We are thrilled to host Amber Tamblyn at White Whale! In addition to being a lauded actress and director, Amber became a powerful voice of the #MeToo movement after writing a widely shared opinion piece in The New York Times. She will read from her novel, ANY MAN, a provocative and haunting story of a violent sexual predator who, in the form of a woman who assaults men, is the personification of a culture responsible for re-traumatizing, disbelieving, and silencing the stories and voices of her victims. Q&A and book signing to folow. This event is free and open to the public, though please be advised that it is not appropriate for children. * Photo ops will be restricted to those who purchase the book.
Our White Whale family is a small one, which makes it a particular thrill to host a book launch for one of our own. On Friday the 13th, we celebrate Tyler Crumrine's release party for ADVENTURE HOOKS, an RPG prose-poetry project (yes you heard right). In addition to the reading, he will be improvising BESPOKE ADVENTURES for the audience and handing out FREE HANDMADE RPG ZINES featuring characters and artwork inspired by the text! It's going to be a little bit weird and a lotta bit fun.
One day, Jesse Donaldson wakes up in Portland, Oregon, and asks his wife to uproot their life together and move to his native Kentucky. As he searches for the reason behind this sudden urge, Donaldson examines both the place where he was born and the life he’s building. The result is a hybrid—part memoir, part meditation on nostalgia, part catalog of Kentucky history and myth. Organized according to Kentucky geography, with one passage for each of the commonwealth’s 120 counties, ON HOMESICKNESS examines whether we can ever return to the places we’ve called home, and was one of our favorite reads of last year.
We have an extra special storytime coming up! Author/illustrator David Covell reads from his new book about the joy of getting outdoors. "Hey, you! Sky's blue!" a girl shouts as she runs by the window of a boy bent over his digital device. Intrigued, the boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and phone) behind, and into a world of sunshine, dewey grass, and warm sand. Filled with the pleasures of being alive in the natural world, Run Wild is an exquisite and kid-friendly reminder of how wonderful life can be beyond doors and screens. He'll be joined by children from the Center for Imagination's storytelling workshop. Bring your little minnows for some family fun!
Raw, beautiful, and redemptive, Kelly Sundberg writes about the abuse she endured in her marriage in "Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival." Her memoir has been compared to The Glass Castle and The Liar's Club for its honesty, and Roxane Gay calls it "gripping...shimmering...open hearted." Sundberg will also be teaching a workshop about writing through trauma at Creative Nonfiction the following day, June 16.
Join Girls Write Pittsburgh and facilitators Tara McElfresh and Sheena Carroll for a pop-up workshop on developing characters! This workshop will involve imagery and word exercises, culminating in a vision board that writers can use to better understand and develop their characters. Girls Write Pittsburgh is a local organization dedicated to inspiring teens girls to find their voices through writing. This pop-up workshop is free and open to all self-identified girls between the ages of 13 to 18.
Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman are currently towing a canoe while bicycling 1,750 miles from Ely, MN to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the threat from sulfide-ore copper mining proposed in the Boundary Waters watershed. They'll be stopping at our store to promote their award-winning book, A Year in the Wilderness. From listening to a wolf pack run through their campsite as the lakes were freezing around them in the late fall to watching the loons return as the ice melted in the spring, the Freemans’ engaging presentation will transport you into the Wilderness and inspire you to help protect this national treasure for future generations. Come ask questions, support the cause, and sign their petition/canoe.
""For explicitly feminist writing, turn to Rebecca Traister’s canny, insightful “All the Single Ladies,” a book to match your taste for journalistic prose and your desire to read about a range of female life. Traister’s appraisal of unmarried women in “intellectual and public realms” — that is, their friendships, their solitude, their economic gains and shortfalls and their sexuality — rooted in both contemporary and historical research, will inspire you to seek out more stories. This is just the beginning."—New York Times
This month, Laser Cat presents Deena November and Joan E. Bauer. Deena November's most recent book of poetry, Mean Mama, was just published by Main Street Rag, and she runs the Staghorn Poetry Series readings and workshops. Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). She co-hosts and curates the Hemingway Summer Poetry Series with Jimmy Cvetic.
While coping with the sudden death of her best friend and mentor, a woman inherits the Great Dane he left behind. In her grief, she becomes obsessed with the dog's care and becomes a shut-in with him. A moving meditation on grief, hope, and the love we find in animal companionship.
Celebrate the release of Ben Gwin's debut novel, Clean Time: the True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton. Framed as the drug-addled memoir of addict-turned-reality TV star Ronald Reagan Middleton (annotated and published by floundering doctoral candidate Harold Swanger), Clean Time is a darkly comic satire set in a near-future America ravaged by addiction. Ben Gwin’s writing has appeared in The Normal School, Mary: a Journal of New Writing, Bridge Eight, Thin Noon, Belt Magazine and others. He'll be joined by Rich Gegick & Christine Stroud.
Marc Jampole is the author of Music from Words (Bellday Books, 2007) and the chapbook Cubist States of Mind/Not the Cruelest Month (Poet’s Haven Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in Evansville Review, Mississippi Review, Cortland Review, Recours au Poème, Vallum, Slant, Cutthroat, China Grove and many other journals and anthologies. He'll be reading this evening with special guest, Michael Wurster. Michael is a founding member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange, which for more than 40 years has provided venues for poets to exchange their work and ideas about poetry. Michael taught for 17 years at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School, and has published. several books of poetry.
In 2010, Carmen Gentile was a journalist embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan when he was hit in the face by a grenade. He survived, but his face was shattered, his right eye blind. In his memoir, Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss, Gentile chronicles the physical and mental challenges in his recovery. It is a captivating, honest portrayal, and Gentile is a fascinating individual. He recently recounted his experience on TODAY with Megyn Kelly; now come see him in our store!
Peter Brown is a New York Times-bestselling author and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels. He's on tour for his latest book, THE WILD ROBOT ESCAPES, and we're delighted that Pittsburgh is on his list! He'll be doing a reading, drawing demonstration, Q&A, and book signing, so come on by to go wild, get weird, make new friends, and hang out with Peter. All ages welcome!
We're ecstatic to host the Pittsburgh launch of New York Times bestselling author Siobhan Vivian's next YA novel, Stay Sweet. It is a story about friendship and romance over one summer at a legendary ice cream stand, told with Siobhan's characteristic wit, humor, and compassion. It's delicious! Pre-order your copy!
There will be swag, a Millie's ice cream truck, and guaranteed laughter and fun times.
Jesse Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Pittsburgh native, is coming home! He'll read from his new book Munmun, the inventive and hilarious novel where your physical size is directly proportional to your material wealth. A brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking.
A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood. It was on many "best of 2017" lists, and it was called "stunning" by Variety, "compulsively readable" by Elle, and "a mix of Beaches, Girls, and Thelma & Louise" by Glamour.
White Whale is happy to host the authors of two of Black Ocean's latest books of poetry—Zach Savich and Julie Doxsee! Come on out and hear readings from their recent collections Daybed and What Replaces Us When We Go as well work by local author S. Brook Corfman! Free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!