September 22, 2016: ADA LIMÓN is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. 8:30pm, Pitt Public Health Auditorium (130 De Soto St, 15261)
October 17 & 18: AMY BLOOM is the author of three novels, three collections of short stories, a children’s book and a collection of essays. She has been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories: The O. Henry Prize Stories, and numerous anthologies. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award for Fiction. Her most recent and best-selling novel, Lucky Us, came out in 2014. Oct. 17, 8:30pm, Craft Talk: “The Writers’ Life: Where the God of Love Hangs Out.” Oct. 18, 8:30pm, reading, The James Laughlin Music Hall.
February 23, 2017: MAGGIE NELSON is the author of The Argonauts, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and a New York Times best seller, Bluets, which was named by Bookforum as one of the 10 best books of the past 20 years, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions. She is a recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant. 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
(2016/17 William Block Sr. Award Winner) March 20: TA NEHISI COATES is the author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which won the 2015 National Book Award, the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former writer for the Village Voice and a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates has been awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and the George Polk Award for his 2012 article “The Case for Reparations.” He is the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship, and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016. He recently wrote eleven issues of Marvel Comics’s Black Panther series, which when it first appeared in the 1960s was the first comic book to feature a black superhero. 6:30pm, William Pitt Union Assembly Room
(2016/17 Fred R. Brown Literary Award Winner) April 13: EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of many books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection; The Farming of the Bones , an American Book Award winner; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner; Krik? Krack!, which was nominated for the National Book Award, making her the youngest nominee ever; and Untwine, which came out in 2015. Her short story “Between the Pool and the Gardenias” won the Pushcart Short Story Prize. She is a MacArthur Fellow and was named as one of “30 under 30” people to watch in the New York Times Magazine. 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium