Publishing clearinghouse: Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series returns and more

Book events

Book launch: “Before the Sun Wakes Up,” by Pitt student Rachel Bindas
4-6 p.m. Jan. 30, 501 Cathedral of Learning

“Before the Sun Wakes Up” is dedicated to promoting acceptance and equality in the minds of young children, to assure all children that they have a place in this world. 

Book launch: “An Education in Sexuality and Sociality: Heteronormativity on Campus” by Frank G. Karioris, visiting lecturer in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
4-6 p.m. Jan. 31, Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

This book sheds light on how the university as an institution endorses certain forms of sociality, sexuality, and coupling, while excluding others. Building on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book furthers the discussion on the impact these institutional measures have on students, and how students work through and around them – while simultaneously establishing relations outside of and beyond hooking-up.

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series: Cristina García
7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 31, Frick Fine Arts Building

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including “Dreaming in Cuban,” “The Agüero Sisters,” “King of Cuba” and the recently published “Here in Berlin.” García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.


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.