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ALA’s Great Stories Club at Pitt

The Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is a book club for teens to read and discuss stories that explore race, equity, identity, history, institutional change and social justice. University of Pittsburgh librarians, Robin Kear and Tyrica Terry Kapral, are partnering with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood to bring this program to teens in the Greater Pittsburgh area. 

The theme for the book club is “Deeper than Our Skins: The Present Is a Conversation with the Past.” The books will include:

  • Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (author of the Black Panther series for Marvel Comics)
  • Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew

Gatherings of the Great Stories Club will be held weekly on Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood (7101 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208) and will run from October 3rd through November 21st, 2019. Food will be provided. 

Book club participants will be gifted:

  • a Visa gift card for $75 or more*
  • a copy of each of the selected books
  • a certificate of achievement

* Participants will receive $75 for attending 5 sessions or $100 for attending all 7 sessions.


Ten participants have been selected.

Registration has closed.


Why Participate?

Participation in the Great Stories Program at Pitt comes with many benefits! Here are a handful: 

  • Increase awareness and ability to critically engage with identity and social justice issues
  • Gain skills and experiences you can add to your resume and other application materials
  • Build connections with faculty at University of Pittsburgh