Briefing books: Kids' author Tim Federle to sign books

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Children's book author Tim Federle continues to rack up hosannas in the publishing field with "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" (Simon & Schuster), the latest installment in his popular children's book series "Better Nate Than Ever." The first installment was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. The Pittsburgh native's latest was recently named a Best Book of January 2014 by Amazon.

Mr. Federle's book tour will bring him back to Pittsburgh for a book signing Jan. 24 at the Barnes & Noble at 301 South Hills Village, Bethel Park, 15241.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 412-835-0379 for more information.

Cave Canem Foundation will use a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation to conduct a free writing workshop for Pittsburgh-based African-American adult poets at the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh on Feb. 12. There will be nine workshops in February and a public reading April 23 at the Hill House Association.

Among the instructors will be award-winning author and playwright Tameka Cage Conley, who will lead a workshop called "BREAKTHROUGH: Writing Poems that Battle/Render Us Whole."

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh provides sanctuary to writers and offers a range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. Since its inception, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh has transformed blighted properties into livable spaces and homes for its resident artists.

The deadline for enrolling in the free sessions is Jan. 31. Guidelines can be found at or contact Nicole Sealey, interim programs coordinator at or 1-718-858-0000. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is at 324 Sampsonia Way, North Side.

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