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Book details Steelers’ history  in black and white

By Bob Karlovits
Art Rooney Jr. and Peter West had a few goals for their book of drawings on the Pittsburgh Steelers, but profit was not one of them. “Art says he doesn’t want to sell the book,” West says. “He says you can ...

Ryan says journalism, fiction ways to tell story

By Rege Behe
As a television investigative reporter, Hank Phillippi Ryan has gone undercover wired with hidden cameras and wearing disguises. She’s interviewed death-row inmates and cultivated sources ...

Rare Shakespeare folio discovered in French town

By The Associated Press
PARIS — An accidental discovery in a northern French library of an original first folio of Shakespeare’s plays — one of the rarest books in ...

Harmar native’s new book opens door to world for students

By Rex Rutkoski
The world and its people long have been a source of fascination for teacher Heather Caldwell Toner. When her research revealed that it was not just ...

Letter that inspired Beat poet Kerouac discovered

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — It’s been called the letter that began a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. On reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” ...

Dick Cavett memoir looks back on more than TV show

By Elysa Gardner
The cast of real-life characters in Dick Cavett’s latest book, “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks,” includes some of the most celebrated names ...

In ‘The Peripheral,’ Gibson travels back to the future

By Chris Foran
In a dead-end American town, a young woman named Flynne fills in for her brother, beta-testing an online game that seems to involve fending off ...

Baldacci’s ‘Escape’ brings fast, furious twists and turns

By Waka Tsunoda
One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci’s thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes. In “The Forgotten” and “Zero Day,” readers learned that Puller has an older brother, Robert, who is serving a life sentence ...

‘Gutenberg’s Apprentice’ tells how the printed Bible came to be

By Christopher Wienandt
The world is about to change. Europe in 1450 is a godly place, and books are sacred and scarce. Each is hand-lettered by a scribe, directed ...

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 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 ...

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 ...