Pittsburgh’s the kind of town where, if you have an amazing idea, chances are 20 people will also love your idea and will connect you with 20 more people to help make your idea a reality by the end of the day.
As a result, Pittsburgh is a town where really, really cool things are happening – I mean, like all the time. This is especially true when it comes to the food and literary scene. Pittsburgh’s restaurants are superb and at more than a few, reservations are hard to come by. And when it comes to books and writing – well, there’s no shortage of great stuff in that area.
One of them is Acquired Taste, a literary reading event organized by author (and my friend) Marissa Landrigan. Acquired Taste is a curated series of public readings, each featuring 3-4 local or touring authors reading their work around a food-related theme. Marissa’s hope is that this series will showcase the outstanding literary talent in Pittsburgh and be part of expanding the literary world’s understanding of food writing to something beyond restaurant reviews and cookbooks.
The next Acquired Taste event is scheduled for Saturday, January 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the fantastic East End Book Exchange, located at 4754 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. Our theme is family holiday traditions involving food.
I’m beyond honored to be one of the featured readers at this literary event with two incredibly talented Pittsburgh writers Rachel Mennies (The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards (Texas Tech University Press, 2014), No Silence in the Fields (Blue Hour Press, 2012) and Jeff Oaks. I’ll be debuting a new, not-even-published-here-on-the-blog-yet creative nonfiction essay of mine, “When We Were Oysters.” It’s about a nostalgic childhood tradition my family had, which involves my long-ago passion for crocheted toilet paper roll holders.
So, if you’re hungover from the holidays and need to nurse the wounds of intense family time and shame eating, please join us next Saturday evening at East End Book Exchange. Event is free and all are welcome. Visit the Acquired Taste presents: Holiday Recovery? event page for more details.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.