Anita Diamant.

Lecture preview: Novelist explores ties among Jewish women in Boston during the early 20th century

Anita Diamant researched the history of Boston’s North End neighborhood for her latest novel, “The Boston Girl.”

2 days ago

 Author Kate DiCamillo.

Schools, libraries and children rally around 'Stories Connect Us' program

Pittsburgh celebrates Youth Literature Day with “Stories Connect Us” art projects in advance of author Kate DiCamillo’s visit.

2 days ago

 "Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968" by Niall Ferguson.

'Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968': Biographer Niall Ferguson challenges the 'Realpolitik' reputation

Mr. Ferguson draws on diaries, letters and papers made available to him by Mr. Kissinger to make a spirited, but unpersuasive, case.

2 days ago

 Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of "Between the World and Me."

'Between the World and Me': Ta-Nehisi Coates pens an epistle to his son and America

Mr. Coates sets out to teach his son “how to live free in this black body.” It’s meant to stir him from the slumber of the American Dream.

2 days ago

'City on Fire': A stunning debut novel captures New York's ennui in the mid-70s.

Garth Risk Hallberg’s work, with the scope of a classic Russian novel, is an extraordinarily ambitious, exhaustively orchestrated portrait.

2 days ago

 "Big Stone Gap" author and director Adriana Trigiani.

Director returns to hometown to shoot 'Big Stone Gap'

Adriana Trigiani returned to her hometown, with Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg and others, to shoot her movie.

4 days ago

 Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich during her awarding ceremony of the German Book Trade Peace Prize in Frankfurt in 2013.

Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, 67, chronicled the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its collapse.

5 days ago

 Amy Schumer.

For Amy Schumer, multimillion-dollar book deal is all in the timing

After a frenzied auction, the Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books paid more than $8 million for Amy Schumer’s second attempt at a book.

1 week ago

 Leslie Pietrzyk will speak in Pittsburgh in October. Her book is about grief and is titled "This Angel on My Chest."

Drue Heinz Prize winner Leslie Pietrzyk to speak about her story collection inspired by grief

“This Angel on My Chest” comprises 16 short stories Ms. Pietrzyk wrote after her first husband died from a heart attack at age 37.

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 Rainbow Rowell, author of the New York Times best-selling novels “Eleanor and Park” and “Landline,” has penned a fifth novel, “Carry On,” set for release on Oct. 6.

Lecture preview: Author Rainbow Rowell pushes boundaries with fanfiction and romance

The author of “Carry On” discusses writing the much-anticipated novel, a fantasy novel featuring a romance between two male characters.

1 week ago

'Make Me': Nomadic Jack Reacher is back

Lee Child’s latest is everything Reacher’s legion of fans want and more.

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'The First Queen of Journalism': Columnist Mary McGrory captivated America's political elite

Mary McGrory was an erudite Irish girl from Boston with a gift for turning politics into poetry with a dash of Yeats and Joyce.

1 week ago

 "Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3; 1983-1984” by Ed Piskor

'Hip Hop Family Tree': Third installment of Ed Piskor's story of hip-hop is a masterpiece

Ed Piskor focuses on pivotal figures and moments, some widely known, others potentially lost to time.

1 week ago

Searching for love as an exhausting pasttime: 'Modern Romance' by Asiz Ansari

A modern comedian shares his old-fashioned ideas about romance.

2 weeks ago

What's so funny (about being funny)? 'Sick In The Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy' by Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow gets his fellow comics to come clean about what makes us laugh.

2 weeks ago

 "Fates and Furies" by Lauren Groff

'Fates and Furies': Lauren Groff's love story has a furious subtext

An astounding epic in the classical sense: a Greek tragedy told in sweeping language that moves the reader forward at a breakneck pace.

2 weeks ago

 "St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate (Icons)" by Karen Armstrong.

'St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate': Was St. Paul more revolutionary than reactionary?

Karen Armstrong’s work is a rehabilitation of the most influential Christian missionary.

2 weeks ago

 "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz.

'The Girl in the Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson is dead, but his characters live on

Lisbeth Salander is back, but she’s not quite the same punk genius hacker that we remember from Stieg Larsson’s original Millennium series.

2 weeks ago

 Hilary Masters in his North Side home.

The Next Page: The storied life of Hilary Masters

The late writer who made Pittsburgh his home produced a body of work that yearns to be rediscovered.

2 weeks ago

 Michael Paterniti.

Lecture preview: Author tells tales of love, dying and Einstein's brain

Michael Paterniti, a nominee for the National Book Award, opens the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series.

2 weeks ago

 Theresa Brown, author of "The Shift."

Book review: 'The Shift' puts you in a nurse's shoes for 12 hours

A Pittsburgh nurse provides a compelling read recounting a typical 12-hour shift on an oncology ward.

3 weeks ago

 "Still Life Las Vegas" by James Sie

'Still Life Las Vegas': Debut novel is a Mobius strip of memory and misery

James Sie’s 326-page novel, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi, isn’t easy to pin down. Let’s call it a book about remembering, in a dream state.

3 weeks ago

 "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" by Paul Goldberger

‘Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry’: Architecture like art on fire

Paul Goldberger has drawn upon his long friendship with the architect, as well as his years of championing his subject’s startling work.

3 weeks ago

 "The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood

'The Heart Goes Last': Margaret Atwood parodies the post-apocalyptic genre she helped popularize

It’s a fallen, anarchic society. The protagonists are living in their old Honda. So they get a time-share in a community called Consilience,

3 weeks ago

The Next Page: 'Justice Delayed: The Catherine Janet Walsh Story'

An excerpt from Steve Hallock's new book on a 1979 murder in Monaca that went unsolved for over 30 years.

3 weeks ago

 Shift supervisor Luis Urzua, the last miner to be rescued (center, wearing green), celebrates next to Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera after being pulled from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine.

Hector Tobar, author of Chilean miners saga, recalls their passion for family

The author of “Deep Down Dark” will open the 25th season of the Monday Night Lecture Series at the Carnegie Music Hall

3 weeks ago

 "Reckless" by Chrissie Hynde.

'Reckless': Rocker Chrissie Hynde tells her story with tough-girl insouciance

The leader of The Pretenders, who fled Ohio for fast times in punk-rock London, writes a memoir full of surprises and hair-raising events.

1 month ago

 "Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times" by Anne C. Heller.

'Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times' an intriguing look at the acclaimed public intellectual

Anne C. Heller delivers a concise bio of the post-war writer who confounded convention with “Eichmann in Jerusalem” and other works.

1 month ago

 "Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years" by Thomas Mallon.

'Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years': Compelling historical fiction from Thomas Mallon

Mallon’s latest covers the second half of 1986, when Reagan was about to enter his decline. He makes the president curiously sympathetic.

1 month ago

The Next Page / An epic adventure: Why I spent 28 years translating 'The Iliad'

Yes, at least 100 English translations already exist. But I had a dream of bringing into English a certain Mediterranean essence or light.

1 month ago