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Bookish in the ‘Burgh is a festival in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District celebrating teen literature and encouraging lifelong reading by bringing acclaimed authors of teen literature and their readers together. The Festival aims to champion the stories of historically marginalized groups of people and to highlight and center teen voices. The annual Bookish in the ‘Burgh festival, planned with the help of a team of Teen Ambassadors, features a diverse line-up of programs, including author panels and interviews, opportunities for teens to interact with their peers in a safe and fun environment, book signing events for readers to meet their favorite authors of teen literature, workshops created just for teens, professional development opportunities for informal and formal educators.

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Bookish in the ‘Burgh is made possible with the support of generous sponsors and collaborators.

Festival Accessibility:

All festival venues are wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are also available in the Trust Arts Education Center. Guide animals are welcome in all Bookish in the ‘Burgh locations. ASL interpreters are available upon advance request.

If you have other questions about accessibility, please Contact Us.

Signing Policies:

You can bring up to two of your own books with you to the signing party. But don’t worry - we sell every author’s books at the event thanks to Riverstone Books.

Anti-Harassment Policy:

Bookish in the ‘Burgh has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind. This policy applies to everyone at the festival, including attendees, authors, moderators, guests, staff, press, volunteers, security, etc. If a person engages in harassing behavior, Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the festival, without reimbursement for costs, purchase, or expenses. Participants asked to stop harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, Attendees, Authors, Speakers, Guests, Press, Staff, Volunteers, Campus Staff, and Security are all subject to our anti-harassment policy. This applies in the public venues as well as all festival staff spaces, hotels, green rooms, parties, and VIP events.

Remember: Keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another fan or an author or other participant, always ask first and respect that person’s right to say no.

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