Publishing Clearinghouse: Toi Derricotte book launch, new book by Oscar Swan and lecture by mother on daughter's struggles

Book Launch: Toi Derricotte’s “I”

5 p.m. April 7, Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Acclaimed poet, Cave Canem co-founder and Pitt Professor Emerita Toi Derricotte celebrates the launch of her new book, “I: New and Selected Poems,” co-sponsored by City of Asylum.


Lecture and book signing: “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life” by Diane Shader Smith

1-2 p.m. April 16, Scaife Hall, lecture room 5

Hear a firsthand account from Smith of her daughter's battle with cystic fibrosis while living a thriving life. The event is hosted by Pitt and UPMC Pulmonary Transplant. Lunch will be provided. Register here.


“Customs and Culture in Poland under the Last Saxon King” (CEUPress, 2019) by Oscar E. Swan, professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures and advisor for the Polish minor, 

Jędrzej Kitowicz was a parish priest in central Poland with a military and worldly past. In his later years, after putting the affairs of his parish in order, he composed a colorful chronicle of all aspects and walks of life under King August III.


The University Times welcomes information about new books, journals, plays and musical compositions written or edited by faculty and staff.

Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt.

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 412-648-4294.