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Book Tour: Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon

May 25 @ 10:00 am11:30 am


Writer Michael Chabon started work on his bestselling debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, as an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, and the book’s characters travel widely around the city. Join local writers Sherrie Flick and Hattie Fletcher on this walking tour retracing some notable settings and scenes from the novel and considering how a place inspires story. Please note that Michael Chabon will not be in attendance on this tour.

About the Book Tour Series

Book Tour, a series of literary walks designed by writers Hattie Fletcher and Sherrie Flick and commissioned by Shiftworks Community + Public Arts, serves to explore, reveal, revise, and renew perceptions of Pittsburgh and the writers and writing it has inspired. Literature, like public art, enriches knowledge of neighborhoods, landmarks, and the city’s cultural history, shaping a person’s view of a place.

Focusing on books by well-known authors who have become notable figures in the national literary canon, and the work of up-and-coming contemporary writers, we’ll experience Pittsburgh as a landscape of texts and gain fresh perspective on books and the idea of writing about place.

Additional Information

There are no public restrooms available for this tour. The walking route is easy, and we ask participants to wear good walking shoes. Attendees are not required to bring additional items to the tour; there will be no writing on this tour.

The tour will take place rain or shine. Please be prepared for any type of weather. If there is severe weather on the day of the tour requiring cancellation, participants will be notified by email 2 – 4 hours in advance of the tour start time.

Meeting Location

Participants should meet in front of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Oakland at the steps to the entrance.

Parking and Transportation

Public parking is available at the Forbes Semple Garage; street parking is also available. If taking public transportation, there is a Pittsburgh Regional Transit stop at Forbes + Bellefield that serves routes 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 67, and 69. For more information, visit the PRT website:

Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, participants will be refunded to their original form of payment. All other sales are final.


Registration for this tour is $10 per person; advanced registration is required. The button below will redirect you to Eventbrite where you can complete your purchase.



May 25
10:00 am–11:30 am
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Shiftworks Community + Public Arts
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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