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 John W. Dean, author of "The Nixon Defense."

'The Nixon Defense': John Dean revisits the scene of the crime

Former Nixon aide John Dean illustrates how the president got caught in the quicksand of the Watergate scandal.

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'Brutal Youth': Anthony Breznican explores the dark side of high school

The author’s memories of Catholic high school in Western Pennsylvania were the ideal starting point for his first novel.

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  James McBride won the National Book Award last year for "The Good Lord Bird."

National Book Award winner James McBride opens Monday Night Lecture season

James McBride, in his new book “The Good Lord Bird,” shines the spotlight on slavery foe John Brown, who helped shape where we are today.

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2Do this week, Sept. 21-27: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Free events include “As You Like It” at Schenley Park; a Pittsburgh Symphony Brass concert and an appearance by poet Lucie Brock-Broido.

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 Joshua David Bellin, author of "Survival Colony."

'Survival Colony 9': Joshua David Bellin makes his YA debut

The Pittsburgh native tells the story of a gang of survivors left after a war destroys most of humanity.

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 Author Glennon Doyle Melton

Author to bring message of lifting others to Pittsburgh

Glennon Doyle Melton, who battled addictions and bulimia and now raises money to assist families in need, will share her life challenges.

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 Conservator Rikke Foulke displays the various damage marks on an early portrait of Pittsburgh’s first city controller, Henry Lambert, at Heinz History Center’s new conservation center. This portrait of Mr. Lambert, by Albert Lauck Dalbey, was painted in 1865.

History center helps Pittsburghers preserve heirlooms

Pittsburghers never move and rarely — if ever — throw anything away, the president of Heinz History Center observed Wednesday.

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Authors meet in Oakmont Carnegie Library

A new writer’s guild is helping authors tap into the personal experience of journaling to benefit their work.

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 Terrance Hayes: "This is so overwhelming I can’t say what will come of it."

Pittsburgh poet Terrance Hayes named MacArthur Fellow

The University of Pittsburgh professor, who also holds a master’s from Pitt, won a National Book Award in 2010. “I’m dumbfounded,” he said.

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 The Mind Cure Records release of The Bats' live show in May 1984, featuring the not-yet-famous author Michael Chabon on vocals.

Author Michael Chabon's 1984 Pittsburgh punk rock performance released by Mind Cure

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a Pitt grad, sang with The Bats, briefly. One show is part of a local label’s archival releases.

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Book reviews: 'The Tree House That Jack Built,' 'Mighty Dads' and more

With the dog days of summer behind us, it’s time for shorter days, cooler temperatures, and new books.

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Carnegie Library opens poetry series

Toi Derricotte, Vanessa German kick off a new poetry reading series at the Oakland branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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 Sean Madigan Hoen.

Book reviews: Two new books play on songs of the Rust Belt

Authors Ed Davis and Sean Madigan Hoen explore changing musical fortunes in a novel and an autobiography.

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 Ed Piskor, author of "Hip Hop" books

'Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2': Cartoonist Ed Piskor continues his quest for the perfect beat

Ed Piskor, straight out of Munhall, develops characters he introduced from the early days of hip-hop.

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 "Some of what he writes about recalls Winston Churchill’s comment, 'History will be kind to me because I intend to write it.' "

'World Order': Henry Kissinger surveys the globe (somewhat selectively)

Used to looking at the grand scheme of things, Kissinger grasps global shifts well, but shows blind spots on Africa and Latin America.

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 Diana Bretherick, author of "City of Devils"

'City of Devils': In the shadows of Turin, a compelling 19th-century mystery

Diana Bretherick shows that the catacombs of the Vatican have nothing on Turin’s eerie, winding roads.

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Daniel Wilson returns to the robot apocalypse in 'Robogenesis'

Humans create robots that rise up against their creators in this sequel to 2011’s “Robopocalypse.”

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'The Lost': Looking for love in lost places

Sarah Beth Durst combines sci-fi, mystery, romance and mysticism in her Harlequin romance.

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 "Flight 93" by Tom McMillan.

'Flight 93': The heroism over Somerset on 9/11

Author Tom McMillan brings Flight 93 into deeper historical focus in new book out Thursday.

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'Three Rivers': Love, Pittsburgh style, done right

Lawyer turned romance novelist Chloe T. Barlow gets love in the ’Burgh right.

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 "Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World" by Monte Beauchamp.

'Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World': Smorgasbord on the funny pages

Monte Beauchamp arranges a glorious mash-up: 16 contemporary cartoonists telling the stories of 16 groundbreaking cartoonists.

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 James Ellroy, author of "Perfidia."

James Ellroy’s 'Perfidia': L.A. noir on steroids

Despite missteps, “Perfida” has a compelling power. It is violent, absurd and often vile, but then, so is America.

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 Joseph O'Neill, author of "The Dog."

'The Dog': Joseph O’Neill tells an ultramodern tale of life in Dubai

O’Neill follows “Netherland” with a journey to the shimmering desert: part thriller, part cultural critique, part philosophical exploration.

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 The 10-year-old statue of James Joyce with its shiny left shoulder on the Grand Canal in Trieste.

A portrait of James Joyce in Trieste

Trieste is a lively Italian seaport city where James Joyce spent his formative years in the early 20th century.

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'A Colony Sprung From Hell': Tracing Western Pennsylvania's roots finds an area engulfed in turmoil

Daniel Barr traces the contentious, bloody early history of the region and unearths the roots of resistance to central authority.

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 Greenfield teacher Kelly Coleman's debut novel, "Holding On and Letting Go," deals with a teenage girl’s experiences after the loss of her 10-year-old brother to cancer.

Greenfield teacher Kelly Coleman publishes teen novel

Tired of reading about shallow, damsel-in-distress characters, she wrote “Holding On and Letting Go” with "full and dynamic characters."

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 David Mitchell.

'The Bone Clocks': David Mitchell conjures a triumphant tale of mystics and desperate youth

Arguably the best novelist writing today, Mitchell returns to the literature of mortality like a Babylonian to the epic of Gilgamesh.

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 Tawni O'Dell delivers a "small-town gothic novel" in “One of Us."

'One of Us': Tawni O'Dell's tale of high fashion and old injustices in Pennsylvania coal country

The small coal mining town of Lost Creek and its residents are the winning feature of Ms. O’Dell’s talent.

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How Richardson Dilworth, a scion of old Pittsburgh, became one of Philadelphia's great mayors

The Dilworths were never as rich or as famous as the Carnegies or the Mellons, but they were not far behind.

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 Edan Lepucki "seems to be one of those hyper-aware young women who are sensitive to every raised eyebrow."

'California': After the apocalypse, Edan Lepucki asks if you can ever go home again

Love in the ruins: Edan Lepucki’s first novel is set in an American future that could be just around the corner.

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'Madame Picasso': the passion of the painter

Exploring the painter’s zest for Eva Gouel, Anne Girard’s historically accurate story is not your mother’s romance novel.

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 Yelena Akhtiorskaya's "unique linguistic gifts reflect and even illuminate her rough-textured worlds."

'Panic in a Suitcase': Yelena Akhtiorskaya pens a funny tale of Russian emigres

Like some traditional Russian meals, Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel “Panic in a Suitcase” is a matter of many courses

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The women of Amy Bloom's 'Lucky Us' improvise in dark times

Amy Bloom is a sublime weaver of intricate and sober stories that surprise us with flashes of hilarity.

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'Our Great Big American God': a wry history of America's very patriotic Deity

Matthew Paul Turner tries to tell the story of how Americans’ perceptions of God have changed over the course of history.

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 John Verdon, author of "Peter Pan Must Die."

'Peter Pan Must Die': intricate plot, plastic protagonists

David Gurney, a retired NYPD detective, returns in this fourth in a series crime puzzler. Read if you must.

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