Live in the pages at the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books! The second annual event is May 13th, 2023 at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Campus in East Liberty. From national author talks to helpful writing panels — celebrate the reading community! 

This event helps to showcase the literary community and people that love to read! After last year’s success, the festival is back for more.

“The festival features nationally renowned authors with ties to Pittsburgh, dozens of poets, children’s activities, book and comic stores, entertainment, publishers and more. All ages are welcome to attend – from children to senior citizens and everyone in between.”

The day is filled with activities for reading fans of all ages. National and local authors will read from their work and answer questions. For the panels, you have a variety of genres: short story, thriller, and romance.

Looking for tips on your setting? Try “World building for different genres.” Panels include “How to get published,” how to start a book club,” and “every little dirty secret I’ve learned.” The Poetry Tent has four sessions, with a poet reading every 15 minutes.

The festival brings together authors and fans and shows how integral Pittsburgh is to the literary world. For younger ages, they have a children and young adult section, where kids can create chap books and try some creative writing!

“From those who are learning to read to those who have been reading for years, the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books has become an invaluable piece of Pittsburgh’s culture that offers opportunities for inspiration and knowledge that everyone can benefit from. We are happy to support this chance for all to experience the joy of discovery and community that reading can bring,” said Carmen Anderson, interim vice president of Learning at the Heinz Endowments.

Check out the complete schedule here!

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Josh McCann

Josh has been writing for Made in PGH since 2018, where he writes about upcoming events. He’s a Point Park University graduate and teaches high school English. In his free time you’ll find him playing guitar and writing new songs.

  1. I, too, am a local author whose fiction novel, “Running at Hialeah” was published last July by Atmosphere Press. it has garnered near unanimous superb reviews on Amazon.
    Despite that, I have found it near impossible to get booksellers to stock my book.

    I have had a memorable career as a Carnegie Mellon professor of Drama and Arts Management. And, as co-founder of the world renowned Entertainment Technology Center alongside my dear friend and late partner, Randy Pausch, of “The Last Lecture’ fame.

    Is it too late for me to participate in this wonderful event?

    Just learning about this event.

    Thank You,

    Don Marinelli, Ph.D.
    5505 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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