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 Kent Nelson, author of "Spirit Bird."
Julio Mulero
Kent Nelson, author of "Spirit Bird."

Preview: 'Spirit Bird' author lands at the Aviary

Kent Nelson, winner of the 2014 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, gives a free reading Thursday night at the National Aviary.


'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher': Short story collection brings up the Iron Lady's body

Hilary Mantel’s new collection of fiction includes one rather controversial story ...


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Neil Diamond coming to Consol Energy Center April 7

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m, Oct. 13 via LiveNation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app.



Concert review: Patti Austin in fine form on the North Side

With first-rate music and interesting storytelling, Patti Austin put on an entertaining show at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Saturday night.


 
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    Attack Theatre opens 20th anniversary season with new work laced with nods to its past

    Attack Theatre’s latest site-specific work is “Are You Still There?” at the Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood.



    Dance review: Choreographers' work shines in 'Synergy'

    At even a cursory glance, Texture Contemporary Ballet had an obvious “Synergy” in its first program at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.


     

    TV reviews: Both 'Stalker' and 'Gracepoint' horrify in their own way

    More women in jeopardy as entertainment on CBS’s “Stalker;” Fox remakes BBC America’s “Broadchurch” as “Gracepoint.”



    TV reviews: 'Selfie' is better of 2 ABC comedies premiering tonight

    “Pygmalion”-inspired “Selfie” has occasional moments of sharp comedy, but there’s nothing to love about ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story.”


     

    Books


    Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series plans five more programs

    Adam Hochschild, NoViolet Bulawayo, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Jen Bervin, Jennifer Clement and Peter Hessler will appear this season.



    Ian McEwan's 'The Children Act': The banality of morality

    Mr. McEwan’s latest novel, about a judge deciding if a boy must receive medical treatment over his religious parents’ wishes, feels forced.


     


    Breakfast With


    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Elisabeth Hasselbeck

    Former “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck recently celebrated a year at “Fox & Friends,” saying she is “very comfortable.”



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Sylvia Earle

    Marine biologist Sylvia Earle is in a battle to save the ocean before it is too late. At home in the water, at 79 she is still diving.


     

    Celebrities


    PEOPLE: Viola Davis, Josh Elliott, Malcolm Young and more!

    Viola Davis has learned playing a defense attorney on “How to Get Away With Murder” that there’s a thin line between guilt and innocence.



    PEOPLE: George Clooney, Tracy Morgan, Amanda Bynes and more!

    George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin marry again in a civil ceremony to make their union legal in Italy.


     

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