Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces 2014-15 lineup

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Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, which presents 10 authors each year, announced its 2014-15 lineup on today.

Opening the season on Sept. 22 will be James McBride, whose novel about the abolitionist John Brown, “The Good Lord Bird,” received the National Book Award for fiction in 2013.

The additional authors and the dates of their appearances are as follows:

Oct. 6 — Simon Winchester, author of “The Men Who United the States.”

Oct. 20 — Novelist Jodi Picoult, author of “Leaving Time” and 20 other books

Nov. 3 — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “The Signature of All Things” “Committed” and “Eat, Pray, Love”

Nov. 17 — British military historian Andrew Roberts, author of “Napoleon,” a new biography of French general Napoleon Bonaparte plus 14 other books

Dec. 8 — Richard Ford, author of a final Frank Bascombe novel, “Let Me Be Frank With You,” as well as “Independence Day” and “The Sportswriter.”

Feb. 9 — Jesmyn Ward, author of “Men We Reaped” and “Salvage the Bones.” The latter won a National Book Award in 2011.

March 2 — Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sheri Fink, author of “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013.

March 23 — Dennis Lehane, author of “Mystic River,” “Gone, Baby Gone” and his latest, “World Gone By: A Novel”

April 13, 2015 — Alexandra Fuller, author of “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness” and “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.”

All lectures are presented on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall. For ticket information, visit pittsburghlectures.org or call 412-622-8866.

Marylynne Pitz: mpitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1648.

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