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Trafford Gets Lit

October 28 Reading Features Concert Promoter and Rock Legend Pat DeCesare and focuses on “Leaps of Faith and Other Unexplainables”

Legendary concert promoter, songwriter, author, entrepreneur and Trafford native Pat DeCesare will headline the Saturday, Oct. 28 Trafford Gets Lit reading at The Yoga Deck in Trafford, Pa.

The reading, which will feature the theme “Leaps of Faith and Other Unexplainables,” begins at 7 p.m.

Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds benefiting ConPRmetidos in partnership with the Foundation for Puerto Rico, organizations raising funds to help those affected by Hurricane Maria.

From his success in bringing The Beatlesto Pittsburgh in 1964, to his staging of one of the country’s first major outdoor stadium concerts, Pat DeCesare is regarded as a concert industry pioneer. His first book, Hard Days Hard Nights, recounts his experiences in the concert business. The book was named the 2014 Independent Book of the Year, was the Grand Prize Winner at the 2014 Great Midwest Book Festival and was the Runner-Up at the 2014 Southern California Book Festival. DeCesare will be reading from and signing copies of his book, which will be available for sale.

Rege Behe, award-winning Pittsburgh arts and entertainment journalist and another Trafford native, will join DeCesare at the mic. Behe, in describing his Trafford roots, says “I was the skinny kid who grew up on Homewood Avenue and who was afraid of Father Gillen.” Behe will read from his forthcoming novel


Member of the Trafford Gets Lit community writing workshop, which is led by author Lori Jakiela, will also read. Books, artwork, and up-cycled goods and vintage will be available for sale. A reception will follow the readings. Attendees over 21 are welcome to BYOB.

The Trafford Writing Workshop meets every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at The Yoga Deck, 418 Cavitt Avenue, (412) 901-4545. Workshop sessions are $15 each and open to writers 16 years and up. The workshops are designed to offer a warm, supportive community of writers. Participants share their work, learn new craft techniques, enjoy writing prompts, and discover how to publish and share their work with an audience.

Workshop leader and Trafford native Lori Jakiela is the author of four memoirs, most recently Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker (Bottom Do

g Press, 2017) and Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Literature from Stanford University and was named one of 20 not-to-miss books of nonfiction of 2015 by The Huffington Post. Jakiela co-directs the summer Writers Festival at Chautauqua Institution and directs the undergraduate Creative and Professional Writing Program at Pitt-Greensburg. For more, visit


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