Tanner Discusses Restoring Old Home June 6

Ron Tanner will discuss his book, "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story" in a talk hosted by Preservation Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.

Ever see an older home in the area you'd love to own and restore with a little TLC?

Award-winning author Ron Tanner is coming to Pittsburgh with the knowledge of how to do just that as part of a national tour to promote his new book, "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story."

The Writers LIVE program will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch in Oakland.

Tanner, a preservationist and do-it-yourself hero, wrote the memoir about his painstaking restoration of an 1897 Queen Anne-style row house in Baltimore. In the book, he recounts the story of buying the 4,500-square-foot brownstone with his girlfriend, Jill Eicher, embarking on a complex and demanding restoration, and falling more in love with the house and each other in the process.

Tanner teaches creative writing at Loyola University in Maryland and lives in the home with his now-wife, Jill.

A book signing will follow Tanner’s talk and reading. Copies of his book will be provided by the Penguin Bookshop.

The program is sponsored by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in partnership with Preservation Pittsburgh.

The event is free and open to the public, however reservations are required at

Aste Al Centesimo September 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I am really curious if the event went well. I am really passionate of creative writing and I am really sorry that I missed this event. Ron Tanner is an inspirational figure worth seeing and I am more than curious to know how this turned out to be


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