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 Gareth Murphy, author of "Cowboys and Indies."

Author tracks history of selling music

In “Cowboys and Indies,” Gareth Murphy catalogs the ups and downs of the record industry, charting more than 160 years of music territory.

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 Genevieve Valentine, author of "The Girls at the Kingfisher Club."

'The Girls at the Kingfisher Club': Genevieve Valentine's historical novel reads like a modern fairy tale

A retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s “Twelve Dancing Princesses” set in Prohibition-era New York, the 12 sisters leap off the page.

2 days ago


Illustrator James McMullan draws readers into 'Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood'

Mr. McMullan is best known as the illustrator of “I Stink,” the story of a garbage truck, but his newest work, a memoir, is quite different.

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 William T. Vollmann's latest massive work "draws on his adventurous spirit."

William T. Vollmann’s 'Last Stories and Other Stories': Super stories of the supernatural

Vollmann's return to fiction, delving into ghosts and ghouls, is challenging, dense and rewarding for those who persevere.

4 days ago


 Jim Ray Daniels has a wonderful eye for capturing bleakness as well as joy.

Jim Ray Daniels' 'Eight Mile High': Beauty and humor in a Detroit wasteland

The Pittsburgh poet turns to short fiction, finding humor in a crumbling area of his hometown, Detroit.

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'Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes': How he changed baseball by embracing his Jewish heritage

Journalist John Rosengren recounts his exploits, on and off the field, and documents the rampant anti-Semitism in baseball in the 1930s.

4 days ago


 “RASL” By Jeff Smith

'RASL' dazzles: Jeff Smith's science fiction noir

A graphic novel of an art thief with a twist is not easily digested in one read, but the images and ideas will linger

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 Jesse Andrews, Pittsburgh native and author of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," met with a group of students and recent graduates in the backyard of teacher Joe Ehman: "Writing is more important than being a writer."

Students gather to learn and laugh with novelist and Schenley grad Jesse Andrews

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” author Jesse Andrews met last week with students and faculty from Obama Academy and Schenley High School.

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 Joe Sacco, author of "The Great War."

Book Review: Cartoonist explores a key battle in WWI with mixed results

The first thing you notice about Joe Sacco’s “The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme” is its scope.

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 Novelist James Lee Burke, author of "The Wayfaring Stranger."

Book Review: James Lee Burke turns a lyrical eye toward the Lone Star state

“Wayfaring Stranger” continues its  author‘‍s theme of the presence of evil in the world and how good people respond to it.

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 Diana Gabaldon, author of "Written in My Own Heart's Blood."

Book review: Romance novelist’s latest time travel opus has more heart than soul

Diana Gabaldon‘‍s “Written in My Own Heart’‍s Blood” is the eighth installment in the author‘‍s time-traveling Outlander series.

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Book Review: a 500-pound fable that's glassy but opaque

Josh Weil’s “The Great Glass Sea” is a modern parable in fairy-tale Russia.

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 James Oliver Goldsborough, author of "Misfortunes of Wealth."

Novel captures the fight to save The Paris Herald and reveals newsroom intrigues

Journalist James Oliver Goldsborough draws on stint in the City of Light for first novel, “The Paris Herald;” book signings set here.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: James MacGregor Burns / Scholar of presidents, leadership

The author of more than 20 books won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award with a major study of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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 "Apocalypse Book," a digital artwork by Hugh Ebdy, won a contest run by www.scienceandfantasyfiction.com.

Scottish student wins local art contest

Scottish architecture student, Hugh Ebdy, wins local fantasy art contest with digital image of a monster and woman with a red umbrella.

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Book Review: Growing up Russian

Gary Shteyngart, the author of “Absurdistan,” is back with a hilarious autobiography, “Little Failure.”

2 weeks ago


 Elizabeth Wein.

Elizabeth Wein defends young adult fiction

Elizabeth Wein‘‍s historically accurate YA fiction brings difficult chapters in history to life for readers, young and old alike.

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 Lauren Owen, author of "The Quick."

Gothic romp mixes ingredients from Bronte, Dickens and Stoker

If you like spooky Victorian fiction, you’re going to love Lauren Owen’s “The Quick,” a literary gothic novel set in 1890s England.

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 Chris Bohjalian, author of "Close Your Eyes. Hold Hands."

After a disaster, a homeless girl struggles to survive

Bohjalian’s heroine in “Close Your Eyes”  can close her eyes but has no one to hold her hand in novel of a homeless girl after a disaster

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 John Waters, author of "Carsick."

Fiction is funnier than truth as the Bard of Baltimore, John Waters, hits the road

Filmmaker John Waters decides to hitchhike across the country, from Baltimore to San Francisco, and write about it.

2 weeks ago


 "28 Hymns to Sing Before You Die" by John M. Mulder

A mighty fortress is our hymn

A new book tells the backstories on 28 hymns.

2 weeks ago


 Zia Haider Rahman, author of "In the Light of What We Know."

Zia Haider Rahman writes a feast of a debut novel

“In the Light of Which We Know,” is a tale of friendship is the canvas for a post-911 geopolitical novel with huge and varied themes

3 weeks ago


 Thomas Piketty, author of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century."

Thomas Piketty’s best-selling ‘Capital in the Twenty-first Century’ is all it’s cracked up to be

“Capital” is a book about economics, but it is not an economist’s book. It speaks to our gut fears about income inequality.

3 weeks ago


 Danielle Allen

Reading of the Declaration of Independence runs against the grain of our culture

Ms. Al­len, a po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­pher leads read­ers through the Dec­la­ra­tion sen­tence by sen­tence.

3 weeks ago


'Tomorrow and Tomorrow' a near-future cyberpunk thriller

Thomas Sweterlitsch‘‍s “Tomorrow and Tomrrow” a bleak, gorgeous romp.

3 weeks ago


 Yarn dyed using onions and marigolds.

Another reason to grow plants: a chance to make fabrics more colorful

In her book, gardener, blogger and author Chris McLaughlin shows common garden plants can be used in the dye pot with great results.

3 weeks ago


 Marie Manilla, author of "The Patron Saint of Ugly."

Book delves into religion, miracles and family ties

In her novel “The Patron Saint of Ugly,” Marie Manilla strikes a balance between religious optimism and pessimism.

3 weeks ago


 Michael Hastings.

Late reporter Michael Hastings' novel indicts media over Iraq coverage

Michael Hastings‘‍ posthumous debut novel, “The Last Magazine” gets the Iraq debacle right.

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