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Pittsburgh Book Lovers Unite! And Your Input Is Needed

Here's how you can add your voice to the first annual book festival.

Calling all bookworms! Pittsburgh is looking for public input during the early planning stages for the city's first annual book festival. The literary community helping to plan the festival has created a website with a link to a brief survey where you can share your opinions on what you think should be included in the event - they're even asking for suggestions on a proper name for it ('Burghers for Books, anyone?).

Many cities already host annual book festivals including The Books by the Banks Festival in Cincinnati and the Key West Literary Seminar in Florida. Organizers feel that, with Pittsburgh's rich literary culture and diverse collection of local organizations, independent and used bookstores and university presses, it's the perfect place to hold a festival.

Book lovers attend the annual Brooklyn Book Festival.

(Source: image Brooklyn Book Festival Facebook page )

The website shares information on how to make a book festival happen, with tips such as creating an initial steering committee to set a vision and initial action plan, securing partnerships and funding and promoting and marketing. The community already has the support of the city council who applauded their efforts "to work toward creating a free literary festival to Pittsburgh on an annual basis to appeal to children and families, aspiring writers, and residents from in and around Pittsburgh and to celebrate diversity in literary works."

Want to put your two cents in? Take the survey on the website .

You can also send general inquiries about the festival and requests for partnerships to Marshall Cohen:


Phone: (703) 825-1506

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