City of Asylum Opening Literary Center in Pittsburgh
City of Asylum, a Pittsburgh, Pa., nonprofit that aims to create a community of writers and readers, offers a range of literary programs and provides sanctuary to exiled or politically oppressed writers, plans to open the Alphabet City Literary Center next spring, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
The Literary Center will consist of a bookstore (and a free book-distribution program); a recording/broadcast-ready space for readings and performances; workshop and class space; and a restaurant with Internet access.
"In addition to presenting our own programs, which have an international focus, we plan for Alphabet City to be a hub for Pittsburgh authors, musicians and community groups," Henry Reese, co-founder and president of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, said. "With a capacity of 150 and a living-room-feel, it will be an intimate space that enhances our informal, salon-style events, and it will prove a great complement to the nearby New Hazlett theater. Alphabet City's state-of-the-art recording and broadcast technology will enable us to bring more of the world to Pittsburgh, and more of Pittsburgh to the world."
The literary center is part of a joint city-private developer effort "to revitalize a block of dilapidated buildings near the former Garden Theater at the corner of North Avenue and Federal Street, a thoroughfare many consider to be the front door to the core of the North Side," the Tribune-Review wrote.