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Heart and Soul - Mary Ellen Butler - Book Signing 4/28/2018 at 10 am- the university Store on Fifth

Book Buyback and Rental Return

Time: 2:00pm

Location: University Store on Fifth


  • Friday April 27th: 9am-4:30pm
  • Saturday April 28th: 10am-4pm
  • Monday April 30th: 9am – 4:00pm

Appy Hour – Mother’s Day Apps

Date:Wednesday May 9, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: University Club

University Stores Annual Sidewalk Sale

Date:May 14 - May 18, 2018

Location: University Stores (University Store on Fifth, Pitt Shop and Maggie & Stella’s)

Appy Hour

Date:Sunday May 27, 2018

Location: University Club

Sponsor: Tech on Fifth at The University Store on Fifth

Appy Hour – Father’s Day Apps

Date:Wednesday June 13, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: University Club

Appy Hour – Summer Fun Apps

Date:Wednesday June 27, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: University Club


Past Events

Book Buyback and Rental Return

Time: 2:00pm

Location: University Store on Fifth


  • Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday April 22nd: Noon-4pm
  • Monday April 23rd - Thursday April 26th: 9am-6:00 pm

Apple Faculty and Staff Sale

Date: Wednesday April 25, 2018

Time: 8:30am-8pm

Location: University Store on Fifth, Tech on Fifth

Poetry Read by MFA Graduate Students

Date: Friday April 13th

Time: 2:00pm

Location: University Store on Fifth

Sponsor: MFA

Author Allison Amend

Date: Thursday April 12, 2018

Time: 8:30-10:00pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts

Sponsor: PCWS

Author of “Big Hunger”, Andy Fisher

Date: Monday April 9, 2018

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: O’Hara Dining Hall

Sponsor: Pitt Pantry

“Playing with Childhood in the 21st Century” – Meet the Authors

Date: Saturday April 7, 2018

Time: 11:30am-245 pm

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning

Sponsor: GSWS

“Playing with Childhood in the 21st Century” – Meet the Authors

Date:Friday April 6, 2018

Time: 8:30am-12 noon

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning

Sponsor: GSWS

Free Workshop: Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries with Dennis Palumbo

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Location: Center for Creativity located in The University Store on Fifth

Join Pitt alumnus and mystery novelist Dennis Palumbo for mystery-writing workshop and book signing!

Whether you’re interested in writing a psychological thriller, police procedural or humorous cozy, practicing psychotherapist and crime novelist Dennis Palumbo explores ways to craft a satisfying mystery. In this free workshop, he’ll explore such topics as the importance of a strong, relatable protagonist; how to build a compelling, credible “world” in which the story takes place; and how to mine your own thoughts, feelings and experiences to enrich the inner lives of your characters.

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His acclaimed series of crime novels (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, and the latest, Head Wounds) feature psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police. All are from Poisoned Pen Press.

For more information, please visit

Mental Wellness Book Club to Host Open House, Opportunity to Purchase Titles at Discount

The Mental Wellness Task Force of the University Senate's Benefits and Welfare committee and LifeSolutions will host an open house on Tuesday, March 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at the University Store on Fifth. All of this season's book club titles will be available for purchase at a discount and Tom Koloc, senior account manager at LifeSolutions, will be on-site to talk with attendees who have questions or comments about mental wellness.

"Secrets to Winning at Office Politics” (a business/self-help read about communication techniques) and “For One More Day” (a novel about grief) are the two titles for which the most people have asked to be waitlisted, said Linda Tashbook, chair of the Senate Benefits and Welfare committee. "We know that a lot of people want to talk about these topics and titles and we hope that they will give us another chance to talk with them by coming to this open house."

For more information about the open house or the book club, contact Linda Tashbook at or 412-648-1303.

Black Future Presents: A reading , lecture and conversation. 1/18/18

Meet and Greet & Signing: Joe Wos

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Meet nationally acclaimed Pittsburgh cartoonist puzzle master, Joe Wos, who will be signing his books at the University Stores' Holiday Open House.


Workshop/Signing: It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and End the Cycle

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop Sponsored by the School of Social Work.

Registration Required: Please call 412-624-6902

Mark Wolynn's book available at the event and at The University Store on Fifth.

Mark Wolynn

The William M. Cooper Lecture

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear (and vice versa): The Highest Stakes in Medicine, Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2017, Noon - 1:00pm

Herberman Conference Center

5230 Centre Avenue

William M. Cooper Lecture, Medical Humanities, UPMC. Dr. Ofri's books available at the lecture and at The University Store on Fifth

Book Signing Event: Don Bialostosky

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Center for Creativity: The Workshop

Dr. Don Bialostosky, professor and chair of the English department, will present a short workshop around his latest book and sign copies in the Center for Creativity Workshop at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 15. "How to Play a Poem" identifies and centers, in the words of UC Berkeley's Charles F. Altieri, "two fundamental properties of poetry -- the invitation to 'play' that combines following a score with participation in dramatic role-playing, and the invitation to readers to participate in the imagined recreation of delivered utterances at once in time and in another kind of social space." Light snacks will be provided!

Book Signing Event: Lori Jakiela

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lori Jakiela signs copies of her new book "Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker"

Lecture and Book Signing Event with Anne Garrels

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 5:00pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

Former Senior NPR Journalist, Winner of Courage in Journalism and Polk Awards Anne Garrels presents her most recent book: Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia - Book available at signing and at The University Store on Fifth.

P.S. Duffy

Date: Thursday November 2, 2017, 12:00pm

Location: The University Store on Fifth

P.S. Duffy, author

Ron Donohughe

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12pm-1:30pm

Location: The University Store on Fifth

Meet & Greet author Ron Donohughe

Author, Physicist Daniel Whiteson

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8pm-9:30pm

Location: University Club, Ballroom B

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe is co-authored with noted "PhD" cartoonist Jorge Cham.

"Prepare to learn everything we still don't know about our strange and mysterious universe. Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps..." [Publishers review] Available at the signing and The University Store on Fifth.

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Homecoming: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7pm

Location: Kurtzman Room WPU

Readings by University of Pittsburgh Poets: CM Burroughs, Cindy Arrieu-King, Brandon Som and Stacey Waite

Marcus Rediker Book Launch & Symposium

Date: Tuesday October 10, 2017, 6:00pm

Location: University Club, Conference Room A

Please join us for the Pittsburgh launch of Marcus Rediker's "The Fearless Benjamin Lay".

Free and Open to the Public

Books available for sale on site.

Black Futures

Date: Wednesday October 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Featuring: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Renee Gladman, John Keene and Val Jeanty

Books available for sale on site.

Jeff Guinn

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017, 8:30pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series

Event is Free and Open to the Public

Books available for sale on site.

Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017, 12:00pm

Location: Cathedral of Learning, Rm. 2017

Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D., author of "Toxic Inequality" is the premier speaker of the Center on Race and Social Problems' Fall Speaker Series

Books available for sale on site.

JD Barker

Date: July 18, 2017, noon

Location: University Store on Fifth

JD Barker presents his new work The Fourth Monkey.

JD Barker, bestselling author

Meet Joe Wos, author of A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids

Date:May 10, 2017, 12 – 1 pm

A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids is available at the University Store on Fifth. To learn more about Joe Wos please click here.


Babs Carryer

Date: April 18th @ 12 - 1 PM.

Location: Center for Creativity Workshop @ the University Store on Fifth


Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Presents: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Date: March 20th @ 7:00 PM.

Location: William Pitt Assembly Room


Moonglow available at the December 9th event and at The University Store


American Experience Lecture: Cokie Roberts

Time: 7:00 PM.

Location: Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium

Sponsors: The University Honors College and The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy.

Free and Open to the Public but space is limited.

Please Follow the link to reserve your seat

Books available at Event, The University Store and

Cokie Roberts

Political commentator for ABC News and NPR

In her more than forty years in broadcasting, Cokie Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

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Signing Event

Author: Michael MacCambridge

Title: Chuck Noll, His Life’s Work

Date: December 2, 2016

Time: Noon – 1 pm

Location: The University Store on Fifth

Books available at The University Store and website.

Michael MacCambridge goes behind the Steel Curtain and unveils the coach who delivered a football dynasty, Chuck Noll. Having covered Chuck during most of his Steelers career, I learned things I didn't know about his struggles and his brilliance. Thanks to relentless research and impressive interviews, Michael puts you behind the desk and along the sidelines to show how one of football's greatest minds executed his successful game plan. A Hall of Fame effort." --John Clayton, ESPN

Published: July 2016

Seminar & Signing

Author: George Gopen

Date: Wednesday November 30, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 7th Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall

Sponsor: Academic Career Development, Health Sciences

Contact the Office of Academic Career Development

412-648-8486 or

George Gopen is the creator of the groundbreaking method known as The Reader Expectation Approach. It allows writers to predict with great accuracy how most readers will interpret the writer’s text. It therefore gives writers a new inroad to their own thinking process. Dr. Gopen has consulted with and lectured to thousands around the world, assisting writers of law, science, technology, and any other professional prose.

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