Books


A festival of humanities: Festival will address topics from art to science

Tony nominee Tonya Pickins, filmmaker John Sayles and writer Azar Nafisi are among the speakers at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust-CMU event.

about 11 hours ago


 James Risen, author of "Pay Any Price"

'Pay Any Price': New York Times reporter James Risen vows to go to jail before revealing his sources

James Risen is a bona fide constitutional hero, apart from being an author who has written a very readable book on a fascinating subject.

2 days ago


 "The Devil Is Here in These Hills" by James Green

'The Devil is Here in These Hills': The history of West Virginia coal and capitalism’s basest impulses

James Green’s “industrial gothic history” shows a system at its worst, placing a higher value on output rather than miners’ safety.

2 days ago


 "The Man Who Would Not Be Washington" by Jonathan Horn

'The Man Who Would Not Be Washington': Robert E. Lee embraces Virginia at the expense of the country he loved

Biographer Jonathan Horn writes that Lee’s sense of honor was bound to his being less an American and more a Virginian.

2 days ago


2Do this week, March 1-8: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink speaks at Carnegie Music Hall Monday night; the PSO’s ’Play N’at“ series concludes Tuesday.

2 days ago


 Buckwheat Zydeco performs at Club Cafe Friday night.

The Hot List of events for the weekend of Feb. 26

Performances on tap include Chatham Baroque, Buckwheat Zydeco, Pittsburgh Moth Grandslam and ArcAttack.

5 days ago


'Fallen Leaves': A posthumous Will Durant tome was better off undiscovered

The granddaughter of the “Story of Civilization” creator found his long-lost manuscript of reflections on life. He comes off as a crank.

1 week ago


 "The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry"

'The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry': top-notch

Attention to ordinary American speech is what allows this anthology to maneuver readers gracefully through the work of singular poets.

1 week ago


 "Single, Carefree, Mellow" by Katherine Heiny.

'Single, Carefree, Mellow': Girls will be girls in Katherine Heiny’s story collection

A collection of stories told from a female protagonist’s point of view is quite refreshing.

1 week ago


 Author Robert Kiyosaki

Best-selling author Kiyosaki warns of technology changes from left field

In his new book, the personal finance expert of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” fame says the information age will leave some behind.

1 week ago


Book review: Author drew inspiration from grandmother's diary

Racial tensions to rise to a boiling point in award-winning author Sharon M. Draper’s new novel, “Stella by Starlight.”

1 week ago


 Author Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Preview: Andrea Davis Pinkney doesn't shy away from difficult topics

The author speaks Sunday at the Hill House about her book “The Red Pencil,” inspired by the conflict in Darfur.

1 week ago


 American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, sits at his drafting table in his California home office with a copy of his book, "The Cat in the Hat," in 1957.

New Dr. Seuss book coming out in July

The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, Calif.

1 week ago


 Jennifer Clement.

Readings preview: Author Jennifer Clement delves into Mexico's sex slavery, drug trafficking

“Prayers for the Stolen” shows how drugs and violence have made Mexico dangerous, especially for poor, pretty women and journalists.

2 weeks ago


'America’s Bitter Pill': Steven Brill examines the dizzying maze of American health care reform

Expanded from his powerful article in Time, Mr. Brill provides a thorough accounting of the discussions and maneuvers behind Obamacare.

2 weeks ago


 Rebecca Solnit, author of "Men Explain Things to Me."

'Men Explain Things to Me': Rebecca Solnit examines how women are silenced

From the writer who coined “mansplaining,” nine essays that cut to the root of what happens to women living in a patriarchal society.

2 weeks ago


 "The Beige Man" by Helene Tursten.

'The Beige Man': A novel of the dark side of Scandinavian life

Helene Tursten’s seventh novel in the Irene Huss investigation series exposes the underbelly of Swedish society.

2 weeks ago


 Samuel Hazo, who founded The International Poetry Forum.

The Next Page: Samuel Hazo presents asides from the International Poetry Forum

Over 43 years of the International Poetry Forum, there were many incidents and remarks as memorable as the 400-plus readings themselves.

2 weeks ago


 Meghan Daum

I'll be your mirror: 'The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion' by Meghan Daum

A powerful collection of essays that explore gender, aging, life, creativity, death and other milestones on the way to a meaningful life

2 weeks ago


Headaches of the Walking Dead: 'Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain'

An entertaining guide to neuroscience that features brain eating zombies as teaching assistants, by Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek.

2 weeks ago


Even impolite women rarely make history: 'Almost Famous Women' by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Cleverly constructed short stories about unusual women mostly forgotten by history.

2 weeks ago


The camera obscura: 'How To Be Both' by Ali Smith

An intelligent literary treatise on accepting oneself while learning to be someone better.

2 weeks ago


Genius carved in paper: 'The Sculptor' by Scott McCloud

The author of the seminal “Understanding Comics” trilogy returns with a triumphant 500-page graphic novel.

2 weeks ago


 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen, greet Christine Dujmic, left, of Elizabeth, as her husband, Brandon, looks on with their 5-month-old son Isaac, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Waterworks mall near Aspinwall.

Rick and Karen Santorum's book shares daughter’s struggle with rare disease

About 100 people — some of whom knew the Santorums personally — turned out at Barnes & Noble in Waterworks Mall.

2 weeks ago


 It's Reg's world, we just live in it.

'The Wry World of Reg Henry': Accent(uate) the funny

The PG columnist holds forth on dogs, family, odd sports, Sewickley customs — along with politics and war — in a collection of his work.

3 weeks ago


Family tries not to unravel in Anne Tyler’s ‘Spool of Blue Thread’

Anne Tyler’s new novel continues to build upon the convincing characters she’s developed in her 50 years of writing.

3 weeks ago


'American Reckoning': A thoughtful look at Vietnam and the mistakes we keep making

Christian Appy explores American culture to show how our experience with Vietnam affected us.

3 weeks ago


 Jonny Steinberg, author of "A Man of Good Hope/"

'A Man of Good Hope': A Somali refugee’s resilience in the face of violence

The story of Asad Hirsi Abdullahi, as told to Jonny Steinberg over the course of three years, is a beautifully recounted memoir.

3 weeks ago


 Daniel Galera, author of "Blood-Drenched Beard"

'Blood-Drenched Beard': A beautiful tale of life along the Brazilian coastline

Translated from the Portuguese, Daniel Galera’s novel plays along the Brazilian coastline, blending the geographical and the psychological.

3 weeks ago


2Do this week, Feb. 8-14: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The St. Olaf Choir makes a stop at Heinz Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of its annual tour.

3 weeks ago


 Jesmyn Ward.

Lecture preview: Jesmyn Ward brings a message of hope

Jesmyn Ward, author of “Men We Reaped” and “Salvage the Bones,” speaks at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Monday. Feb. 9

3 weeks ago


 Harper Lee in 2007.

Harper Lee's second act: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' sequel to be published in July

“Go Set a Watchman,” written before her landmark 1960 novel, was discovered last fall. Fans are overjoyed to get the rest of the story.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Margaret Bloy Graham / ‘Harry the Dirty Dog’ illustrator

The picture-book illustrator was best known for her cautionary ablutionary tale from 1956 that remains a staple of childhood.

4 weeks ago


 "Honeydew" by Edith Pearlman.

'Honeydew': Visionary characters abound in Edith Pearlman’s latest collection of short stories

Born with a gift: Edith Pearlman, 78, has been writing tales like this for decades.

1 month ago


 "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt."

'The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt': A teacher and exquisite fiction writer from Pittsburgh is ready for her close-up

A thoughtful and engrossing collection suitably memorializes the author and professor who taught at Carnegie Mellon for three decades.

1 month ago


 "Cosby: His Liife and Times" by Mark Whitaker.

'Cosby: His Life and Times': A flattering bio leaves the dark side of the comedy icon's life unexamined

Fat Alibi and the Cosby Fibs: No insight into sex allegations will be found in Mark Whitaker’s biography of the comedian.

1 month ago


 The saxophone quartet Battle Trance will perform at The Andy Warhol Museum at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of Sound Series.

2Do this week, Feb. 1-7: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Sax quartet Battle Trance at the Warhol, writers Craig Bernier and Scott Silsbe at Duquesne, PSO presents Play N’at chamber music series.

1 month ago



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