Literary Tourist: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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It is summer, and it’s time to start planning your vacation!

If you are a book-lover, one city that might be of interest is Pittsburgh.  Once known as ‘Hell with the lid off’ – it’s where Andrew Carnegie built his steel empire.  This brilliant businessman and great philanthropist is perhaps best known to bibliophiles as the person who funded the building of thousands of libraries all around the English speaking world.  Nineteen branches of the Pittsburgh public system are Carnegie libraries, including the main branch.  Here you’ll find  a rare book collection that includes some fascinating volumes on the history and culture of gypsies and the life of Oliver Cromwell.  In addition there are works by Dickens, Kipling, Clemens and many other famed authors, plus a selection of late 19th and early 20th century children’s literature.

This is just the start. There are some good used antiquarian shops in town, several active reading series programs and a number of nationally renowned theatre companies.

Check out the Literary Tourist listings map of Pittsburgh, and one possible day-long Literary Tourist itinerary.


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4 Responses to “Literary Tourist: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania”

  1. Gerald Parker

    It is good to see something laudatory about Pittsburgh. It was still an industrial blight area when I did my graduate studies at Kent State University at the beginning of the 1970s. However, my trip from Kent to Pittsburgh was a fruitful one, especially the time that I spent at the Carnegie library there doing research. It is a beautiful library with an highly interesting collection, including its manuscripts and rare materials. Now that Pittsburgh is such a more pleasant place to visit, I would urge booklovers to go there, enjoy the sights, and visit the bookshops and libraries.

    • Amber

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with Pittsburgh…the Carnegie is definitely a jewel of the city!

  2. Mike Hurtado

    I found great used bookstores in Northampton, Mass.

  3. Rachel Pearlman

    Ever hear of the legendary Jay’s Bookshop in Oakland?
    This goes back some 50 yrs I always wonder if he’s still around?
    For my 1st 20 yrs I grew up in Sq Hill have become an expat in Switzerland. My Aunt Jenny Lencher made the mini dollhouses4the Oakland Public Library I also wonder if they’re still viewable /or if there’s been a photo compilation of them? Thanks4any input!


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