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Author DeKok’s ‘Murder in the Stacks’ looks at Penn State student’s 1969 killing

By Rege Behe
On the day after Thanksgiving in 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22-year-old graduate student, was stabbed and killed in Pattee Library on the campus of Penn State University. In her hometown of Holland, Mich., the local newspaper’s front-page coverage of the ...

Author Roberts’ appearance for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures cancelled

By Tribune-Review
Author Andrew Roberts appearance Nov. 17 for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Literary Evenings series has been cancelled. Roberts, who recently released the monumental biography “Napoleon: A Life” (Viking, $45), was unable to reach Pittsburgh because of inclement weather in New ...

Author’s facination with Napoleon turns into detailed biography

By Rege Behe
When Andrew Roberts was 10 in 1973, his mother gave him a biography about Napoleon Bonaparte written by Correlli Barnett, a British historian. Many boys ...

Find a good book, learn to write your own at Allegheny Valley forum

By Joyce Hanz
Ever wanted to write your own novel one day? Ever wondered what it takes to get it published? Or, maybe, you just want to shop around for ...

Mann’s ‘Tinseltown’ an enjoyable real-life whodunit

By Tish Wells
There’s nothing like a whodunit. It’s even better if it’s a true-life one with a believable solution. The result is pure catnip to mystery readers. In ...

Hiaasen turns to fans of young-adult fiction

By Oline H. Cogdill
Incisive social commentary akin to Jonathan Swift’s, wrapped in a sly wit and capitalizing on the “only in Florida” goings-on have won Carl Hiaasen legions ...

Richard Ford brings back Frank Bascombe

By Jerry Harkavy
When the final novel in the Frank Bascombe trilogy was published in 2007, its author made it plain that a fourth book about the introspective ...

Fuminori Nakamura’s ‘Last Winter, We Parted’ blurs reality, invention

By David L. Ulin
“Last Winter, We Parted,” the third novel by Japan’s Fuminori Nakamura to appear in English, is crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre, ...

Author Shapiro’s graphic novel gives a nod to Pittsburgh hockey scene

By Michael Machosky
“The Hockey Saint,” a new graphic novel by Pittsburgh-based author Howard Shapiro, is a story about being the best hockey player in the world. “And ...

Construction-loving Sewickley kid gets in with crew, pens book with mom

By Kristina Serafini
Grant Webb has been obsessed with machines and how they work for most of his nine years. Now, he’s hoping to reach out to other like-minded ...

CMU professor’s book proposes we may have seen last of ‘Rock Star’

By Rege Behe
David Shumway came of age in the era when rock stars were everywhere: on posters and television, in magazines and newspapers and, of course, on ...

Review: ‘Full Measure’ is realistic on every level

By Jeff Ayers
T. Jefferson Parker, known for his crime novels, delivers an emotional and gut-wrenching literary departure that’s miles away from what his fans and readers would ...

Small publishers fill a void for authors

By Rege Behe
Jeffrey Condran and Robert Peluso were in the habit of frequently meeting to talk about books, writing and other literary matters. They knew writers who, ...

‘Wicked’ author signing newest young-adult novel in Oakland

By Alice T. Carter
A monk locked inside a tower, a prince traveling in disguise and a witch with a twisted sense of humor are just some of the ...

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author says fear not a good companion to creativity

By Rege Behe
Elizabeth Gilbert wants writers, musicians, artists or anyone else with a creative bent to have a conversation with fear. The author of the memoir “Eat, ...

Life gives Wilkinsburg author lessons in patience

By Rege Behe
After serving in the Navy, working as a bartender, line cook, dishwasher and technical writer, after an invitation to join a motorcycle club, after nearly ...

Author to share tips for forging career at Saxonburg stop

By Pamela Murphy
Carla Mooney loved to read books and write stories as a young girl. She dreamed of becoming an author someday. She wrote all through high ...

New book offers ‘Game of Thrones’ back story

By The Associated Press
George R.R. Martin knows all the signs of Boba Fett Syndrome. Named for the minor “Star Wars” character who fans demanded to know more about, Boba Fett Syndrome is most acute for any book or film series that has ...

‘GWTW’ prequel looks at Mammy’s life

By Jocelyn Mcclurg
For millions of “Gone With the Wind” fans, Mammy will always be Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel, tsk-tsking her spoiled charge, Miss Scarlett, and harrumphing because Mammy has more common sense than just about anybody in the Deep South. But who was ...

Review: A widow’s interior life as she emerges from grief in ‘Nora Webster’

By Beth J. Harpaz
“Nora Webster” is a compelling portrait of a grieving widow’s  interior life as she slowly emerges from the pain of her husband’s death. The story is filtered so completely through Nora’s point of view that the reader almost can’t see ...