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Please join us as we welcome native Pittsburgher AMY RIGBY to City Books on Tuesday, October 29 from 7-9 PM for an evening of music and discussion of Girl to City, Amy’s new memoir about coming of age through music and motherhood in the 20th century. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Please call 412-321-7323 and leave a message or email the bookstore at citybookspgh@gmail.com to reserve your seats. Maximum of 4 seats per person. (The bookstore will be closed from Oct 14-18 for a brief vacation. Please be patient. Someone will get back to you to confirm availability as soon as possible.)

Girl to City follows Amy’s progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to Manhattan art student; from punk show habitué to fledgling musician to cult singer-songwriter who caused a sensation with 1996 debut solo album Diary Of A Mod Housewife.

Set in a ramshackle twentieth century New York world of homemade clubs and bands, through love affairs, temp jobs and motherhood, Girl to City describes the screw-ups and charmed moments it took for a girl in the crowd at CBGB to pick up a guitar and sing her truth on stage, creating an identity as an artist back when female musician role models were still rare. For anyone who ever imagined trying to make a life out of what they love.

Amy herself has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in eighties NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric’s own Southern Domestic Recordings. For the last twenty years, she has toured the US, Canada, UK, and Europe, appearing on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, World Cafe, Whad’Ya Know, All Things Considered, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Marc Riley Show and Mountain Stage. She lives with Wreckless Eric in the Hudson Valley. Her record “Dancing With Joey Ramone” is a staple of Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio show, and kitchen sink anthem “Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?” is played in cafes and bars around the country by real life mod housewives and husbands.

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(photo by Julia Gorton)