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Reissue of book of album covers by Andy Warhol shows many sides of his art

By Michael Machosky
We may not remember it here in Pittsburgh, but Andy Warhol wasn’t always universally beloved. “During his lifetime, he was the object of severe criticism. People would label him a ‘jet-set society portrait painter’ or just a ‘commercial artist,’ ” says ...

Stanton Heights poet Collins works to keep his words full of meaning

By Rege Behe
The penultimate poem in Kristofer Collins’ new poetry collection, “Local Conditions” (Coleridge Street Books, $8) is called “Omar Moreno,” after the former Pittsburgh ...

Reissue begs new look at Hemingway’s ‘Green Hills’

By Hillel Italie
Seventy years after the release of “Green Hills of Africa,” the son and grandson of Ernest Hemingway are urging a fresh look at a work ...

Film critic revisits a lifetime at the movies

By Douglass K. Daniel
A theater up the street asks its employees to include the title of a favorite movie on their nametags. The choices of these teenagers and ...

Review: Karolina Waclawiak’s novel ‘The Invaders’ continues her fascination with being on the outside

By David L. Ulin
Karolina Waclawiak wants to talk about class. We’re sitting at Stark Bar on the campus of the  Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It’s the ...

Review: Gayle Lunds’ ‘The Assassins’ has fast pace, many twists

By Jeff Ayers
Gayle Lynds proves she’s a master of the modern cold-war spy thriller with her latest novel, “The Assassins.” The duplicity begins as six master assassins ...

Interest in people brings diversity to Pitt professor’s award-winning poetry

By Rege Behe
Terrance Hayes’ life didn’t perceptibly change after winning the National Book Award for poetry award in 2010. The recognition for his collection “Lighthead” was gratifying, of ...

‘Ragtime’ author E.L. Doctorow dies in New York at 84

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Few minds were as playful and as serious as E.L. Doctorow’s. Conjurer of old-time gangsters and ragtime stars. Commentator on wars and ...

Pittsburgh provides setting for Mt. Lebanon author’s romance novels

By Rege Behe
Chloe Barlow was born in San Francisco and grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended college at Duke University in North Carolina and has ...

Review: Camus’ ‘The Stranger’ is inverted by Kamel Daoud in ‘The Meursault Investigation’

By David L. Ulin
Give Kamel Daoud credit for audacity. In his debut novel, “The Meursault Investigation,” the Algerian journalist goes head-to-head with a pillar of 20th-century literature: Albert ...

Review: Peter Nichols’ melancholy mystery ‘The Rocks’ goes beyond standard beach reads

By Connie Ogle
On the surface, Peter Nichols’ new book is precisely the sort of novel you think of as a summer read. A Mediterranean island, the gorgeous ...

Review: P.I. Fina Ludlow returns in Ingrid Thoft’s ‘Brutality’

By Oline H. Cogdill
The challenge of belonging to a high-profile and dysfunctional family, yet establishing your own identity, continues to be the theme of Ingrid Thoft’s exciting series ...

Review: In Naomi Navik’s ‘Uprooted,’ wizard and maiden join forces to battle evil — and grow

By Jim Higgins
Calling Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted” a riff on “Beauty and the Beast” doesn’t begin to describe the richness, depth and sheer pleasure of this fantasy. As ...

Pittsburgh police officer David Shifren leaves streets, hits the pages

By Deborah Weisberg
As if patrolling city streets isn’t adventure enough, Pittsburgh police officer David Shifren confronts the forces of good and evil in his off time, too. ...

Pittsburgh author Rycroft gives women starring role in fantasy novels

By Rege Behe
A.M. Rycroft wanted to write fiction, but wasn’t sure what genre suited her best. Then she read “Game of Thrones,” George R. R. Martin’s popular ...

New Harper Lee novel deemed ‘clunky,’ ‘distressing’ as sales begin

By Reuters
Bookstores opened early around the United States on July 14 as Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” went on sale to mixed reviews ...

‘As Night Falls’ author Milchman enjoys helping hopefuls

By Rege Behe
Jenny Milchman didn’t intend for her new novel to have a ripped-from-the-headlines aspect. Nor is “As Night Falls” (Ballantine, $26 ) an attempt to cash ...

Review: Dick Wolf delivers exciting new thriller with ‘The Ultimatum’

By Jeff Ayers
Dick Wolf, a producer whose credits include the “Law & Order” TV franchise, is also a terrific novelist. His latest book, “The Ultimatum,” is the third thriller to feature New York police Detective Jeremy Fisk, and it’s Wolf’s best yet. ...

Review: In the great beach read “China Rich Girlfriend,” Jane Austen meets Singapore

By Alyssa Rosenberg
If summer is a time when we allow ourselves to simply enjoy our entertainments, there’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than “China Rich Girlfriend,” the sequel to Kevin Kwan’s lively “Crazy Rich Asians.” The story of Rachel Chu, a Chinese ...

Review: James DeVita channels Shakespeare in mystery novel ‘A Winsome Murder’

By Mike Fischer
In the sleepy fictional town of Winsome Bay, Wis., a woman walking her dog stumbles on a dead body. The deceased is Deborah Ellison, 23. The officer called to the scene to identify her brutally mangled corpse is her father. So ...