Gabby Means

Senator John Heinz History Center
Monthly through December 13
7 p.m.

Countless renowned writers from David McCullough to Annie Dillard to Michael Chabon have called Pittsburgh home and been inspired by the city and its surroundings, history and inhabitants.

At the Heinz History Center’s new “Books in the ’Burgh” series, acclaimed authors and literary enthusiasts can share their passion for contemporary storytelling, scholarship and research exploring for Western PA during free readings, discussions and signings.

Discover local landmarks, secret stories, innovators and more—from Pittsburgh’s live music mecca and high school sports in Aliquippa, to a sensational murder trial and race relations in baseball—via six intimate and engaging presentations.

Rock ‘n’ roll fans shouldn’t miss the kick off on July 19, when author Gabby Means will discuss her book, Images of Modern America: The Decade. Dubbed Pittsburgh’s “birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll,” the iconic Oakland club was as an oasis of live music from the 1970s to the early 1990s. Home base for local bands like Iron City Houserockers, The Decade also showcased rising stars such as the Police, Ramones and U2.

Additional guest authors include Paul Hertneky, Rob Ruck, S.L. Price, Paula Reed Ward and Eric Lidji.

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Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.