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Pitt instructor witnesses history in China’s ‘Wasteland’

By Rege Behe
Michael Meyer didn’t plan on writing about the end of an era in China. He just happened to be teaching English in Manchuria when seismic changes started to manifest. “The thing with nonfiction research is you can be in the right ...

Trafford native writes the book on early rock concerts

By Rege Behe
Pat DiCesare is responsible for one of the greatest — if not the greatest — moment in Pittsburgh music history. When the Beatles performed Sept. ...

West Hills teacher pens 2nd novel

By Brigid Beatty
A special education teacher at West Hills Primary School in East Franklin recently published her second book of fiction, a work she describes as a ...

Dark satire ‘Welcome to Braggsville’ targets race, gender

By Kendal Weaver
The basic story line of T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel “Welcome to Braggsville” is straightforward and intriguing. Take four young, liberal-minded students at the University of ...

Review: Violent moment echoes through David Treuer’s ‘Prudence’

By Jim Higgins
Only one person dies in the core incident of David Treuer’s novel “Prudence,” but everyone involved is fatally wounded. In succinct, finely tuned prose, Treuer visits ...

Tyler’s 20th, ‘A Spool of Blue Thread,’ is a miracle of sorts

By Ann Levin
Anne Tyler published her first novel in 1964, and some 50 years later she is still going strong. “A Spool of Blue Thread,” her 20th ...

Review: Lisa Unger revisits The Hollows in ‘Crazy Love You’

By Oline H. Cogdill
The toxic relationship can be fraught with pettiness, jealousy and control issues. But when violence enters the relationship, lives can be destroyed. Lisa Unger explores such ...

Author in Pittsburgh lecture series addresses hospital tragedy after Hurricane Katrina

By Rege Behe
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans 10 years ago, the city’s venerable Memorial Medical Center was hit hard. Back-up generators were shut down by rising ...

With ‘Holy Cow,’ Duchovny is officially a writer

By Carolyn Kellogg
For his first book, David Duchovny is not telling behind-the-scenes stories of “The X-Files” or opening up about the sex scenes in “Californication”: He’s written a caper about a cow that goes on the lam. “Holy Cow” is a fable for ...

Long-delayed Vonnegut documentary launches Kickstarter campaign

By The Los Angeles Times
From 1982 until his death 25 years later, Kurt Vonnegut cooperated with director Robert Weide on a documentary about his life and work. The film was never finished, but it could be, with a Kickstarter campaign launched last week. Weide, best ...

Review: Secrets shape a family in Sandip Roy’s ‘Don’t Let Him Know’

By David L. Ulin
Sandip Roy’s “Don’t Let Him Know” reads more as a collection of linked stories than a full novel — which makes sense, as several of its chapters were first published as stand-alones. The saga of an Indian family, it zeros ...

Texas prosecutor writes Paris-based mystery series

By Jamie Stengle
Mark Pryor was inspired by a bookseller as he was strolling along the famed Seine River in Paris with his wife. “For some reason, my mind just thought: ‘How quaint. How can I make this deadly?’ ” said Pryor, who ...

Bestselling children’s author Pinkney to speak in Hill District

By Kellie B. Gormly
Your 12-year-old won’t sit on your lap for a bedtime story anymore, but you still should read to and with him or her regularly, Andrea ...

McCandless author Arneson wins Top Book Awards

By Laurie Rees
Pat Arneson, a faculty member at Duquesne University who lives in McCandless, recently won two Top Book Awards from the National Communication Association Arneson is an ...

Oakmont Library hosts Local Author Fair

By Pamela Murphy
Everyone knows the Pittsburgh area is rich with talented people — musicians, artists and actors — but many people might not realize how many talented ...

Pittsburgh native has mission to give voice to older women writers

By Rege Behe
When Pittsburgh native Sondra Zeidenstein launched Chicory Blue Press 28 years ago, she wanted to give voice to a specific demographic: women 45 or older ...

Aspinwall author’s ‘Choking Game’ launch set at Oakmont store

By Tom Mcgee
The setting for Aspinwall author Martha Reed’s new book may be Nantucket, but there is a Pittsburgh feel to her mystery story. “The Choking Game” ...

Teacher’s book ‘Legendary Locals of Latrobe’ chronicles rise of 200 area residents

By Stacey Federoff
Some familiar faces grace the cover of Joe Comm’s book “Legendary Locals of Latrobe,” but others — such as the first congressman elected from Pennsylvania, ...

Review: Matthew Reilly writes action-packed ‘Great Zoo of China’

By Jeff Ayers
Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton’s classic “Jurassic Park” and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, “The Great Zoo of China.” Reptile expert Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron is asked to visit a zoo ...

Review: Magical journey of ‘Etta and Otto’

By Martha Sheridan
When a Silver Alert is issued for a missing senior citizen, highway signs flash details about what I think of as the getaway car. I enjoy imagining an elderly gent or lady switching off Fox News, rising from the reclining ...