Literary Tourist: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Caliban Book Shop in Pittsburgh, PA
Caliban Book Shop in Pittsburgh, PA makes planning your next vacation a breeze, bringing a directory of independent bookstores, literary destinations, and bookish activities & events from all around the world right to your fingertips.

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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