2018 Spring Event Schedule

Join us for a vibrant 2018 events season. All events are free, but seating is limited. Please contact 412-321-7323 for additional details.

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Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective, Sat., Jan. 27, 7PM
Kyle Simpson, composer, trumpet player, and bandleader, returns to City Books for an encore event. Simpson’s compositions have been featured at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in Missoula, MT and at The Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. Limited seating. Arrive early!



Erin photo 2Erin Adair-Hodges, Sat., Feb. 24, 7 PM
Erin Adair-Hodges is the winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for her first poetry collection Let’s All Die Happy, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in 2017.




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Doug Rice, Saturday, Mar 17, 7 PM
Originally from the Northside, Doug Rice is a novelist, photographer, theorist, and scholar. He teaches film theory and history at Sacramento State University. He will be reading from Here Lies Memory, the first book in a trilogy of novels called The Pittsburgh Trilogy.



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Todd Snyder, Sat., Apr 14, 7 PM
Todd Snyder will be reading from 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia, the story of his father, Mike “Lo” Snyder, a fifth generation West Virginia coal miner who opened a series of makeshift boxing gyms with the goal of providing local at-risk youth with the opportunities that eluded his adolescence.


Kilgore 1Nancy Hayes Kilgore, Sat., May 12, 7 PM
Nancy is the winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize and the author of two novels, Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017) and Sea Level, a 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Nancy has published in the anthology Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s, in literary journals, and as a Vermont Public Radio Commentator. Nancy’s writing has been compared to Alice Munro’s and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of The Ellis School and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.



Indie Bookstore logoIndependent Bookstore Day Sat., Apr 28, 11-5
In a world of tweets, algorithms, and pageless digital downloads, indie bookstores are a beacon of community, living, breathing organisms that bring people together of all ages and walks of life. Join us for author signings, pop up vendors, exclusive book offerings, and refreshments. Please see our IBD 2018 page for more details.



KurlanderTom Kurlander, Musician, Sat., May 19, 7 PM
Tom has two full-length LP’s entitled Work and Sugar Burn Sessions. He tours both as a solo acoustic artist & with his band featuring multi-award winning guitarist Sean L. Spicer. Along with Kyle Simpson, Tom co-wrote & performed 21Voices: A Rock Symphony to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s & the nonprofit 21Voices.org. The event is free, but donations to the non-profit will be accepted the night of the event.



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Winter Tales Short Play Festival, Sat., Apr 28, PM
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by attending an evening of staged dramatic readings from five Pittsburgh-area playwrights. Works will be performed without costumes or sets, voiced by actors while seated or moving only minimally. Featuring Bill Cameron and friends. Audience feedback encouraged.