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Pittsburgh Lit Site

Some Pittsburgh literary sites I love.

61B Cafe

I have to throw in my favorite neighborhood coffee shop where I like to go to get out of the house, have a great coffee and pastry, and write. Even though they don’t have Cafe Americano on the menu, they always make a great one for me! I love how it’s named after our local bus route which runs right by the cafe.


City of Asylum Bookstore

My favorite indie bookstore and writers spot in town. It’s such a gift to Pittsburgh and it speaks so well of the city and it’s people. Plus the Pomme Frites at Brugge on North are awesome! City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. It provides sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. It also offers a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange.

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The online destination for the writers, publishing professionals, organizers, institutions, and readers who make Pittsburgh one of the world’s most literary cities. Littsburgh™ showcases Pittsburgh as a hub of literary talent and activity, and serves as a resource to foster further collaboration and connection within this community.


Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

This is where I find brain food for my nerdy soul.  As often as possible, I try to attend and listen to a wide variety of authors, journalists, historians - whatever is on the list that looks like it will stretch my mind in a new direction.


White Whale Bookstore

A very active independent bookstore, they provide excellent author events in the store as well as support author readings elsewhere in the city by ordering and selling the author’s book at the event.  The selection of new books includes a broad range of contemporary and literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, history, philosophy, local authors, independent presses, children’s books, and much more. If they don’t have a book in stock, they are happy to order it for you.


Every Day Cafe

I don’t make it to this coffee shop often enough, but it’s one of my favorite places to write!  It checks every box - friendly staff, great coffee, delicious food, parking, enough electrical outlets. I can really jam in this place - just me, a coffee and my laptop!  I also love that they have a mission. Everyday Cafe is a coffee shop with a cause, created by Bible Center, with a  website that states their dream is to provide a beautiful and peaceful space in our community to celebrate art and culture, create jobs, and encourage the growth of the Homewood Avenue business district. I applaud them for being a coffee shop emanating their soul and faith to create a great vibe!

Werner Books

This great bookstore requires a little bit of a drive north (not to be attempted during lake effect snow season!) to Erie, PA.  just under 2 hours north of Pittsburgh, it’s a great local bookstore with a coffee shop, and friendly owners who are super supportive of local writers! Their newsletter is read by readers far and wide. 

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