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Planned series of books will tell stories of modern Pittsburgh

By Rachel Weaver
A Shadyside publisher wants to share a selection of unique, odd, interesting and inspiring Pittsburgh stories with the world. The Creative Nonfiction Foundation will accept submissions for a series of three books about Pittsburgh to be published over the next ...

Tobar, Reichl, Doerr highlight Pittsburgh Literary Evenings

By Tribune-Review
Pulitzer Prize-winner Hector Tobar’s look at the fate of 33 trapped Chilean miners will open the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures season of Literary Evenings, sponsored by the Drue Heinz Trust. The Sept. 21 discussion of his book, “Deep Down Dark,” ...

Author says demise of coal cannot be reversed

By The Associated Press
Fierce conflicts over coal are taking place around the globe, but author Richard Martin says the decline and ultimate demise of the fuel that powered ...

How to raise joyful readers

By The Washington Post
Parents can do a lot to cultivate a lifelong love of books in our children. A few ideas: Start early. From birth (yes, birth!) we can read to our children. Infants light up with curiosity and joy at the familiar ...

Review: ‘Cuba Straits’ offers baseball, history and a love triangle

By Oline H. Cogdill
With the easing of relations between the United States and Cuba, Randy Wayne White’s 22nd Doc Ford novel couldn’t be more timely. “Cuba Straits” delivers ...

Review: Candice Bergen shares her love life in ‘A Fine Romance’

By Lincee Ray
In her new memoir, Candice Bergen shares intimate details surrounding the loves of her life. “A Fine Romance” describes her marriage to an effervescent French ...

Review: George Hodgman poignantly returns home in memoir ‘Bettyville’

By Elizabeth Taylor
Paris, Mo., population 1,246 and falling: This is the hometown to which George Hodgman returned for his mother, Betty’s, 91st birthday. Two weeks stretched into ...

Review: McGuane peels apart family bonds in ‘Crow Fair’

By Connie Ogle
Thomas McGuane is a storyteller, and he just can’t resist a good laugh. Discussing how life is inherently absurd — a theme that runs through ...

Upcoming Pittsburgh lecture series speaker says home is sense of self, not place

By Rege Behe
Alexandra Fuller, who will appear April 13 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland as a guest of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Literary Evenings, is often ...

Pa. author Pizzoli to visit Hazelwood library for ‘One Book’ program

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Pennsylvania author Greg Pizzoli reads his book, “Number One Sam,” to young children, most of them get the moral lessons. The illustrated book — ...

Review: American fashion triumphs in France in ‘The Battle of Versailles’

By Anne Bratskeir
Fashion competitions are the tired stuff of reality shows these days, but not so back on Nov. 28, 1973, when perhaps the world’s most epic ...

Review : Hanif Kureishi’s ‘The Last Word’ is a delicious farce

By Dan Cryer
Writers often insist that their personal lives don’t matter, only their books. Human curiosity being what it is, however, the public begs to differ. What ...

Review: Dramatic events unfold in T.C. Boyle’s new novel

By Andrew Selsky
T.C. Boyle’s new book is about serious subject matters: a tourist from a cruise liner killing a robber at a port of call, a mentally ...

Review: C.J. Box’s ‘Endangered’ switches seamlessly between thrilling crisis, Wyoming countryside

By Oline H. Cogdill
In his Joe Pickett novels, C.J. Box has established a clear-eyed approach to balancing environmental and human issues in compelling plots. Box continues those high ...

Author visiting Western Pa. thanks ‘70s crime films for ‘how I see the world’

By Rege Behe
Most writers cite books and authors as their main influences. Not William Boyle. The Brooklyn native who lives in Oxford, Miss., regards film as the medium that ...

Income tax’s origin provides spark for Berry’s new thriller

By Rege Behe
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy an income tax, has long been subject to debate among scholars and those ...

Review: Coben delivers page-turner with ‘The Stranger’

By Jeff Ayers
Harlan Coben rolls out compelling tales set in suburbia where secrets buried underneath the facade of a happy life threaten to destroy families and neighborhoods. ...

Review: ‘Inspector of the Dead’ tells riveting story

By Waka Tsunoda
David Morrell’s “Inspector of the Dead,” a sequel to “Murder as a Fine Art,” tells the riveting story of a man determined to exact revenge for injustices done to him and his family. The people he intends to murder range ...

Review: ‘Lacy Eye’ an intricately plotted psychological thriller

By Elizabeth Taylor
While her older sister excelled on the athletic fields, in classrooms and at parties, Dawn was that girl who just never quite fit in. Maybe ...

Women Read/Women Write Book Fest returns bigger than ever

By Rege Behe
There’s never been a lack of women writers in Western Pennsylvania. But rarely has there been a focus on their work. The Women Read/Women Write Book ...