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Literature over Lunch

The library invites you to join Pitt faculty authors who will read excerpts from their recently published novels, poetry, and more in our series “Literature Over Lunch,” held in Hillman Library’s Cup & Chaucer Café.
Q & A will follow. Light refreshments provided, but please feel free to bring your lunch. This series is free and open to the public.

This series will be held in the Fall and Spring semesters, from noon to 1pm.

If you're Pitt faculty who has recently published and would like to schedule a reading of your own publication, 
please contact Jeff Wisniewski at


October 25

Anjali Sachdeva
All the Names They Used for God: Stories

Noon - 1 p.m.
Cup & Chaucer Cafe Ground Floor Hillman Library

“From a dystopian tale about genetically modified septuplets who are struck by a mysterious illness to a love story about a man bewitched by a mermaid to a stirring imagining of the lives of Nigerian schoolgirls in the aftermath of a Boko Haram kidnapping, the stories break down genre barriers—from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror—and are united by each character’s brutal struggle with fate.” – Spiegel & Grau (publisher)


Anjali Sachdeva teaches Grant Writing, Written Professional Communication, and Writing for the Public, along with Seminar in Composition, and Seminar in Composition: Education. She also teaches in the Writing Program.

For more information about Anjali

November 15

Irina Reyn
The Imperial Wife

Noon - 1 p.m.
Cup & Chaucer Cafe Ground Floor Hillman Library

The novel follows the lives of two women, one in contemporary New York City and the other in eighteenth-century Russia, asking what female ambition means, today and in the past, and whether a marriage can withstand an ambitious wife.” -- Thomas Dunne Books (publisher)


Irina Reyn is an Associate Professor in the writing program and teaches fiction writing.

For more information about Irina