He's trapped, but he's nobody's prisoner: 'The Last Escaper' by Peter Tunstall

Mr. Tunstall attempts to set the record straight about his legendary captivity in World War II.

about 8 hours ago

(Not) Ordinary People: 'Sweet Nothing' by Richard Lange

Mr. Lange’s latest collection of bizarrely optimistic moments in contemporary shame spirals.

about 7 hours ago

Cuddle in the huddle: 'City of Champions' by Chloe T. Barlow

Pittsburgh’s most successful romance writer returns with the second installment of her popular “A Gateway to Love” series.

about 8 hours ago

 Ruth Goodman didn't just research the Victorian era to write "How to Be a Victorian." She lived it.

'How to Be Victorian': Ruth Goodman's meticulously researched guide to 19th-century life

Ms. Goodman didn’t just study, she lived it out, to create an eye-opening “Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life.”

2 days ago

 Neel Mukherjee, author of "The Lives of Others."

'The Lives of Others': In Neel Mukherjee's masterful novel, home is where the class warfare is

Mr. Mukherjee’s demanding work chronicles unhappy characters in Calcutta. One of the best novels of 2014, it rewards your efforts.

2 days ago

 Carrie Lane, the Youth Services Coordinator of the Allegheny County Library Association, assembles American Girl Doll kits at the ACLA's West End office on Wednesday. The doll kits will be available to check out of ten Libraries around the Pittsburgh area for one week at a time beginning Jan. 28.

American Girl dolls for all

Children can now check out American Girl dolls at nearby libraries, allowing them to learn about both local and American history.

2 days ago

 "See How Small" by Scott Blackwood

'See How Small': Scott Blackwood's novel shows death minus the details

A novel about a triple murder dwells more on the aftermath than the crime.

2 days ago

2Do this week, Jan. 25-31: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Jen Bervin read their poetry for the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series Thursday.

2 days ago

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve's new book club timed to the seasons

A club to discuss books with nature themes will hold its first meeting tonight at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve near Saint Vincent College.

5 days ago

Book review: Two new mysteries make the most of their time periods

“The Case of the Missing Moonstone” and  “Absolutely Truly” take armchair sleuths from 19th-century England to 21st-century New Hampshire.

6 days ago

 Lori Jakiela won this year's City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize for her work as a memoirist and poet.

Trafford writer wins City of Asylum residency in Belgium

Lori Jakiela, Trafford-based poet and memoirist, wins City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Comicon, a draw for cosplayers in Monroeville Convention Center, is now Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh and is moving Downtown to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

National company Wizard World acquires Pittsburgh Comicon

The long-standing pop culture convention joins a company that produces big-name events nationwide.

1 week ago

 The former Masonic Hall, beside the Garden Theater, will become the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh's Alphabet City literary center.

City of Asylum to pur­chase for­mer Ma­sonic Hall on North Side for literary center

The nonprofit that supports persecuted writers will pur­chase the for­mer Ma­sonic Hall from the URA for its Alphabet City literary center.

1 week ago

 Julian E. Zelizer, author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now."

'The Fierce Urgency of Now': How Lyndon Johnson, the great tactician, got the Great Society going

Julian E. Zelizer illustrates how LBJ was able to coax, convince and coerce Congress to vote his way, knowing that time was short.

1 week ago

 Nick Hornby, author of "Funny Girl."

'Funny Girl': Nick Hornby’s behind-the-scenes take on a 1960s British sitcom

Hornby’s latest novel is an elegy to 1960s-era London and the world of broadcasting when entire populations would watch the same show.

1 week ago

 Stewart O'Nan, author of "West of Sunset."

'West of Sunset': Pittsburgh's Stewart O’Nan tells a sympathetic tale of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years in Hollywood

O’Nan, a prolific novelist who never fails to surprise, has tapped into a deep well of empathy for a member of the writers’ brotherhood.

1 week ago

 British author Andrew Roberts will speak at the Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland on Thursday night.

2Do this week, Jan. 18-24: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Saxophonist Ken Vandermark and composer Nate Wooley at Warhol Museum; Napolean biographer Andrew Roberts; Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals.

1 week ago

 Leslie Pietrzyk.

Virginia novelist wins Drue Heinz Prize

Virginia novelist is the 2015 winner of the $15,000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, an award that recognizes a book of short stories.

1 week ago

'Thirteen Days in September': What went right (and almost wrong) forging the 1978 Camp David Accords

Lawrence Wright also provides a concise, lucidly ­told overview of Mideast events since WWII, with side trips into the Old Testament.

2 weeks ago

 Peter Buwalda, author of "Bonita Avenue."

'Bonita Avenue': Peter Buwalda’s novel drills down into a grotesque family drama

Mr. Buwalda’s debut novel is tearing through Europe with great success.

2 weeks ago

'Station Eleven': All the world’s a stage (for the plague)

Emily St. John Mandel’s novel about a pandemic that nearly kills everyone is one of the best of 2014.

2 weeks ago

 "Cold Cold Heart" by Tami Hoag.

'Cold Cold Heart': Tami Hoag’s latest is a fast-paced psychological thriller

Ms. Hoag weaves the intensifying plot in “Cold Cold Heart” with the expertise of a master seamstress blind stitching the facts.

2 weeks ago

Mystery Lovers Book Shop up for sale

Owner of recently remodeled Mystery Lovers Book Shop in Oakmont offers business for sale so she’ll have more time to explore city.

2 weeks ago

 The 453-page "America's Bitter Pill" makes several mentions of Pittsburgh as an example of “how nonprofit hospitals had become hard-charging big businesses”

Spotlight on UPMC in new book on health care, 'America's Bitter Pill'

The new book by Steven Brill refers to UPMC as “perhaps the world’s most tough-minded, profit-oriented nonprofit.”

2 weeks ago

'River of No Return,' by Pittsburgh-born author David Riley Bertsch, is solid entertainment

In the second Jake Trent thriller/myster, the well-read outdoors enthusiast goes fishing for trouble in Grand Teton National Park.

3 weeks ago

 Pat DiCesare, author of "Hard Days, Hard Nights."

'Hard Days, Hard Nights': Pat DiCesare pulls back the curtains on rock history in the ’Burgh

Pat DiCesare’s book is a mini-history of Pittsburgh’s pop music scene in the second half of the 20th century.

3 weeks ago

'How Jesus Became God': Skeptic scholar asks why it matters

Dismissing his earlier training in Evangelical Christianity, Bart D. Ehrman also dismisses most of the stories in the Gospels.

3 weeks ago

'Money: Master the Game': Self-help guru Tony Robbins wants to make you rich

Robbins delves deep into the topic of money, touching on the psychology of wealth, what holds people back from financial success.

3 weeks ago

My bloody valentine: 'The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters'

An interesting, but flawed, study of Lord Byron and his circle of admirers and rivals.

4 weeks ago

Don't call him Neville: 'The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History'

Boris Johnson explores Winston Churchill’s understanding of the importance of leadership branding.

4 weeks ago

Animals in cars driving fast: 'Lowriders in Space, Book 1'

A fun graphic novel that is part Hispanic ’American Graffiti’ and part funny animal story (with cars).

4 weeks ago

Me and the Devil: 'Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll'

Author Peter Bebergal traces rock ’n’ roll’s fascination with hidden knowledge.

4 weeks ago

My three suns: 'The Three-Body Problem'

The novel’s fascinating premise about the connection between China’s Cultural Revolution and an alien invasion ends up missing the mark.

4 weeks ago

Go tell it to the mountain: 'By Night the Mountain Burns'

A heavy-handed novel about life in Equatorial Guinea that is also deceptively beautiful.

4 weeks ago

Anjelica Huston's 'Watch Me': A great American actress comes clean

In the second volume of her memoirs, we see that she has had a privileged life for sure, but with pain enough to make a mother weep.

1 month ago

'Christendom Destroyed': European upheaval in 16th and 17th centuries

Mark Greengrass writes an informed and engaging account of the disintegration of Christendom’s universalism.

1 month ago

 Peter Thiel's work "is highly recommended for its ability to combine sound business advice with inspiring appeals that transcend financial success."

'Zero to One': Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s biggest contrarian, tells all

Mr. Thiel, rich from PayPal and Facebook, explains how his theories can be applied for success as an entrepreneur.

1 month ago


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