Previous Speakers

lisa scottoline
2014

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of more than twenty novels published in more than thirty-five countries.

Her weekly columns have been collected in four books including Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog.

Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of American and has taught a course she developed titled "Justice and Fiction" at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater.
stewart onan
2015

Stewart O'Nan was born at St. Margaret's and raised in Point Breeze, where he delivered both the Press and Post-Gazette. He attended Linden School and Taylor Allderdice High School. Since returning to Pittsburgh he's read his work at Pitt, CMU, Duquesne, Chatham, Carlow, and Point Park University. A Pirates season ticket holder since the bad old days, he lives in Regent Square.

O'Nan's award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster,  and Emily, Alone. Granta named him one of America's Best Young Novelists.