A happy-hour reading by local authors highlights Libations for Literacy, which benefits Words Without Walls. The Chatham University-based initiative is a creative-writing outreach program that serves the Allegheny County Jail, the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential drug-and-alcohol treatment program for mothers and their children.
The reading and book-signing features local authors Eric Boyd (editor of last year’s The Pittsburgh Anthology); poet Toi Derricotte (The Undertaker’s Daughter); fiction writer Sherrie Flick (the just-released Whiskey, Etc.); poet Heather McNaugher; and novelist Sarah Shotland (Junkette). Shotland is also Words Without Walls’ co-founder and program coordinator.
The suggested donation is $5, and 12 percent of all cocktail and bottle sales go directly toward supporting Words Without Walls.
Donations of paperback books will be accepted to furnish the Gumberg Library ACJ Project, at Duquesne University, to be used by inmates at the Allegheny County Jail.
Wigle Whiskey is located at 2401 Smallman St., in the Strip District.