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Sewickley author Tessaro seeks to connect past, present challenges

Kathleen Tessaro left her home in Aspinwall in 1987 to pursue an acting career in London. Instead, she became a writer, the British lexicon and ...

Review: Brad Meltzer's 'The House of Secrets' disappoints

Brad Meltzer, one of the best historical thriller writers in the business, teams with acclaimed author Tod Goldberg for "The House of Secrets," and the ...

Review: Lisa Unger's 'Ink and Bone' takes a frightening turn to the supernatural

The Hollows, an idyllic sounding town in upstate New York, keeps calling to author Lisa Unger. This fictional town that attracts those seeing a respite ...

Review: Dan Barry's 'The Boys in the Bunkhouse' tells of exploitation of special-needs workers

Dan Barry has roamed the country for years as a national correspondent for The New York Times, illuminating memorable characters in offbeat and workaday pockets ...

Review: Anne Tyler tames Shakespeare's 'Shrew'

Last fall, Hogarth Press published the first in a series of novels by contemporary writers reimagining William Shakespeare's plays on the 400th anniversary of his ...

Novel details writer's quest for justice after rapist attacks her

In 1992, when she was a student at Carnegie Mellon University, Emily Winslow was raped. Her attacker fled and was not apprehended for more than ...

Squirrel Hill woman writes of time as 'Accidental Soldier' in Israel

Dorit Sasson was 19 when she joined the Israeli Defense Forces. A young American woman with creative parents and her own artistic inclinations leaving her ...

Pittsburgh-based publisher gives Kinder's 'Ghost' another chance

Chuck Kinder was living in San Francisco when he finished his novel "The Silver Ghost" on Aug. 16, 1977. As he completed the final edit, ...

Review: Neil Gaiman has a lot to say about a lot

Warning: This book may make you want to read a bunch of other books. Maybe even buy a comic. On my list, recommended by Mr. ...

Review: Who, Stones, Bowie made 1971 rock's best year, says author David Hepworth

If there is a Rock and Roll Hell, an inner circle is devoted for old fans who insist on telling you how the music was ...

Review: 'Boar Island' among best in series from Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr's vivid novels about National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon have allowed readers to take visceral tours of more U.S. national parks than most ...

Monroeville author tells Pirates' stories 'By the Numbers'

Just about everything you could want to know about a baseball player's performance can be quantified and measured. FIP, WHIP, LIPS, VORP, BsR, wRC+, wOBA ...

Author shares strategies for overwhelmed music lovers

There's just too much music out there. It's not the worst problem to have, but it's still a conundrum. With the nearly entire history of recorded ...

Review: Stephanie Danler's 'Sweetbitter' is a novel to be savored

Tess comes to New York in the summer of 2006, 22 and aching for adventure. Things seem to fall into place when she aces an ...

Review: Noah Hawley's 'Before the Fall' shows same dark humor as his 'Fargo' TV series

At first blush, "Before the Fall" appears to be on track to be a typical action-packed thriller wrapped around the horrific crash of a private ...

Review: Clive Cussler's 'The Emperor's Revenge' continues fun mix of action, history

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of The Oregon might have met their match in the new Oregon Files adventure from Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. ...

Stephen King enthralls crowd in Edgeworth with local tales

Before Stephen King took the stage Wednesday evening at Sewickley Academy in Edgeworth, a slide show featured fans waiting on the sidewalks of Sewickley in April, ...

Author Nancy Moses says art is worth more than money

What is the true value of a rare antiquity or object of art? In "Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures" (Rowman and Littlefield, ...

Pittsburgh writers find inspiration in Stephen King, his works

In 2003, Stephen King received a National Book Award medal for distinguished contributions to American letters. In some rarefied literary circles, it was akin to giving ...

Review: Claire Mackintosh's 'I Let You Go' blends high suspense with family tragedy

The death of a 5-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident on a rainy British evening jumpstarts "I Let You Go," which melds an intense psychological ...