“Won't You Celebrate with Me: Poetry and Prose from the Director's Chair,” presented by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
6:30 p.m. June 15, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty. Pay what makes you happy.
Award-winning poets and writers Dawn Lundy Martin (director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics), Nicole Sealey (former Cave Canem executive director), Salamishah Tillet (founding director at New Arts Justice Initiative at Express Newark), and Mahogany L. Browne (artistic director at Urban Word NYC) share their work and engage in a discussion moderated by Amanda Johnston (executive director at Torch Literary Arts).
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures summer author appearances
Neal Stephenson: Author of “Fall; or, Dodge in Hell,” a sequel to his techno-thriller “Reamde.” It’s a science fiction thriller set in parallel worlds in the near future. 7 p.m. June 17, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. $40 includes the book.
James Patterson: Prolific author who has sold more than 375 million books, mostly detective stories and thrillers, including “Kiss the Girl” and “Along Came a Spider,” which were both made into movies starring Morgan Freeman as Detective Alex Cross. He’ll be In conversation with Mary Frances Cooper, president and director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. June 27, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. $35, include a copy of his most recent book, “Unsolved.”
Naomi Wolf: The author of “The Beauty Myth” is back with a book, “Outrages,” about English scholar John Addington Symonds, who risked imprisonment in the 1800s by writing a memoir about his homosexuality. 7 p.m. July 15, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. $10
Find more details about these and other Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures events here.
“African Sacred Spaces: Culture, History and Change” (Lexington Books), co-edited by ’BioDun Ogundayo, associate professor of French and Comparative Literature at Pitt–Bradford.
This collection of analytical essays on different aspects of African sacred spaces is the collaborative product of Africanist scholars from the United States and Africa, and it reflects their areas of expertise and specialization. The various essays examine and discuss the notion of sacred space as it relates to religion, the environment, sustainability and the conflicts between tradition and modernity.
Ogundayo contributed a chapter about African traditional religion and the application of indigenous ways of knowing to understanding non-western modes of thought, perception and the place and role of people within their specific cultural space.
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