Join the library for a virtual talk that spotlights our hometown in a brand-new light beyond just the steel and sports. Shaped millions of years ago by the receding waters of a once great ocean, the land surrounding the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers has supported communities of humans for millennia. In the past four centuries, however, it has been transformed utterly and many times over by the people who call it home. In his lyrical and idiosyncratic new book, Ed Simon follows the story of America's furnace through a series of interconnected stories! **Register today to watch the video before anyone else! Early registrants will be eligible to win free copies of the book!** Bio: Ed Simon is an Editor-at-Large for The Marginalia Review of Books , a channel of The Los Angeles Review of Books , a contributing editor for the History News Network, and a staff writer at The Millions , which the New York Times has called the "indispensable literary site." He is the author of several books, most recently Furnace of this World; or, 36 Observations about Goodness and An Alternative History of Pittsburgh . His essays have appeared in The Atlantic , The Paris Review Daily , The Washington Post , Newsweek , Poetry , McSweeney's , Aeon , Jacobin , Salon , The New Republic and The New York Times among dozens of others. Currently he is finishing Pandemonium , a work of illustrated nonfiction combining popular history, cultural criticism, and art history, which was recently acquired by Abrams Books and is scheduled for publication in 2021. Originally a native of Pittsburgh, he has lived in New York City, Boston, and now Washington DC. He holds a PhD in English from Lehigh University.