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Review: ‘Goldeneye’ explores Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat

By Jennifer Kay
James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the waning British empire. The relationship between Bond’s author, Ian Fleming, and the island where ...

Review: Adam Rapp’s ‘Know Your Beholder’ takes life’s pain with humor

By Mike Fischer
Adam Rapp’s “Know Your Beholder” begins with a January snowstorm in the Illinois town where it unfolds; that weather matches the mood of first-person narrator ...

Review: ‘The Witch of Painted Sorrows’ is haunting tale

By Jeff Ayers
M.J. Rose writes compelling tales with a gothic flair, and her latest novel, “The Witch of Painted Sorrows,” is her most heartfelt yet. Paris in ...

Review: ‘Behind Every Great Man’ gives a voice to women coupled with famous, infamous figures

By Katie Foran-mchale
March 8 was International Women’s Day, and a viral video from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation gave the message “we’re not there yet,” ...

Author: Listening is paramount with divisive issues

By Rege Behe
Cora Daniels wants people to venture outside their conversational comfort zones. She wants them to be fearless about broaching any subject, to not shy away ...

Versify keeps stage warm for those with something to say

By Rege Behe
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines versify as “to relate or describe in verse.” Robert Walicki, poet and founder of the Versify literary reading series, has slyly co-opted ...

Mt. Pleasant Area graduate releases children’s book

By Kelly Vernon
While a student at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School, Chad R. Naggy wrote rhymes and song parodies for the afternoon announcements in as little ...

Author Lehane’s ‘World Gone By’ set at start of World War II

By Rege Behe
“World Gone By” is the final installment in Dennis Lehane’s trilogy featuring Joe Coughlin, an Irishman from Boston who becomes involved with the Mafia. But to ...

Pittsburgh’s 3rd Jane Austen Festival marks author’s lasting appeal

By Michael Machosky
Conquering the world is a tall order, even with vast armies at your disposal. Try doing it with only wit, charm and a Regency bonnet. Jane Austen ...

Reif Larsen’s ‘I Am Radar’ transmits narrative magic

By Carolyn Kellogg
The big, beautiful, ambitious novel “I Am Radar” opens as Radar Radmanovic is born during a fantastic blackout in suburban New Jersey. Although his parents ...

‘Rule of Four’ author Ian Caldwell thrills with Vatican mystery

By M.l. Johnson
The curator of a groundbreaking exhibit at the Vatican dies mysteriously hours before its premiere. Within hours, his research partner’s family becomes victim to a ...

Maggie Barbieri’s ‘Lies That Bind’ lacks impact

By Oline H. Cogdill
Family relationships can be complicated, tangled up with love, loyalty and support in the best situations and, in the worst cases, hostility, resentment and revenge. ...

Review: David Vann’s ‘Aquarium’ is a beauty in many ways

By Elizabeth Taylor
“A beautiful book.” This coded and cliched phrase, usually associated with a novel, generally speaks to an elegant use of language, a finely chiseled work ...

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

By The Associated Press
LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, ...

J.K. Rowling bibliography reveals secrets of the ‘Harry Potter’ books

By The Los Angeles Times
An exhaustive new J.K. Rowling bibliography being published in the U.K. reveals secrets behind the workings of her Harry Potter books, the Guardian reports. “J.K. ...

Dave Barry’s small collection of essays worth every penny

By Jeff Ayers
“Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster),” Dave Barry’s latest book of essays, might be thin on page count, but it’s worth ...

‘Jam on the Vine’ deals with post-emancipation living

By Elizabeth Taylor
So many historical novels read like connect-the-dots puzzles or costume dramas, so one that is fresh, original and time-travels to an undiscovered past is a ...

Laura Lippman deals with parenthood in ‘Hush Hush’

By Oline H. Cogdill
Laura Lippman’s novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman ...

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 ...

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. ...