Literature en CCAC's 'Big Read' Focuses On Vietnam War <p>During March, the Community College of Allegheny County will be reminding Pittsburghers to enjoy a good book.</p><p>The Big Read, a national program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, will bring together organizations around the region to promote literacy.</p><p>“What we hope this will do for literacy is to spark an interest in reading because reading is good for the soul, it elevates the mind, it promotes critical thinking and it helps you to experience other cultures,” said Barbara Evans, associate dean of academic affairs and Big Read project director at CCAC.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 24914 at Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; </span></p><p>Dazzled by the bizarre and eccentric characters of Lewis Carroll’s <em>Alice in Wonderland</em>, children’s author <a href="">Jonathan Auxier</a> has always been fascinated by peculiar storytelling.</p><p>The Vancouver native moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a theater and writing degree from Carnegie Mellon University and fell in love with the city’s charm and enchanting geography. His book, <em>Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes</em>, spins the tale of a blind orphan who happens to be the greatest thief to ever live.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:34:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24337 at Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes How a Local Poet Laureate Got His Start <p>This month the <a href="">Heinz History Center</a>’s Italian American Collection is hosting its inaugural Scholar-In-Residence program.</p><p>Receiving the honor is Pittsburgh native <a href="">Joseph Bathanti</a>. He is also the Poet Laureate of North Carolina and has written eight books of poetry and the award-winning novel <em>East Liberty</em>.</p><p>All of his works began with an unexpected move by the young University of Pittsburgh Alum. When he was 23 years old, Bathanti volunteered for the&nbsp; Volunteers in Service to America program (VISTA) and the experience changed the course of his life.</p><p>Bathanti was sent to the North Carolina department of corrections to do his service. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:31:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23180 at How a Local Poet Laureate Got His Start Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner <p></p><p><a href="">Warhol Museum</a> director <strong>Eric Shiner</strong>’s reading interests are eclectic in a way that Andy would surely appreciate. Catch his <a href="">discussion </a>with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition host, Josh&nbsp;Raulerson.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:05:03 +0000 Heather McClain 1742 at Speaking Volumes: Eric Shiner