A vivid tale of a monstrous kidnapper of children is a feat of the imagination.
Jim Rugg's "Supermag" is a gorgeous anthology of stylistically diverse comic drawings; Muse Stand beefs up Bloomfield.
Say what? Thomas Fleming stakes out a touchy position in "A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War."
For "Super Boys," author Brad Ricca spent years looking into the largely buried lives of fellow Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Appalachian jamboree Stills in the Hills at Seven Springs, Unseam'd Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Toby Keith highlight the weekend.
John Hospodka's work uses audio and video as well as words to explore a tough Chicago neighborhood.
Former Boston newspaperman Larry Tye tugged on Superman's cape and wrote a comprehensive bio of the hero marking his diamond anniversary.
Becca Lerman, 18, of Point Breeze has provided elementary schools with voice recordings of books to help improve literacy.
Huang Xiang, a multi-nominee for the Nobel Prize in literature, will perform his poetry at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Exiled Voices of China and Tibet was produced by City of Asylum of Pittsburgh and featured blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng among others.
Summer reading presents a 92-day opportunity to experiment with genres outside your usual book list.
Charles Moore's authorized biography of the British prime minister is fair play all around.
The third annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival wraps, poet Huang Xiang performs and Kenny G takes the stage.
A partner of The New York Review of Books, it brings cherished if sometimes underappreciated works to a new audience.
Plus: Note the new date (June 12) for Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson's book-signing event for "Allegheny City," their history of North Side.
Pittsburgh readers know him as the author of the brilliant "American Rust," set in the Mon Valley. He treats Texas with equal grace.
Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson will sign their "History of Pittsburgh's North Side" at Barnes & Noble at the Waterworks.
Jessica Soffer's first novel is the work of an incredibly talented and promising new author.
"The Book of New Family Traditions" is a great source of ideas.
One of the important writers of our times trains his gimlet eye on Africa, one last time.
The great spy novelist is in full form with his latest, despite a farfetched ending.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel of Africans in New Jersey overflows with keen observations and insights.
Cyberpunk Apocalypse is a collective of authors who live together on the North Side.
Elif Shafak's latest novel "Honor" probes the implosion of an immigrant family.
A panel of children's book authors and illustrators conclude picture books are still a vibrant literary form.
The Action Comics No. 1 from 1938 featuring the debut of the superhero was discovered during the renovation of a house in Minnesota.
Michael D'Antonio gives a chilling, in-depth account of child sex abuse crimes in the U.S. Catholic Church.
The writing in Dan Brown's latest is one hot mess, but the tale of global intrigue manages to ensnare anyway.
Though "Cooked" is not a cookbook in the classic sense, the reader does learn a great deal about cooking.
Over four decades, Bernard Waber tracked the life of a crocodile named Lyle who was adopted by a Manhattan family.
"Top of the Morning," about the politics of morning TV shows, is entertaining but often feels as though it is covering little new ground.
Pittsburgh group sorts through books for the youngest readers, separating the good from the bad.
Plus: "My Son, Billy" by Bill Mays Sr. and "Religion and Reaction: The Secular Political Challenge to the Religious Right" by Susan Hansen.
What if people with autism and their families could see their diagnosis as a gift and not a curse?
More joy-inducing dispatches from the hard-working humorist's kaleidoscopic reality.
The Allderdice High School graduate will be holding a Q&A session on his latest book, "Bunker Hill," at the Carnegie Lecture Hall.
Meg Medina drew on her own frightening school experiences for her book for teens.
Lynne Olson expertly re-creates the contentious years before the U.S. joined World War II.
Also: "Allegheny City: A History of Pittsburgh's North Side" by Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson and "The Voting Machine" by Dmitri Ragano.
"Can You Do That In Public?," a talk on public art; writer Nathaniel Philbrick at Writers LIVE; "Wake Up and Dream" with Bridgette Perdue...
A new work by writer Jim Vance and artist Dan E. Burr continues the adventures of a character they first introduced in 1988.
At work on his new novel, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" author Stephen Chbosky still has Pittsburgh on his mind.
A New York man is ready to finish putting the Bible on paper, word for word, after six years.
"Gatsby" stands unchallenged as the purest expression of America's promise of success, the hope that drove Jimmy Gatz to become Jay Gatsby.
Zachi Telesha of Allentown succumbed to a five-year struggle with bone cancer.
Shawn Vestal's short story debut delivers an engaging, imaginative collection.
In "The Woman Upstairs," the author of "The Emperor's Children" goes deep inside the "turmoil of identity."
When a coal baron bullied and bankrupted a small operator, two Pittsburgh lawyers took on the case -- all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Some works by local authors: "E Block: Photographs" by Mark Perrott and "Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery" by Dennis Palumbo.
The millionaires, madams and mill workers who made the North Side colorful people a new history co-authored by Dan Rooney.
This volume tells the story of how a group of young people circled around a library to protect its books during 2011 protests in Egypt.
Carlene Bauer's debut is "a thoughtful exploration of what can be expected of love, friendship, art." Faith, too.
With his usual skill, Nathaniel Philbrick recasts the start of the American Revolution.
Soaring above anything she's done before, the dexterous British novelist invites play.
The former leader of the District of Columbia public schools speaks hard truths about how to improve American education.
Herve Tullet, who is called "the prince of preschool books" in his native France, has put out a new book featuring a whimsical shape.
These new great books are perfect for young readers to celebrate National Poetry Month with.
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of "Pearls Before Swine," has written a book about a boy investigator who gets everything wrong.
The industry deserves more respect, just as it needs to be more respectful, Elizabeth Becker writes.
Benjamin Lytal's debut novel is a story about discovery, love and loss.
"The Proper Words for Sin" by Gary Fincke, "Painting a Disappearing Canvas" by Mark Saba, "Sandy Cove: A Love Story" by Steven Recht ...
A book by former Upper St. Clair resident Tim Federle is on the money when it comes to the bullying some children are subjected to.
William Dalrymple tells the tragic tale of British misadventures in Afghanistan. (U.S. readers may draw their own parallels.)
Plus: "Three Tastes of Nuoc Mam: The Brown Water Navy & Visits to Vietnam," "In a Moment's Time" and a gathering of local authors.
Jonathan Dee's sixth novel is a modern morality tale of a high-flying family coming undone.
Amy Stewart's guide to the botany of booze is a reference manual, cocktail recipe book and history lesson, told with a scholar's rigor.
"Lucky Ducklings" by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter retells the true story of a rescue of ducklings who fell through a sewer grate.
"Just a Dog" and "Here Comes Trouble" are new titles for young people about companion animals.
The group will meet at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville to discuss Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
Joseph Kennedy biographer David Nasaw is among mix of fiction and nonfiction writers coming to Monday-night series at Carnegie Lecture Hall.
For inmates who love to read, Book 'Em, an all-volunteer project, has supplied books to prisoners in the state for a decade.
Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks mines cultures to create rich, historic characters.
One of Pittsburgh's most dynamic poets "juxtaposes lyricism with brutality" as she navigates the human heart.
Bush and Bolick would eliminate illegal immigration by expanding legal immigration to meet market demands. They're missing the big picture.
Plus: "LARP: The Battle for Verona" by Justin Calderone, "In the Shadow of a Badge" by Lillie Leonardi, "Love's Secret Fire" by Rena Koontz
Irish traditional singing, dancing and storytelling at "In Two Minds"; author Geraldine Brooks; "1960s Fashion Show" at history center ...
The Beatles once sang, "They say it's your birthday. Well, it's my birthday, too."
The best-selling author of thriller novels will be making an appearance at the Oakmont venue starting at 7.
New biographies tell stories of women -- from doctors to astronomers to librarians to frontier settlers -- who made a difference.
The Beatles, Civil War stories, our man in Afghanistan, a killer and a bookie's daughter.
Never before has the process of eating been so very interesting. Ms. Roach delivers the science with wit and intelligence.
"The House Girl" interweaves the stories of two young women burdened with unanswered questions about their family histories.
In 1963, Peggy Parish's literal-minded housekeeper was born and has been delighting younger readers since.
"Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen" by Donna Gephart. Age 8 and older.
Friends of the Arlington Public Library group has bought eight American Girl dolls to lend to Arlington County library card holders.
Ian McEwan, who's speaking in Pittsburgh Tuesday, is among the best British novelists of the era. "Sweet Tooth" is another delicious work.
Plus: "The Stonehenge Scrolls" by Karen Postellon Robbins, poems by Liane Ellison Norman and Nola Garrett, Scott Mastro's "Blood Money"...
As part of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, Ian McEwan will give a free public reading at 8:30 p.m in Oakland.
The Baldwin High School graduate will be reading from her latest book, "The Switching/Yard," at the Bedford Square site on the South Side.
"News From Heaven," Jennifer Haigh's story collection, continues to explore Bakerton, the fictional town in her 2005 novel "Baker Towers."
Tanya Lee Stone's new book, "Courage Has No Color," draws attention to WWII's Triple Nickles, the first black U.S. paratroopers.
City of Asylum Pittburgh, which supports persecuted writers, will open the Alphabet City literary center in the Garden Theater Block.
"Paris Wife" author Paula McLain to speak on the absinthe, adultery and outsized egos that fed the "Lost Generation."
Author Gillian Neimark shows how life can turn your worst day into your best in "The Golden Rectangle."