There's a kind of decadence to reading in bars

For me, it started in San Francisco — probably a mix of that gloriously extroverted city combined with my 23-year-old new-drinker self.

1 day ago

 Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett.

Lecture preview: Children's book duo Klassen and Barnett favor experimental approach

The author and illustrator of “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” will speak at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland.

2 days ago

 Lisa Kirchner: "Her absolute honesty presents facts from her perspective without sugar-coating."

'Hello American Lady Creature': A suddenly single woman in Qatar tells all

Lisa L. Kirchner offers funny, brilliant insights on the challenges of conducting business as a woman in a Muslim country.

5 days ago

 Caitlin Moran, author of "How to Build a Girl."

'How to Build a Girl': Caitlin Moran’s first novel echoes her life — or does it?

The author of the successful memoir “How to Be a Woman“ makes her foray into fiction, with the crude and rude juxtaposed with pretty prose.

5 days ago

 Lena Dunham. author of "Not That Kind of Girl."

'Not That Kind of Girl': Lena Dunham just wants to have fun

The creator of “Girls”  has “a keen interest in having it all.”  She wants her essays to be “hopeful dispatches from the front lines.”

5 days ago

 Jodi Picoult will speak at the sold-out Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series Monday at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.

Picoult's novel examines bonds of people, elephants

Author Jodi Picoult to speak at the Carnegie Music Hall as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lectures Series.

5 days ago

 Terry Mutchler is a former journalist and Pennsylvania’s first executive director of the Office of Open Records. Her new book  "Under the Dome," describes her secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois state senator who mentored Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania's open records officer opens book on her past

Terry Mutchler has written a book exploring a past love kept under wraps, and the larger issue of gay marriage in America.

1 week ago

 "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

'So We Read On': Maureen Corrigan on why we’ll always love 'The Great Gatsby'

The well-known book critic delves into what is it about “The Great Gatsby” and F. Scott Fitzgerald that continues to fascinate.

1 week ago

 John Sandford.

'Deadline': A seedy reporter is murdered in John Sandford’s latest Virgil Flowers mystery

“Deadline” marks the eighth book in a series featuring Virgil Flowers, an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

1 week ago

'Lies We Tell Ourselves': A debut novel examines the many levels of bigotry

Robin Talley’s novel follows two high school senior girls on opposite sides of the integration battle -- a must-read book for 2014.

1 week ago

 Author John Edgar Wideman will be part of Duquesne University symposium which runs today and Friday.

Author John Edgar Wideman part of symposium at Duquesne University

The writer, who grew up in Pittsburgh, will be part of the Gaultier Symposium on Community-Engaged Teaching and Research.

2 weeks ago

 French writer Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Royal Swedish Academy announced today.

Patrick Modiano of France wins Nobel Prize in literature

Modiano a French author known for his meditations on youth and identity in a Paris shaped by World War II.

2 weeks ago

 Marilynne Robinson.

Book review: Rural piety and irresistible grace come through 'Lila'

With "Lila," Marilynne Robinson completes her ambitious Gilead trilogy.

2 weeks ago

'Fahrenheit 451,' the classic novel on banning books, spurs Big Read challenge

CCAC promotes reading and talking about the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel.

2 weeks ago

 Simon Winchester.

Preview: British historian Simon Winchester shows what united the States

Mr. Winchester comes to town Monday for a Literary Evening at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.

2 weeks ago

'Edge of Eternity': Ken Follett completes his popular Century Trilogy

You could say that Book Three of the Century Trilogy is a refresher course in recent world history.

2 weeks ago

'We Are Not Ourselves': Debut novel a moving chronicle of an Irish-American family

Matthew Thomas' work is not a sweeping multi-generational saga of a dynastic family. It’s a portrait of one Irish-American family.

2 weeks ago

 Diane Ackerman.

'The Human Age': Diane Ackerman's explains how we are creating our future

Ms. Ackerman delivers a remarkable page-turner that presents a series of possible futures that are being created today.

2 weeks ago

2do this week, Oct. 5-11: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Author Robert Edsel, the Moth StorySLAM, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New Yorker classical music critic Alex Ross, Art on Tap and more.

2 weeks ago

 A loaf from "In Search of the Perfect Loaf" by Sam Fromartz.

Dine: Make the perfect loaf of bread

Author Sam Fromartz masters handcrafted bread-making and shares stories and techniques with the home cook in a new book.

2 weeks ago

 Kent Nelson, author of "Spirit Bird."

Preview: 'Spirit Bird' author lands at the Aviary

Kent Nelson, winner of the 2014 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, gives a free reading Thursday night at the National Aviary.

3 weeks ago

'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher': Short story collection brings up the Iron Lady's body

Hilary Mantel’s new collection of fiction includes one rather controversial story ...

3 weeks ago

 Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves."

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series plans five more programs

Adam Hochschild, NoViolet Bulawayo, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Jen Bervin, Jennifer Clement and Peter Hessler will appear this season.

3 weeks ago

 Ian McEwan, author of "The Children Act"

Ian McEwan's 'The Children Act': The banality of morality

Mr. McEwan’s latest novel, about a judge deciding if a boy must receive medical treatment over his religious parents’ wishes, feels forced.

3 weeks ago

 Matt Bai, author of "All the Truth Is Out."

'All the Truth Is Out:': Matt Bai on the press coverage that destroyed Gary Hart

“The Fall of Gary Hart and the Rise of Tabloid Politics” serves as a reminder of the tricks memory can play on us.

3 weeks ago

 From the cover of "George Benson: The Autobiography"

George Benson, guitar hero on the Hill

Guitarist George Benson pens an illuminating autobiography rich in Pittsburgh history and music.

3 weeks ago

 New York Review of Books editor-writer Hugh Eakin and editor Robert Silvers in the HBO documentary "The 50-Year Argument."

‘50-Year Argument’ explores history of New York Review of Books

Director Martin Scorsese and documentarian David Tedeschi examine 50 years of the New York Review of Books in an HBO documentary.

3 weeks ago

 Actress Hattie McDaniel, left, is presented an Oscar by actress Fay Bainter for best performance in a supporting role for her work as "Mammy" in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind."

When 'Gone With the Wind' film was released, it was lauded and lambasted

Released 75 years ago, “Gone With the Wind” drew complaints about decency and racism, but it still was wildly successful.

1 month ago

 Poet Lucie Brock-Broido will open the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Poet returns to her roots in Pittsburgh after 26 years

Pittsburgh native and poet Lucie Brock-Broido will speak Thursday night in the Frick Fine Arts auditorium.

1 month ago


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