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3 Rivers Comicon. Inaugural comics convention hosted by New Dimension Comics, May 21 and 22, Century III Mall, West Mifflin.

Barnes & Noble South Hills Village. Children’s-book author Anastasia Higginbotham (Death Is Stupid), June 4. 412-835-0379

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Summer Reading Extravaganza (free family activities and entertainment), June 5, Oakland. 412-622-3151

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Cave Canem Poets (annual reading by the collective for African-American poets, with Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Evie Shockley, Kevin Young and Major Jackson), June 16. Women Writers of Northview Heights (local collective), June 21. Evening of Kool Poetry (readings by Umbra/Pittsburgh writers accompanied by drummers in celebration of Black Arts Movement poets), July 19. North Side.

Classic Lines Bookstore. Six Gallery Press Book Launch for Elijah Benedict Brown and John Thomas Menesini, May 26. Bonnie Friedman (Hospital Warrior), June 23. Squirrel Hill. 412-422-2220

Creative Nonfiction. Writing Away the Stigma readings (for Mental Health Awareness Month), Sat., May 21 (Carnegie Library — Lawrenceville) and Sun., May 22 (East Liberty Presbyterian Church). Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference (workshops and discussions), May 27-29.

Dormont Public Library. Nurse and author Theresa Brown (The Shift), Wed., May 25.

An Evening of Oakland Storytelling (hosted by Rick Sebak and curated by Caliban Book Shop and The Moth in Pittsburgh). June 10. Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Oakland.

Free Jesus Poems About Jesus. Latest in a series of poetry events with different themes, June 18 (Most Wanted Fine Art, Garfield).

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series. Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop readers (M. Soledad Caballero, Erin Garstka, Nancy Esther James, Joseph Karasek, Pam O’Brien, Rosaly DeMaios Roffman and Arlene Weiner), May 24. David Blair, Jeff Oaks, Ellen McGrath Smith, Judith Vollmer and Bob Walicki, May 31. Toi Derricotte, Richard St. John, Philip Terman and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, June 7. Bottom Dog Press Tribute Reading (Jeanne Byrne, Jim Daniels, Liane Ellison Norman, publisher Larry Smith and Jimmy Cvetic), June 14. Joan E. Bauer, Daniela Buccilli, Joseph Fasano, Rina Ferrarelli, Rachel Mennies and Adriana Ramirez, June 21. Craig Czury, Roberta Hatcher, Nancy Krygowski, Walt Peterson and Michael Wurster, July 5. Sundress Poets (Kelly Andrews, Margaret Bashaar, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Jill Khoury and Erin Elizabeth Smith), July 12. Charlie Brice, Jay Carson, Ann Curran, Timons Esaias, Mary Soon Lee, Judith Robinson and John Stupp, July 19. Grand Finale: Kristofer Collins, Angele Ellis, Celeste Gainey, Richard Gegick, John Grochalski, John Korn, Jason Mendez and Don Wentworth, July 26. Hemingway’s Café, Oakland,

The Moth StorySLAM. Themed storytelling nights: “Fathers,” June 7. Rex Theater, South Side,

Mystery Lovers Bookshop. Coffee & Crime: Mary Kay Andrews, Sat., May 21. Book launch for Joshua Bellin’s Scavenger of Souls, Aug. 20. Oakmont.

Steel City Slam. Spoken-word poetry competition, every Tuesday through Aug. 16. Championship, July 15. Capri Pizza, East Liberty.

Penguin Bookshop. Melanie Potock (Raising a Happy, Healthy Eater), Thu., May 19. Memoirist Paul Hertneky (Rust Belt Boy), Sat., May 21. Novelist Jennifer Haigh (Heat and Light), Mon., May 23. An evening with Stephen King (rare appearance by the author, at an off-site location), June 8. Sewickley.

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Museum director and author Nancy Moses (Stolen, Smuggled, Sold), June 9. Nurse and author Theresa Brown (The Shift), June 21. Famed author Judy Blume, July 12. Young Adult and Middle Grade Authors in Conversation (Siobhan Vivian, Jonathan Auxier, Nick Courage), July 26. Fiction writer Sherrie Flick (Whiskey, Etc.), Aug. All at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Oakland. 412-622-8866

Pittsburgh Park Summer Reading Series. Organized by Autumn House Press. Judith Vollmer, Kevin González and Israel Centeno, June 12 (Allegheny Commons Park, North Side); Ed Ochester, Adrianna Ramirez and Sherrie Flick, July 16 (Reservoir Drive Walk, Highland Park); and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Gerry LaFemina and Craig Bernier, Aug. 14 (Elliot Overlook, Elliot).

Sewickley Library. Memoirist Paul Hertneky, Mon., May 23. 412-741-6920

Tales Under the Trees. An afternoon of all-ages storytelling featuring nationally known Jim May, plus storytelling contests, June 4 (Tall Trees Amphitheater, Monroeville). (search “Storyworks”).

TEDx Pittsburgh. Thirteen local speakers discuss the “ideas worth spreading in the Steel City,” Sat., May 22 (Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland).

Versify. Monthly poetry reading series at East End Book Exchange, Sat., May 21. Bloomfield.

WordPlay. Quarterly series blending true stories with live DJ, hosted by comic Alan Olifson, Aug. 27 and 28 (Bricolage).

Theater Companies and Venues Index

Apple Hill Playhouse. Delmont, 724-468-5050

Arcade Comedy Theater. Downtown, 412-339-0608

Benedum Center. Downtown, 412-456-6666

Bricolage Theatre. Downtown, 412-394-3353

Byham Theater. Downtown, 412-456-6666

Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Munhall, 412-462-3444

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. North Side, 412-323-0278

City Theatre. South Side, 412-431-2489

Club Café. South Side, 412-431-4950

CLO Cabaret. Downtown, 412-281-3973

Front Porch Theatricals. North Side,

Heinz Hall. Downtown,

Johnny Appleseed Children’s Theater. Delmont, 724-468-5050

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. East Liberty,

Kinetic Theatre Co. North Side,

Little Lake Theatre. Canonsburg, 724-745-6300

Looking Glass Theatre. Canonsburg, 412-561-4402

McKeesport Little Theater. McKeesport, 412-673-1100

New Horizon Theater. Homewood,

New Hazlett Theater. North Side, 412-320-4610

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Photo courtesy of Off the Wall Productions
fireWALL dance theater, July 7-9 and 14-16

Off the Wall Productions. Carnegie, 724-873-3576

SummerFest (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh). 412-621-1499

PICT Classic. Oakland, 412-561-6000

Pittsburgh CLO. Downtown, 412-325-1582

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co. Downtown,

Pittsburgh Public Theater. Downtown, 412-316-1600

Playhouse Jr. Oakland, 412-621-4445

Prime Stage Theatre. North Side,

Rage of the Stage Players. McKeesport,

South Park Theatre. South Park, 412-831-8552

Stage 62. Carnegie, 412-429-6262

The Summer Company. Uptown,

The Theatre Factory. Trafford, 412-374-9200

Throughline Theatre Company. Lawrenceville,

Trust Arts Education Center. Downtown, 412-456-6666

Twelve Peers. Lawrenceville,

Uncumber Theatrics.

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