secret by Jane Bernstein

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Join us for the book launch of Jane Bernstein's latest novel! She'll be reading from the release and will be joined by another local author, Jane McCafferty. A tumultuous journey, the unearthing of disturbing family secrets, the process of acknowledging how our family history shapes us, The Face Tells the Secret asks difficult questions of its protagonist and of ourselves, the readers.

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Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Feminist Book Club: Queenie

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN’S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT!

*All proceeds from Feminist Book Club benefit Planned Parenthood.

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Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Taylor, Daniels, Brice, & Brice

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We're looking forward to hosting visiting poet Keith Taylor here in the store alongside Jim Daniels, Charlie Brice, and Judy Brice!

Keith Taylor has authored or edited 17 books and chapbooks. His most recent is the Ecstatic Destinations (Alice Greene & Co., 2018). His last full length collection, The Bird-while (Wayne State University Press, 2017), won the Bronze medal for the Foreword/Indies Poetry Book of the Year.

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Pavey, Lamb, Knickerbocker, Baldinger, Silsbe

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We're looking forward to this early November reading with great local poets Karla Lamb, Kara Knickerbocker, Jason Baldinger, and Scott Silsbe as well as Shawn Pavey, who'll be visiting us from Kansas! Shawn is the author of Talking to Shadows (2008, Main Street Rag Press), Nobody Steals the Towels from a Motel 6 (2015, Spartan Press), and Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse (Spartan Press, 2019).

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Reading: Jody Bolz and Jan Beatty

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Happy to have the opportunity to welcome poet Jody Bolz to Pittsburgh and local poet and professor Jan Beatty back to White Whale! They'll be reading from their latest collections together.

Jody Bolz is the author of A Lesson in Narrative Time (Gihon Books, 2004), Shadow Play (Turning Point, 2013), and The Near and Far (Turning Point, 2019).

Jan Beatty’s fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and won the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her new book, The Body Wars, will be published in Fall, 2020 by U. of Pittsburgh Press.

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Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Book Discussion & Signing: Phil Bourque and Josh Yohe

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Love listening to the old 29er and Mike Lange on 105.9 every other night from October to April (June if we're lucky)? Been following Josh Yohe's sports reporting and analysis for the last decade? Why not come out to White Whale this December and hear Phil Bourque and Josh Yohe in person? We'll be hosting a book event for If These Walls Could Talk: Pittsburgh Penguins. There'll be conversation, a Q&A, and of course a sale and signing.

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club: Circe

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Named one of the best books of the year by pretty much every publication out there. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).

*TTBC picks are 15% off.

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Discussion: Infield Fly Rule by Howard Wasserman

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Howard Wasserman is visiting White Whale from FIU to discuss Infield Fly Rule Is in Effect: The History and Strategy of Baseball’s Most (In)Famous Rule. George Skornickel of the local Society for American Baseball Research chapter will be joining him. Howard M. Wasserman is Professor of Law at FIU College of Law, where he has taught since 2003. Professor Wasserman teaches civil procedure, evidence, federal courts, civil rights, and First Amendment; he writes about civil rights litigation, sports rules, and the freedom of speech, including the speech rights of fans and athletes.

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Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

Reading: Joe Pan and James Sidel

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We're thrilled to welcome visiting poet Joe Pan to town for a reading alongside local author James Sidel! Joe will be selling copies of his latest collection, Operating Systems.

Please note the time, as this event starts a little later than our weeknight events usually do.

Joe Pan is the author of five poetry collections, Operating Systems (Spork Press, 2019), The Art Is a Lonely Hunter, Soffritto, Hi c cu ps, and Autobiomythography & Gallery, and served as co-editor of the best-selling Brooklyn Poets Anthology. His work has appeared in such venues as the Boston Review, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Review of Books.

James Sidel currently serves as Associate Fiction Editor at Brooklyn Arts Press, and as an instructor at Pittsburgh's Point Park University. His story “Insurance,” set in Pittsburgh, won the Glimmer Train Open Fiction Contest in 2012 and his first novel, The Last Survey, is set for publication in 2020.

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Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Books for Change w/ Pitt's Office of Child Development

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Join the University of Pittsburgh Early Childhood Community as they promote equity through picture books! The Office of Child Development's 2nd Annual Book Drive kicks off October 5 at Schenley Plaza! They'll have engaging storytellers reading books from the our lists in multiple languages, a table to learn the basics of Braille, bookmarks to color, and much more.

White Whale Bookstore will be on site selling books that you can take home or donate to children in Pittsburgh.

Can't make the event? Learn more about how you can help at ocd.pitt.edu/books

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Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Queers Write Pittsburgh

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It's official: Queers Write Pittsburgh is setting up shop for another workshop series in October at White Whale, Saturdays at 9am, for adult, queer writers who want to improve their writing and meet other queer writers in the Pittsburgh area. Their first workshop in June delved into "Complicating the Queer-Trauma Narrative" and culminated in a public reading. They provided coffee, snacks, and an intentional space for our Pittsburgh writers to explore topics of sexuality and gender. Stay tuned for more information.

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Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Little Minnows Story Time

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After a long hiatus, we’re so pleased to be restarting our Little Minnows Story Time! It’s back, in part, because we’ve found the perfect kid collaborator: singer, dancer, actress, and puppeteer Casey Kilroy! Expect to see some great visiting children’s book authors now and then, too. Join us every week for some themed readings, activities, and fun for the whole fam!

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Why There Are Words: "Sanctuary" w/ Culver, Daniels, Kovacic, Rembold, and Todd

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Why There Are Words – Pittsburgh (WTAW PGH) presents “Sanctuary” with Ralph Culver, Jim (Ray) Daniels, Kristin Kovacic, Kristen Staby Rembold, and J.C. Todd. A suggested donation of $10 to WTAW, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be greatly appreciated, but all are welcome, regardless. For more information, including the authors' full bios see the website, whytherearewords.com. For more information about WTAW Press, see wtawpress.org. Nancy Koerbel is the curator and host.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Signing: Michael Carroll, author of Stella Maris

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Join us in welcoming Michael Carroll as he visits Pittsburgh for a reading and signing for his most recent collection, Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories, a Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2019! Racy, blunt, poignant, episodic stories with characters that carry over from narrative to narrative, Stella Maris is a look at life in the microcosm of Key West among regulars and newcomers, and gay relationships in today’s hotly charged political climate.

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Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time: Beth Ferry

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New York Times bestselling author Beth Ferry (Stick and Stone) comes to White Whale for an extra special story time. Bring your little minnows to the store to meet Beth and stay for a signing of her newest book, The Scarecrow—with gorgeous illustrations by the Fan Brothers.

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Reading: Noah Blaustein with Steffan Triplett, Deena November, and Josh Corson

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Please join us in welcoming Noah Blaustein to Pittsburgh and to White Whale for a reading from and celebration of his newest collection, After Party (University of New Mexico Press)! He'll be joined by three local poets we love: Steffan Triplett, Josh Corson, and Deena November.

“Here’s one of the many things I love about Noah Blaustein’s poetry and his bright and tender and honest new book After Party: everything you thought you were reading is broken, then willed back. It looks the same, but having been touched by the ripples he’s launched, it can never be the same again.” —Cornelius Eady, author of The Gathering of My Name

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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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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Third Thursday Book Club: Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

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This month’s Third Thursday Book Club pick is Stray City by Chelsey Johnson! A debut novel about youth, motherhood, belonging, and chosen family, it’s the story of twenty-four-year-old Andrea Morales, a queer woman who discovers she’s pregnant from a hook up and decides to have the baby. Ten years later, when her daughter begins asking questions about her father, Andrea must make peace with the past she tried to forget and the present she’s built.

Regular book club picks are 15% off!

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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
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
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
3
7:00 PM19:00

Feminist Book Club: Beloved by Toni Morrison

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To celebrate the life and work of the United States’ greatest author, our Feminist Book Club will be reading Beloved by Toni Morrison this month. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel centers on the story of Sethe, who was born enslaved and escaped to Ohio but is still traumatized by memories of enslavement and of the death of her nameless baby, who haunts her new home.

All Feminist Book Club proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

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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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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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