Emma Cline's novel traces the troubled relationship between a girl looking for meaningful friendships and a Manson-like cult.
Steve Hamilton’s crime thriller set in Chicago is a new spin on the tale of Faust selling his soul to the Devil.
Nancy Isenberg’s “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America” plumbs the depths of the American past for wealth disparity.
Authors Kwame Alexander, Chris Grabenstein and Robert Sabuda are among those scheduled to visit Pittsburgh in 2016-17.
Adam Hochschild presents a colorful history of the 1936-39 war through the exploits of ordinary Americans (and Hemingway, too).
A multi-layered history of our recent times by a journalist tuned into politics, social media culture, police and LGBT issues.
'Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business': Not business as usual
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg explains how to be smarter, faster and better in every area of life.
Terry McMillan’s ninth novel repeats themes and subjects that have made her a popular novelist since the ’90s without breaking new ground.
Yaa Gyasi’s novel traces the lineage of an 18th-century Ghanaian woman, dealing with African and African-American identity.
Kenny Blake jazz, author Theresa Brown, Third Coast Percussion and more are on tap this week.
“The Quickest Kid in Clarksville,” “Morning With Grandpa” and “Henry Wants More” all involve activity and motion.
'The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Life and Death Under Soviet Rule': An exquisitely drawn history of suffering
Cartoonist Igort (Igor Tuveri) illustrates the agony of life in Ukraine during the famine of 1932-33 and the recent conflict in Chechnya.
Noah Hawley’s fifth novel toggles between the build-up to a plane crash and its aftermath.
Cave Canem celebrates 20 years at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater with readings by Camille Rankine, Danez Smith, Duriel E. Harris and Tyehimba Jess.
Annie Proulx’s novel is as powerful and important as any literary work produced on this continent in the centuries spanned by the story.
Yoko Suzuki jazz, a Noah Bendix-Balgley klezmer concerto, Jay Mohr comedy and more are on tap this week.
Proving that beautiful writing and bloody murder go together, McGuire’s novel unfolds as the British whaling industry shudders to an end.
The entertainment value of Mr. Mosley’s latest book doesn’t rule out a corresponding educational side.
Here’s a collection of what the Post-Gazette book editor believes will be satisfying reading this summer.
”Noonday” is a harrowing description of life playing out, in personal dramas large and small, in a bombed-out London during WWII.
“End of Watch,” the conclusion of Stephen King’s retired Det. Bill Hodges trilogy, is an entertaining thriller with a supernatural bent.
A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger make a beautiful compendium of one of jazz’s most sophisticated and socially conscious composers.
'The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy': The men and women who make America laugh
Kliph Nesteroff’s work is a historically rich and fascinating history of comedians in America
Though a more disturbing and baffling portrait of Nixon, it’s a mixed bag of fascinating gossip, but not necessarily reliable history.
Andrew Bacevich writes that decades of American foreign invasions and misadventures show gap between military muscle and political acuity.
Author Nancy Moses, jazz by Joe Bad Project and the Tania Grubbs Quartet and more are on tap this week.
British author Chris Cleave’s bestselling novel about a young London teacher’s attempt to hold on to normalcy and humanity during the war.
Sarah Rees Brennan’s latest novel features magic, a strong female lead and other compelling characters.
'Jane Doe January': A Pittsburgh rape victim recounts her search for justice that spanned two decades
Mystery writer Emily Winslow pens a frank account of her rape in her Shadyside apartment in 1992 when she was a student at CMU.
Justin Cronin has pulled off a remarkable feat with the final chapter of his trilogy.
Scottish crime novelist Malcolm Mackay delves his characters’ psyches, making these blokes relatable, even when their behavior is abhorrent.
Jeremy Berg, a chemistry professor, will serve a 5-year term as head of editorial content with the 136-year old science journal.
Fred Kaplan shows how the U.S. and its enemies are engaged in wars over cyber networks.
Paul Hertneky reminisces about his childhood in Ambridge during a more bucolic time before the steel mills closed.
'Why Are They Angry With Us?': Larry E. Davis takes a look at racial resentment from Jim Crow to Obama
The distinguished Pitt professor charts the boundaries of America’s racial conflict.
Music historian Philip Norman narrates the life of Paul McCartney in a biography that spans more than 800 pages.
Bart D. Ehrman asks whether the oral tradition that transmitted the earliest narratives about Jesus were dramatically embellished.
Written in the best tradition of the social novel, her new work contributes to the debate over fracking and its human consequences.
His fourth full-length novel is about a viral plague of spontaneous human combustion that spreads across the planet.
'The Noise of Time': Julian Barnes imagines how Shostakovich made great music under Stalin's tyranny
The great British novelist captures the mood of fear under which Shostakovich worked, and creates a tribute to the struggle of all artists.
British author Chris Cleave researched his maternal grandparents’s wartime experiences for his fourth novel, “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven.”
'The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts': A true tale of protecting humanity's legacy
Joshua Hammer chronicles a scholar from Timbuktu who conspired to protect his nation’s most precious documents from Islamic insurgents.
A meditation on mortality and cataclysm: Cryogenic technology is one way to cheat death, but it will involve being frozen even before dead.
The exhibit “Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty” runs through Aug. 14 and features rare pages from top comic-book artists.
Non-fiction writers read aloud and recount their struggles with mental illness in an effort to shatter the stigma surrounding disorders.
Richard Russo returns to the fictional North Bath in New York, where we find many of the characters are older, but not necessarily wiser.
Local author Siobhan Vivian’s YA novel introduces a likeable protagonist named Keely who is bemused, bewildered, bothered and brave.
The prolific novelist, a Pittsburgh native, explores the complexities of the political situation in Palestine in the late 1940s.
Chloe T. Barlow returns with the third installment of her ”A Gateway to Love” series of romance novels.
Pittsburgh entrepreneur and venture capitalist Sean Ammirati explains the earliest phases of successful entrepreneurship.