News & Events

Alexandra Rowan Writing Festival
Reading and Reception
Featuring: Lauren Groff
Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
O’Hara Student Center Ballroom
University Place & O’Hara, Oakland

This event is free and open to the public.

Lauren Groff is the author of the New York Times bestselling MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON and the critically acclaimed short story collection DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her short stories have appeared in several literary publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares, and she has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo

Author Signing & Talk
Martha Reed
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Noon – 1:00
The University Store on Fifth
4000 Fifth Ave., Oakland, Pittsburgh

This event is free and open to the public

Please join us at The University Store on Fifth to welcome Pittsburgh mystery writer, Martha Reed.
Winner of the IPPY Award for Best Mid-Atlantic Regional Fiction Martha will be presenting  two new installments in the John and Sarah Jared Nantucket Mysteries, The Choking Game & The Nature of the Grave.

Offering a cast of colorful characters and a riveting plot,
The Choking Game and The Nature of the Grave promises to be the perfect summer beach read.

Martha Reed is a Pittsburgh-based author who is developing her John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery series after a lifetime of travel and adventure spanning three continents.

Author Presentation and Book Signing
Terrance Hayes
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The University Store on Fifth

The University Store on Fifth is honored to host the launch of Terrance Hayes’ mesmerizing new work, HOW TO BE DRAWN.

Professor Hayes will be reading from and signing HOW TO BE DRAWN.

In HOW TO BE DRAWN, his daring fifth collection, National Book Award winner and recently named MacArthur fellow, Terrance Hayes, explores how we see and are seen. These new poems charge the formal and emotional versatility that has distinguished Hayes’ work with fervent questions of representation. How are the mind, body and spirit to be truthfully portrayed? How is the self, drawn to and drawn by the currents of imagination and reality, history and eternity?

"With every new collection I think Terrance Hayes has outdone himself. At the end of all the brilliance, after the pyrotechnics are past and the dust from the fireworks has settled, I am left, in these poems, with a true beating heart.” –Elizabeth Alexander

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Past Events:

Meet and Greet the Author
Ellen A. Roth
Title: Ten Fingers Touching
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: University Store on Fifth

Free and Open to the Public

Ellen Roth will be talking about and signing her premier work, Ten Fingers Touching
Her story is a modern take on a classic fairy tale, richly illustrated by John Blumen.

“A bewitching love story that’s a fairy tale for grown-ups.”
—Jean Horne, Feature Writer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Ten Fingers Touching is available at the University Store on Fifth.

Ten Fingers Touching is available at the University Store on Fifth.

Event: "The Crisis of College Access for Students of Color"
Reed Smith Spring 2015 Speaker Series, C.R.S.P.
Speaker: Gary Orfield
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning; Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project, University of California, Los Angeles

“Today more than ever, higher education stands as the gateway to the kind of society we will become. Higher Education and the Color Line is a major contribution to contemporary debates about how that gateway should be constructed against the backdrop of race, gender, and class in American society.”
—Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

“Orfield and Frankenberg have put together an extraordinary book that ought to be required reading for anyone who cares
about our children and the public schools that serve them . . . I hope it will be widely read, and far beyond the walls of academia.”
--Jonathan Kozol, author of Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Educational Delusions? Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make Schools Fair is available at The University Store on Fifth
Higher Education and the Color Line is available at The University Store on Fifth

Meet and Greet
Author: David Gray
Date: February 24, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: University Store on Fifth

Free and open to the public

We are happy to welcome Pitt Alumnus, David Gray to the University Store.

He will be here to talk about and sign his new book: When Everyone Wins: From Inequality to Cooperation. We often focus on winning at the expense of others, which can create problems in and outside of the workplace. David Gray, a long time professor of psychology, makes the case that everything runs much smoother when everyone is a winner. -

Author: Frank Warren
Date: Monday February 23, 2015
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: William Pitt Student Union
Event: Ticketed event, University of Pittsburgh students only

Author: Michael Meyer
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: O’Hara Center Ballroom

Since first arriving in the country as a Peace Corps volunteer 20 years ago, Michael Meyer has witnessed China from the village and neighborhood level. His writing combines immerse reporting, memoir and archival research. Meyer’s award-winning first book, The Last Days of Old Beijing, documents daily life in the capital's oldest neighborhood as the city remade itself for the Olympics. His second book, published this month, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, depicts life on a family’s rice farm as it becomes a corporate agribusiness. Meyer will show slides from his research, talk about the challenges of reporting from China and how a freelance writer can fund and produce books that reach a wide audience.

Books Available at the event and The University Store on Fifth

Meet and Greet!
Author: Pat DiCesare
Title: Hard Days Hard Nights
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: The University Store on Fifth
4000 Fifth Avenue, Oakland


Join us to welcome ”one of the fathers of the rock’n’roll concert business” and author, Pat DiCesare to talk about his premiere publication, Hard Days, Hard Nights. Mr DiCesare will be available to discuss and autograph this exciting, “…behind-the-scenes story of the birth and development of modern rock concerts…”

Mr. DiCesare’s stories and understated narrative are always engaging. He balances painful memories of economic and ethnic prejudices he faced as a young man by his pride in overcoming it all.” [Music historian and critic Rich Kienzle, Post-Gazette.]

Hard Days, Hard Nights can be purchased at
The University Store on Fifth

Click here to Order a copy

Event: Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
Authors: Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Jen Bervin
Title: Various
Date: Thursday January 29th 2015
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Building, Auditorium

Author: Orlando Patterson

Event: Center on Race and Social Problems
Reed Smith Spring 2015 Speaker Series
Title:  The Cultural Matrix
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Free and open to the Public

"The Cultural Matrix" seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.

Event: China’s Next Decade
Speaker/Author: William Adams
Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 104 Mervis Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Adams’s book, "In Line Behind A Billion People" How Scarcity will Define Ascent in the Next Decade  co-authored with Damien Ma
outlines “ the most crucial challenges China faces, and offer a healthy degree of hope in its leader's ability to meet those challenges, while doing so in a fun, funny, fact-filled manner.
What more could a China-minded reader want?”
[Review excerpted from” Shangalist”]

"In Line Behind A Billion People" is available at the University Store on Fifth

Event: Holiday Story Time
Feature Title: Polar Express
Date: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 12:00pm noon
Location: The University Store on Fifth

4000 Fifth Avenue,  Pittsburgh, PA 15213 || 412-648-1455

Jump on the” Polar Express” Saturday, December 13th and join us for The University Store on Fifth’s
Happy Holiday Story Time.

This special Story Time features a special reading of the Holiday classic Polar Express along with fun activities and treats. This event is Free and Open to everyone!

Event: Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
Author: NoViolet Bulawayo
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Free and open to the Public

Ten-year-old Darling and her friends navigate their shantytown with the exuberance and mischievous spirit of children everywhere. But they are shadowed by memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the schools closed, before their fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. When Darling escapes to suburban America, she finds that—far from the comforts of her childhood community—America's abundance is hard to reach, and she reckons alone with the sacrifices and mixed rewards of assimilating.

"Ms. Bulawayo's artistry is such that we can't help but see ourselves in that wider world … Darling is a dazzling life force with a rich, inventive language all her own, funny and perceptive but still very much a child … It would be hard to overstate the freshness of Ms. Bulawayo's language, with words put together in utterly surprising ways that communicate precisely." -Judy Wertafterlifeheimer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel … The voice Ms. Bulawayo has fashioned for [Darling] is utterly distinctive – by turns unsparing and lyrical, unsentimental and poetic, spiky and meditative." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Book available at the event and The University Store on Fifth


NoViolet Bulawayo (2014/15 Fred R. Brown Award Winner) is recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation (selected by Junot Diaz). She is the author of Hitting Budapest, Snapshots, and We Need New Names, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Event: Author Signing
Author: Lew Bryson
Title: Tasting Whiskey
Date: Friday November 21
Time: TBD
Location: Tender Bar + Kitchen 4300 Butler St.  
Tasting Whiskey - Available at the signing event and The University Store on Fifth 



    A comprehensive manual for all levels of enthusiasts, Tasting Whiskey maps whiskey styles, profiling each of the major types of whiskey, discussing their differences, exploring how and where they are made, and describing their unique flavors. Bryson walks the reader through the process of tasting and teaches how to collect and age whiskey. He also includes cocktail recipes as well as suggestions for food pairings.   

 There are other guides to whiskey on the market, but, in the words of Bourbon, Straight author Charles K. Cowdery, Tasting Whiskey “is the only whiskey book you need.”
Lew Bryson is the managing editor of Whisky Advocate, where he is also a feature writer and columnist. He frequently presents tastings and lectures on whiskey and has written several books on craft beer. He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Event: Culture, Teaching and Learning
Author: Geneva Gayafterlife
Title: Culturally Responsive Teaching
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Scaife Hall, Auditoriums 5 and 6
Event is Free and open to the Public

[Donations of new and gently used books for children In pre-K through high school are welcome at this event.]
This presentation examines the interconnections among culture, teaching, and learning as they relate to underachieving students of color in precollegiate and higher education... Some of the major ideological and action dimensions of these premises are explained in detail.

afterlifeGeneva Gay is a professor of education at the University of Washington-Seattle, where she teaches multicultural education and general curriculum theory. She is nationally and internationally known for her scholarship in multicultural education, particularly as it relates to curriculum design, staff development, classroom instruction and intersections of culture, race, ethnicity, teaching and learning. She has written a number of books and book chapters, including thebook Culturally Responsive Teaching. She works with Scott Foresman as a member of the authorship team for its New Elementary Social Studies Series In this wonderful new volume, Geneva Gay makes a convincing case for using culturally responsive teaching to improve the school performance of underachieving students of color… This is an excellent resource for anyone who cares about improving and recognizing the factors that shape culturally responsive teaching and learning.
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Free and open to the Public

Event: Author Book Launch and Signingafterlife
Titles: Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion and
Working in the Field: Anthropological Experiences Across the World
Authors: Pamela J. Stewart & Andrew J. Strathern
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: The University Store on Fifth

Internationally known authors and speakers, Prof. Andrew Strathern and Dr. Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) will be available to discuss their two recently released books:
Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion and Working in the Field: Anthropological Experiences across the World

Both books are aids to understanding how human ways of living function in our world today.

Pamela J. Stewart is Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of the Cromie Burn Research Unit, in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Ritual Studies and the Ritual Studies Book Series. Andrew Strathern is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Ritual Studies and the Ritual Studies Book Series.

afterlifeRitual: Key Concepts in Religion
"Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion provides an important, powerful and provocative advance in the study of ritual. Braiding together reflection on rituals in many places with cutting edge analysis, the authors demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of existing concepts. They make possible a greatly enriched performance of theorizing ritual." – Graham Harvey, The Open University, UK, -

Working in the Field
How are ethnographic knowledge and anthropological theory created out of field experiences? Working in the Field explores emplacement and experience-centered narratives as the modes in working in places brings anthropology to life. Stewart and Strathern show how first impressions of an area carry depths of meanings which can gradually be unpacked in later analysis and how the fieldworker's memories may become blended with those of the people studied as a result of long-term engagement with them. Spanning Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and Scotland, and Ireland, Stewart and Strathern show how fieldwork in apparently different areas can lead to unexpected comparisons and discoveries of similarities in human cross-cultural patterns of behavior.

Event: Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
Author: Adam Hochschildafterlife
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Free and open to the Public  

The Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series welcomes Adam Hochschild.
Hochschild is the author of seven books, including King Leopold’s Ghost and Finding the Trapdoor. His 2005 book, Bury the Chains, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the L. A. Times Book Prize. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine.


Previous Events:

Event: Book Signing
Author: Marta Effinger-Crichlowafterlife
Title: Staging Migrations Toward an American West
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: The University Store on Fifth
Free and open to the Public

Please join us to welcome University of Pittsburgh alumna, Marta Effinger-Crichlow, to premier her book,
Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones.

Staging Migrations toward an American West fills a void in the scholarship of African-American history, American history in general, women's history, feminist criticism, and performance theory. While most migration scholarship in these fields has focused on the 'Great Migration' of Black Americans moving from rural, Jim Crow south to northern industrial cities such as New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, Effinger-Crichlow illuminates a westward migration that has been comparatively ignored.

Event: Book Signing
Author: Tony Gaskew
Title: Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: The University Store on Fifth
Free and open to the Publicafterlife

Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility describes a prison-based education pedagogy designed to address a prevalent racial politics of shaming, self-segregation, and transgenerational learned helplessness.

"Tony Gaskew's new research is a carefully crafted study of the role of the prison industry and the intergenerational destruction it has wrought upon people of color in the United States."- Sean Byrne, University of Manitoba

Tony Gaskew, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, University of Pittsburgh (Bradford). His research focuses on policing, prison education initiatives, direct and structural violence, and the impact of the criminal justice system on the black American experience. He is a former Fulbright Hays Fellow, FDD Terrorism Fellow, and served as the principal investigator on a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Grant studying the impact of reentry efforts on recidivism. He is a member of the McKean County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) McKean Community Relations Board, and currently serves as a volunteer post-secondary prison educator working with incarcerated students at FCI McKean, developing innovative prison education initiatives. He is a former major crimes police-detective at M.P.D., where he was assigned as a ten-year member of the Department of Justice's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
Rethinking Prison Reentry is available at The University Store on Fifth

Event: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2014 Speaker Series
Speaker/Author: Alice Goffman
Date: October 9, 2014
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:30pmafterlife
Location: 2017 Cathedral of Learning
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City is available from The University Store on Fifth

Publishers Weekly
"This is a remarkable chronicle, informed by Goffman's scholarship, detailed from personal experience as 'participant observer,' and related with honesty and compassion."

Malcolm Gladwell | New Yorker
"An exceptional book. . . . Devastating

LSE Review of Books
"Extraordinary. . . . The best work of ethnography I have read in a very, very long time."

Alice Goffman Assistant Professor of Sociology University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alice Goffman is a sociologist who grew up in Philadelphia and attended graduate school at Princeton. She works in the urban ethnography tradition of Howie Becker, Elijah Anderson, and Mitch Duneier, sometimes called the Chicago School. The idea is sustained engagement in a community, obsessive note taking, and the close up observation of everyday life over time.

Her book, On the Run, draws on six years of fieldwork and describes young men living as suspects and fugitives in an African American neighborhood torn apart by the war on drugs and unprecedented levels of targeted imprisonment.

'On The Run' is available at The University Store on Fifth

Event: "Everyone is Gay" LGBTQA Guest Speakers
Sponsors: Rainbow Allianceafterlife
Title: This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids
Author: Kristin Russo and Danielle Owens-Reid
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (doors open 7:30)
Location: O'Hara Student Center
Free and open to the Public

Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo's question and answer book is the perfect guide for parents of gay and questioning children.
They answer all the potential questions a parent might have with a lot of love and patience.

afterlifeDannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo dialogue daily with LGBTQ youth and families through their award-winning website, Everyone is Gay.
Dannielle lives in Los Angeles, and Kristin lives in New York City.

This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids is available at The University Store on Fifth


Event: Design Thinking: Japanese Style
Author: Dr. Robert Tobin
Title: What Do You Want To Create Today?
Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

For more information, contact the International Business Center at 412-648-1559

afterlifeWhat Do You Want to Create Today?: A Guide For Having a Great Life at Work shows you how to develop your career in a way that uniquely suits you.
Tobin has spent 25 years inspiring hundreds of executives and thousands of students to create the kind of lives they want at work using the strategies outlined in this book. His pioneering approach comes from his years as an American professor and consultant in Asia, and his experience running a contemporary art gallery in Tokyo
An inspiring, 'inside-out' view of building a life that works. Tobin has an engaging, informal way of writing, making it more likely you will absorb and use his ideas. Learn from his experience."
--Geoff Bellman, consultant and bestselling author of "Extraordinary Groups and Consultant's Calling"

Dr. Robert "Bob" Tobin, emeritus professor from the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University in Japan, and former director of the Program on Creativity and Change.

This author's books are available at The University Store on Fifth.

Event: Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Seriesafterlife
Poet: Lucie Brock-Broido
Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Free and open to the Public

Ethereal and yet eerily precise, Stay, Illusion is a powerful new book of poems that offers a masterful attention to grief and a compelling empathy for those that remain behind. Trembling with an almost otherworldly language that is at once meticulous and fierce, Brock-Broido's poems open up the channels between the living and the dead, allowing for a hypnotic conversation that is as piercing as it is utterly breathtaking.
--Publisher's description

afterlifeLucie Brock-Broido is the author of three previous collections of poetry, A Hunger, The Master Letters, and Trouble in Mind, as well as the editor of the poems of Thomas James, Letters to a Stranger. A volume of Brock-Broido's selected poems, Soul Keeping Company was published in the U.K. She is Director of Poetry in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and lives in New York City and in Cambridge, Massachusetts

This author's books are available at The University Store on Fifth.

Event: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2014 Speaker Series
Speaker/Author: James S. Jackson
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014afterlife
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm
Location: 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Practical advice for conducting social science research in racial and ethnic minority populations –

"We believe that successfully overcoming methodological challenges researchers face in studies of black populations not only furthers the social scientific knowledge base, it also provides the evidence foundation needed for building a more just society."
—from the Editors' Introduction –

afterlife"This volume is a much needed and valuable contribution to the literature on conducting research in Black communities. It fills a gap and provides great insights based on actual research experience, careful conceptualization, and documented evidence." —Diane R. Brown, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health –
See more at:

James S. Jackson, Ph.D. is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Director of the Institute for Social Research, all at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on issues of racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among blacks in the Diaspora….
He is currently directing the most extensive social, political behavior, and mental and physical health surveys on the African American and Black Caribbean populations ever conducted. He is a founding member of the "Aging Society Research Network" of the MacArthur Foundation. He is the President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Science.

'Researching Black Communities' is available at The University Store on Fifth

Book Signing Event
Author: Kate Sweeney
Title: American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning
Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Time: 12:00pm
Location: The University Store on Fifth

Please join us to welcome debut author, Kate Sweeney to The University Store on Fifth. Kate will be signing copies of American Afterlife: Encounters in the Custom of Mourning throughout the day. There will be an in-store signing at noon, and a 4:00pm signing at the Cathedral of Learning.

"What happens after someone dies depends on our personal stories and on where those stories fall in a larger tale—that of death in America. It's a powerful tale that we usually keep hidden from our everyday lives until we have to face it."
--publisher's description

afterlife Available at the University Store on Fifth "At a brisk pace, but with frequent stops to relish the magnificent oddities of the terrain, Kate Sweeney guides readers down the lanes and boulevards of the American way of death. As we look into the grave, she looks at us, with an unflinching gaze that would be the envy of Jessica Mitford. Revelatory and—dare I say it?—terrifically entertaining."
—Peter Trachtenberg, author of Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons

Kate Sweeney is a producer for NPR affiliate WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta, Georgia and
she is a winner of two Edward R. Murrow awards and two Associated Press awards for her work.

Available at The University Store on Fifth


SUNny Day Story Time
Date: Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Time: 1:00pm
Location:  The University Store on Fifth
Featuring:  Pigeon Stories by Mo Willems

Sunny Day Story Time

Join us for the last Sunny Day Story Time of the summer as we feature Pigeon stories by Mo Willems’! We will be sharing the Pigeon stories and provide activities and treats.

We hope to see you Sunday, August 3rd, 1:00pm at The University Store on Fifth. This event is Free and Open to everyone!

For more info about The University Store on Fifth, visit our Facebook page

Sunny Day Story Time

Reading and Signing Free and Open to the Public
Guest Author: Jessica Lynn Curtis
Date: Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 11:15 am
Place: The University Store on Fifth
Featured book: Papa's New Home
(Can be purchased at the University Store on Fifth)

About the author:

If anyone were to ask six-year-old Jessica what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer would have been automatic: an author.

Thirty years and a long and winding road later, little Jessica's dream has come true with the publication of Papa's New Home.
The inspiration for Papa's New Home came from an acting class assignment to write an autobiography. At the same time, Jessica was noticing a trend among the children she was caring for.

Many had lost a grandparent or someone dear to them. In addition to missing their loved one, they were confused. They didn't understand why their loved one had left them or where they had gone. Remembering her own sadness and confusion, and a very special visit from her Papa, Jessica set out to answer those questions in a way a child could understand them with Papa's New Home.

Sunny Day Story Time

SUNny Day PIRATE Story Time
Guest Author: Caroline Carlson
Date: July 13, 2014
Time: 1:00pm
Place:  The University Store on Fifth
Free and Open to the Public
Featured book:  The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot
                               (Can be purchased at the University Store on Fifth)

Ahoy me Hearties!
Hop aboard our SUNny Day 'PIRATE' Story Time, Sunday, July 13th at 1 o’clock to welcome Caroline Carlson! She is the author of 'The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot'.

Caroline will read from 'Magic Marks the Spot',  teach you how to speak “pirate”  and sign her book.    Enjoy exciting crafts and delicious treats all at The University Store on Fifth. Join the fun!

“There’s merriment and intrigue on the high seas in this debut novel… Carlson’s characters are as memorable as they are entertaining.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“Relationships are sweet and beautifully drawn, there is at least one laugh per page, and I quite enjoyed the notion of entrenched pirate bureaucracy.”—The New York Times

A special thanks goes out to everyone in attendance for our Sunny Day Story Time featuring Disneys FROZEN!
We hope you had a wonderful time.

Stop by The University Store on Fifth to pick up a copy of
"Uganda Be Kidding Me" signed by Chelsea handler! Quantity is limited.

In her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, “Chelsea goes international, with hysterical reminiscences of her trips overseas as well as her domestic jet-setting. Also, whenever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous.”
Be sure to get your new copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me as well as her other titles, all available
here at The University Store.

Other titles by Chelsea include:

Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea.
Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me
My Horizontal Life
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

Please Note: Ms. Handler will be signing only her books.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Chelsea's Home Page.

Date: April 15, 2014
Time: 4:30pm
Location: William Pitt Union Ballroom

 This book is available through The University Store on Fifth!

The University of Pittsburgh Childhood Studies Speaker Series is pleased to present: Young Adult Novelist, E. Lockhart. She is a Printz Award winner, a finalist for the National Book Award
and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel.
Lockhart will talk to us about her writing process of her novel:

The University Store on Fifth will provide E. Lockhart’s books available for purchase.

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
April 10, 2014

8:30 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Poets Anne Boyer & Dana Ward

Anne Boyer, poet, is the author of the poetry collections
My Common Heart (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2011) and The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House, 2008).
Boyer is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Dana Ward, poet, is the author of the poetry collections The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem Books, 2013) and
This Can’t Be Life (Edge Books, 2012). Ward serves as the editor of CyPress Books. 

Pitt Author Signing
Kathleen George
Johnstown Girls
April 11, 2014
Noon – 2:00
University Store on Fifth

The Johnstown Girls is a heartrending tale of twin sisters separated by the 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Kathleen George masterfully blends a factual history of the flood into her story of two sisters, whose search for each other over the course of one hundred years unfolds after their lives were sent careening down different paths.

Kathleen George is the author of seven mysteries set in Pittsburgh: A Measure of Blood, Simple, The Odds, which was nominated for the Edgar® Award from the Mystery Writers of America, Hideout, Afterimage, Fallen, and Taken. She is also the author of the short story collection The Man in the Buick and editor of another collection, Pittsburgh Noir. George is a professor of theater arts and creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh and has published several books on theater, including Rhythm in Drama, and most recently, Winter’s Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage. She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Author: Thomas M. Shapiro
Date: April 8,  2014
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00 pm
Location: 2017 Cathedral of Learning
“Navigating Toxic Inequality”

Reed Smith Spring Speaker Series 2014
Center on Race and Social Problems

“Over the past three decades, racial prejudice in America has declined significantly and many African American families have seen a steady rise in employment and annual income. But alongside these encouraging signs, Thomas Shapiro argues in The Hidden Cost of Being African American, fundamental levels of racial inequality persist, particularly in the area of asset accumulation--inheritance, savings accounts, stocks, bonds, home equity, and other investments. “

Excerpted from Oxford University Press Review

Author: Michael Moss
Date: April 8,  2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Event: 2014 Porter Prize Event
Title: Salt Sugar Fat
Location: William Pitt Union Assembly Room

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the United Way of Allegheny County cordially invite you to an event in honor of the recipient of the 2014
Porter Prize, Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Salt Sugar Fat.

The Atlantic • The Huffington Post • Men’s Journal • MSN (U.K.) • Kirkus Reviews • Publishers Weekly
Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss tells us the truth behind soda's secret formula -- what makes it irresistible to us, despite our best intentions. Here, he describes the company's biochemical innovations as relayed by Jeffrey Dunn, former chief operating officer of Coca-Cola North America.

Date: April 4th, 2014
Time: Noon – 2:00 pm
Event: Signing Event
Author: Mason Radkoff
Title:  The Heart of June
Location: University Store on Fifth

First-time novelist Mason Radkoff arrives on the literary scene with a captivating new voice. Shortlisted for the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition, Radkoff’s heartfelt and often times wry novel features emotion and maturity seldom seen in debut work. As a carpenter restoring homes both modest and grand, Radkoff bore witness to the subtle drama residing within the walls that contain our lives. Now, after years spent surrounded by the interactions that shape us all, he shares this wisdom in a compelling tale filled with honesty, humor, and love.

"Walt Farnham, the handyman hero of The Heart of June, is a good man whose life is in serious need of repair but knows it's sometimes better to enjoy what we have than mourn what's lost. Mason Radkoff's debut is sweet and funny and wise, besides being a deeply-felt love-letter to Pittsburgh, past and present."  
– Stewart O’Nan, author of Snow Angels and Emily, Alone

“Mason Radkoff’s moving debut novel The Heart of June is a literary masterpiece. Radkoff renders his flawed yet bighearted characters with such warmth, compassion and charm that I’m still thinking about them, long after turning the last page.” – Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot

“The Heart of June carefully illuminates the lives we craft for ourselves and the implications of things left unfinished, plans cut short. With gorgeously crafted prose and the rich history of Pittsburgh as its backdrop, Mason Radkoff weaves a generous tale that had me spellbound from the start.” – Eugene Cross, author of Fires of Our Choosing

Event: Meet the Author &  Signing
Date: April 3, 2014
Time: Noon – 2:00 pm
Author: David Witoslawski & Brittany Howe
Location:  University Store on Fifth

2014 Heinz Distinguished Lecture Series
 Author: Vanessa Farquharson
Title: Sleeping Naked is Green
Date: Tuesday April 1, 2014
Time: 4:30

Location: William Penn Union Ballroom

Event: "Climate Policy as Wealth Creation"
Title: Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth

  Author: James K. Boyce
 Date: March 31, 2014
 Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: University Club Ballroom B

If you're interested in the cutting-edge of the very best thinking on economics and the environment, it's right here. Boyce has done a masterful job integrating issues of equity and ecological thinking into economics, and presenting deep and important ideas accessibly with the latest research to back them up. Not just recommended, but essential.'
- Juliet Schor, Boston College,

Meet and Greet Albert Tannler, author of Pittsburgh Architecture of the Twentieth Century

Author: Albert Tannler
Title: Pittsburgh Architecture in the Twentieth Century
Date: March 31, 2014

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm
 Location: University Store on Fifth

"This is the first guidebook devoted solely to twentieth-century buildings in metropolitan Pittsburgh. … the Guide presents a selection of 53 extant buildings and structures that embody aspects of twentieth-century architectural practice from 1903 to 1999. ... Many of the buildings and structures in the book have either been designated as local, state, and/or national landmarks or qualify for future designation. … All are worthy of preservation. …"

Excerpted Reader's review

Albert M. Tannler, historical collections director, joined PHLF on January 2, 1991. He researches and writes architectural history and oversees the James D. Van Trump Library and the Frank B. Fairbanks Rail Transportation Archive. Prior to joining PHLF, Al worked as an archivist and editor in Chicago. He began researching and writing about architecture in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Chicago Library.

Challenging Authority: A Symposium in Honor of Derrick Bell
A celebration of the late Derrick Bell (LLB '57), esteemed Pitt Law alumnus, professor, and one of the founders of critical race theory.

Featured Author: Ian Haney López
Date: Thursday March 27th
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ian Haney López is one of the nation's leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States
since the civil rights era.A law professor at UC Berkeley, he is the author of three books and his writings have appeared across a range of sources, from the Yale Law Journal to the New York Times.

University of Pittsburgh

Symposium schedule and speakers both days:

Event:” Arms and the University”, Special Panel Discussion
Authors: Donald Downs and Ilia Murtazashvili
Title: Arms and the University

Date:  Monday March 24th 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location:  William Penn Union, Lower Lounge

“Arguing the Reserve Officers' Training Corps provides a valuable civic education to both cadets and other students, Donald Alexander Downs and Ilia Murtazashvili explore the historical role of the military in higher education and how that relationship shifted both in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

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Making The New Economy Work in Pittsburgh
Author: Gar Alperovitz
March 21, 2014
2:00 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

"There can be neither peace, nor democracy, nor social justice until we change the system that underpins the American empire and policy-crippling maldistribution of wealth."

(Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers, and co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation )

PCWS Presents: Poetry reading and conversation by contemporary writers
Authors: Brenda Hillman & Robin Clarke
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 8:30pm
Location: Cathedral of Learning Room 501


BRENDA HILLMAN is an activist, writer, and teacher. She has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry.

Click here for author's website

Author: Joann Cantrell
 Date: Tuesday March 18, 2014
 Time: Noon – 2 pm
 Location: University Store on Fifth
4000 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh is a city rich in history, perhaps best known as the industrial hub for steel production, but it is also a city with deep roots of personal achievement.
Joann Cantrell author and Pittsburgh native presents the images in this book from the personal collections of individuals within the community of Pittsburgh’s local legends.
(Excerpted from Arcadia Publisher’s page) 

Vietnam: New Lessons from an Old War, a Half Century On
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College

Authors: Peter Arnett, Laura Palmer and Edward G. Miller
Date: Tuesday March 4, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: University Club, Second Floor Ballroom
123 University Place Peter Arnett Wikapedia

“…An engrossing memoir--complete with perceptive commentary on colleagues and contemporary
notables--from one of the fourth estate's authentic paradigms.”      Kirkus

“In the annals of Vietnam War history, no figure has been more controversial than Ngo Dinh Diem
In Misalliance, Edward Miller provides a convincing new explanation for Diem’s downfall
and the larger tragedy of South Vietnam.”
-- Harvard Press

"There is an extraordinary and deeply moving eloquence in these expressions of grief.
This is a book that should be read, but it is slow going. It is difficult to read through
 a steady mist of tears." -- The Atlantic

Center on Race & Social Problems
Reed Smith Spring Speaker Series 2014

Title: Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education
Speaker/Author: William Perez
Date: Monday March 3, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: 2017 Cathedral of Learning

"Americans by Heart examines the plight of undocumented Latino students as they navigate the educational and legal tightrope presented by their immigration status.”
Teachers College Press


Reading & Signing by Kathleen George
Title: A Measure of Blood
 Date: Thursday February 27, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: The University Store on Fifth, 4000 Fifth Avenue Oakland

"A Measure of Blood"
MEASURE OF BLOOD is the seventh installment in the Richard Christie thriller series by Kathleen George.
A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice

Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he's sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who was once her lover. With self-righteous determination, Nadal goes to her apartment. He demands to spend time with the boy. When she refuses, he reaches for a knife.


Author: George Galster
Title: Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City
Date: Friday, February 21st Noon – 1:30pm
Location: William Pitt Student Union, Lower Lounge

The University Center for Social and Urban Research “Brown Bag Seminar Series”
RSVP 412-624-9177


Meet and Greet!
Local Cookbook Author: Caroline Shannon-Karasik 
Title: The Gluten-Free Revolution
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm  
Location: The University Store on Fifth, 4000 Fifth Avenue Oakland

Caroline Shannon-Karasik is the author of The Gluten-Free Revolution and a writer, certified health coach and founder of the popular gluten-free lifestyle site, Sincerely Caroline. Her writing and recipe development have been featured in several publications, including, VegNews, Kiwi, and REDBOOK magazines. She has been a long distance runner for more than 15 years and certified Pilates instructor for more than a decade. Caroline lives with her husband, Dan and four adopted cats in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Learn more about Caroline by visiting:







Author: Walter Mosley
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 8:30p.m.
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Mosley is the recipient of numerous awards including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy Award, and PEN AMERICA'S Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of more than 40 critically acclaimed books including DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, part of the best-selling mystery series featuring "Easy" Rawlins.

Author: Hilton Als
Date: January 27, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.

An American Experience Distinguished lecture presented by Laurence Leamer
Author of: The Price of Justice
Date: January 15th, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
University Club Ballroom B

For more information: CLICK HERE

A nonfiction legal thriller that traces the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice

Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America's electric power. But wealth and influence weren't enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company's mines—in which scores died unnecessarily.

Book Launch "Between Lives" by Earl H McDaniel
Saturday December 7, 2013
2:00 – 4:00
The University Store on Fifth

Join Earl McDaniel to celebrate his new novel,  “Between Lives” a story about
Mick Mackintosh who has earned a college degree and excelled in two different careers. He has embarked on a graduate program to improve himself. Then, with a son in college and another on the verge of high school graduation, Mick loses his job to the post-9/11 economy… Without a job, he descends into personal darkness, and ultimately, he must decide whether to abide by the principles that have served him all of his life or abandon them for his own survival.

Emily M. Weaver

Fort Pitt Block House, the Fort Pitt Society
of the Daughters of the American Revolution

November 15th, 2013
Noon – 2:00 pm

The University Store on Fifth

When Beginning with its construction in 1764, the story of the Fort Pitt Block House is one that spans nearly three centuries of Pittsburgh history. The Block House was originally constructed as adefensive redoubt for Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War. After the conflicts on the Pennsylvania frontier ended, the brick-laid building served as a trading post for wares and munitions, and in the nineteenth century, it played host to families and even a candy shop. In 1894, the only surviving structure of Fort Pitt was gifted to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Though the building was threatened by demolition for the expansion of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Daughters of the American Revolution fought to preserve this historic treasure for Pittsburgh. Join site curator and author Emily M. Weaver as she chronicles the remarkable history of the Fort Pitt Block House. (History Press, publishers' description)

Bryan Bender
author of You Are Not Forgotten
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
5:30-8 p.m.
O'Hara Student Center
Sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh Office of Veterans Services

An inspiring and epic tale of loss and redemption about two American servicemen: a Marine Corps pilot who was shot down in WWII and the modern-day soldier determined to bring home his remains six decades late" Bryan Bender is a 1994 graduate of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, joined the Globe's Washington bureau in 2001 and covers the U.S. military, global terrorism, the international arms trade, and government secrecy.

Elizabeth Williams -
Author of Pittsburgh in World War I Arsenal of the Allies
November 11, 2013
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The University Store on Fifth

When the whole of Europe went to war in 1914, Pittsburgh watched the storm clouds gather at home. Yet Pittsburgh was a city of immigrants--the large Polish community urged leaders to join the side of the Allies, while German immigrants supported the Central powers. By the time the country entered World War I in 1917, Pittsburghers threw their support into the war effort united as Americans. With over 250 mills and factories, the Steel City and Allegheny County produced half of the steel and much of the munitions used by the Allies. Pittsburgh gave more than steel--sixty thousand men went to war, and women flocked to the front lines as nurses. One of the first gas masks on the western front was developed at the Mellon Institute, while the city's large Red Cross provided tireless support on the home front. Historian Elizabeth Williams traces the remarkable story of Pittsburgh during the Great War. History Press, publisher

Author: Leah Pileggi
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Noon – 2:00 pm
Evening Presentation: 6:30 pm
The University Store on Fifth
Prisoner 88
Kirkus Reviews - May 15, 2013
A surprisingly affecting portrait of a 10-year-old boy in 1885 who is sentenced to five years for manslaughter and sent to the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. Inspired by a real incident reported in an Idaho newspaper on May 2, 1885, Pileggi convincingly creates a story of a resilient, not-really-aware-that-he's-neglected, illiterate boy with a big heart.…" .

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
At The University Store in FifthCharles Bock

Please join us at the University Store on Fifth as Pitt Alumnus Dr. James V. Earle signs his new book
"100 Yards of Success: Leadership Lessons from College Football".

The book addresses common attributes that leaders in both sports and business share.

"During my time overseeing football operations, I started compiling a list of things that football programs do really well; things like recruiting, studying the competition, promoting environments of teamwork and accountability," said Earle. "And I always hoped one day to turn these lessons into a book to help leaders at all types of organizations."
Review excerpted University of Pittsburgh, School of Education.

Dr. Earle is a graduate from the Administrative and Policy Studies (APS) Department at The University of Pittsburgh, with an EdD in Higher Education Management, as well as being a former athletic director at Pitt.

100 Yards of Success: Leadership Lessons from College Football is a "must read for both aspiring and current leaders of all types of organizations."

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Charles Bock

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Internationally recognized and acclaimed poet Anne Waldman has been an active member of the "Outrider" experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades as writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist. Click here for more...

Book Signing Event - With Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson

Good Neighbors/Bad Neighbors - How War and Conflict Change Us

Join us at the University Store on Fifth September 19th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m for an evening with Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson authors of Allegheny City: A History of Pittsburgh's North Side

Allegheny City, known today as Pittsburgh's North Side, was the third-largest city in Pennsylvania when it was controversially annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1907. Dan Rooney, a longtime North Side resident, joins local historian Carol Peterson in creating this highly engaging history of the cultural, industrial, and architectural achievements of Allegheny City from its humble beginnings until the present day. >>Read More Here

Special Thanks to Stephen Colbert

Pitt Book Center - Stephen Colbert Event

Stephen Colbert finally made the trek to Pittsburgh and appeared before a very enthusiastic crowd of 1,900 at the Carnegie Music Hall on Friday, April 19th. Colbert opened the program by reading a selection of topics from his new book 'America Again'. He concluded the event with a spirited Q & A session which covered a range of topics. The appearance came to a close with a book signing, where Colbert was able to sign hundreds of books, much to the delight of the huge crowd that waited patiently for their turn. In the end, he took time out to pose with students and staff from the Book Center- who could not have been more pleased! Thanks Stephen, Stephen, Stephen…

The Book Center has a limited number of autographed copies of Stephen Colbert's new book 'American Again' available for sale in store only.

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