Arts festival preview: What Work Is: three Pittsburgh write at Gooski's, 7:00 -8:00 p.m.

As part of the Polish Hill Arts Festival, which takes place on Sunday, July 8 from 12- 9 pm, three Pittsburgh writers will be in the back room at Gooskis at 7 pm to read from their newest books — all of them about work and the ways people struggle to get by. Dave Newman will pull the curtain on university life when he reads from his new novel, Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) — all about the broken-down world of adjunct instructors trying to make a living at a major Pittsburgh university.

Bob Pajich will offer up old man bars and the blue-collar blues with his steel-toed, open-hearted poems from The Trolleyman (Low Ghost Press, 2012). And Lori Jaikela will read poems from her new collection –Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point Press, 2012) —  and give a glimpse into the life of a flight attendant (as well as the fundamentals of terrorist-spotting).

Books will be available for purchase and a booksigning will follow the readings. Free and open to the public.  For more information on the reading, e-mail

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