The season opens Sept. 20 with Brit Bennett, who will discuss her No. 1 New York Times best-selling book The Vanishing Half, and closes May 9, 2022 with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, who will discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.
While the lectures typically take place in Carnegie Music Hall, all lectures will be virtual at least through December. If it is safe and permitted to gather in person in or after January, ticket holders will have the option of upgrading to in-person seating, although they will also have the option to continue attending virtually.
The collection of novelists and nonfiction writers’ works explore class, race, sexuality, addiction, and more, and their writing is informed by a wide array of backgrounds, both professional and personal. Attendees will get to hear from Charles Yu, who worked as a writer for Westworld and who will discuss his 2020 Booker Prize winning book Interior Chinatowns, along with Ayad Akhtar, a novelist and playwright who will discuss his 2020 New York Times best-selling book Homeland Elegies.
Douglass Stuart’s childhood growing up in Glasgow, Scotland is reflected in Shuggie Bain, which won the 2020 Booker Prize and explores class, sexuality, and addiction, and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s professional career as a botanist and professor of plant ecology blends with her personal experience as a Potawatomi woman in Braiding Sweetgrass, which posits that ecological consciousness requires a reciprocal relationship to the living world.
Season subscriptions are available now for $130, and single tickets will be available starting July 6 for $15 each. The lecturers’ featured books are available now from Bloomfield's White Whale Bookstore, giving people time to buy and read the books before attending the virtual lectures.
“I hope there’s a favorite or two there for you, and perhaps an author you’ve been curious to try,” says executive director of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Stephanie Flom.
2021-22 Ten Evenings Season Schedule:
Sept. 20: Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
Oct. 18: Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown
Nov. 8: Lawrence Wright, “The Plague Year,” for The New Yorker
Nov. 22: Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet
Dec. 6: Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom
Jna. 24: Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain
Feb. 21: Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies
March 21: George Saunders: A Swim in the Pond in the Rain
April 11: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
May 9: Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
For more information or to subscribe, visit pittsburghlectures.org