Not one but TWO small press expos are coming to Pittsburgh in the next several weeks! One is the Second Annual SPF: Small Press Festival and the other is PIX: Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo. The SPF Expo (September 25-26 at AIR on the North Side) will have a representation of literary and other presses, from Pittsburgh, Ohio, New York, and more—while small press activities are going on all month (see their calendar). PIX will obviously focus on comics and graphic novels, and presses and artists are expected from near and far. PIX will be held October 16 & 17 at the Guardian Storage facility in the Strip District. I am personally excited about the Small Press Tourism both these events will bring to Pittsburgh.
As part of the SPF's month of events, I have been asked to conduct two tours. On Sunday, September 12th, I will be taking people to tour a few major libraries in Pittsburgh, and on Sunday, September 19th, I will conduct a tour of six of Pittsburgh’s indie bookstores. Pittsburgh has such an embarrassment of riches when it comes to historic libraries and indie bookstores, that we won’t get to all of them, but I’ll talk about the ones we don’t go to. Both tours will be from 1:00-4:30pm, both cost $10, and both will come with a “swag bag” of goodies, including one free Autumn House Press book for each tour participant, as well as a brochure-map of either Pittsburgh's historic libraries or our indie bookstores (respectively). You must sign up before the tours. Tickets and details are HERE for the Library Tour and HERE for the Bookstore Tour.