9 Jun

Building Bridges: Welcoming the Stranger

Join us for Building Bridges: Welcoming the Stranger, an evening of storytelling through video, music and theater.  A special multicultural event highlighting the personal stories of African and African American teens and adults living in Northview Heights through alternative and participatory methods of storytelling. Co-sponsored by Sharing Our Story, Somali Bantu Community Association, and Pittsburgh Playback Theatre, […]

2019-06-09 5 p.m. 2019-06-09 6:30 p.m. America/New_York Building Bridges: Welcoming the Stranger 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Sunday, June 9, 2019

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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11 Jun

Frances Bartkowski

Join us for a reading with Frances Bartkowski presenting her novel, An Afterlife. (This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar.) In a Bavarian “displaced persons” camp set up by the Allies after World War II, Ruby and Ilya, (both survivors of concentration and labor camps), wait to find out where their lives […]

2019-06-11 7 p.m. 2019-06-11 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Frances Bartkowski 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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13 Jun

Cave Canem Poets

Enjoy an evening of poetry with acclaimed poets and 2019 Cave Canem faculty members Cornelius Eady, Ruth Ellen Kocher and Matthew Shenoda! One of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated poetry events returns! Each June since 2010, City of Asylum has presented the poets of Cave Canem. The poets and their readings are unique in their appeal to both devoted and casual poetry audiences. These are […]

2019-06-13 7:30 p.m. 2019-06-13 9:45 p.m. America/New_York Cave Canem Poets 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Thursday, June 13, 2019

7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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15 Jun

Youth Author Series: Padma Venkatraman

Join us for a reading with author Padma Venkatraman who will be presenting her newly released YA novel, The Bridge Home. Her reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with writer and cultural critic Julie Azzam.   The Bridge Home is the stirring middle grade debut by critically- acclaimed YA author Padma Venkatraman. Padma Venkatraman’s […]

2019-06-15 3 p.m. 2019-06-15 4:15 p.m. America/New_York Youth Author Series: Padma Venkatraman 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, June 15, 2019

3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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17 Jun

Sembène Film Festival: Wendell Grimke Freeland

Join us for a screening of Wendell Grimke Freeland: A Quiet Soldier in the Fight for Civil Rights, presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival.  Wendell Grimkie Freeland was an important but little known African American leader, civil rights attorney, activist, and Tuskegee Airman who worked quietly but effectively on all of the significant civil rights battles of […]

2019-06-17 7 p.m. 2019-06-17 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Wendell Grimke Freeland 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, June 17, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP Coming Soon!
26 Jun

ReelQ: Call Her Ganda

Join us for a screening of Call Her Ganda presented by ReelQ. (Run time: 1 hour 33 min) When 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and alleged sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead with her head plunged into a motel room toilet, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. A military recruit […]

2019-06-26 7 p.m. 2019-06-26 8:30 p.m. America/New_York ReelQ: Call Her Ganda 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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27 Jun

Stories That Heal: Kristie Knights

(This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar.) Join us for a reading with Kristie Knights presenting her collection Unsung Heroes: Deconstructing Suicide Through Stories of Triumph, as part of NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Stories That Heal reading series. UnSung Heroes is a compilation of stories written by heroes who have battled with the darkest parts of their […]

2019-06-27 7 p.m. 2019-06-27 8:00 p.m. America/New_York Stories That Heal: Kristie Knights 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Thursday, June 27, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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29 Jun

Sembène Film Festival: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Senegal)

Join us for a screening of The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival. (This film will be presented in Wolof with English subtitles.) (Runtime: 49 minutes) “A masterpiece of understated humanity”—The New York Times The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil) is a luminous portrait of Sili—a twelve […]

2019-06-29 3 p.m. 2019-06-29 4 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Senegal) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Saturday, June 29, 2019

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
15 Jul

Debut Novelists

Join us for a evening of debut readings with Lydia Kiesling, reading from her new novel The Golden State.  Pitchaya Sudbanthad will open the program with a reading from his debut novel, Bangkok Wakes to Rain. In Lydia Kiesling’s razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees […]

2019-07-15 7 p.m. 2019-07-15 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Debut Novelists 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Monday, July 15, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

more info Free RSVP
16 Jul

Mary Norris

Join us for a reading with Mary Norris presenting her memoir Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.  Best-selling New York Times author and renowned New Yorker copyeditor—the Comma Queen herself—Mary Norris is again delighting readers with her wit, knowledge, and exploration of language in Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen. In this […]

2019-07-16 7 p.m. 2019-07-16 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Mary Norris 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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