When it comes to Pittsburgh authors and books, the best ones are the ones where it's clear that the author knows the city. So we created this starter's guide to local authors and their Pittsburgh stories, from romance novels to thrillers to memoirs. Plus, we included a few sneak peeks into not-yet-released titles. It's great day to curl up with a good book.
It's almost time. Soon we'll all be spending our Fridays eating fried fish and Pittsburgh comfort food sides of mac 'n' cheese and pierogies. But before the fish fry meals start, don't forget to nominate your favorites for the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry bracket. The deadline to nominate is 10 a.m. Monday. Plus, we checked in with the 2017 winner, St. Alphonsus in Wexford, to hear what's new for this year and to share their tips for competitors.
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With the big game coming up, Animal Friends is hosting its Ultimate Tail-Gate Adoption Event, with a $52 suggested adoption donation for pets. As Animal Friends says: "No matter which team you’re rooting for, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wide retriever, felinebacker or bunning back" (awwww).
Where: Animal Friends at 562 Camp Horne Rd. (Ohio Township)
When: February 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $52 suggested adoption donation
The United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation are hosting the 29th Annual African American Read-In. At the open read-in, they'll read and invite the community to share works of African, African American and Caribbean authors. The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Homewood at 7101 Hamilton Ave. (Homewood)
When: February 3, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Explore the town of Bath — "the Las Vegas of eighteenth-century England" — without ever leaving Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America will host a speech about Bath's history, geography and social attributes that set it apart from London. The event also features formal tea with sandwiches and pastries.
Where: Omni William Penn Hotel at 530 William Penn Place (Downtown)
When: February 3, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $39.50
Imbibe on the North Side with samples from a variety of breweries, including Allegheny City Brewing, Penn Brewery, Spring Hill Brewery and War Streets Brewery. Also, enjoy live music, art exhibitions and food truck fare available for purchase. Mattress Factory galleries will be open.
Where: The Mattress Factory at 500 Sampsonia Way (North Side)
When: February 3, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $40 in advance; $50 at the door
At "Groundhog Party," expect food, booze, live painting, belly dancing and a lot of music. Bands Elkhound, The Moat Rats, Jenny and the Jags, MoemawNaedon, and The Goodfoots will perform at this fundraiser for Millvale Music.
Where: Panza Gallery at 115 Sedgwick St. (Millvale)
When: February 3, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation