Yinztern Catherine is applying for the Millennial Trains Project!

When I read

You might remember last July when Lindsay applied for the Millennial Trains Project with her idea The United States of Pittsburgh. She received a tremendous amount of support and I'm hoping you'll be able to donate to my campaign too! I'm going to explore local independent bookstores and public libraries at each of the stops along the trip. Libraries and bookstores are such cornerstones of communities and I want to discover what places in other cities are doing to engage their neighborhoods. … [Read more...]

Bringing Back the Book Shops – You’re Invited to the East End Book Exchange Grand Opening

East End Book Exchange

Last July my friend Lesley wrote a post about wanting to open a book shop in Pittsburgh.  I wrote a follow up post reminicing about all of the book shops that used to be open in Sq. Hill and Oakland.  I am happy to write yet another post to tell you about the next chapter of East End Book Exchange! For the past year - the East End Book Exchange operated out of the Pittsburgh Public Market - open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an extensive collection of books for their little … [Read more...]

The Found Magazine Tour Stops in Pgh on Sept. 5 – Win Tickets!

FOUND 10 and MY HEART IS AN IDIOT Tour Poster by Fred Chao

It's funny how things work out - I was sitting here at my desk bemoaning the end of summer fun - I know summer doesn't end for a few weeks but it seems like the summer fun stops at Labor Day.  Then I started reading some of the emails and tweets I ignored while I was celebrating a wedding and trying to squeeze the last few hours of summer fun out of labor day.  There is a ton of great things happening in Pittsburgh this fall.  As I was starting to make a list of all of the things I want to post … [Read more...]

Meet the Author of From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story


When I think about how I would really love to spend my time - I think I would love to restore old buildings.  I have absolutely no home improvement skills - but I think we need to do more to save and restore old buildings.  It is interesting that we have so much technology and lots more sophisticated tools, but most new buildings just don't seem to have the detail and the character of structures from 75 years ago. So the email about this event struck a chord with me.  I recieved and email … [Read more...]

The Real Story Behind Charlotte’s Web


Since tomorrow might be gray and rainy... here is a great indoor activity perfect for anyone who loves books.  Mystery Lovers Bookshop, located in Oakmont, is whole shop dedicated to mystery books, they also sell other books and can order any book you would like (support your local book shop).  On Satruday, Mystery Lovers Bookshop is hosting a Coffee & Crime author event with Michael Sims who wrote the book The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. Whites's Eccentric Life in NAture and the Birth of … [Read more...]