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Pulitzer Prize Winner Frank McCourt to Appear at the Drue Heinz Lecture Series

Contact: Susan Corbett
Phone: 412.622.8866
Fax: 412.688.8617

For Immediate Release

February 20, 2006 . . . With the recent publication of his third memoir, Teacher Man, Frank McCourt, America's favorite Irish memoirist, has become one of America's most beloved teachers. Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents an Evening with Frank McCourt as part of The Drue Heinz Lectures on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Frank McCourt rose to international acclaim with his first book, Angela's Ashes: A Memoir. The story of his poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland, it stayed on bestseller lists for more than two years and garnered McCourt both the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Three years later, McCourt followed up with a sequel, 'Tis: A Memoir, which confirmed his status as a consummate storyteller. His newest book, Teacher Man, is the long-awaited account of his thirty-year career as a teacher, filled with McCourt's customary warmth, wit, and Irish charm. "Mea culpa," he writes in Teacher Man. "Instead of teaching, I told stories." Publishers Weekly praised the new book, saying, "McCourt throws down the gauntlet on education, asserting that teaching is more than achieving high test scores. It's about educating, about forming intellects, about getting people to think."

The Drue Heinz Lectures is Pittsburgh's preeminent lecture series, highlighting the work of today's most important and informed writers and commentators. Other writers scheduled to appear this spring include Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur "Genius" fellow and a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford (3/20) and acclaimed novelist Sue Monk Kidd, author of the runaway bestseller The Secret Life of Bees and her new novel The Mermaid Chair (4/10).

For information and tickets call (412) 622-8866. Tickets $18, Students with I.D. $8. Discounted tickets for groups are available. The Drue Heinz Lectures is presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures in association with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and is sponsored by The Drue Heinz Trust. The series' media sponsor is DUQ 90.5 FM and Mr. McCourt's appearance is sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh