Books



 Gareth Murphy, author of "Cowboys and Indies."
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.


 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.



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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Remembering an elephant rampage in Altoona

An Australian film company making a movie, ’Tyke: Elephant Outlaw,’ is looking for photos or video from a 1993 circus standoff in Altoona.



Film Notes: Michael Keaton to wing it as 'Birdman'

Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton is about to have a moment (again) thanks to “Birdman,” set to open the Venice Film Festival in late August.


 
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    'Walking With Dinosaurs,' with life-size puppets, presents them as feathered ancestors of birds

    “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” will showcase life-size dinosaurs in an informative setting at Consol Energy Center.



    Kevin James, David Gray coming to Cultural District in October

    The comedian/actor brings his stand-up tour to Heinz Hall on Oct. 25; British singer-songwriter Gray performs on Oct. 10.


     

    CMU professor gets to root of 'Modern Family' star's family tree

    CMU’s Scott Sandage helps actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson trace his family history on “Who Do You Think You Are?”



    Tuned In: 'Sharknado' takes Manhattan

    Syfy’s silly sequel to last year’s guilty pleasure, “Sharknado,” heads east and leans more toward comedy.


     

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    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.



    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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    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Bill Dedman

    In “Empty Mansions,” Bill Dedman looks at the life of mysterious heiress Huguette Clark, who maintained mansions she never lived in.



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Michael Chernus

    Award-winning actor Michael Chernus says acting helped him make friends growing up in Ohio and now he is influencing people with his talent.


     

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