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Pittsburgh Book Groups & Programs

Pittsburgh Region

  • American Shorts Reading Series
    The American Shorts Reading Series presents classic and contemporary short works of American fiction to audience members through a series of live readings “performed” by a dynamic cross-section of familiar Pittsburgh personalities in a variety of interesting venues throughout the city.
  • Black, White, & Read All Over
    Come to Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland on Saturday mornings to meet your favorite children's authors and illustrators. Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  • Chatham College Creative Writing News & Events
    Chatham College's Creative Writing program presents readings by authors throughout the academic year.
  • Choice Cuts Reading Series
    Choice Cuts is a new Pittsburgh reading series featuring the works of unpublished local poets and writers. Published authors will also make regular appearances. Choice Cuts will be held the third Friday of every month at the historic Slaughterhouse Gallery, 5136 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. The suggested donation is $2. Coffee and snacks will be available.
  • Drue Heinz Lecture Series
    Come hear nationally renowned authors talk about their work. A production of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.
  • Gist Street Reading Series
    The Gist Street readings are held monthly and feature local and national poets and writers. The series focuses on emerging writers either publishing in national journals and magazines or publishing their first or second books.
  • Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
    The Writing Program of the University of Pittsburgh presents well-know writers reading their works. All readings are free and open to the public.
  • The Pittsburgh Speakers Series
    An annual lecture series presented by Robert Morris University at Heinz Hall, that brings distinguished speakers to Pittsburgh, including Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders, statesmen, distinguished journalists, authors and other celebrated personalities.
  • Whitehall Public Library
    Offers a regular adult book discussion group and a mystery book discussion group.

United States

  • Bookclub@KET
    A Kentucky Educational Television (KET) program that showcases books by contemporary Kentucky writers. Included are a synopsis of each book and links to reviews.

  • Book Club Reader
    A website from Simon & Schuster geared towards people running their own local book club.
  • Books@Random: Readers Resources
    Reading Group Guides from Vintage and Ballantine Books, Academic Marketing Teacher's Guides, and a collection of special-interest newsletters.

  • CliffsNotes
    In September of 2004, offered 180 literature guides that could be read for free (there's a fee to download them).
  • Library of Congress Webcasts
    Listen to webcasts of lectures given at the Library of Congress on a wide number of subjects. Most are given by authors concerning their books. You can also view presentations from dozens of your favorite authors, poets and storytellers from this year's National Book Festival in Washington and those from previous years.