Pulitzer winner Michael Moss, Sue Grafton and others to be part of Pittsburgh lecture series

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Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us," will open the 2013-14 season of Literary Evenings this fall at the Monday Night Lecture Series.

Mr. Moss, who will speak on Sept. 23 in Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall, popularized the phrase "pink slime," a slang for an ammonia-treated product used to extend ground beef.

The 23rd season features an eclectic line-up of journalists, fiction and mystery writers and David Nasaw, whose outstanding biography of Andrew Carnegie makes him a familiar name to Pittsburgh readers.

Here are the authors who follow Mr. Moss and the dates of their appearances:

Sue Grafton, author of alphabet-inspired mysteries, speaks on Oct. 7. Her newest book is "W is for ...."

Ian Frazier, a humorist whose work appears in The New Yorker magazine, is the author of "The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days" and "Travels in Siberia." He appears on Oct. 21.

David Nasaw, author of "The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life & Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy," speaks on Nov. 4.

Amy Tan, author of "The Valley of Amazement," appears on Nov. 25.

George Saunders, a fiction writer whose book "The Tenth of December" received high praise from The New York Times, speaks on Dec. 9.

Ayelet Waldman, a novelist whose new book is "Love and Treasure," opens the second half of the series on Jan. 27, 2014.

Helene Cooper, journalist and author of "The House at Sugar Beach," speaks on Feb. 10, 2014.

Colum McCann, author of "Let the Great World Spin" and "Transatlantic," appears on March 10, 2014.

Ann Patchett, author of "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage," closes the season on April 7, 2014.

Full and partial subscriptions for the series are available now. Starting June 3, tickets can be purchased for individual lectures. Student tickets are available for $10 with student identification. Discounts for book groups and other groups are available, too. More information is available by calling 412-622-8866 or by visiting www.pittsburghlectures.org.

The series is sponsored by the Drue Heinz Trust and lectures are held in Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall on select Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

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


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