Briefing Books: Visual poetry in a prison

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If you're a local author of fiction, nonfiction or poetry published since 2012, send a copy along with an email contact or website information to: Tony Norman, Book Editor, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.

"E Block: Photographs" by Mark Perrott. Photographer Mark Perrott had a great idea: visit the E Block of Pittsburgh's Western Penitentiary and document through a stunning series of black-and-white photos what he found in those abandoned cells and hallways. "I read every square inch of each wall," he wrote describing the graffiti covered cells. "These were the unfiltered voices of men in their first days of separation and incarceration. Their words were raw, accompanied sometimes by childlike drawings. As I moved from cell to cell, these voices became a chorus of shame, rage, bravado, advice, hate, humor, confession and contrition." "E Block: Photographs" is a work of harrowing beauty. Somehow, Mr. Perrott managed to find visual poetry in the bosom of hell. > Available exclusively at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts gift shop; Book signing at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on May 10, 6-8 p.m.

"Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery" by Dennis Palumbo (Poisoned Pen Press). What happens when a former Hollywood screenwriter becomes a psychotherapist who moonlights as a mystery writer? University of Pittsburgh graduate Dennis Palumbo would rather show than tell. "Night Terrors," the third installment of his critically acclaimed Pittsburgh-based Daniel Rinaldi mystery series, debuts this week. As usual, Mr. Palumbo's protagonist is Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist with a penchant for hunting down elusive killers. Rinaldi's attempt to help an FBI profiler suffering from night terrors raises intriguing questions about a condition that typically afflicts children, but is now a malady many adults suffer from, too. > Available at Amazon and Kindle. There will be a book signing by the author at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.


Tony Norman: or 412-263-1631; Twitter: @TonyNormanPG.


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