Books

Patchett takes a long look at lives in 'Commonwealth'

The title of Ann Patchett's new book was rescued from a discard pile. The Nashville-based writer had suggested to her friend, Sally Mann, that commonwealth ...

Review: Bruce Springsteen's autobiography 'Born to Run' takes readers on riveting ride

Bruce Springsteen's life is now officially an open book. The autobiography "Born to Run" takes readers on a riveting ride through the everyman rock star's ...

Hempfield man pens memoir about childhood in Eighty Four

Keith Neill, 73, of Hempfield took up writing as a pastime after retiring as a learning-support teacher at Hempfield Area High School. He hopes that ...

Richland author prepares for release of romance novel

A July trip to Italy uncorks more than family history for 30-ish speech pathologist Tatiana "Tate" Robbins in "Beautiful Secret" by Dana Faletti of Richland. ...

Author delved into own past for 'The Gene'

In 1900, William Bateson, an English biologist who coined the term genetics, sounded an early warning about possible consequences of DNA manipulation. "One thing is certain," ...

Wide range of literary speakers lined up for Pittsburgh

Award-winning novelists and poets, historians and statesmen, and a bona fide rock 'n' roll legend highlight the 2016-17 literary season in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Arts & ...

Review: Spy novelist le Carre relates stories from his life

Of stories to dine out on, David Cornwell has an abundance. Or should we say John le Carre has? Cornwell's pen name overshadows the title ...

Millard looks at how Churchill became the man who would be prime minister

In 1899, after a failed run for Parliament and a less-than-stellar stint in the British military, Winston Churchill was desperate. He wanted to bring glory ...

Nicholas Sparks bringing book tour to Pittsburgh

Prolific and popular writer Nicholas Sparks is about to publish his 20th book in 20 years. And to mark the occasion, he's embarking on an ...

Pittsburgh native writer likes his distance

For 30 years, Martin Smith lived in Southern California and wrote mystery novels set in his native Pittsburgh. Now that he's moved to Colorado, the ...

Best-selling author of 'Quilt' titles to stop at Sewickley bookshop

Jennifer Chiaverini built a loyal readership based on stories about quilts and quilters. The best- selling author, who appears Sept. 17 at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, ...

Brackenridge author turns to short stories

A famous writer once observed that he pens novels because he doesn't have time to write short stories. "There is unexpected truth in such a witty ...

Survey marks the long, steady decline of literary reading

The percentage of American adults who read literature — any novels, short stories, poetry or plays — fell to at least a three-decade low last ...

Review: Murder lurks deep in the mind in Karin Fossum's 'Hell Fire'

With Scandinavian crime fiction all the rage and enormous attention paid to writers like Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, it's almost, well, criminal, ...

Review: With 'Security,' Gina Wohlsdorf pays homage to horror greats

A posh five-star resort hotel is about to open for the ultrarich on the California coast. The brochures boast of exclusive soundproof rooms and unrivaled ...

Humans wired to be communal, author says

It happened often enough for Ben Franklin to take notice: As settlers increased their exploration of the New World, people would wander off, ...

Authors O'Dell, Flick to open Literary Reading Series

New York Times bestselling author Tawni O'Dell will be one of two writers at the inaugural Literary Reading Series on Sept. 11 at the Andrew ...

Hartland to lead playwriting workshop

Ligonier Valley Writers will host a playwriting workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Michael's of the Valley Church, 2535 Route 381, ...

'Serial' host awed by podcast popularity

When "Serial" became the most popular podcast ever — with an estimated 40 million downloads during its first season — creator and host Sarah Koenig ...

Writers' tour aims to teach, entertain

Think of the forthcoming book tour of libraries featuring Gwyn Cready, Annette Dashofy and Rebecca Drake as a new take on an old joke: Three ...